Earlier this month, a teenager lost her life in a fatal accident after the driver of the car she was riding in lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with a large utility vehicle. According to one local news source, the deceased teen was in the car with another teen whom she had met online through social media and had just met in person for the first time.
Evidently, the deceased was a passenger in a Ford Focus, and as the teens approached the intersection of Indiana 28 and Langdon Road, the driver of the Ford lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the center line and into oncoming traffic. As the car crossed the road, it struck an American Electric Power Co. bucket truck.
The female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was shortly afterward pronounced dead by responding emergency workers. The male driver of the Ford, as well as the driver of the bucket truck, were both transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie with minor injuries.
According to the news account, the roads at the time of the collision were covered in snow and very icy, likely leading to the driver’s loss of control. Police are still conducting an investigation into the fatal accident, and so far no citations have been issued.
Weather-Related Accidents on Indiana Roads
As the season changes from fall to winter, inclement weather conditions will become more frequent, affecting Indiana roads. As noted in the article above, the slick, icy, and slushy conditions on the day of the accident are likely what caused the driver to lose control and crash into the utility truck. It is very important that all drivers take extra precautions during times of inclement weather.
The law in Indiana requires drivers to take into account the weather conditions at the time they are on the road. For example, when roads are snow-packed and slick, it may not be safe for a driver to travel at the posted speed limit. Thus, it is expected that the driver will slow down to a safer speed to ensure he or she can maintain control of the vehicle. When a driver fails to take adequate precautions and causes an accident that injures or kills someone else, that driver may be held responsible through an Indiana personal injury lawsuit.
Have You Been Injured in an Indiana Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of Indiana car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all that you have been through. Compensation awards generally include amounts for all medical bills incurred as a result of the accident, as well as any loss in wages, decrease in earning capacity, and even the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the accident. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for your injuries, contact a skilled personal injury attorney at 888-532-7766. Calling is free and will not result in any cost to you unless we are able to recover for you in your case.
10-Year-Old Girl Killed in Miami County Car Accident; Alcohol Suspected, Indiana Injury Lawyer Blog, October 19, 2015
Indiana State Trooper Struck by Passing Motorist While Responding to Accident, Indiana Injury Lawyer Blog, November 2, 2015