Get Involved With Local Events Benefiting the Terre Haute Community

The wonderful sense of community is just one aspect of Terre Haute that attracts the Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin to the area. That is why the firm would like to let you know about several recent charitable events that honor the spirit of helping others in the region:

  • Trash Talk Litter Summit- The event was held in coordination with Earth Day and featured discussions with city officials and environmental experts centered on what Terre Haute can do to help the environment. Some of the suggestions offered included planting trees and flowers, picking up trash, and conserving water.
  • Walk With A Doc- On Saturday morning, locals were encouraged to make it out to Fairbanks Park in order to participate in a walk that focused on addressing childhood obesity and other health concerns facing the city and region. Future events will be held on the third Saturday of every month, with different topics and doctors each month.
  • Dine Out for the Red Cross- On April 23, more than five restaurants in Terre Haute are donating a portion of their profits from food sales to the Red Cross. A story from WTHITV 10 News explains .91 cents from every dollar raised will benefit the Wabash Valley.

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin enjoy participating in community events like these, and they encourage citizens to do the same. You can stay up to date on our latest charitable activities by visiting our social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter.

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Driver Inattention Responsible For Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident

One of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes is failure to recognize an oncoming motorized bike, especially when turning left.

A recent Terre Haute Motorcycle Accident highlighted the dangers that intersections can pose to motorcyclists. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14, at the intersection of Lafayette and Seventh streets.

An article from The Tribune-Star explains the 37-year-old victim was operating a moped north along Lafayette when a Jeep Grand Cherokee attempted to turn left in front of him. The victim did not have time to stop and collided with the SUV, suffering a head injury and other trauma. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The driver later admitted to investigators that he did not see the victim or his moped while making the turn.

The incident leaves many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road and the Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest following these tips:

  • Wear A Helmet- Doing so will reduce the chances of injury in the event of an accident by as much as 40 percent.
  • Get Trained- Motorcycle safety courses offer instruction on what to do in the event of a crash in order to minimize the chances of injury.
  • Drive Defensively- This means slowing down and assuming all other motorists do not see you or your motorcycle.
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Causes of Car Accidents in Indiana Construction Zones

As the weather begins to warm across Indiana, motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of construction projects along roads and highways. But the rising number of projects often results in an increase in the number of construction zone accidents. In fact, reports show that last year, 13 people died and another 450 were seriously injured as the result of Indiana Car Accidents in construction zones.

These numbers lead many to question the causes of construction zone collisions and what can be done to reduce them. According to a story WTHITV 10 News, there are two main contributing factors in Indiana are speeding and lack of awareness.

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that are a result of these behaviors, officials are making drivers aware of the consequences they will face for committing an infraction. Speeders caught in construction zones will face fines of up to $1,000, and reckless drivers can face $5,000 in penalties.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask drivers to do their part to stay safe on the road this spring and summer by slowing down and remaining vigilant when passing through highway construction zones.


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3 Ways to Prevent Indiana Motorcycle Accidents This Season

April 2, 2014

With warmer weather beginning to make its way into Indiana, motorcyclists are getting out onto the road. With the start of motorcycle season comes an increase in Indiana Motorcycle Accidents though, often caused by motorists who fail to recognize a motorcycle on the highway.

One such accident has already been reported in Columbus, Indiana. Reports indicate the crash happened just after 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, at the intersection of State Street and Gladstone Avenue.

According to a story from WCSI News, the 64-year-old motorcyclist was passing through the street crossing when a 21-year-old driver of an SUV failed to recognize the oncoming machine while making a left turn and struck the bike.

The motorcyclist suffered lacerations, a dislocated shoulder, and broken pelvis as a result of the impact of the collision.

Such accidents leave many motorcyclists wondering what they can do to stay safe on the road. The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there are several precautions that should always be taken by motorcyclists, including:

  • Wearing Protective Gear- This includes a helmet, eye protection, gloves, and a sturdy leather jacket.
  • Getting Trained- Rider inexperience can play a significant role in protecting a motorcyclist in a crash. That’s why every biker should take a motorcycle safety course before riding on the road.
  • Riding Defensively- Riders should always assume other motorists in traffic do not see them.
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Five Facts for Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 26, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of the United States of America states the risks of suffering a brain injury do not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. That is why the organization is working to raise awareness by naming March Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The Terre Haute Brain Injury Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to share five fast facts about the dangers and risks associated with brain injuries:

  1. An estimated 2.4 million Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year, leaving approximately 5.3 million victims experiencing a life-long disability as a result.
  2. Some of the most common causes of TBIs are slip and fall accidents, car crashes, workplace incidents, assaults, military service, and playing sports.
  3. TBI are considered contributing factors in roughly one-third of all injury-related fatalities that occur in the United States.
  4. TBIs cost an average of $76.3 billion per year.
  5. Concussions account for an estimated 75 percent of TBIs that are reported in the United States each year.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers a brain injury can pose to a victim and are hopeful this information will prove useful to citizens in avoiding and preventing TBIs in the future!


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Indiana State University Holds Wrestling Tournament to Raise Funds for Scholarships

March 19, 2014

Being active and physically fit is one of the best ways prevent injuries in the event of an accident. The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say more than 200 wrestlers from five states recently descended on the region to test not only their physical prowess, but their mental toughness as well.

The Dale Griffin Memorial Wabash Valley Championship wrestling tournament was held at the Indiana State University Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment this weekend. Participants raised more than $15,000 in proceeds from the event to benefit the Dale Griffin Memorial Scholarship fund.

An article from Indiana State University said the event not only put a focus on the importance of health, but also education, considering students from Terre Haute North Vigo, South Vigo, West Vigo, and Northview high schools received the funds to help with education costs.

Dale Griffin was a soldier who was killed in combat overseas in 2009. His parents set up the event as a reminder of his drive to never give up, which they say is instilled in wrestlers from a very early age.

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud those who participated in the tournament and are anxious to see the event grow in the future!

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Terre Haute St. Patrick’s Day Activities and Events

March 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next Monday, and there is no better place to celebrate than Terre Haute. That’s why the team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin wants to tell you about several of the most exciting holiday festivities that will be taking place.

  • Saint Patrick Parish St. Patrick’s Day Party- The event will be held on Saturday, March 15, and will feature music and a silent auction, as well as a traditional Irish dinner with free beer.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Ride- The National Road Bicycle Club will be hosting the 20- and 30-mile rides on March 23. A beer tasting and snacks will be supplied at the end of the ride.
  • 11th Annual Irish Dash 5k- On Saturday, March 15, runners will flock to the city in an effort to raise funds for the St. Patrick School Class of 2015 educational trip to Washington, D.C. The race will take place at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony and parade.
  • Terre Haute St. Patrick’s Day Parade- The event is one of the city’s greatest St. Patrick’s Day traditions!

The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize alcohol may be prevalent at events associated with St. Patrick’s Day. That is why the firm urges you to prevent a Terre Haute DUI Accident by designating a driver and refraining from getting behind the wheel after consuming any amount of alcohol.

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Indiana Battles Texting and Driving Through The “Drive Now. TXT L8R” Campaign

March 5, 2014

Texting and driving is a serious danger in the United States , especially among inexperienced teenage motorists. In fact, studies have shown that more than 60 percent of teenagers admit to reading or sending text messages while behind the wheel of a vehicle in the past month.

In an effort to prevent Indiana Car Accidents caused by distracted drivers, the state is launching a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks that texting while driving can pose.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the program is called Drive Now. TXT L8R. As part of the campaign, several scholarships will be awarded to the high school and college students who can create the most viral social media content using #TXTL8RIN.

Participants have a chance to win $5,000 in scholarships in the categories of:

  • Most Likes on Vine
  • Most Creative on Vine
  • Most Likes on Instagram
  • Most Creative on Instagram
  • Post with the most tweets, retweets, and favorites on Twitter

Sponsors of the contest include the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana State Police, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and the state departments of Labor and Transportation.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage the youth of Indiana to get active in stopping texting and driving for a cause!

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2014 Polar Plunge Benefits Special Olympics Indiana

February 26, 2014

Helping the community is important to the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. That is why we are happy to participate in an event benefiting the Special Olympics Indiana that took place this weekend!

The 2014 Polar Plunge was held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the south entrance of the Hulman Center on the campus of Indiana State University. Participants were asked to gather donation pledges prior to the event. Then, upon arrival, those who had collected donations turned in their pledges and took a plunge into the icy water of the plunge pool.

The event was followed by the After Splash Bash, where food and drinks were available as awards were handed out to the top performing participants.

All proceeds from the event went toward developing the Special Olympics Indiana programs, an organization the team of attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin work with on a regular basis. In fact, the firm is planning to set up a photo booth during the local Special Olympics events taking place in Terre Haute this June.

You can stay up to date on our latest community happenings by checking our Facebook page.

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Top 5 Medical Errors Made in Hospitals

February 19, 2014

Patients put their health and their lives in the hands of the doctors who are treating them. But too often, negligent care by physicians and medical staff in hospitals results in a patient being injured or killed. The Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the 5 most common hospital medical mistakes are:

  • Patients Being Discharged Too Soon - One in 10 Medicare patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to continued health complications.
  • Infections Acquired In the Hospital - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 1.7 million Americans acquire infections at hospitals each year, resulting in approximately 100,000 deaths.
  • Medication Errors – Mistakes in dosage result in 1.5 million Americans suffering a drug injury each year.
  • Unnecessary Tests and Procedures – Increased exposure means an increased chance of an accident occurring.
  • Misdiagnosis – A doctor failing to correctly identify a patient’s condition can result in incorrect or delayed treatment, which could cause serious harm.

Many hospitals and doctor’s offices will acknowledge these medical mistakes as a significant problem in the industry and take necessary precautions to prevent such errors. If you or a loved one has been harmed while under the care of a doctor, the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you.


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