Earlier this month, a husband and wife were killed in a fatal Indiana dump truck accident involving a total of eleven vehicles. According to a recent news report covering the tragic accident, the crash occurred near the intersection of U.S. 36 and South County Road 625 East, at around 3:30 in the afternoon.
Evidently, the dump truck rear-ended an SUV that was stopped in traffic. After the initial collision, the dump truck drifted across the center median and collided with a minivan head-on. The driver and passenger of the minivan were both killed in the accident. In all, a total of eleven vehicles were involved in the accident, including a school bus. Thankfully, no children were on board at the time. An additional victim in one of the other cars suffered serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries and fractures to her femur, pelvis, and spine.
After police arrived on the scene, they conducted a field sobriety test on the driver of the dump truck, which he failed. The driver then admitted to police that he had snorted heroin earlier in the day. The driver was arrested and charged with several serious crimes, including reckless homicide and causing death operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police officers also noted that there was a white powdery substance lining the inside of the driver’s nostrils, which they believe to have been heroin.
Witnesses told police that they saw a white dump truck driving erratically for a few miles just moments before the fatal collision. Authorities believe this to be the same dump truck, but are still in the middle of an official investigation. It was later discovered that the dump truck driver was previously convicted of several related offenses, including charges of DUI and possession of cocaine charges in 2015.
Recovering after an Indiana DUI Accident
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts everyone at risk. When a motorist makes the decision to get behind the when after having too much to drink or while under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs, they can be held responsible for any injuries caused by their negligence through an Indiana personal injury lawsuit. While drunk driving provides a strong basis for a claim of negligence, these claims are best handled by experienced attorneys who know how to not only prove the case, but also how to get the maximum amount of compensation for their clients.
Have You Been Injured in an Indiana DUI Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an Indiana DUI accident, contact the dedicated personal injury lawyers at Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse. At our Indiana personal injury law firm, we represent injury victims and their loved ones in claims against those responsible for their injuries. We have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation, and look forward to seeing what we can do to help you. To learn more, call 888-532-7766 to schedule a free consultation today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.