On October 23, 2016, a 65-year-old motorcyclist was struck head-on by a 2013 Hyundai Accent, after a 75-year-old driver of the Accent fell asleep while driving northbound on Indiana State Road 446. The collision occurred when the driver of the Accent veered into the southbound lane of State Road 446 near Tower Ridge Road and collided with the motorcyclist before traveling approximately 900 feet before coming to a stop. As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist was transported to IU Health Bloomington before ultimately being flown to IU Health Methodist due to suffering from a critical head injury. Officials with the Indiana State Police, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana Conversation Officers responded to the scene and while investigating the collision, the driver of the Accent stated that he awoke just prior before striking the motorcyclist. Due to the severity of the collision, State Road 446 was closed for nearly 3 hours before allowing traffic.
Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collision resulting in death or serious injuries. When behind the wheel it’s important to get proper rest and to not operate any motor vehicle, if placed under any restrictions as a result of use of prescription medications. If you are injured due to the negligence of another, please contact the experienced legal professionals at Schiller Law by calling 888-578-3100 or on the web at IndyInjured.com.