July 24th, 2015|
One of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana today is distracted driving. Our Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that in 2011 alone, distractions contributed to a total of 6,373 crashes on Indiana’s roadways. Of those accidents, as many as 5,856 were the result of an unspecified distraction, while 500 were caused by cellphone use and another 17 were the result of passenger distractions. These accidents resulted in almost $35 million in economic damages.
With distraction being such a common problem on Indiana’s roads, law enforcement is stepping up their efforts against the behavior. According to an article from WFYI Indianapolis, Indiana State Troopers are partnering with law enforcement agencies from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia in conducting the campaign.
The efforts kicked off earlier this week on July 20 with troopers watching for motorists showing signs of distractions such as driving with their head down or erratic speed and lane changes. The project is expected to continue through Saturday, July 25.
The program provides a means of creating accountability among drivers, but officials say it also allows law enforcement agencies to share information about enforcement tactics and data regarding distracted driving.
Our Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in the importance of educating the public about distracted driving. That’s why we would like to applaud Indiana’s troopers for their efforts and encourage motorists to focus on the road at all times when driving.
April 24th, 2015|
Distracted Driving by the Numbers
Distracted driving continues to be a major issue along roads and highways in The Hoosier State. Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that an inattentive driver causes roughly 17 percent of all crashes that result in an injury. The Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that means more than 421,000 people were hurt as the result of distracted driving last year alone.
Driver Inattention Causes Indiana Truck Accident
To put into perspective just how common distracted driving accidents are in our state, reports indicate that blame for a recent Indiana truck accident is being placed on an inattentive driver. Records show the crash happened on Wednesday, April 15, along I-65 outside of Indianapolis.
According to The Indianapolis Star, the 35-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer was “messing with the radio” in his truck when he drifted off the highway and struck an abandoned car.
Fighting Distracted Driving in Indiana
Accidents like these have prompted many to take action to put an end to distracted driving in Indiana. State officials have declared the month of April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As part of the campaign, teens are being encouraged to partake in the Drive Now, TXT L8R social media contest. The contest challenges our state’s young people to create viral social media content that brings the dangers of distracted driving into perspective for their peers. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners.
Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin hope you’ll also choose to get involved with battling distracted driving by pledging not to use your phone or other electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.