Fatalities in Western Indiana Crash

May 8, 2013 | Blog

Car Accident in IndianaAccording to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States today. Car accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to more significant injuries that may require long term hospitalization and may even be fatal. Luckily for people injured in Indiana car accidents, the law allows people injured by other people’s negligence to recover for their losses. Possible types of damages available in an Indiana car accident case include damages for pain and suffering, property damage, lost wages, or medical expenses, among others. Anyone who has suffered injury in an Indiana auto accident should contact an Indiana car accident attorney as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. The Fountain Law Firm is an Indiana personal injury firm dedicated to helping people injured in car accidents recover for their losses.

Earlier this month three people were involved in a fatal accident in Harmony, Indiana. The Tribune-Star reports that two people were ejected from their vehicle on April 6th in Eastern Clay County and suffered fatal injuries. The people ejected from the vehicle were both passengers, and were 18 and 20-years-old.  The driver, 19, was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital following the incident. The report indicates that when law enforcement officials arrived at the scene, they found a person assisting the driver and found the two passengers in a nearby ditch. The driver tested negative for drugs or alcohol, and the accident was apparently the result of the driver incorrectly navigating a turn and continuing off the road. The car hit two trees and flipped ultimately landing upside down, on its roof.

While not all car accidents are caused by negligence, those that are allow the injured parties to recover through a negligence lawsuit. There are many ways a driver could cause an accident through negligence, but some of the most common scenarios include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Talking on the phone
  • Texting
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Failure to maintain control
  • Not looking before turning
  • Failure to yield

These are just some of the ways in which a car accident may occur as the result of driver negligence. In addition to drivers, other parties may be liable for car accidents, such as parties responsible for the maintenance of the roads or a mechanic’s shop. In order to determine whether and against whom  you may have a claim, you should consult with an Indiana car accident attorney.

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