Distracted driving causes 3,500 fatalities and 390,000 injuries in motor vehicle accidents in this country each year. While Indiana and other states have outlawed distractions as texting and driving, manufacturers have installed features in their vehicles, which may have contributed to this problem.
There is an unfortunate stigma around motorcyclists, in Indiana and across the country, that makes motorcyclists disliked and distrusted by many people, including police. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they are assumed to be at fault. This preconceived notion is difficult to overcome and can be especially damaging if an injured motorcyclist is trying to receive compensation from a negligent motorist who injured him in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accidents cause fatalities 27 times more frequently than in crashes involving other vehicles. This may come as no surprise to Indiana motorcyclists. Though riding on a motorcycle lets cyclists enjoy the weather to the fullest and get a rush of adrenaline in the process, but there is very little protecting them from the extremities and from the road. The whole frame of the vehicle they are in and equipment inside it, such as seatbelts and airbags, protects motorists. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, only wear a helmet, if that, and knee pads. That males them more susceptible for injuries.
As mentioned previously on the Indiana Personal Injury Law blog, it may be possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver who has caused a car accident. However, the person filing the claim, the accident victim, is known as the plaintiff and the burden of proof lies on the plaintiff. This means the plaintiff has to prove the defendant was negligent and the more evidence the plaintiff has on his or her side, the stronger their case will be. So, what type of evidence can be useful?
It is difficult to comprehend just how dangerous driving can be, given just how common and innocuous it seems. People get in their vehicles and drive from one location to another without giving a second thought to whether they will indeed make it there safe and sound, seldom considering the possibility of an accident. But, an unexpected accident can take place in the blink of an eye and change the lives of everyone involved.
When Indiana drivers travel across the same route almost daily, they get used to the roads and may end up allowing their minds to wander off. As a result, rather than focus on the road and changing road conditions, they could be thinking about a project at work or what to pick up from the grocers. These distractions could end up causing a fatal accident.
Even though teenage drivers getting their license for the first time have undergone driver's education classes, taken exams and spent a certain number of hours on the road to qualify for their license, nothing can replace the wisdom that age and experience bring. Younger drivers are often hesitant on the road, take longer to respond to changing road conditions and cannot anticipate another driver's behavior in advance the way older drivers do. This makes them more prone to car accidents that cause serious bodily injury and property damage.
Indiana trains are used not only to transfer cargo across the state and state lines, but also to take passengers along as well. More and more reliance is being placed on locomotives as a means of transport and the likelihood for a train accident is only going to increase.
The trucking industry is an integral part of the country's economy. These vehicles' size allows them to carry heavy freight across state lines, which means that not only do state laws apply to them, but so does federal law. Trucking hours, freight, and size are all aspects that are regulated in an attempt to ensure safety on the roadways for truckers and other motorists. A truck accident oftentimes leaves those in a passenger vehicle with serious injuries, as the disparity in the vehicle sizes means a car driver is less protected.
As technology advances, companies have begun popularizing the concept of driverless cars, giving the assumption that a driver can sit behind a wheel, check out, perhaps catch a movie on their phone while the car steers itself safely down the road. Though this scenario may be possible at some point in the future, the partially autonomous systems currently available do not work this way. Despite this fact, many drivers still find themselves wrapped in a false sense of security.