An unfortunately reality that Indiana residents have to live with every day is the fact that vehicle accidents can and do happen at any time and in any location. Whether as drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians, people face a myriad of risks on Indiana roads. From distracted drivers to drunk drivers and more, there is no end to the type of danger posed by negligent drivers.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 2015 was actually the most deadly on Indiana roads since 2007. In 2015, there were 821 people killed in vehicle crashes statewide compared to 745 the year before. Interestingly, 523 of the 2015 deaths occurred in areas designated as rural and 208 of the fatalities occured in urban areas of the state In 2007, there were 898 traffic fatalities. The increase in traffic deaths in 2015 over 2014 can be seen in multiple categories.
Fatalities in crashes in which speeding and alcohol were factors increased. For accidents involving speed, 204 people died in 2014 and 232 died in 2015. For those crashes in which alcohol played a role, 160 pepole died in 2014 and 178 people died in 2015. Pedestrians have faced a particularly tough time in Indiana in recent years. In 2011, 69 people on foot lost their lives in the state. After a drop to 59 deaths the following year, pedestrian fatalities have increased every year thereafter. In 2013, there were 76 such deaths followed by 78 in 2014. In 2015, a total of 96 people on foot were killed in accidents with vehicles.
If you would like to learn more about taffic accidents and how to get help after an accident occurs, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page on our Indiana personal injury website.