Driving is the most popular form of transportation in almost every major region of the United States. However, some regions and specific roadways experience heightened rates of serious car accidents. Despite Indiana’s many positive attributes, the state maintains some of the deadliest roadways in the United States. It is vital that Indiana drivers recognize the inherent dangers of traveling on the state’s roadways, and understand their rights and remedies if they suffer injuries in an Indiana car accident.
Interstates 80, 94, and 90 in Indiana rank as the deadliest roadways in the state. The most recent statistics indicate that the interstate has been the scene of 50 fatal crashes, involving 56 fatalities. The deadliest county on this roadway is Lake County, which experienced 29 fatal crashes claiming 29 lives. Hammond ranks as the deadliest city on this stretch of highway, experiencing 13 fatal crashes and claiming 12 lives. As many would expect, semi-trucks were involved in most crashes, followed by regular four-door sedans. Although the winter months present the most inclement weather, statistics indicate that the deadliest months are September and October. Moreover, most fatal accidents occur on Thursday.
In addition, U.S. 20, U.S. 30, U.S. 41, and Indiana Route 2, rank among the top five most dangerous roadways in Indiana. Although accidents can happen on any roadway, highways are inherently more dangerous. Highways are often the scene of accidents because of the sheer number of vehicles, the number of large commercial trucks, and the speed that the vehicles travel.
Safe highway driving can help diminish the overall rate of accidents and serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that most serious accidents occur because of driver error. Driver error includes ignoring traffic signs, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driver distraction or fatigue. Safety officials implore motorists to abide by all traffic rules when traveling on Indiana roadways. These rules and tips include maintaining a safe distance between vehicles. Rear-end collisions account for nearly 30% of traffic accidents, and maintaining a safe distance can decrease the likelihood of a driver slamming into a car in front of them.
Moreover, drivers, especially long-haul truck drivers, should avoid driving while drowsy. Sleep-deprived drivers often exhibit the same symptoms as those under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drowsy drivers should safely pull over, open a window, and try and drink water to become more alert. Additionally, avoiding distractions is a critical way to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Finally, wearing seat belts and ensuring that children are in a proper car or booster seat will reduce the chance that accident victims will suffer serious injuries.
Have You Suffered Injuries in an Indiana Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or died in an Indiana car accident, contact Padove Law. Attorney Burton A. Padove, has extensive experience vigorously representing Indiana injury victims in their claims for damages. He handles cases stemming from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, premises liability, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Through Attorney Padove’s representation, his clients have recovered significant damages for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, and other similar losses. Contact Attorney Padove at 877-446-5294, to schedule a free initial consultation.