August 25th, 2015|
Drunk driving continues to be a threat to everyone who is on the road. Reports show that last year alone, a total of 101 Indiana motorists lost their lives in crashes where alcohol consumption was a contributing factor.
Our Terre Haute DUI accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that our city is working to keep drunk drivers off of the road. It was announced that beginning on Wednesday, August 19, the Indiana State Police and the Terre Haute Police Department would be partnering to conduct the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
WTHITV 10 News reports that as part of the program, the agency will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols in the weeks leading up to the Labor Day weekend. The program seems to be working better each year it has been conducted.
In 2013, the campaign was responsible for taking a total of 44 drunk drivers off of the roads in the Terre Haute area. The following year, the number decreased to 38 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Officials say that drunk driving accidents are preventable and that you can do your part to keep our roads safe by reporting suspected drunk drivers. Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would also suggest establishing a designated driver before going anywhere you may consume alcohol. If you can’t find a designated driver, plan to take a cab home.
Please, stay safe and sober when driving!
February 27th, 2015|
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute car accident lawyers point out texting and driving is a serious danger motorists on Indiana’s highways face each day—especially teens. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that up 71 percent of teens and young adults have sent text messages while behind the wheel of a vehicle and 78 percent admitted to reading texts while driving.
Officials are working to address this problem through the “Drive Now.TX L8R” campaign. The program aims to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving through a social media contest.
In a video posted to YouTube and the campaign’s website, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann explains that young people are being encouraged to come up with social media content that gets the message across to others that distracted driving is dangerous. Submissions can be made either as an individual or as a team, and those who get the greatest online response will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards continuing their education.
The contest will have divisions for both high school and college students, with each division having five categories, including Twitter (most retweets and favorites), Vine (most likes), Vine (most creative), Instagram (most likes), Instagram (most creative).
Our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys would like to encourage young people in Indiana to not only take a stand against distracted driving but to become part of the solution by participating in this wonderful contest.
November 5th, 2014|
Advancements in technology have allowed us to share information faster than ever before, but this costs many lives as the number of car accidents associated with distracted driving continues to rise. While most drivers are aware of this danger, one new study indicates this knowledge does little to curtail the behavior.
WTHITV 10 News reports that AT&T surveyed more than 1,000 adults about their use of cellphones and electronic devices while driving.
While 98 percent of those who were surveyed stated they were aware of the dangers of texting and driving, roughly three-quarters of those same individuals stated they have texted and driven in the past. A total of 66 percent said they have read text messages while the vehicle was stopped for traffic, and more than 25 percent admitted to sending text messages to others while driving.
So why are people engaging in such dangerous behavior despite being aware of the risks? It seems as though the fear of missing out on something is the answer. Twenty-eight percent said the thought they might miss an important message or event if they didn’t check their phones. Still 25 percent of others thought their driving wasn’t affected by texting or talking on a phone.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have seen the devastating results distracted driving can have, which is why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are asking motorists to consider signing the “It Can Wait” pledge—a promise not to drive without your full attention being on the road.
September 11th, 2013|
September 11, 2013
The Indiana Car Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that the changes in traffic patterns caused by construction zones can prove to be extremely dangerous to motorists’ safety. In fact, the Indiana Department of Transportation found that a total of 11 fatalities resulting from construction zone crashes were recorded in 2012 alone. Furthermore, four out of five of those victims were determined to be drivers or passengers in vehicles.
One such accident occurred just last week and was responsible for leaving four people, including two children, seriously injured. According to an article from The Tribune-Star, the driver of a 2007 Ford Explorer SUV carrying two children, ages 3-and 7-years-old, was traveling southbound along U.S. Highway 41 in Vigo County when she failed to slow for construction zone traffic and collided with the rear-end of a 2013 Honda Pilot. The Pilot then veered into a Ford Contour before coming to a halt.
The driver of the Explorer suffered serious injuries to her head, chest, and leg, while the children suffered less severe injuries. The driver of the Pilot also suffered injuries. All four were taken to local hospitals for further examination.
The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of how devastating injuries from a car accident can be and encourage anyone who has been injured in a crash caused by another motorist’s negligence to discuss their legal options with an attorney.
August 21st, 2013|
August 21, 2013
The Terre Haute Car Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that failure to yield right-of-way to another vehicle is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions today. In 2008, failure to yield resulted in a total of 30,309 crashes in the state of Indiana alone.
One such crash was recently responsible for leaving two people injured. Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5, on state Road 59, near the Best Western Plus Hotel in Clay County.
According to an article published by The Brazil Times, a 20-year-old Terre Haute man was driving a white van south along the highway to the hotel to perform work. As he was turning into the parking lot though, he did not recognize a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by a 33-year-old woman. Neither vehicle had time to stop and the two collided.
The driver of the van suffered burns to his arms as a result of the airbag deploying, while the female victim was transported to a local hospital after complaining of neck and shoulder pain.
The accident shows just how serious the results failing to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle can be. That’s why the law firm’s team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers asks motorists to always look twice before turning or entering into traffic.
August 14th, 2013|
August 14, 2013
A Terre Haute Car Accident that occurred yesterday was responsible for seriously injuring two motorists. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Indiana 246 in Vigo County.
According to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, a four-door sedan was traveling southbound along U.S. 41 in the passing lane when a Jeep carrying two passengers suddenly struck them from behind. The impact of the collision caused the Jeep to leave the roadway and roll several times, leaving both passengers seriously injured.
Paramedics were called to the scene and transported both injured men to a local hospital to receive further treatment.
The incident leaves many wondering if a passenger in a vehicle can hold the driver responsible for their injuries if the an accident is that driver’s fault.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that the answer is yes, as long as negligence on the driver’s part can be proven. The firm explains that proving such negligence can be an extremely complex process though. That is why the firm urges anyone who has been injured in an auto accident that occurred at no fault of their own to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
June 19th, 2013|
June 19, 2013
Two people were injured as the result of a Terre Haute Car Crash that occurred last week. Reports indicate the crash happened on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, at the intersection of Honey Creek Parkway and South Third Place on the south side of town.
According to the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, a teenage driver was operating an eastbound vehicle along the parkway when he approached a stop sign at the intersection with South Third. The teen told officers he came to a complete stop at the crossing while an SUV passed. The teen misread the passing SUV though, and collided with its side.
The force from the impact of the collision caused the SUV to topple onto its side, injuring both the driver and a child inside the vehicle. Officials say the injuries were minimal because seat belts and safety seats properly restrained all passengers and drivers at the time of the crash.
The accident does highlight the need for motorists to be more aware of their surroundings. Drivers should always look twice in both directions before entering traffic at an intersection. It’s also important to turn a vehicle’s radio down and crack the windows to listen for oncoming traffic.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the importance of motorists being more aware of their surroundings and hope these tips will help to prevent future accidents.
June 12th, 2013|
June 12, 2013
Distracted driving is a serious problem across the United States, but especially in Indiana. Recent studies show that as many as half of all motorists admit to texting while driving.
Most recently, a Terre Haute Distracted Driving Accident resulted in five people being seriously injured. Records show the crash happened on Thursday, May 23, just before 4:40 p.m., along I-70 near the town of Cloverdale.
According to the Greencastle Banner-Graphic, the 24-year-old man responsible for causing the crash was driving a utility van west along the highway when he failed to recognize traffic that had slowed in front of him for construction. The man did not stop the vehicle in time and plowed into two other vehicles before coming to a halt.
The impact of the collision left the driver of the van trapped inside the wreckage, requiring rescue crews to cut him free using the Jaws of Life before being able to transport him to a local hospital for treatment. Four other motorists from the other vehicles that were involved in the crash were also taken to local trauma centers for further examination.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the risks involved with driving while distracted. The firm may be able to help anyone who has been harmed in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by another driver’s distraction.
April 17th, 2013|
April 17, 2013
As the weather begins to warm in Indiana, crews with the state Department of Transportation are beginning to break ground on several new highway projects. With more employees on the state’s highways though, the chances of a worker being killed by an Indiana Auto Accident also increases. To help combat this problem, Governor Mike Pence announced this week would be Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
According to a story from WTHITV 10 News, Pence kicked off the campaign, called “We’re All In This Together”, earlier this week at a news conference that was held in conjunction with the Indiana State Police (ISP). An ISP spokesperson, veteran Trooper Joe Watts, explained that as part of the campaign, the agency would be cracking down on motorists who commit any violation that puts state highway workers at risk of death or injury. Some of the most common infractions Troopers will be watching out for include:
- Distracted Driving
- Driving Under The Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
Watts added that Troopers would be utilizing several undercover vehicles to catch motorists committing safety violations. Another new technique being tested is clocking speeding vehicles from the air via helicopter.
Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to better protect both workers and motorists from the dangers construction zone accidents can present. The firm asks that motorists be extra vigilant when traveling through these areas.
October 3rd, 2012|
October 3, 2012
The Indiana State Police (ISP) reported that Putnam County, Indiana, has seen 49 construction zone accidents in 2012 alone, resulting in six fatalities and a dozen others being injured. Also, Hendricks County reports 10 accidents so far this year.
In an effort to curb the problem, the Indiana State Police began implementing a government-funded project, called the “INDOT Zone Program.” According to WTHITV 10 News, the campaign is aimed at making motorists more aware of construction zones and the hazards of driving through them. During the campaign, troopers will be stationed at construction zones along Indiana highways, where they will have their emergency lights activated.
The goal of the campaign is to prevent Indiana auto accidents in construction zones by getting drivers to voluntarily slow down through the areas. An ISP spokesperson, Senior Trooper Ty Lightle, said that while tickets are going to be written for non-compliant drivers, troopers will primarily be watching over the areas to protect motorists and workers.
Lightle claimed the most common causes for accidents within the zones is either speeding or merging too late. He later added slowing down and eliminating distractions is the best way to prevent accidents.
The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the dangers highway construction workers face each day and are here to help you if you or a loved one have been hurt in an auto accident.