On January 17, 2017, a motorist using a rear-facing dashcam observed a serious collision occurring on U.S. Route 20 near the intersection of Fail Road near LaPorte, Indiana. Footage, available in the link below, showed a vehicle heading eastbound on U.S Route 20 and crossing the center line leading to a collision with oncoming traffic and an evasive measure by the driver of a semi tractor-trailer to avoid the initial collision by removing his vehicle from the road and into an embankment. As a result of the collision, 3 passengers involved were pronounced on the scene in addition to a Rottweiler dog who it’s assumed that the dog died also due to blunt force trauma. Of the four vehicles involved, drivers of two of these vehicles reported to be in stable condition and refused medical treatment on the scene of the collision. In spite of the collision resulting from a driver traveling left of center, investigators with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors to the crash. However, investigation of this collision continues to ensure the efficacy of past INDOT measures to install traffic signals, improve line of sight, and reduce speed limits near the area of impact in an attempt to prevent future collisions.
Although INDOT and other State and Federal Agency work to provide safe and efficient infrastructure, including public interstates and highways, motorists always have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner. With the rapidly changing weather conditions throughout Indiana and the Midwest, it’s encouraged that motorists proceed with added caution to prevent weather or road condition related collisions. If you or a loved one is seriously injured due to the negligence of another, contact the experienced team at Schiller Law at 888-578-3100 or IndyInjured.com, to learn more about your potential right to compensation.