Drivers these days are inundated with potential distractions every time they get behind the wheel. Whether it’s talking on the phone, texting or just tuning the radio, most drivers participate in some form of distracted driving during the day. Cellphones have become synonymous with distracted driving, but anything that takes a driver’s attention off of the road can be considered distracted driving. Texting or viewing a cellphone while driving is dangerous; it’s also illegal in Indiana.
Possible distracted driver
A recent chain-reaction crash in northwest Indiana may have been caused by a distracted driver. The accident happened during the afternoon hours in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near mile marker 254. Apparently, heavy congestion had caused traffic to slow and back up. According to accident reports, four vehicles were in the right lane on a hillcrest when the driver of a minivan slammed into one of the vehicles and caused a chain-reaction style collision.
Reports said the driver of a sedan that was impacted had to be extracted from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Reportedly, the driver of a second vehicle was also injured and taken to a hospital. Police said the driver of the minivan may have been distracted and did not see that traffic had slowed ahead of him.
Help in the aftermath
Despite warnings and public awareness campaigns, it seems that distracted driving is on the rise. Fortunately, there is help available for any person in Indiana who has suffered injuries at the hands of a distracted or negligent driver. By speaking with an attorney and filing a claim, victims and families could receive much-needed and rightful financial relief.