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Single-Car Accident Results in Death

Steve Wagner

Last Thursday around 12:30 a.m., an SUV crashed in Indianapolis as it took the McCarty Street exit to I-70. One person was pronounced dead at the site of the accident, and two others were taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Few details were forthcoming in the hours immediately after the accident, but police are investigating. We will continue to monitor this incident for updates.

Ramps Are Common Accident Locations

Interstate exit and entrance ramps are the site of many more accidents per mile driven than any other segments of highways. Despite this fact, little comprehensive research has been done; however, state-based research has found that about half of all ramp accidents occurred as cars exited the interstate. Thirty-six percent of the crashes happened as cars entered, and sixteen percent at the midpoints of access roads or on-ramps connecting freeways.

In this same study, three crash types accounted for 95% of the accidents:

  • Run-off-road (most common type associated with exiting freeway and with accidents on ramps);
  • Rear-end (more common entering freeway);
  • Sideswipe/Cutoff (most common type associated with ramp margins, or points at which cars enter or exit the ramp, and more common entering freeway).

The most frequent factors impacting ramp accidents are much the same as those impacting other types of car crashes. Alcohol, congestion, and/or speed play a role in many ramp-related accidents. Alcohol and speed of travel can be deadly at entry and exit points due to the decision-making and visibility requirements of the ramp.

Though less common, the design of the ramp and/or placement of road signs may be found to be defective or deficient in some way. These issues would raise questions of liability for roadway architects or the department of transportation.

Most of us have experienced the too-late realization of our intended exit passing us by. This can happen for many reasons, including distracted driving, weather conditions and visibility issues, lack of knowledge about an area, and/or driving under the influence. In any of theses cases, making the late decision to enter or exit a freeway can be dangerous, and a driver choosing such a maneuver is likely to be found negligent and possibly reckless should an accident occur. If a driver’s negligence or recklessness causes injury or the wrongful death of another, the driver may be held liable, and victims or their families may be entitled to compensation under the law.

Wrongful Death

When a loved one is lost in an accident, family members are left not only with enduring grief but also with medical bills and funeral expenses. Though nothing can make up for losing a member of your family, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide financial peace of mind by providing for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, as well as for lost financial support and household services, and loss of parental guidance or love, care, and affection.

Have you sustained injuries due to a car crash while exiting or entering the freeway or interstate? Do you believe another person’s negligence was responsible for your pain and suffering? Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience pursuing vehicular accident and wrongful death cases. Call us now for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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