Common Causes of Car Crashes in 2016

February 14, 2017 | Car Accidents

With another year behind us, it is a good opportunity to think about the most common causes of car accidents. Understanding why motor vehicle crashes occur allows us to take steps to avoid them and do our part in making the roads a little bit safer.

Here are some of the more common reasons that car wrecks occurred in Indiana during this past year.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has been a serious public health issue for some time, and there is no reason to believe that the problem suddenly improved last year. While cell phone use and texting certainly are a large part of the issue, distracted driving has been around since long before most of us carried a small computer in our pockets. Some other examples of distracted driving include the following:

  • Grooming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Daydreaming
  • Looking for objects in the car
  • Adjusting the radio

Drunk Driving

In spite of aggressive enforcement of Indiana’s OWI laws and ubiquitous public safety initiatives, people in the state of Indiana continue to drive drunk. Drunk drivers have slower reaction time, impaired judgment, and are at a significantly higher risk of being involved in an accident. Fortunately, in most cases, people who are injured by drunk drivers are able to recover for their losses. As a victim, it is important to keep in mind that the criminal penalties a drunk driver faces after an accident will not result in compensation for your injuries, so it is important to discuss your options with a personal injury lawyer familiar with representing people who have been hurt in a drunk driving accident.

Traffic Violations

Traffic laws exist to ensure the orderly flow of traffic on our roads and highways. When people violate these rules, even by accident, they put everyone at risk. Any number of traffic violations could result in a serious accident, including the following:

Contact Fountain Law Firm

At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many car accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced Indianapolis car accident attorney handling your case.  Indy personal injury Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or by meeting in your home.  Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.