It’s not unusual for Indiana’s I-70 to make news headlines for a high-profile car accident. In fact, a quick web search for “I-70 car accident Indianapolis” returns a number of news stories involving auto collisions.
However, what surprises some Hoosiers is to learn about the vast number of car and truck accidents on I-70 that go unreported by the media. In short, Indiana’s I-70 is no stranger to crashes involving one or more vehicles and/or pedestrians.
To help illustrate the number and types of accidents that don’t make headlines, Boulton Law Group has summarized a case example involving two former clients who were involved in a multi-car crash on I-70 that involved two separate collisions.
I-70 Indiana Car Accident Injury Case Example
Attorney Matt Boulton’s first step in investigating a car accident typically involves matching his client’s recollection of the events with the information that is recorded on the official Indiana accident report.
This particular I-70 car accident occurred in Brazil, Indiana, near Terre Haute, and involved a number of moving parts that would likely make for a complicated personal injury claim involving several insurance companies.
Additionally, the combined crashes not only involved multiple vehicles, but it also included a pedestrian. The entirety of the multi-crash sequence occurred as follows:
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According to the report, the responding ISP officer was investigating a prior accident at Mile Marker 27 on I-70 when the second crash involving Boulton Law Group’s clients occurred.
The ISP officer was investigating the first two-vehicle crash on I-70 East at the 27 Mile Marker when a pedestrian left her car to check on a driver from this collision.
While the pedestrian was at the driver’s side door of a vehicle from the first crash, Boulton Law Group’s clients were traveling east on I-70, approaching the crash at Mile Marker 27. Our clients observed the crash and came to a stop in the left-hand lane behind a disabled vehicle from the first crash.
While stopped, our clients were then rear-ended by a truck that was also traveling in the left-bound lane of I-70 East.
According to the defendant driver of this collision, he had been observing a vehicle fire at the 26 Mile Marker of I-70 West. When he looked up, he saw that our clients’ vehicle was at a stop. The driver attempted to move into the median to avoid our clients, however, they had also moved toward the median, resulting in the second collision.
Unfortunately, the force of the second collision pushed our clients’ vehicle further into the median, causing the right, front-side of the vehicle to strike the pedestrian who had been checking on the status of a driver from the initial crash.
This section of I-70’s median is separated by a cable barrier, which likely helped to avoid a crossover accident. However, the force of the collision damaged the cable barrier, leaving the defendant’ driver’s vehicle positioned on I-70’s westbound median as indicated in the report diagram:
As a result of the second collision involving our clients, a number of serious injuries were sustained.
The pedestrian was complaining of severe leg trauma at the scene, and given the officer’s visual assessment of the leg, noted it as a fracture/dislocation, resulting in an incapacitating injury.
The driver and passenger in Boulton Law Group’s clients’ vehicle sustained head injuries that the investigating officer termed incapacitating.
The defendant driver of the second collision also sustained an incapacitating head injury.
As a result, everyone involved in the second collision was transported by ambulance to local area hospitals for treatment.
Ultimately, Boulton Law Group was able to hold the defendant insurance company liable for the secondary collision and recover compensation for damages on behalf of our clients.
Common Causes of I-70 Car Accidents
While the above case involved a number of contributing factors that led to multiple collisions, the majority of I-70 car accidents are caused by more traditional culprits, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Road construction
- Driving under the influence
- Inclement weather
- Drowsy driving
It’s important to remember, no matter the cause of an I-70 car accident, if you or a loved one were injured through no fault of your own, Indiana law allows victims to recover compensation for any damages they may have incurred, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
To help ensure your legal rights aren’t jeopardized, and that you are adequately compensated for the accident, you may wish to have an experienced Indiana personal injury attorney review your potential claim.
I-70 Indiana Personal Injury Attorney
Attorney Matt Boulton has 25+ years’ experience investigating and handling Indiana’s I-70 car accidents for injured Hoosiers and their families, as well as out-of-state visitors.
A number of Matt’s I-70 accident cases involve clients who, unfortunately, made news headlines, but the vast majority are car accidents documented by authorities and entered into Indiana’s crash database as a police report.
In addition to Boulton Law Group’s successful track record with these cases, Matt also offers all injured accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means you will never pay for a legal review of your accident, and you owe the firm absolutely nothing until a recovery is made on your behalf.
If you wish to send the details of your accident to us for a cost-free review, please use the firm’s confidential contact form.
As always, please stay safe wherever you are.