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Fatal car accident blamed on distracted driving

As many drivers here in Indiana and across the country can attest, it can be easy to become complacent behind the wheel. People tend to forget that they are driving what could be characterized as a deadly weapon, and when they are not focused on driving and/or paying attention to their surroundings, disaster can strike. Every year, numerous car accident deaths are blamed on distracted driving. 

Emergency personnel who were called to the scene of a recent crash say that distracted driving led to the death of an Indiana man. The man had received a call from a friend whose car broke down on Interstate 64 near Interstate 265. He pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway, put on his flashers and waited as his friend's vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck. That is when tragedy struck.

Travelling at highway speeds, a woman took her eyes off the road for a moment as she reached for something in her car. Her vehicle drifted off the roadway just enough to plow into the waiting man's pickup truck. The pickup burst into flames, and first responders were not able to get to the man before he passed away. No one else was seriously injured since the tow truck driver managed to get out of the way before becoming a victim as well.

It was not reported whether any criminal charges are being contemplated against the 20-year-old driver who caused this fatal car accident. Regardless, surviving family members of the victim retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against her. If the evidence establishes that she was negligent, an Indiana court could consider awarding damages to the family that could help defray the financial impact caused by the premature death of their loved one.

Source: wlky.com, "First responders say distracted driving cause for deadly I-64 crash", March 16, 2016

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