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Indiana Intersection Crashes

Intersection accidents can occur when drivers act irresponsibly on the road, endangering other drivers, and potentially causing harm. Motor vehicle accidents can cause life changing pain—physical, emotional, and financial. Contacting an experienced attorney can help you collect damages to cover hospital bills, medical expenses, and additional costs or lost wages.

How to Avoid Intersection Crashes

Many of us drive through several intersections daily without considering the possibility that we may be involved in a collision. Intersection collisions can sometimes be unavoidable, but there are tips you can follow to try to avoid them.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, intersection crashes typically occur due to driver error or distraction. Because we are so accustomed to driving through intersections, it can be easy to fail to notice your surroundings. We may be in a hurry, stressed, or simply distracted and let our guard down. The cause of the majority of intersection crashes is inadequate observation of surroundings.

To avoid intersection collisions, the following tips may be helpful:

  • Use signals to make others aware of turns or vehicle lane changes
  • Watch for crossing traffic
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Maintain safe following distance
  • Stay alert and avoid distractions

Intersection crashes can lead to a great deal of vehicle damage, severe injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.

Indiana Intersection Crash Reports  

According to the Indiana Traffic Safety by Indiana University Public Policy Institute, there were over 215,000 traffic collisions in the state of Indiana in 2018. Additionally, there was a slight increase of 1.3% in total traffic collisions in the state from 2017 to 2018. Indiana University Public Policy Institute Traffic Safety also states that the number of collisions was highest during the late fall and winter, with the most accidents taking in January.

Many traffic collisions were the direct result of distracted drivers in intersections and work zones, where it is vital for drivers to be alert of their surroundings. In 2018, there were roughly 800 fatal collisions, 32,000 non-fatal collisions, and 180,000 involving only property damage. Day-time collisions were more frequent than night-time crashes.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident at no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation. The lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are experienced to help you with your accident case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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