Recent news reports of an early morning fatal horse and buggy crash in
LaGrange County say a 21-year-old drunk driver was responsible. The young
and irresponsible driver reportedly hit the horse and buggy from behind
after making a pass of another vehicle and then returning to the westbound
land on 800 South. The buggy victims included a 44-year-old woman and
a 15-year-old girl. Both died at the scene. The driver of the buggy sustained
a serious neck injury and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
The driver responsible for the horrific crash was also was taken to the
hospital. Officers with the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department
say charges are sure to follow as the investigation continues.
National figures suggest the number of deaths from collisions between motor
vehicles and horse-drawn buggies remains fairly constant. When you add
risky drunk drivers to the mix, there becomes renewed concerns about safety
for all buggy passengers. And even though horse-drawn vehicles have the
same rights and responsibilities as any other vehicles in Indiana, everyone
is at risk for being involved in a serious accident when sharing the roadways
with drivers who are under the influence. Our thoughts are with the family
and friends of those lost in this senseless tragedy.
Well first. Don’t drink and drive. But even without alcohol, motorists
still make serious errors that too often cause their vehicle to collide
with horse-drawn buggies. These common errors are mostly due to distraction
or making an overestimation of the time they have to pass a buggy or slow
down at the right speed. Here is a review of the most likely accident
scenes related to a vehicle colliding with a buggy.
With help from the
Indiana Department of Transportation, our team has collected a few suggested driving practices to obey when
sharing the road with a horse-drawn buggy.
Indiana has the third-largest population of Amish in the U.S., behind Ohio
and Pennsylvania, and the state’s largest and oldest settlements
of Amish are located in Elkhart and LaGrange counties, according to Amish
America. There are also smaller, newer settlements, such as the one in
eastern Indiana near Economy and Hagerstown where you will often see horse-drawn
buggies on the roads. Watch out for these buggies while you are traveling
to keep everyone who is sharing the road safe.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a buggy accident or involved
in a drunk driving accident, please call our
Indiana-based vehicular accident attorneys for your risk-free, no-cost consultation: (888) 204-8440. You can also
request a meeting with the personal injury lawyer at
Wagner Reese by completing our
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