Archive for July, 2011


Man Arrested After Hitting and Killing 7-Year-Old Boy with Car

July 27, 2011

A Sumner, Illinois man was arrested Monday for driving under the influence, after killing a 7-year-old boy who was riding his bike. News Channel 10 reports that the driver was heading eastbound on South/East Street when the boy’s bike veered slightly into the lane and was struck by the vehicle. The driver, 31 years of age, was arrested by officers at the scene after failing field sobriety tests and was booked for driving under the influence. He is being held pending more serious charges.

The boy was transported to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital by ambulance, where he later died from the injuries sustained in the accident.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reported that the state of Illinois ranks 37th among the 50 states for the number of drunk driving incidents. Those incidents include 319 fatalities between 2007 and 2008. That means 35% of all traffic deaths during those years were directly related to driving under the influence, costing the state $1.66 billion dollars. It is surprising that more fatalities have not occurred, considering the state is home to nearly 50,000 3-time DUI offenders, and 5,659 5-time offenders.

The Illinois DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin Disability Lawyers may be able to assist victims of drunk driving accidents in collecting compensation for the damages they incurred in the accident. They may also be able to help collect for lost wages and medical bills due to injuries sustained during the accident. Contact them immediately for a free consultation of your case if you have been injured.

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Two Injured When Car Strikes Moped

July 20, 2011

An accident in which a car struck a moped occurred last Saturday night, sending two people to the hospital and another to jail. The Terre Haute Tribune Star reported the accident occurred around 10:30 PM on US 40. The driver of the Buick Skylark involved in the crash stated that a driver in front of him made a sudden lane change, causing him to swerve to avoid a collision with that vehicle, instead striking the rear of the moped. The collision caused both the driver and a passenger on the moped to be thrown from it. The moped driver was transported to Union Hospital and remains there in fair condition. The passenger was thrown into the windshield of the car and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, by helicopter and remains there in critical condition.

The driver of the car was not injured, but was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that Indiana has a no tolerance policy for schedule I and II drugs under Indiana Drug Per Se Laws.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschener, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that driving under the influence of prescription and/or illegal drugs can be as, if not more, dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. They may be able to help you if you were injured because of one of these drivers.

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Swim Lessons Make Lebanon Boy a Lifesaver for Baby Sister

July 13, 2011

An 8-year-old boy hopes to spread the message that swim lessons save lives after jumping in the family pool to rescue his baby sister earlier this month in Lebanon, Indiana. According to WISHTV 8 News, the boy found his 2-year-old sister gasping for breath in the family pool and jumped in to save her. The boy and his family credit his swimming abilities, which have developed throughout years of lessons, for rescuing his sister from drowning. The young hero was honored by the local fire department, who presented him with a certificate of recognition for his achievement in water rescue.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) reports drowning as the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. These statistics, as well as 19 total drowning deaths in Indiana this year alone, serve as powerful reminders to observe water safety basics.

The American Red Cross offers four simple tips for staying safe around water:

  • Make water safety a priority
  • Prevent unsupervised access to the water
  • Maintain constant supervision
  • Know what to do in an emergency

The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin wish everyone a great summer on the water, and hope you’ll keep safety in mind while enjoying the pool, lake, river, or beach.

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Indiana Man Crashes Car While Texting and Driving

July 6, 2011

A new Indiana law banning texting while driving went into effect last Friday, and the Indy Star reports that authorities ticketed one of the first offenders after he drove through building in Richmond, Indiana.

The accident occurred around 12:30 PM Tuesday, as the 21-year-old driver headed south on Chester Boulevard. The young man told police he was texting and driving when his Chevrolet sedan crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and jumped a curb. The car went through the front wall of a medical equipment company, traveling about 50 feet through the building before smashing through the other side. A witness told police that the vehicle was going “pretty fast,” and she initially thought the driver was having a seizure. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. The driver was ticketed for operation of a handheld communication device while operating a mobile vehicle, making him one of the first individuals to be cited under the new ban.

Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle fatalities in recent years, killing as many people as speeding and drunk driving.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s distracted driving, contact an Indiana Auto Accident Attorney with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin immediately.

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