Indy Auto Accident Attorneys Helping Victims In Indiana
Auto accidents are sadly common everywhere in the United States, with almost 40,000 people losing their lives on U.S. roads in 2015. There are a myriad of potential causes of these accidents, but only some are actionable. If you are injured due to the negligence of another driver, and you are able to show cause, you may be entitled to compensation.
Statistics and Suppositions
The most recent available data on accidents in Indiana suggest a roughly proportional total when compared with the nationwide figures, in both accident totals and fatality rates. For example, the fatality rate rose from 746 in 2014 to 829 in 2015, just as the nationwide rate jumped. While some categories of Indiana statistics, such as incapacitating injuries, experienced changes in reporting methodology, the increase cannot be explained by such phenomena in categories like overall death rates. The significant majority of the state’s reported traffic deaths were ascribed to driver negligence.
Other statistical categories can be rationalized more easily, however. For example, Indiana data shows that in terms of the drivers most likely to be involved in accidents causing injury or death, those aged 18-24 made up approximately 8 percent of the total, which is significantly higher than the other age groups listed. Younger drivers, as a rule, tend to drive faster and pay the price for it; auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death for young people not only in Indiana but nationwide. If you are in an accident with a younger driver, it is more likely that they may have been exceeding the speed limit or driving recklessly than it might be for those in other age groups.
The Issue of Fault
While obviously every situation will have a different fact pattern, it is still important to keep an eye on common trends and statistics in auto accidents, as the frequency of an event can make a difference in terms of comparative fault percentage assigned. For example, if there are many accidents involving a blind corner on a road, a fact finder may assign a higher percentage of fault to someone who had a chance to hear of such accidents and not take precautions.
Indiana’s comparative fault law holds that a party found 51 percent or more at fault is not able to recover any damages. Comparative fault is a fairly subjective measure, assigned by a judge or jury after a review of the facts of the accident. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the percentage of fault may increase if the driver or passenger is held to be ignorant of a factor or tendency that they ought to have been aware of.
Car accidents may be common, but each one has the potential to turn your life upside down. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, call an Indianapolis car accident attorney at Holland & Holland today to discuss your options. We can be reached by website or phone at (317) 581-4400.