Have you ever been involved in a car accident in Indiana or know someone who has? It would not be surprising as sadly it seems that crashes are something that every driver should expect to experience in some form at some time. Whether a minor fender bender or a serious injury or fatality accident, these incidents can wreck havoc on people's lives, causing emotional, physical and financial trauma. And, data shows that from 2014 to 2015 the number of fatalities in automotive crashes in Indiana jumped significantly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state recorded 745 vehicular deaths in 2014. The following year, that number rose to a whopping 821. That is the greatest number of fatalities on Indiana's roads in single year since 2007 when 898 people died. In Clark County, one vehicular fatality occurred in 2014 and then three in 2015. Over the five years spanning from 2011 to 2015, the county lost 16 people in auto accidents.
Fatal accidents in which speed or alcohol were identified as contributing factors also increased in 2015 over the prior year. In 2014, there were 160 drunk driving deaths and 204 deaths in crashes involving speed. In 2015, those numbers were 178 and 232, respectively. Pedestrians also saw more danger around the state in 2015 when 96 people on foot were killed. That is compared to the death of 78 pedestrians in Indiana just the year before.
If you would like to learn more about motor vehicle accidents and how to seek help after being involved in one, please feel free to visit the collision compensation page of our Indiana personal injury website.