Car accidents are often chaotic and unpredictable. However, most auto crashes are the result of a handful of common causes. Indiana has passed laws making it illegal for drivers to engage in behaviors that increase the chances of an accident, but drivers violate those laws every day, putting themselves and others at risk of serious injuries.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, get an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin on your side as soon as possible. Valuable evidence can quickly disappear after the crash, and the sooner our legal team can get to work for you, the stronger your case may be. Dial (800) 477-7315 or use our free consultation form to get in touch with us today.
Factors that Increase the Risk of Accidents
When drivers get behind the wheel, they have a responsibility to themselves and to others to drive safely. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to uphold that responsibility by either engaging in dangerous behaviors or failing to adapt to traffic conditions.
Some of the most common factors that lead to crashes include:
- Distracted driving
Safe driving requires undivided attention, focus, and concentration. Texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and eating are highly distracting and can significantly increase the risk of being involved in an accident.
All major roads in Indiana have speed limits, which are posted and enforced based on things like number of lanes, road width, curves, and elevation changes. Exceeding the speed limit not only makes drivers more likely to lose control of their vehicle, but it also reduces the amount of time they must react to other cars.
- Drunk driving
Driving is a complex task that involves multiple parts of the brain, in addition to muscular coordination and fine motor skills. Intoxicated drivers may exhibit poor judgment, experience blurry vision, and be less capable of keeping their vehicles traveling in a straight line.
- Reckless driving
Significantly exceeding the speed limit, aggressive tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, and passing where prohibited are all examples of reckless driving. Engaging in these behaviors won’t just result in getting an expensive ticket or citation—it will also significantly increase the chances of crashing.
- Inclement weather
Rain, snow, ice, and fog can reduce visibility and tire traction, making it more difficult to see and navigate turns. It’s important to reduce speed and drive defensively during these weather conditions.
Our Lawyers Know Indiana Auto Accident Claims
After an auto accident injury that wasn’t your fault, you may get a settlement offer from the insurance company for your medical bills and lost wages. But it may not be enough to cover all of your injury-related damages. Never agree to any settlements or sign any paperwork without first consulting an experienced Indiana auto accident attorney.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal team will calculate your current and future accident-related expenses, and we’ll do everything we can to maximize your chances of getting full compensation. Get in touch with us 24/7—we’re ready to go to work for you and your family. Call (800) 477-7315 or complete our free consultation form to get started.