When drivers are on the road late at night or early in the morning, additional factors may be present that make serious accidents or collisions more likely than during the daytime. Drivers are more likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol late at night, contributing to slow response times and poor decision-making. In addition, drivers may have been up late or driving through the night, and lack of sleep or increased levels of exhaustion can contribute to unsafe conditions on the road.
A recent article has reported that Indiana State Police responded to a car crash on I-80 in Indiana at the early morning hour of 2:22 am. Two people were severely injured when an SUV attempted to improperly pass a semi-truck and struck the crash attenuator and then the semi-truck. Three people in the crash, including the semi-truck driver, were unharmed, but two were transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries. An investigation is still underway and no charges have been brought, but police say they suspect drugs or alcohol may have been involved in the accident.
If someone has been injured in a car accident and a non-injured party was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the injured person or their families and loved ones may be able to more easily bring a personal injury claim and receive compensation.
Does Indiana Law Allow Me to Bring a Claim?
A plaintiff bringing a civil personal injury lawsuit in Indiana must prove that it is “more likely than not” that the other driver caused the plaintiff’s injury or death. Evidence of the other driver’s intoxication is a strong factor supporting a plaintiff’s claim. However, even if drugs or alcohol were not factors in the accident, an injured victim may still be able to bring a claim. Evidence of distracted or tired driving could help support a plaintiff’s claims against a defendant, all likely factors in an early morning or late night vehicle accident.
An experienced Indiana car crash attorney can help navigate all of the potential outcomes in a personal injury case. In the case of an ongoing investigation, an attorney can help obtain evidence of intoxication or determine if police properly assessed a potentially intoxicated driver. When an accident has multiple involved parties or witnesses, a lawyer can obtain witness statements or evidence to help support a plaintiff’s case. Even if intoxication is not certainly proven, an Indiana personal injury attorney can identify other ways a driver may have contributed to an accident and a victim’s injuries.
Do You Need an Indiana Car Crash Lawyer?
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in an Indiana car accident, call attorney Burton A. Padove for help navigating your potential claims. Attorney Padove has nearly 40 years of experience bringing personal injury claims and has obtained record verdicts for victims and their loved ones. In addition to personal injury claims, Mr. Padove has extensive experience in family law. To schedule an initial consultation today, contact us at 877-446-5294.