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Investigators Say Speed Caused Fatal Indiana Car Accident

by Staff | April 24th, 2013

April 24, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that speed is a contributing factor in roughly one out of every three fatal accidents in the United States today. Reports indicate that it played a part in a recent Indiana Car Accident that claimed the lives of three teenagers.

The crash happened on March 7, just before 10:00 a.m., at the intersection of County Road 850 West and Fairgrounds Road in southeast rural Indiana. According to an article from The Republic, the 17-year-old driver of a pickup truck downshifted and accelerated when he saw the vehicle of a peer approaching a stop sign at the intersection. Neither truck stopped for traffic signs and the two trucks slammed into one another, killing the driver and passengers in one of the vehicles.

An investigation into the crash determined the surviving driver was traveling at more than 80 mph at the time of the collision. He had been cited by law enforcement for traveling 85 mph in a 55 mph zone just a month before the fatal crash.

Investigators also concluded through skid mark analysis that neither vehicle attempted to slow before the collision occurred.

Troopers say they are recommending charges be filed against the speeding driver for his part in the crash.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that motorists think twice before traveling above the posted speed limit.