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Southside Indy Accident Kills One

Jason Reese

Last week during the Thursday morning commute, a multi-car accident left one person dead and two others seriously injured. The intersection of Troy Avenue and Shelby Street was closed for several hours while rescue personnel and investigators worked on the scene.

Although the investigation is ongoing, witnesses say a Cadillac SUV was speeding down Shelby Street when the vehicle ran a red light and crashed into a van traveling west on Troy Avenue. The van was crossing the intersection on a green light when the accident occurred. The occupants of the van were not seriously injured, but all three occupants of the SUV were ejected from the vehicle upon impact. One man was pronounced dead at the scene while two others were taken to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Witness statements indicate all three people in the SUV appeared to be distracted by an electronic device just before the collision happened. The initial investigation showed no obvious signs of either driver being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but both drivers will be tested for illegal substances.

Distractions and Speed: A Deadly Combination

As we’ve discussed before, distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and results in many injuries and death every single day. Most people don’t fully grasp the danger because they don’t consider how far their vehicle moves in just a few distracted seconds. If a driver is speeding, the danger is increased substantially for two reasons.

Clearly, the higher the rate of speed, the further the vehicle travels over the period of seconds while a driver is distracted. In addition, speeding has its own risks, making it more difficult for drivers to accurately perceive dangerous obstacles or other vehicles. Drivers who are speeding are also much more likely to have difficulty stopping in time to avoid an accident.

Distracted drivers are everywhere these days, and the number of accidents caused by electronic or other distractions is on the rise. If someone is injured in an accident where the driver of either vehicle was distracted, it is very possible the distracted driver could be held liable. Particularly if there are other impactful variables, such as speeding or driving too fast for conditions, injuries may be severe and require substantial medical care and rehabilitation.

If you or someone you know was involved in an automobile accident in Indianapolis or elsewhere in Indiana, the experienced attorneys at Wagner Reese are ready to talk to you about your rights and any possible legal action on your behalf. Call us today to get started with a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.


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