Pedestrians and bicyclists in Indiana face the risk of injuries from car accidents. This was recently brought to light when a 47-year-old bicyclist defied the odds by being struck twice by different hit-and-run motorists over nine days in Logansport, Indiana, last month.
Drunk driving has been a major factor in car accidents in Indiana and throughout the country. However, a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Administration and funded by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility revealed the increasing danger of drivers who use marijuana and opioids.
It is not unusual for the victim of a car accident to experience injuries and harm from their involvement in their ordeal. In fact, some Evansville residents who experience the violence of vehicle crashes live the rest of their lives coping with the injuries they suffered. Injuries from vehicle accidents can vary greatly from collision to collision, but this post will discuss some of the common forms of harm accident victims can experience.
People in Indiana may believe that newer can be better when it comes to cars, and at least one study agrees. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that newer vehicles suffered substantially fewer car accidents than older models. The NHTSA study also indicated that the severity of an occupant's injuries increased with the age of the vehicle.
A recent study showed that motorists are driving while sleep-deprived without even knowing it. This increases the risk of car accidents in Indiana and nationwide, and increases the need for a solution to a long-standing problem.
Indiana residents may be interested to hear that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued its 10th annual report on traffic safety culture last month. Its survey of licensed drivers last fall was unsettling, because it showed the prevalence of unsafe behavior, such as distracted driving, and its potential to increase the risk of car accidents in Indiana and throughout this country.
Following a dramatic rise in pedestrian fatalities in 2015 and 2016, preliminary figures indicate that there was a drop of only one half of 1 percent in pedestrian deaths in 2017. The Governor's Highway Safety Administration, which issued this recent report, estimated that 5,984 pedestrians were killed in car accidents last year based on its review of statistics for the first part of the year.
Indiana residents may be concerned to hear that preliminary estimates from a national safety advocacy group indicate that there were 40,100 deaths from car accidents in this country in 2017. Although this was a 1 percent decline compared to 2016, the 2017 figures are still 6 percent greater than the number of fatal auto accident victims reported in 2015.
Driving while fatigued increases the risk of car accidents. In fact, a recent report issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that drowsy driving caused more car accidents in this country than estimated earlier.
Motorists and passengers can suffer personal injury in car accidents caused by another negligent or reckless driver. Defective equipment can also be potentially dangerous. GM is conducting a review after a Consumer Reports investigation claimed that hundreds of sunroofs from numerous vehicle manufacturers shattered without warning across the country.