Indiana Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
The largest number of vehicle accident deaths occur to the occupants of cars, vans, mini-vans, pick-up trucks, and SUVs. Though this number has decreased by 30% since 1975, these types of vehicles accounted for 66% of the 32,367 motor vehicle accident deaths in 2011. An additional 2.35 million people are injured or disabled in road accidents every year.
On average, every driver will have an accident once every 17.9 years. (According to Property Casualty Insurers Association of America) So, if you received your license at the age of sixteen, the odds that you will be involved in a total of three to four accidents over a lifetime are very good.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- 17.8% of fatalities involved a driver who was distracted by something inside the vehicle, including technology (US Dept. of Transportation)
- 3.2% of fatal accidents in 2009 involved drivers using cell phones.
- The deadliest three hours on United States roads are between 12:00AM and 3:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays. 66% of those fatal accidents involve alcohol.
- Distracted driving, speeding, and drunk driving are the leading causes of traffic accidents in the United States. In Indiana itself, 20% of fatal collisions involved a driver that was legally impaired by alcohol, and 19.4% were speed related.
- Though fewer than 25% all accidents in 2009 happened on roads with a speed limit of 55 mph or higher, when accidents do occur on these roads, they are more likely to be deadly.
Traffic accidents cost the United States $230.6 billion per year, or an average of $820 per person. In 2010, the average claim for injuries to cover both the insured driver and others involved in an accident came to $23,450 according to the Insurance Research Council. Insurance companies, however, are in business to make a profit, and they do not make a profit by paying out money for accidents. Often, these payouts do not adequately cover the pain and suffering caused by injuries, death, loss of income, medical bills, and mental anguish of the parties involved. That’s when you need the advice of an experienced attorney.
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Blackburn and Green for a free home, hospital, or office visit.