Posted on: September 21, 2011 by Jeffrey Kooi
The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys learned four people were hurt in a Motorcycle Accident in Franklin, Indiana. The crash happened Tuesday night on United States 31. Several victims suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local Indianapolis hospital for treatment.
Indiana investigators say the Vehicle Accident happened as a mother, her son and that son’s girlfriend were walking on United States 31 near Franklin College. That’s when a motorcycle apparently collided with the son and his girlfriend who are both teens. The driver of the motorcycle and his passenger were tossed from the motorcycle. The Indianapolis Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Crossen Kooi learned the identities of these two — the driver was 42 year old Daniel Thompson, and the passenger was 22 year old Kristina Lacefield. Neither was apparently wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
As for injuries, local Indiana police say Thompson was critically hurt in the Motorcycle Accident. Lacefield suffered injuries to her hip and upper leg. The son who was the pedestrian suffered various injuries including a broken leg. His girlfriend reportedly suffered internal head injuries. The son’s mother was not hurt in the motorcycle crash.
Initial reports are Thompson was drinking prior to the Vehicle Crash. Indiana investigators are awaiting results of his blood test. The dangers of drinking and driving are well- documented, but it is worth taking a closer look at the effects of drinking and driving in the Hoosier state. Of course, in Indiana it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration level (or BAC) of .08 percent or higher. One study examined drunk driving and its connection to vehicle accidents. It found in 2009 in Indiana, there were 187 deadly vehicle crashes where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.08% or more. Also, 42 people in Indiana died in vehicle accidents where at least one driver had a BAC between 0.01% and 0.07%. Additionally, 250 total fatalities happened in Indiana when at least one driver had a BAC of 0.01% or above.
The experienced Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are well-versed in Indiana’s laws that pertain to drunk driving. Indiana does have stricter laws for drivers under the age of 21 and drivers of commercial vehicles who are found to be driving drunk. However, in general, if someone drives with a .08 BAC in Indiana, it is a Class “C” Misdemeanor for your first offense. The legal penalties vary depending on how many times the suspected drunk driver has been convicted of driving drunk. But, the first time a driver is convicted of drunk driving in Indiana, he or she will usually pay court costs and fees of $300 or more, and the driver can also be fined up to $5,000. The driver could face some jail time among other penalties like having his or her drivers license suspended.
The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers know how devastating an auto accident can be not only for the victims but for their families as well. If you or someone you love was hurt in a vehicle crash, contact the Indianapolis Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Crossen Kooi for a FREE consultation.