Indiana Ranks Poorly for Highway Safety at Train Crossings

November 19, 2014

Highway safety is a priority here in Indiana. The state continues to face a major issue though—collisions between motor vehicles and trains.

Reports indicate that Indiana is ranked fifth in the nation when it comes to highway-rail grade crossings, which accounted for 90 crashes last year alone. Furthermore, the state ranked fourth in the nation when it came to fatalities caused by Indiana car accidents involving trains.

Law enforcement agencies are working to combat this problem by placing officers at track crossing to observe. According to an article from the Greenfield Reporter, several crossings were patrolled in the Terre Haute area, and one vehicle was stopped for violations at a crossing. The driver was ticketed.

Officials are also hoping to educate the public about the train crossing risks by offering statistics and facts. Most importantly, motorists should remember that trains always have the right of way at crossings. They get to pass before ambulances, fire trucks, or even police cars.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the risks train crossings can pose. That’s why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are hopeful you’ll do your part by:

  • Stopping- Always come to a complete stop at a train crossing, even if cross-arms, lights, and bells aren’t activated.
  • Looking- Drivers should remember to glance in both directions at least twice before proceeding over a set of tracks.
  • Listening- You will hear a train before you see it, so roll down your windows and turn down the stereo prior to considering crossing train tracks.
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Could Fatigue and Shorter Days Lead to an Indiana Car Accident?

November 12, 2014

With daylight savings, you may begin to notice hours of daylight getting shorter. Could this be putting you at a greater risk of involvement in an Indiana car accident? One new study suggests the answer is yes.

An article from the Terre Haute Tribune Star explains researchers with the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety concluded 21 percent of all fatal crashes can be attributed to driver fatigue. This led to questions arising as to what hours of the day drowsy driving accidents occurred in Indiana.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute determined that of the 16 accidents associated with driver fatigue that occurred in the state since 2011, a majority of those accidents happened in the afternoons and evenings, leading researchers to believe many drivers may have been drowsy after a long day at work, fatigued after a large meal, or even settling in to a long-distance drive for vacation or business.

Local law enforcement supported the findings by saying they get numerous calls about potential drunk drivers, only to find out the motorists are fatigued when they are stopped.

So what can you do to prevent drowsy driving? The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest getting at least eight hours of rest prior to driving. If you find yourself getting fatigued while on the road, pull over at the next safe location, lock your doors, and take a quick nap before continuing to drive. Do not depend on tricks like drinking caffeinated beverages, turning up the stereo, or rolling down the windows to keep you awake while driving.

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Drivers Engage in Distracting Behavior Despite Knowing the Risks

November 05, 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.

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Halloween Safety Do’s and Don’ts

October 29, 2014

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to take a moment to offer a few safety tips for you and your family on All Hallows Eve.

One of the most important things to remember is that drunk drivers are notorious on Halloween, especially in Indiana. That’s why we encourage motorists to avoid Terre Haute DUI accidents by refraining from getting behind the wheel after drinking any amount of alcohol. Other Halloween safety tips include:


  • Stay with a large group- The old adage of “safety in numbers” holds true while trick-or-treating. Being in a group with others makes you more visible to motorists around you and ensures you have help if an accident does occur.
  • Carry A Light- Having a flashlight or glow stick handy will make you more visible to motorists on the road.
  • Check Costumes For Safety- Make sure costumes don’t drag to the ground, creating a slip and fall hazard. Also, make sure costumes are non-flammable.


  • Go into the home or vehicle of a stranger- Parents should keep an eye on children at all times when trick-or-treating.
  • Let your costume impair your vision- Masks and makeup can make it difficult to see, which can present hazards if driving or walking.
  • Drink and Drive- We cannot reiterate enough the importance of staying off the road after consuming alcohol.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe this Halloween!

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When SSD and Long Term Disability Can Benefit You Financially

October 22, 2014

An accident or illness that leaves you unable to work can happen at any time. Yet, many people are unprepared for such an event and have not created a financial plan in case of disability. That’s why the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to let you know about several financial resources available to assist disabled Americans.

Social Security Disability Benefits

If the injury or condition you suffer from is expected to be terminal or last more than a year and you have worked long enough to pay into the Social Security system, you may be eligible for disability benefits. However, there are numerous rules regulating the program, which can make getting approved difficult. In fact, as many as 60 percent of initial disability claims are denied. This can make having long term disability coverage important.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Many employers provide the option of purchasing long term disability insurance coverage through private providers. These policies cover expenses related to injuries or illnesses that last longer than several weeks or months, depending on the terms of the policy.

These benefits can be especially important to those with higher incomes who may need to supplement other resources of income after becoming disabled.

Help Is Available

If you suffer from a disabling condition, the most important thing to recognize is that assistance is available. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers has helped numerous disabled clients get the compensation they deserve, and we can do the same for you. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (800) 618-4878.

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What Effects Do Helmets Have on Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury?

October 15, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that 1.4 million citizens of the United States will suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) this year. One of the best ways to prevent this type of injury is to wear a helmet when engaging in risky activity, such as riding a bike or playing contact sports. But it’s important to remember a helmet is only capable of protecting the head if it is designed and worn properly.

All Helmets Aren’t Equal

There are many factors that go into the effectiveness of a particular helmet, including the materials and structure of the equipment. That’s why the United States requires helmets to meet rigorous safety standards. These policies regulate not only the amount of force of impact the helmet should be able to sustain, but also what part of the head the helmet should cover. Any alterations made to a helmet may result in a traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident.

Did An Altered Helmet Cause One Man’s TBI?

An article from the International Business Times states experts believe the failure of a helmet that was modified and fitted with a camera may be to blame for the TBI that was suffered by Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, during a skiing accident earlier this year. Reports indicate the helmet was heavily damaged in the crash, while the camera escaped unscathed.

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the impact helmets have on reducing the number of serious traumatic brain injuries that occur each year. That’s why we would like to offer these tips to ensure the proper use of this life-saving piece of equipment:

  • Only Use Approved Helmets- All motorcycle helmets should be approved by the Department of Transportation and should be marked with a DOT-Approved sticker. The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates the safety of helmets used for bicycling, skiing, etc.
  • Ensure Proper Fit- Most helmets should sit across the middle of the forehead. The Chinstrap should secure snuggly beneath the jaw, leaving the helmet with little room for movement.
  • Don’t Compromise Integrity- Altering or modifying a helmet can create a risk of device failure and should be avoided.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips will help to keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Report Details Indiana Workplace Accident Statistics

October 08, 2014

Indiana employers are required by law to furnish their employees with a safe and healthy work environment. However, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that thousands of Hoosiers are injured or killed on the job each year.

To help raise awareness about workplace safety concerns, the Indiana Department of Labor released their annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013.

The report shows a total of 123 Indiana workplace fatalities during 2013. The leading cause of on-the-job death was vehicle collisions. This includes Indiana trucking accidents and other incidents involving employees who were traveling as part of their job.

The construction industry had the next highest number of fatal workplace accidents, closely followed by the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.

The manufacturing industry saw the highest number of non-fatal workplace injuries, accounting for 25,100 reportable incidents. Healthcare and Social Services saw an estimated 14,500 injuries, while state and local government employees 13,400 injuries.

An on-the-job may entitle you to Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping injured workers, which gives us the knowledge necessary to answer your legal questions after a workplace accident. To learn more about how we can help with your work comp claim, give us a call at (800) 618-4878.

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“Guys Who Give” Provides Funds for West Vigo Community Center Projects

October 01, 2014

Giving back to our community is important to us at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That’s why Terre Haute personal injury lawyer, Thomas C. Newlin, helped found an organization that provides assistance to local organizations and individuals in need.

Guys Who Give is an organization created to better opportunities provided in Terre Haute. Since its creation, the group has grown to 141 members and accomplished many goals with the funds it’s raised.

One of  Guys Who Give’s latest achievements was providing funding for several projects in need of completion at the West Vigo Community Center. The facility provides a safe place for neighborhood children to play, exercise, or get snacks. According to The Tribune-Star, Guys Who Give donated $14,100 to the center. The funds will be used to add furnaces to heat the gym in the winter and to install new roofing insulation to hold the heat in. The remainder of the donation will be used to provide snacks to children who attend the facility.

Our legal team would like to applaud Guys Who Give on their donation to the West Vigo Community Center. You can stay up to date with our firm’s latest community efforts here in Terre Haute by visiting our Facebook page.

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Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers Donate to 2014 Komen Race for the Cure

September 24, 2014

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States. The disease alters millions of lives and there is currently no way to prevent it. That’s why the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are proud to support an organization that’s working to find a cure for breast cancer.

Our firm recently sponsored a team that took part in the 2014 Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday at Indiana State Memorial Stadium. Participants were asked to donate or collect donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a national leader in breast cancer research. Those who collected donations then participated in either a 5K run or a one mile walk.

Our team had a successful showing at this year’s event, raising a total of $841.22 for this wonderful cause.

Even though the race is over, it’s never too late to donate to breast cancer research. The Susan G. Komen Foundation collects funds year-round to help put an end to breast cancer.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, giving back to the community is part of the foundation our firm is built upon. You can learn more about other ways we give by taking a look at our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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What You Need to Know About Homeowner’s Insurance and Dog Bite Injuries

September 17, 2014

Americans love pets—especially dogs. It’s estimated that 47 percent of households in the United States include a dog. Owning a canine can come with risks though, including the danger of dog bite injuries.

So what can you do to protect your family from the costs associated with such an incident? While socializing and properly training your animal is crucial, it may also be wise to purchase homeowner’s insurance to cover liability in the event of a dog bite.

An article from NerdWallet outlines several important things to remember when considering purchasing a homeowner insurance policy that includes coverage for your dog. With many municipalities enacting breed-specific legislation, insurance companies may increase rates or deny coverage altogether depending on the type of dog you have. It’s also crucial to have a thorough understanding of your policy to ensure your animal is covered.

It’s also vital for dog owners to remember that insurance companies are for-profit businesses that may not have your best interests at heart. So if you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog, you should consider talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer.

The Terre Haute personal injury attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you if you’ve suffered a dog bite injury. Call (800) 618-4878 to get the help you need today.

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