Distracted driving causes many buggy accidents in Indiana
ELKHART, Ind. –Two recent incidents in Elkhart County highlight the dangers of distracted driving accidents involving motor vehicles and horse-drawn buggies.
A 17-year-old girl who rear-ended a buggy carrying an Amish couple and their 6-week-old baby on May 29 told police that she got distracted and didn’t see the buggy until it was too late to avoid the accident. Another distracted driver rear-ended a buggy carrying an Amish woman and her 4-year-old child on June 2.
Neither accident resulted in life-threatening injuries.
But the accidents show motorists often overestimate the time they have until they reach a horse-drawn buggy and don’t make a move to pass or slow down soon enough.
The Center for Traffic Safety’s director tells the Elkhart Truth (http://bit.ly/29s5bUh ) that people traveling in plain country need to increase their awareness and decrease their speed.