Indianapolis, IN- Driving a large truck not only takes skill, but it also requires focus. An inattentive or distracted trucker can set the stage for a deadly traffic accident. A recent five-vehicle crash in Indiana is a reminder of the perils of distracted driving.
Two Die in an Indiana Chain-Reaction Collision Involving Three Semis, a Box Truck, and a Car
A chain-reaction collision involving four commercial trucks and a passenger auto left two Indiana residents dead on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The crash occurred on Interstate 65 in Lafayette around 3:20 p.m. and caused the interstate to close for several hours.
WLFI.com reports that a previous accident near Exit 169 slowed traffic significantly causing a backup. A tractor-trailer approached the traffic backup and began to slow. The second semi with a flatbed and Cadillac behind the first tractor-trailer began to slow. A box truck behind the Cadillac also slowed down.
Behind the box truck was a car hauler, the driver of that vehicle didn’t see that traffic had slowed and struck the rear of the box truck, according to WFLI.com. The box truck then hit the Cadillac pushing into the back of the flatbed, causing it to become pinned underneath.
The two occupants of the Cadillac were killed. Two of the truck drivers suffered minor injuries, and two were not injured.
Police said the driver of the car hauler was distracted at the time of the crash.
Distracted Driving and Trucking Accidents
Distracted driving is a growing problem in Indianapolis and contributed to 3,477 traffic fatalities nationally in 2015, according to data from Distraction.gov. Distraction includes a range of behaviors including texting, talking on the phone or eating and is dangerous for drivers of all vehicle types.
According to Distraction.gov, it takes an average of five seconds to read a text message, during that short amount of time a vehicle going 55 mph travels 160 feet. A lot can change in that short span of time. All drivers need to keep their eyes and their minds on the road, or they could face civil action for hurting others in an accident.
A ticket for distracted driving or cell phone use has serious implications for truck drivers. They face costly fines if ticketed and could lose their commercial driver’s license if they face repeat offenses.
If a Distracted Truck Driver Hurts You, Call a Truck Accident Attorney in Indianapolis
A trucker who causes a fatal or injurious crash because they were distracted is liable for a victim’s injuries. If a distracted truck driver hurts you or someone you love, you should contact a trucking accident lawyer in Indianapolis, Indiana and arrange a case evaluation. You may be able to recover compensation from a negligent driver or trucking company. USAttorneys.com can connect you with a lawyer who will give your case the time and attention it deserves.