Lake County crash injures woman, drunk driving suspected

An Indiana State Police car was involved in an accident along I-80/94 that left a woman with serious injuries.

A State Police trooper pulled over to investigate a single car accident early Wednesday morning. While he was out inspecting the scene, a blue 2009 Chrysler 300 traveling westbound struck his squad car parked along the shoulder of the road.

The Chrysler was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of accident, and the impact sent the squad car careening off the roadway. The Chrysler came to a rest in the left traffic lane.

The officer, who was not in his car at the time of accident, went to assist the driver of the Chrysler. He found her drifting in and out of consciousness. Afraid that the badly damaged vehicle might burst into flames, he shattered the driver’s side window and extracted her from the vehicle.

The driver was transported to Southlake Methodist hospital for treatment. She refused a chemical test for intoxication while at the hospital. A warrant was later issued for her arrest and the Lake County Prosecutor is expected to come forward with charges.

Accident victims aren’t alone

It’s easy to feel alone after suffering serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. In addition to an arduous physical recovery, you may also be facing medical debt, unemployment, and mental trauma.

However, victims should know that they have rights under Indiana Law. If there injuries were the result of negligence or wrongdoing, they can file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for their losses.

The first step is hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can identify the evidence needed to win the case and can launch a thorough investigation to ensure the truth gets told.

Indiana residents shouldn’t hesitate. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.