Archive for April, 2012


Terre Haute Man Faces Charges After Crashing Stolen Car

April 25, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 68 percent of U.S. children killed in alcohol-related crashes between 1997 and 2002 were passengers of the drunk driver. Also, 68 percent of the drunken drivers involved in these crashes survived, which suggests that some of the children might also have survived if they were wearing a seatbelt.

For instance, a 44-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana man was arrested Friday for DUI after crashing a stolen vehicle into a parked car while driving with two young girls in the vehicle with him. According to WTHITV 10 News, the accident happened at the corner of 15th and Poplar.

Police say that the driver seemed incoherent and claimed that the vehicle’s brakes had gone out moments before crashing into a ditch. After running the tags on the vehicle, officers found out that the car he crashed was stolen. The driver and a pair of six and seven-year-old girls, who were unrestrained passengers in the stolen car, were taken to a local hospital for treatment after complaining of chest pains.

The driver now faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, including automobile theft, possession of methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license, driving drunk, endangering a person, and neglect of a dependent.

The Indiana Drunk Driving Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that motorists never get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol, especially if children are in the vehicle.

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Reports Find Causes For Indiana State Fair August Stage Collapse

April 18, 2012

Reports from two separate firms hired to investigate the August 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds site have been released. According to WTHITV 10 News, both reports found that the structural integrity of the stage was inadequate for the conditions that evening.

The reports said the stage was built to withstand wind gusts of 25 to 43 mph. Scott Nacheman, vice president for engineering company Thornton Tomasetti, stated that experts estimated that a maximum wind gust of 59 mph was experienced the night the stage and the rigging above it collapsed.

The results of the report have prompted lawmakers in the state to consider enacting regulations to help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. Some of the changes being considered are:

  • Implementing the recommendations from the two firm’s reports, from code compliance and inspections to comprehensive public safety plans in conjunction with community public-safety partners.
  • Hire a chief operations officer to oversee the day-to-day initiatives to put the recommendations into place.
  • Establish a risk assessment practice and expectations that will be set and monitored by the commission.
  • Use the IOSHA report to further the protection of employees.

The Indiana Long Term Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope that the findings and the work by state legislators prevent similar accidents in the future and bring closure to the victims and their families who have been affected by this accident.

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Indiana Woman Killed In Accident With Tractor-Trailer

April 11, 2012

A 43-year-old Valparaiso, Indiana, woman was killed after being involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Tuesday. According to The Post-Tribune, the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 600 West in Porter County.

Reports from troopers with the Indiana State Police say that the 52-year-old driver of a 2009 Freightliner truck was heading west on U.S. 30 when he began to cough uncontrollably. He says that he realized the light had turned red as he approached the intersection, but that he was unable to stop the truck due to his coughing fit. The semi-truck screeched into the intersection and collided with a maroon SUV that was going south on 600W. The impact sent the vehicles across the median before coming to rest in the oncoming lanes of traffic.

While the driver of the truck and a passenger who was in the cab escaped the accident unscathed, the driver of the van died at the scene of the accident.

It is unclear whether the driver of the truck will face any charges in connection with the crash until troopers complete a full investigation into the accident.

The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of the woman who tragically died in this accident. The firm hopes that they can find swift closure to their untimely loss.

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Lack Of Seat Belts Blamed On High Number Of Fatal Car Crashes

April 4, 2012

Statistics show that not wearing a seatbelt is one of the most dangerous things you can do when in a moving vehicle. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration shows that only 49 percent of speeding drivers under the age of 21 years old who were involved in fatal crashes were wearing seat belts.

Drivers also are 10 times as likely to be killed in an accident if they’re not properly restrained. These numbers show why seat belt use is so vital for staying safe on the roadways.

Recently, a Greene County, Indiana, a man was killed when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident because he wasn’t wearing his seat belt. According to reports from WTHITV 10 News, the crash happened Friday on State Rd. 54, just east of the Greene Co. 4-H Fairgrounds.

Reports from the Indiana State Police who investigated the accident say that the driver from Elnora, Indiana, was heading east along the road when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the highway and struck a guardrail. Because he was not restrained, the impact ejected the man from the vehicle. He was taken to the Greene County Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that you stay safe while driving by always putting on your seat belt before setting off for your destination.

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