Car crashes in Indiana have increased over the past few years, posing a risk to all drivers, especially teenagers. In 2020, there were approximately 175,000 collisions out of about 2 million registered vehicles in the state. Factors contributing to this rising rate include more speeding drivers and fewer people wearing seat belts.
The most common types of car accidents include rear end crashes, T-bone crashes (where the front end of the car hits the side of another car), rollovers (caused by a sudden swerve or running off the road), and head-on collisions.
Car accidents are common in Indiana and there are a few reasons that contribute to these statistics, which a reliable vehicle collision attorney could focus on if you wish to file a lawsuit.
In 2019, Indiana had approximately 20,000 speeding-related collisions. When a driver speeds, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicle, run a red light, or ignore traffic signs such as a “Stop” or “Yield.” Speeding can increase the risk of a crash, inhibit the ability of seatbelts and airbags to fully protect the driver and passengers, and lead to more severe injuries.
There are many ways to become distracted from driving, such as eating, changing the radio station, using your phone, putting an address into the GPS, or talking to passengers. Furthermore, driving under the influence is extremely dangerous because a driver is not fully aware of their surroundings and their reaction times are slowed. Both drunk and distracted driving are responsible for a significant number of vehicle collisions.
According to the CDC, teens are at a greater risk for car accidents than any other age group. They are more prone to distractions such as talking with other passengers, using their phones, listening to music, and eating, which often leads to accidents.
Some car accidents are unavoidable, but you can lower your risk through defensive driving techniques, such as maintaining a safe distance between your car and other vehicles, consistently scanning your surroundings, being aware of blind spots, obeying all traffic laws and signs, and minimizing distractions. Always drive responsibly, never drive after drinking, and do not get in the car with a driver who has been drinking.
If you have been in a car accident and are dealing with a devastating bodily injury through no fault of your own, reach out to our personal injury attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today to get a free consultation.
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