Pedestrians in Indiana know that they must always be on the lookout for drivers who may not necessarily see them. This can be while walking across a parking lot, on a sidewalk or crossing an intersection. Even if a pedestrian has the right of way, they must exercise caution as an accident between a person on foot and a vehicle will generally turn out worse for the pedestrian due to the inherent lack of protection around them.
Such was the case in a tragic accident that happened in Columbus earlier this spring. A husband and wife couple were walking in a bike lane that was buffered from the main road when they were hit by a minivan. The husband, who was 30 years old, was killed as a result of the impact. The wife, who was 28 years old, was injured but no details about the severity of her injuries were reported.
Recently the driver of the van was charged with a Class C misdemeanor in relation to the crash. He was officially charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a Schedule 1 or 2 substance. It is believed that the man was under the influence of methamphetamine. It is not known if any civil lawsuit has been initiated in the death of the husband or for the wife's injuries.
People in Indiana who lose their loved ones and sustain injuries themselves due to others' negligence may be able to get help seeking compensation by talking with an attorney.
Source: The Republic, "Driver in fatal pedestrian accident accused of using drugs," Mark Webber, July 26, 2017