According to WTHR, two INDOT workers were injured after a Greenwood man allegedly rear-ended an INDOT construction truck while impaired in an active construction zone on I-465 near the 9-mile marker in Indianapolis, IN.
Per court documents, the incident occurred on May 13, 2023, around 1:30 a.m. when Thomas Moon, of Greenwood, was driving a silver 2016 RAM and struck the construction vehicle from behind, ejecting the two workers who were in the back.
The crash also hit a semi-tractor in the process. INDOT construction workers reported that the zone was marked with multiple construction signs and the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph.
Indiana State Police officers arrived on scene to find a destroyed RAM and the two injured INDOT workers lying on their backs on the right shoulder guardrail. Moon allegedly told officers that he had been drinking at a strip club, and smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel to drive home. Police reportedly smelled alcohol on him and gave him a breathalyzer test. A blood draw was later conducted at the hospital.
Moon now faces a felony charge of causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He and one of the injured INDOT workers were taken to Eskenazi Hospital for treatment. The other INDOT worker was taken to Methodist Hospital.
Attorney Jeff Gibson helps victims of drunk driving accidents and their families secure the financial compensation they deserve. Jeff, an experienced hit by drunk driver attorney in Indiana, recently shared his thoughts on the legal options available to these victims in Indiana.
"As an attorney representing victims who have been injured by a drunk driver, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects that drunk driving can have on victims and their families. It is important to understand that establishments that serve alcohol have a responsibility to not continue to serve alcohol to those visibly intoxicated. If they continue to serve alcohol to an intoxicated individual and that individual then gets behind the wheel and injures someone, the establishment may be held liable for the accident under a state's dram shop laws. In Indiana, dram shop laws that hold people and businesses liable for any damages caused by an intoxicated individual, in which the intoxication was caused by the person or business selling or providing alcohol.
Victims of drunk driving accidents can seek compensation for their injuries and losses through these dram shop laws. Under these laws, victims can seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages that have been suffered as a result of the accident.
It is important to understand that establishments that serve alcohol have a responsibility to not continue to serve alcohol to those visibly intoxicated. This is the only way to prevent further accidents from occurring and to protect innocent victims from suffering the devastating effects of a drunk driving accident."