Distracted Driving Causes Injury In Terre Haute Car Accident
December 18, 2013
Distracted driving is playing a contributing factor in a growing number of accidents involving motor vehicles that result in serious injuries. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2011, a total of 387,000 motorists were injured in accidents stemming from distracted driving, while the number spiked to 421,000 victims being reported the following year.
More recently, the Terre Haute Car Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain distracted driving was to blame for an accident that left a 79-year-old driver seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash happened on Saturday, December 14, at the railroad crossing located at the corner of Evans Avenue and Dwelling Road in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana.
According to ABC News, the victim was operating a minivan along the westbound lanes of the road as he approached the crossing. Police determined the driver was not paying attention as he crossed the railroad and a passing train struck his vehicle.
The impact of the collision left the motorist with critical head and leg injuries.
The accident highlights the serious dangers distracted driving can pose and leaves many motorists wondering what they can do to prevent being the victims of such a collision. The law firm’s Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers says one of the best ways to stay safe is to eliminate all distractions before driving and encouraging others to do the same.