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Multiple Factors at Play in Determining Guilt for Motor Vehicle Accidents

Steve Wagner

The recent incident of the ambulance crash that led to the death of two Indianapolis medics made big headlines in Indianapolis because of the nature of the accident and the beloved status of the two medics. The multiple motor vehicle accident took place on the wee hours of 16th of February, at the intersection of Senate Avenue and St. Clair, when a speeding passenger car ran a red light and struck the ambulance. The ambulance slid into a parked vehicle owing to the force of the impact, and killing the two medics inside. The driver of the passenger car survived the crash unscathed.

The car that crashed into the ambulance was traveling at 35 to 40 mph, while the ambulance was travelling at 45 to 50 mph, in a 30 mph zone. The traffic light at the intersection was yellow for the ambulance and red for the car. The driver of the car confessed to having consumed a couple of drinks a short time before the crash occurred.

However, the state prosecution has decided not to file criminal charges against the driver. The decision is based on a strong legal footing. A 2009 Indiana Supreme Court ruling holds that not stopping at a red light owing to error of judgment is not recklessness. Moreover, the driver’s blood-alcohol content was 0.038, below the legal threshold limit of 0.08. A separate toxicology screen did not find evidence of any other substances in the driver’s blood. Considering these circumstances, the prosecution concluded that there are no grounds to press for criminal charges against the driver. The driver will now only be charged for running the red light, the maximum fine for which is $500.

This incident goes on to show that multiple factors are at play when it comes to fixing blame for motor vehicle accidents. The Indiana Comparative Faults Act fixes percentage guilt on each party involved in an accident, and the damages payable depends on the comparative fault. In this case, the fact that the ambulance was not responding to an emergency makes them equally guilty of over-speeding and not slowing down at a yellow-light.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a car accident, it makes sense to enlist the services of a skilled Indianapolis motor vehicle accident lawyer, who would be able to pry out all details of the case, in order to absolve your guilt and find proof of the other party’s liability.

Wagner Reese, with its team of seasoned Indiana car accident attorneys, competent in all aspects of the law and experienced in fighting similar motor vehicle accident cases successfully, is the best choice to build up a strong case for compensation.

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