One Dead, Another Injured After Car Veers Off Road and Hits Tree
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Sep 28, 2016 in Car Accidents
A single-vehicle crash on Monday night in LaPorte County left the 21-year-old driver dead and the 20-year-old passenger injured.
The driver was traveling on County Road 1000 N close to County Road 125 E when he lost control of his 2006 Mazda, veered off the road and hit a tree.
When deputies from the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene, the driver and passenger were trapped inside the wreckage from the crash.
The driver was pronounced dead while the passenger was transported to the hospital where she received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
Deputies said the driver was speeding at the time of the accident, as his car was traveling at 80 mph when the speed limit in the area was 45 mph. Authorities are still investigating the accident.
Speeding is a Consistent Problem on Roadways
Speeding continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents, especially fatal car accidents. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, there were 9,262 deaths from crashes related to speeding in 2014, which amounted to 28 percent of car accident deaths that year.
Indiana is one of 11 states that has implemented aggressive driving laws in an attempt to deter people from speeding and engaging in other forms of aggressive driving.
Indiana's law covers speeding, reckless driving, harassment, intent to annoy and several other types of aggressive driving.
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by speeding, you should contact a skilled car accident lawyer to find out your legal rights and see if you should be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The South Bend car accident lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak will thoughtfully review your claim and inform you of all of your legal options. If your claim is valid, we will aggressively pursue all of the compensation you are entitled.