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Causes of Indiana Motor Vehicle Accidents

Steve Wagner

Accident Statistics
In Indiana alone there are over 180,000 motor vehicle accidents every single year. In 2011, 674 out of 188,132 accidents resulted in fatalities. 32,734 of those motor vehicle accidents resulted in serious injury or permanent disabilities and 154,724 accidents resulted in property damage.

Motor Vehicle Accidents come as a result of many factors: distracted driving, driving under the influence (drugs, alcohol or other substances), and reckless driving, among others. It seems that with a little extra effort, a little more awareness, and possibly more serious penalties for causing these accidents, hundreds of lives every year could be saved, and prevent tragedy from striking thousands of families.

Hit & Run Accidents
Out of the total number of accidents each year, nearly 1/8th of those accidents are Hit & Run accidents. In 2011, 22,633 accidents were caused by drivers who fled the scene. Some were apprehended, others were not. These reckless and careless drivers caused 28 fatalities, 1825 serious bodily injuries and the accidents they caused resulted in over 20,000 cases of property damage.

In a Hit & Run accident, if any type of injury is caused, fleeing the scene constitutes a felony charge against the driver. Even if no injury is caused, it is still a misdemeanor charge. It is always better to face the consequences of the accident caused than to run away and face potential prison time because of an accident.

Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving can mean many things: eating, applying makeup, sightseeing, chatting with a rider in the vehicle, etc. However, the most rampant and most recent form of distracted driving is texting. We have all heard it, and yet it is still such a widespread problem that it is causing over a million accidents per year.

Nationwide, “cell phone usage” is listed as a factor in 23% of all motor vehicle accidents. That means, 1.3 million accidents per year are caused by drivers who pay more attention to their phones than to the road. When you place your eyes and your hands on the phone instead of on the road and the wheel, all it takes is a split second for everything to go horribly wrong. Did you know that Indiana has legislation about texting and driving, and you will be ticketed and fined if you are found to be texting and driving?

Whatever it is that you have to say to somebody, it can wait. If it truly is an emergency, then it is worth your time to pull over and use your phone while you are not driving.

Driving Under the Influence
Did you know that over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 27 people are killed every day due to accidents involving a driver under the influence. In 2011, 226 of those deaths were children.

If you would like more information on how you can help in the efforts to fight back against drunk and drugged driving, you can partner with MADD as an “Advocate for Change”.

What to do After an Accident
If you are involved in an accident, there are several steps you should take to ensure the safety of yourself and other passengers, and to make sure you will all be taken care of, should there be any legal follow up to the crash.

First and foremost, call the authorities. If there are any injuries, seek medical attention immediately. If nothing is life threatening, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the names and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident, addresses, license plate numbers, VIN numbers, as well as the information of any witnesses around at the time. If the other driver has insurance information, go ahead and swap that with them to make sure you have it on hand.
  2. Photograph all the damage to both vehicles and any surrounding persons and property, and also take a photo of the involved driver’s licenses. This includes bodily injuries as well as property damage. You want to have an accurate record of what happened and what the damage was at the time of the accident.
  3. Seek medical attention. Even if no one appears to be injured, getting yourself checked out by medical personnel is crucial. Not all injuries are immediately apparent, and some types of damage will never be seen outwardly. Discover muscle or joint issues, or any type of internal bleeding or damage can only be done by the proper medical authorities.
  4. File a detailed police report! It is the law for every motor vehicle accident that a police report be filed. Don’t think that if there is not any property damage, you can just exchange insurance information and then leave. If there is an accident of any kind, a police report must still be filed, your insurance company will want this.
  5. Do not say or sign anything without an attorney present. If another driver tries to get you to sign some sort of agreement, do not sign it. There can be legal ramifications for everything, and you never want to exempt someone who may be liable.

When Are You Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
If another driver is responsible for an accident you were involved in, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover for the expenses you have incurred. It is crucial to follow the above steps in an accident, because every piece of information you obtain can be used to help you secure your financial compensation in a lawsuit.

If you are not sure about your circumstances and want more information on what constitutes a motor vehicle accident lawsuit, or whether or not you have a case to file, the lawyers at Wagner Reese offer free consultations to help you determine your next steps.

Are You A Victim?
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible for compensation to assist you in covering funeral costs, hospital bills, loss of income, and more. Please give us a call today at

Accident Statistics
In Indiana alone there are over 180,000 motor vehicle accidents every single year. In 2011, 674 out of 188,132 accidents resulted in fatalities. 32,734 of those motor vehicle accidents resulted in serious injury or permanent disabilities and 154,724 accidents resulted in property damage.

Motor Vehicle Accidents come as a result of many factors: distracted driving, driving under the influence (drugs, alcohol or other substances), and reckless driving, among others. It seems that with a little extra effort, a little more awareness, and possibly more serious penalties for causing these accidents, hundreds of lives every year could be saved, and prevent tragedy from striking thousands of families.

Hit & Run Accidents
Out of the total number of accidents each year, nearly 1/8th of those accidents are Hit & Run accidents. In 2011, 22,633 accidents were caused by drivers who fled the scene. Some were apprehended, others were not. These reckless and careless drivers caused 28 fatalities, 1825 serious bodily injuries and the accidents they caused resulted in over 20,000 cases of property damage.

In a Hit & Run accident, if any type of injury is caused, fleeing the scene constitutes a felony charge against the driver. Even if no injury is caused, it is still a misdemeanor charge. It is always better to face the consequences of the accident caused than to run away and face potential prison time because of an accident.

Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving can mean many things: eating, applying makeup, sightseeing, chatting with a rider in the vehicle, etc. However, the most rampant and most recent form of distracted driving is texting. We have all heard it, and yet it is still such a widespread problem that it is causing over a million accidents per year.

Nationwide, “cell phone usage” is listed as a factor in 23% of all motor vehicle accidents. That means, 1.3 million accidents per year are caused by drivers who pay more attention to their phones than to the road. When you place your eyes and your hands on the phone instead of on the road and the wheel, all it takes is a split second for everything to go horribly wrong. Did you know that Indiana has legislation about texting and driving, and you will be ticketed and fined if you are found to be texting and driving?

Whatever it is that you have to say to somebody, it can wait. If it truly is an emergency, then it is worth your time to pull over and use your phone while you are not driving.

Driving Under the Influence
Did you know that over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 27 people are killed every day due to accidents involving a driver under the influence. In 2011, 226 of those deaths were children.

If you would like more information on how you can help in the efforts to fight back against drunk and drugged driving, you can partner with MADD as an “Advocate for Change”.

What to do After an Accident
If you are involved in an accident, there are several steps you should take to ensure the safety of yourself and other passengers, and to make sure you will all be taken care of, should there be any legal follow up to the crash.

First and foremost, call the authorities. If there are any injuries, seek medical attention immediately. If nothing is life threatening, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain the names and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident, addresses, license plate numbers, VIN numbers, as well as the information of any witnesses around at the time. If the other driver has insurance information, go ahead and swap that with them to make sure you have it on hand.
  2. Photograph all the damage to both vehicles and any surrounding persons and property, and also take a photo of the involved driver’s licenses. This includes bodily injuries as well as property damage. You want to have an accurate record of what happened and what the damage was at the time of the accident.
  3. Seek medical attention. Even if no one appears to be injured, getting yourself checked out by medical personnel is crucial. Not all injuries are immediately apparent, and some types of damage will never be seen outwardly. Discover muscle or joint issues, or any type of internal bleeding or damage can only be done by the proper medical authorities.
  4. File a detailed police report! It is the law for every motor vehicle accident that a police report be filed. Don’t think that if there is not any property damage, you can just exchange insurance information and then leave. If there is an accident of any kind, a police report must still be filed, your insurance company will want this.
  5. Do not say or sign anything without an attorney present. If another driver tries to get you to sign some sort of agreement, do not sign it. There can be legal ramifications for everything, and you never want to exempt someone who may be liable.

When Are You Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
If another driver is responsible for an accident you were involved in, you may be eligible to receive compensation to cover for the expenses you have incurred. It is crucial to follow the above steps in an accident, because every piece of information you obtain can be used to help you secure your financial compensation in a lawsuit.

If you are not sure about your circumstances and want more information on what constitutes a motor vehicle accident lawsuit, or whether or not you have a case to file, the lawyers at Wagner Reese offer free consultations to help you determine your next steps.

Are You A Victim?
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible for compensation to assist you in covering funeral costs, hospital bills, loss of income, and more. Please give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 for more information on how we can help you get back on your feet and out from under the shadow of the accident that hurt you and your family.

for more information on how we can help you get back on your feet and out from under the shadow of the accident that hurt you and your family.

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