The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2016, there were 34,439
fatal crashes in the United States, resulting in 37,461 deaths. Unfortunately, the vast majority of car
accidents are caused by driver negligence more than any other cause. Other top causes include:
- Distracted Driving
- Automotive Defects
- Dangerous Roadways
Alcohol remains one of the largest contributors to traffic accidents in Indiana and across the nation.
Alcohol impairs a driver';s balance, vision, motor skills, cognitive thinking skills, and their ability to act reasonably. When a driver is under the influence of alcohol, they are also more inclined to drive at unsafe speeds, which increases the likelihood of a crash.
Any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the primary task of driving is distracted driving. While grooming, eating, reading, or talking to passengers are forms of driver distraction, texting while driving is by far the most alarming form of driver distraction because it takes the driver's eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, and their attention away from driving.
Speeding is one of the greatest contributors to car accidents. The higher the speed, the less control a driver has over a vehicle and therefore the higher the chances of a collision. As speed increases, so does the risk of severe bodily injuries or death for those involved in the accident.
As a consumer, we expect that automotive products have been designed to keep us safe and will not pose a danger to us. When auto products that are designed to protect us do not function properly, it can result in severe injuries. Car manufacturers have a duty to provide their consumers with safe products. Sadly, many automotive products are responsible for many deadly car accidents.Dangerous Roadways
Car accidents involving dangerous roadways usually result in legal action against a government agency like a state or federal transportation agency. Lawsuits against government agencies are complex because they proceed according to different rules than lawsuits against private citizens. There are strict time limitations to place the governmental agencies on notice for these types of claims. It is wise to seek legal counsel from car accident lawyers with experience in these types of cases promptly so that your rights can be protected and preserved.