Congested Roads in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties Continue to be Problematic
Hoosiers generally rank in the middle compared to the rest of the country for good and bad drivers, except for failing to follow basic traffic laws on congested roadways. But we don’t mark high for knowing how to avoid engaging in bad driver habits. These errors unfortunately have caused a significant number of deaths and lifelong injuries. Three counties in Indiana were recently reviewed by The Times of Northwest Indiana to identify where fatal road crashes are most likely to occur across the top half of the state. Crash data from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties were closely analyzed with the help of Indiana Department of Transportation’s traffic volume information collected in 2010 thru 2014. Here are some of the investigative findings:
- 373 fatal road crashes over five years killed 404 people in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties
- Porter County hit a five-year high in 2017 with 28 traffic fatalities
- 211 fatal vehicle crashes with 226 people killed between 2010 and 2014 in Lake County, 84 crashes and 95 killed in LaPorte County, and 78 crashes with 83 killed in Porter County
- I-80/94 and I-90, including the Indiana Toll Road ranked as the No. 1 top deadly stretch among some of the most congested northwestern region of the state
The busier, faster moving highways identified through the report showed to be some of the most clogged traffic arteries in the Region that were home to the most traffic fatalities. The top ten deadly stretches revealed in The Times probe were:
- Interstate 80/94/90 corridor
- U.S. 20
- U.S. 30
- U.S. 41
- Indiana 2
- Interstate 65
- U.S. 35
- Indiana 53 (Broadway)
- U.S. 421, Indiana 55 and Indiana 49
- U.S. 12
How To Begin a New Safe Driving Routine
While we can’t likely avoid these major highways in our daily commutes, we can start making better driving choices and prevent accident inducing errors. The team at Wagner Reese pulled together these five easy driving tips so all drivers can make it to their destination without accident, injury or being responsible for a motor vehicle fatality.
- Be Patient. Honking, driving aggressively, or weaving through traffic won’t make the trip faster, but can cause dangerous distractions and crashes. Trucks have operating restrictions, and sometimes use technology like speed limiters. Be respectful of that safety feature.
- Buckle Up. A seatbelt may keep you in your seat and help you maintain control of your vehicle. Wearing your seat belt is one of the most important things that you and your passengers can do to save your lives.
- Stay Focused. The last thing drivers should be doing is spending time on their phone while behind the wheel, especially since distracted driving remains a major culprit behind interstate crashes and thousands of Indiana car accidents every year, some fatal.
- Don’t Drive Fatigued. Sleep can be a true preventative measure against becoming involved in a serious accident or fatal crash. Be prepared to make alternate plans if you are too tired to drive, and acknowledge that tired driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving or distracted driving.
- Never Drive Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. Alcohol and other drugs impair both judgement and reaction time. There is no safe limit for drinking before driving. If your medication carries a warning, take it seriously.
Human error is a key factor for most fatal crashes. From knowing to how to pass safely and recognizing the importance of being a patient driver who is alert and off their phone, this accident reducing risk advice might also save a life. Please share our five tips with those in your family and friend circle.
Bad Driving Choices Create Deadly Outcomes
If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in an Indiana driving accident, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. We put decades of experience to work for you, and we won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled or won. Connect with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak directly with us, please call 1-888-710-9377.
- Traffic Safety Facts: County Profiles, compiled by the IU Public Policy Institute
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration