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16
Feb

Indiana Tractor-Trailer Crash Leaves One Dead and Two Others Injured

February 16, 2012

February 15, 2012

A tractor-trailer driver was killed and two others injured in a collision Tuesday morning along Interstate 70 in Hendricks County, Indiana. According to reports from the Tribune-Star, the crash happened around 7:30 AM, near mile marker 57, just outside Monrovia, Indiana.

Reports from the incident filed by troopers with the Indiana State Police who responded to the scene indicate that a 64-year-old truck driver from Indiana was broken down on the side of the interstate and hooking up to a tow truck driven by a 30-year-old man. The two men were standing between the tow truck and the big rig when a second tractor-trailer, driving much faster than other vehicles according to witnesses, jackknifed and slammed into the trailer of the disabled semi. The impact caused the truck to lurch forward and pinned the big rig’s driver between the two vehicles.

The man who was pinned was declared dead at the scene, while the tow truck driver suffered critical injuries to his lower body and remains hospitalized at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. The driver of the second tractor-trailer was also injured.

The trucking industry is regulated by stringent rules that are designed to protect drivers and other motorists from harm while sharing the road with these massive commercial vehicles.

The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin send our condolences to the families of those who were injured or lost their lives in Tuesday’s collision.

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8
Feb

Right To Work Bill Signed Into Law In Indiana By Governor Daniels

February 08, 2012

February 8, 2012

Changes in the way companies conduct business have come in Indiana after Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law the Right-To-Work Bill. An article released by Businessweek stated that the new law prohibits labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees.

Supporters of the law say that the move will create a pro-business climate in the area that will bring new companies, and therefore new jobs, to the state.

Opponents of the law disagree with this statement saying that there is no evidence to prove that right-to-work laws actually create jobs.

The law can also create an unfair work environment if you consider that it creates a free-rider problem where employees can reap the benefits of working at a unionized company without paying dues.

Opponents add that prohibiting the contracts will actually take away any protection to rights that unions can provide to workers. Now, if a worker is injured, they will face the battle of collecting workers’ compensation or disability benefits on their own, rather than having the backing of a union.

The Indiana Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you if you have been seriously injured while on the job and are having trouble getting the compensation you need in order to cover your expenses such as medical bills and property damages. Contact an experienced attorney today.

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Feb

Helmets Save the Lives of Indiana Bikers

February 01, 2012

February 1, 2012

While riding a motorcycle or moped can be an effective and efficient way of getting around town, they do present a greater risk of injury to the rider in the event of an accident.

Take for instance the case reported by WTHITV 10 News yesterday of a moped rider left in critical condition after crashing into a vehicle without a helmet on. The crash happened at around 4:00 Monday afternoon at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and US-41 when the 49-year-old male moped driver collided with the rear end of a sedan. The man was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he remains in critical condition.

While Indiana state law only requires riders under the age of 18-years-old to wear a helmet and eye protection, the practice is considered one of the most effective ways to prevent injury, no matter the rider’s age. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries.

Head injuries are the leading cause of death for motorcycle accident victims in the United States today, and that two-thirds of operators involved in fatal crashes were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

The Indiana motorcycle accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that bikers protect themselves from injury by always wearing approved safety gear when out riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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25
Jan

Drunk Driver Responsible For Parke County Crash

January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012

Four people were hurt last Saturday night in a multi-vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver. According to My Wabash Valley, the 33-year-old woman responsible for causing the accident had a blood alcohol level of .025 percent at the time of the crash–more than three times the legal limit.

Reports by the Parke County Sheriff’s Department say that the accident happened at about 6:30 in the evening on US 36, near the bridge crossing Raccoon Lake. It was there that the drunken driver rear-ended a vehicle driven by a Rockville, Indiana, woman. The collision caused the victim’s car to spin into the oncoming lanes of traffic, where a third vehicle then hit it.

The Rockville woman was rushed to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she is still listed in critical condition, while three others suffered minor injuries. The drunk driver was not injured and was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute states that one third of all drivers  involved in a fatal crash in Indiana during 2005 had some measurable level of alcohol in their system.

This is why the Indiana DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask drivers to do their part in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe by not drinking and driving. Instead, call a taxi or a friend to get you home safely. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

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18
Jan

New Test To Diagnose Concussions In Student Athletes

January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012

Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can be extremely difficult for doctors to diagnose because the injury does not always manifest itself in a manner that allows the symptoms to be easily qualified. That is why, according to reports from WTHITV 10 News, schools across the Terre Haute, Indiana, area are using a new test on student athletes that will help doctors, trainers, and coaches better discern if a player has suffered a concussion.

The examination known as the Impact Test is also used by professional sports leagues like the NFL and is quite simple to administer. The athlete simply answers a series of questions prior to going out on the field. Then, if the athlete is suspected to have suffered a brain injury, they go in and retake the evaluation. Changes in answers, the speed in which answers are given, and several other variables are then measured. A specialist in the field can then evaluate the results to see if a traumatic brain injury occurred and its severity.

New laws were recently passed in Indiana that will also protect student athletes from potential traumatic brain injuries by requiring any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion to be removed from the game until a specialist has examined him or her.

The Indiana brain injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful that these new measures will protect Indiana’s young people from suffering life-long debilitations resulting from traumatic brain injuries.

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11
Jan

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Fatal Indiana Car Accident

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012

Justice will soon be served for the family of a 28-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana, man who was killed when the drunk driver of the car he was riding in crashed. According to The Tribune-Star, the driver pled guilty last Friday to the class-C felony charge of causing death while driving intoxicated.

The accident happened on Christmas Eve of 2010. Both driver and passenger were intoxicated and racing up and down the streets of Terre Haute, until the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on Ninth Street, just north of Cherry. The 28-year-old passenger died at the scene of the crash.

Investigators were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol level of .15, almost double the legal limit to be behind the wheel.

The convicted drunk driver is expected to be sentenced on February 13 in Vigo Superior Court 5.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that drunken driving accidents in the United States injure a person every two minutes and kill someone every 31 minutes.

That is why the Indiana drunk driving accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin would ask that people be responsible when they drink by designating a driver for the evening before the festivities begin. If a sober driver is not available, call a taxi.

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4
Jan

FDA Lowers Dosage Of Acetaminophen In Children’s Medications

January 04, 2012

January 4, 2012

With changes recently being made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower doses of acetaminophen in medications for adults, the agency is now tackling lowering the dosages of the drug in medications for children and infants. According to an FDA Press Release, the changes come after an April 2011 report showed that confusion on dosages had caused overdoses in numerous children, causing them to become very sick. In some cases, death occurred from liver failure associated with the overdose.

The standard for children and infant versions of liquid acetaminophen has been more concentrated in the past (80 mg/0.8 mL or 1.0 mL). New versions of the medication will be less concentrated at 80mg/5 mL.

Because of the changes in concentration levels, the FDA says that it is vital that parents and caregivers of children double-check dosages before administering the drug to a child. They added that it is important to measure out dosages of the liquid acetaminophen only with the dosing device that was provided. Of course, always consult with your physician before giving nay kind of medication to a child.

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin often handle cases where caregivers or doctors have given patients the wrong dosage of medication to disastrous results. If you have been hurt because of a drug overdose that occurred because of another person’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case in further detail.

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28
Dec

Truck Driver Killed In Putnam County, Indiana

December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

A truck driver was killed Monday afternoon when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. According to Channel 10 News, the accident happened at 4:30 in the afternoon along Interstate 70.

The 65-year-old driver of the big rig from Columbus, Ohio, was hauling a load of acetone–a chemical nearly twice as flammable as gasoline–when he lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a support beam of a bridge above the highway, and flipped the massive truck several times before screeching to a halt. The driver was declared dead when paramedics arrived.

HAZMAT Crews worked for nearly twelve hours after the crash to clean up the acetone spill along the highway.

Indiana State Trooper Marcus Tow says that distracted driving in usually the cause of accidents like this one, and that being a defensive and alert driver is the best way to protect yourself from an accident involving distracted driving.

The Indiana truck accident attorneys with Fleschner Stark Tanoos & Newlin agree. They know that driver distractions can range from:

  • Cell Phone Use
  • Texting While Driving
  • Use of On-Board Computers
  • GPS Units

Distractions can also include factors such as fatigue, drug or alcohol use, and the driver’s health.

Proving that a driver’s distraction caused an accident can be difficult, but our experienced team of attorneys can help. Call us today if you have been injured in a truck accident at no fault of your own.

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21
Dec

Indiana Teen Hit By Pickup While Getting On The School Bus

December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011

The importance of stopping for school buses was highlighted yesterday in Clay County, Indiana, when a 15-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a pickup truck while attempting to board the school bus. According to The Tribune-Star, the accident occurred at 7:22 AM on Indiana 59, near Carbon.

Reports from the Indiana State Police show that the 22-year-old male driver of a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup failed to stop and yield to the right of way to a school bus that was picking up children. The red lights were on and the cross arm was out when the young man in the pickup hit the boy as he attempted to cross the street to get on the bus. The teen suffered broken legs and several other bruises and lacerations. He was last listed in good condition at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

The driver of the pickup was charged with misdemeanor criminal recklessness with a vehicle and reckless driving for allegedly passing the school bus stop arm and causing bodily injury to the teen. If convicted, the man could face years of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and the possibility of losing his license.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind motorists to keep themselves and children around them safe by always stopping for  school buses that are either loading or unloading children.

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14
Dec

Dangers Of Drunk Driving For Indiana Bikers

December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011

We all know how dangerous drinking and driving can be, but drinking and then getting on a motorcycle takes risky behavior to a whole other level. The Tribune-Star reported today that one motorcyclist who took his chances with drinking and biking lost the gamble Sunday night when he died after crashing his bike.

The Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department reported the accident occurred at approximately 10:15 PM in the northbound lanes of Indiana 63. Deputies stated that upon arrival at the crash scene, they found the 40-year-old victim, from Cayuga, Indiana, on the shoulder of the road. They added that it appeared the biker had gone off the road and struck a guardrail before coming to rest. Detectives and deputies who are currently investigating the crash further did confirm that alcohol played a part in the single-vehicle crash.

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report finds an increasing number of motorcyclists aged 40-44 are dying in alcohol-related crashes. According to the CDC, the rate of older adults who have died in alcohol-related motorcycle crashes increased from 1.2 per 100,000 population in 1983 to 1.9 in 2003.

The Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind bikers that the dangers of drinking and driving are even greater on a motorcycle. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, contact an attorney today for a free initial consultation.

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