When individuals are inside their homes, they often have a feeling of security. Unfortunately, even people inside their houses can become seriously injured in an accident. It was recently reported that a drunk driving accident in Indiana resulted in the death of a teenage boy after a vehicle crashed into the boy’s home while he was watching television.
Apparently, the 16-year-old and his step-brother were in their living room when a truck came crashing into the room. The driver of the truck reportedly had a blood-alcohol content level of .175 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit. It was unclear which direction the truck might have been traveling when it left the roadway and collided with the house.
The 16-year-old boy was killed instantly in the accident, and his 10-year-old step-brother suffered minor injuries. They were sitting in different areas of the room when the truck entered it. The driver of the truck was not injured, and the mother of the deceased boy was also uninjured as she was apparently in a different part of the home at the time of the incident. The driver of the truck was charged with OWI causing death.
The family of the teen victim are likely devastated over the outcomes of this drunk driving accident. The sudden loss could cause them to experience emotional and financial hardships for which they may wish to seek compensation. Filing a wrongful death claim against the driver considered at fault could help them pursue reparations for funeral expenses, emotional challenges and other damages permissible under Indiana law.
Source: fox59.com, “Jay County teen killed while watching TV after drunk driver crashes into home“, Kylee Wierks, Oct. 31, 2015