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Fatal car accident may have been caused by distracted driving

Distracted driving is a growing problem in the United States and here in Indiana. Most people think about cell phone usage as the reason for distracted driving. However, there are other reasons as well, which is evidenced in a recent fatal car accident.

According to state police, a 32-year-old woman was driving south down the U.S. Highway 52. She lost control of her vehicle when she allegedly reached for her coffee cup. Her vehicle crossed into the opposite lanes of traffic and hit another vehicle head-on.

The 45-year-old driver of the northbound car was pronounced dead at the scene. This vehicle was then pushed into a semi-truck. The driver of the truck was uninjured, but the 32-year-old driver of the initial vehicle that allegedly caused the accident was experiencing leg pain. As of now, no official criminal charges have been filed, but charges could result later as the investigation continues.

Individuals who choose to operate a motor vehicle have a duty to ensure that they properly observe traffic laws. They have a duty to make sure they are always attentive and aware of any and all surroundings while behind the wheel. When a driver fails to do this and a car accident occurs, the driver may be found negligent and liable for any damages that result. Indiana residents who have found themselves a victim of someone else's distracted driving may want to seek out their available legal options to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and the injuries or losses that they caused.

Source: indystar.com, "Woman dies in I-65 detour crash", Madeline Buckley, Aug. 18, 2015

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