Earlier this month in Wayne Township, an elementary school principal and one of his students were killed when their vehicle was struck by an SUV. According to one news source, there were four other students in the car, each of whom was also injured in the morning rush-hour accident.
Evidently, the principal would pick up children on his way to school who needed a ride. Two of the injured children in the vehicle were his own, and three were students to whom he was giving a ride. According to the report, the accident occurred when the principal’s SUV was struck by a car that authorities claim was speeding and “driving erratically.” The driver of the SUV was injured as a result of the accident and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. It is not clear if charges have yet been filed, but a police investigation is underway.
Aggressive Driving on Indiana Roads
While the exact cause of this accident is still subject to a pending investigation, it seems as though the driver’s speeding and erratic driving were the cause of the fatal accident. This kind of aggressive driving puts everyone on the road at risk, and it is especially negligent during rush hour or other times when roads are heavily populated.
Aggressive driving can take a number of forms but most commonly involves one or more of the following:
- Rapidly or frequently changing lanes;
- Running stop signs or red lights;
- Failing to use turn signals when changing lanes or turning;
- Rapid acceleration followed by quick braking;
- Using the horn or making hand gestures;
- Improper or illegal passing; and
- Failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way.
When an aggressive driver causes a car accident like the one described above, and serious harm results from that driver’s reckless or negligent conduct, those injured as a result may be entitled to monetary compensation for their injuries or losses. Often, the aggressive driver has little in the way of a defense and will focus his or her efforts on procedural loopholes to try and escape liability. Therefore, it is advised that anyone considering filing a claim against an aggressive driver consult with a skilled Indiana personal injury attorney prior to doing so.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious Indiana Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of serious or fatal Indiana car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries or losses. However, when another driver’s insurance company gets involved, they will often try and offer you an initial “lowball” offer to get the case dropped with as little expense as possible to themselves and their client. Theses offers are rarely fair and usually not in the best interest of the accident victim. The skilled attorneys at Parr Richey Obremskey Frandsen & Patterson, LLP have over 40 years of experience holding negligent and aggressive drivers responsible for the harm they cause. Call 888-532-7766 today to set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
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