An Indianapolis man has been arrested and faces charges after first rear ending a vehicle, then attempting to escape by hitching a ride on a semi truck.
In the early morning on Sunday, law enforcement was called to the scene on the report of a hit and run accident on Interstate 65 heading northbound. According to witnesses, a 2005 Dodge truck was speeding along at 100 miles per hour when it rear ended the other vehicle. Soon after, the 47-year old driver of the truck and his passenger left the scene of the accident and got into a semi truck that was stopped nearby. A witness tried to warn the semi truck driver to leave the two men, but when he did not listen, the witness contacted the police. The police pulled over the semi truck, and the driver explained that he thought the driver and passenger were in need of medical assistance.
The driver reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal limit of intoxication in Indiana. He allegedly tried to hitch a ride with several cars before the semi truck finally pulled over. Meanwhile, the driver and passenger of the other car were taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
The driver has since been charged with driving while intoxicated and abandoning the scene of a crime. While he will face possible jail time and a fine, he may also face a civil lawsuit should the injured parties in the other car decide to file one. Often a civil lawsuit will be filed at the same time as a criminal case. While a prosecutor representing the state presses criminal charges, it is up to a private individual to bring the civil charges. Civil claims involve the same basic facts as criminal charges, but involve the violation of separate laws. In this case, if the injured couple in the other car decided to file a lawsuit, they would likely argue that the driver was reckless. In particular, they might argue that the driver had a duty of reasonable care to passengers and to other drivers on the road, which meant obeying prevailing traffic laws. The driver breached that duty by driving while intoxicated well above the legal limit, and also because he drove at a speed well in excess of the legal speed limit. As a result of the breach, the other party was injured when the driver's car slammed into the back of theirs. The injury caused damage that is not yet known.
Driving is a responsibility that too few people take seriously, and we all pay for the results. This is why if you live in Indiana and have been injured in a car accident, you should contact an Indiana personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
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