If you ever wonder just how safe you are when you're on the road, you are not alone. Many an Indiana resident thinks about this before getting in a vehicle or on a motorcycle or venturing outside on foot. These concerns are not without merit, either. Records indicate that instead of being safer on the roads, people may in fact face more risks.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows a significant jump in the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015 compared to 2014 in Indiana. In the former year, there were 745 such deaths statewide but in 2015, there were 821. Many factors played a roled in these crashes and that can also be seen in the number of fatalities associated with alcohol and speeding. From 2014 to 2015, the former rose from 160 to 178 and the latter from 204 to 232. Pedestrian deaths also jumped from 78 to 96
A 12-month view of 2016 is not yet available but when comparing the first nine months of 2016 to prior years, another sad trend is seen. Not only did the number of fatalities increase significantly from the same nine months in 2015 but the number of deaths in 2016 were greater than any year since 2007 when over 31,000 people died between January and September. That dropped to a low of 23,834 in 2014 and has now climbed back up to 27,875 in 2016.
If you would like to learn more about car accident trends and how to get the right help after an accident, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page of our Indiana personal injury website.