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11
Jan

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Fatal Indiana Car Accident

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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Jan

FDA Lowers Dosage Of Acetaminophen In Children’s Medications

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

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

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

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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7
Dec

Vigo County Parks Implement New Safety Measures For Workers

December 7, 2011

Following a fatal mowing accident earlier this year, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana has implemented measures to improve safety for workers, as mandated by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). According to The Tribune-Star, mowers are no longer allowed on lawns with a more than 30-degree slope, and only full-time employees have access to the keys for mowing equipment.

The changes come after an employee drowned in August when he was trapped beneath a mower that had flipped into the pond. In a report by IOSHA, they determined that an attachment had been improperly hitched to a towing tractor. The report stated, “The operator of the tractor lifted the attachment, which caused both the mower and the tractor to roll over. The mower operator was trapped beneath the mower in approximately four feet of water.”

In response to the order, the department responded by placing white concrete markers around ponds and other steep slopes in the county’s parks that mowers are not allowed to pass. Lock boxes containing keys to the mowing equipment will now only be accessible by full-time employees who undergo a greater safety-training program.

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that all employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. If they fail to do so, our experienced attorneys are here to help. Contact us today if you have been hurt on-the-job at no fault of your own.

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23
Nov

Free Cab Rides Home Thanksgiving Eve In Terre Haute

November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve is a night most people arrive to holiday destinations to visit and eat with friends and family the next day. Since most people don’t have to work the following day, the excitement of the upcoming holiday can often lead to heavy drinking. That is why, according to the Tribune-Star, the local Terre Haute, Indiana, law firm Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, & Newlin are offering free cab rides home for anyone who may have had too much to drink.

The rides are part of the firm’s commitment to their Safe and Sober campaign, which is an effort to end drunk driving in the area. The law firm feels if they don’t have to pay for a ride, the intoxicated individual will be less inclined to get behind the wheel.

Rides will be available form 8:00 PM this evening, until 3:00 AM Thursday throughout Terre Haute and West Terre Haute. Rides will be given from a restaurant or bar to a person’s place of residence, not another place to drink. Also, because of the high number of rides given last year, the firm asks that you call at least 30 minutes in advance of when you want a ride. Cabs can be reached by calling Yellow Cab of Terre Haute at (812) 478-5000.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to urge everyone to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving by refraining from getting behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. In the words of founding attorney, Steve Fleschner, “Don’t let yourself, or someone you love, become another statistic.”

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9
Nov

Maintenance Worker Killed In Accident At Indiana Steel Mill

November 9, 2011

A maintenance worker at the Nucor Steel mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana, died in an accident at the site several weeks ago. WISH-TV 8 News reported that the 47-year-old man was killed on October 25th, around 11:00 in the morning, when he was struck by a piece of machinery.

Witnesses told investigators that the worker was part of a contractor’s crew from Mississippi at the site to do maintenance work during a scheduled outage. While working, another employee driving a forklift did not see the worker and struck him. Other employees immediately called 911, and the man was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital’s emergency room. He died a short time later.

An autopsy by the Montgomery County Coroner revealed that the worker died of mechanical asphyxiation and his death was ruled accidental.

A spokesperson for the Department of Labor said the Indiana Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the incident and is conducting an extensive investigation. The results of that investigation could take weeks or even months to be released.

The accident comes just months after a similar death at another Nucor Steel facility in Memphis, Tennessee, in May of this year, when a worker was pinned between a forklift and a pallet of steel.

The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the dangers that workers in steel mills face on the job everyday, but they also know that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe at all times. Contact us by filling out a free online consultation form if you have been hurt while on the job.

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2
Nov

Loose Dog In Car Causes Indiana Truck Crash

November 2, 2011

Have you ever met a person that has a pet that runs the show by constantly demanding attention? Many times the owners of said pets are willing to do anything to appease their pooch or feline. What happens though, when pleasing your pet puts you both in danger?

Take, for instance, a truck crash that occurred in New Castle, Indiana, after a driver lost control because of an unsecured dog in the vehicle. According to WISHTV 8 News, the crash happened last Thursday at around 4:15 PM on Indiana Highway 38.

The 17-year-old driver of the GMC pickup involved in the single-vehicle crash said he was heading east along the highway, accompanied by his uncle, to take his two dogs to a vet appointment. The young man said one of the dogs bumped his arm and caused him to loose control of the truck. The vehicle careened off the road and collided with a power pole.

The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Henry County Hospital, where he was treated and released. The boy’s uncle was taken there as well, but doctors later determined he had suffered head and internal injuries. They decided the man would receive better care at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and had him transferred.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to urge drivers to keep themselves, their pets, and other on the road safe by always restraining your pet in the car with either a modified seat belt attachment or a crate.

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12
Oct

Are Indiana Drivers Really Safer With Texting Ban?

October 11, 2011

Since a texting ban on Indiana drivers took effect earlier this year, it would seem, that with only two tickets being issued for infractions of the law in Vigo County in more than three months, Indiana drivers are safer because of the law. Some Police department officials and citizens are saying the law is too difficult to enforce, and that that is the cause for low ticket numbers.

According to the Tribune-Star, the county’s two tickets were issued July 9 and September 12, The first at 1:00 AM on Third and Washington Street and the second at 8:00 AM on Third and Walnut Street. Both violations were classified as Class-C Infractions that carried a $120 fine for a first time offender. While the law has obviously raised public awareness of the dangers that texting while driving poses, many feel the law would be more effective if there was a better way to enforce it.

As of now, Police cannot look at a potential violators phone to see if messages were being sent, and texting cannot be the reason an officer pulls the vehicle over. Therefore, all a driver would allegedly have to do is exit message mode or turn off their phone before being pulled over to avoid a ticket.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like your opinion. Has the law been effective in reducing drivers participating in the act, or are drivers just hiding it better? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

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