Everyone knows that driving involves a certain level of risk for the driver and their passengers. However, many Indiana car accidents are preventable and drivers are able to reduce many of the risks that can lead to an accident. When these avoidable accidents occur because of a lack of compliance with Indiana laws, the parties responsible can be held accountable through an Indiana personal injury lawsuit.
In a recent news report, a local construction worker was tragically killed in northwest Indiana. Evidently, at around 2:00 am, the individual’s construction vehicle was pulled over onto the right shoulder of the road when a semi-truck hit the worker’s vehicle, killing him. The construction worker was in his vehicle and responsible for collecting barrels on the shoulder of the road when the semi struck his car. According to the ongoing investigation by state police, authorities are still examining how the construction truck was struck by the semi when it was pulled off the road and on the shoulder, especially as road conditions appeared dry at the time of the incident. Because the investigation is ongoing, it is still unclear if any charges will be filed as a result of this incident.
Tragedies like this are a somber reminder of the risks that motorists can be exposed to when driving or involved in an accident. While car accidents can occur anywhere and often happen on a regular basis, many Indiana construction and highway workers, emergency responders, and individuals who work for law enforcement are more likely to be in roadside accidents because of the nature of their work. However, many of these incidents would be avoidable if Indiana motorists simply exercised a more proactive, vigilant approach while driving on a daily basis.
In Indiana, the state’s Move Over law requires drivers to proceed towards emergency vehicles with caution and to change lanes to give them adequate space to operate. If motorists fail to follow these laws, they could be subject to civil or criminal charges. Construction and utility service vehicles, first responder crews, ambulances, and highway maintenance vehicles are some of the more common vehicles covered under the Move Over Law. Additionally, the law requires that drivers approaching stationary or stopped vehicles proceed with caution and reduce their speed by at least ten miles per hour. In order to keep our Indiana roads as safe as possible, motorists should abide by these laws and remain aware of all surroundings while driving.
Have You Been Involved in an Indiana Car Accident?
If you or someone you know has been injured in an Indiana car accident, contact Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse, LLP. The attorneys at our law firm have decades of experience successfully representing Indiana personal injury victims and can navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf. Indiana laws involving motor accidents can often be complicated, so having experienced legal representation to advocate for you or your loved ones is crucial. Our team has recovered substantial compensation for our clients that can aid in the road to recovery. Contact our team of compassionate and experienced Indiana injury attorneys today at 888-532-7766 to schedule a risk-free consultation.