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Top causes of motor vehicle accidents

| Aug 25, 2020 | News |

If you suffered injuries in a car crash in Indiana, it’s likely that there was some error on the other driver’s part that led to it, in which case you could file a claim. Below are the leading causes of auto accidents nationwide.

Distractions and excessive speed

Arguably the most widespread form of negligence is distracted driving, and this is partially due to the increasing use of smartphones and other technology. Anything that preoccupies a driver’s mind, hands or eyes can distract: food and drink, putting on makeup, talking to a passenger and so on.

Speeding is the second leading cause. It forms part of the greater issue of reckless driving, another source of accidents. Reckless driving also includes tailgating, where one follows too closely to the vehicle in front, and cutting in front of vehicles. A related problem is red-light running, linked to many T-bone accidents and pedestrian accidents.

Alcohol and driving in inclement weather

Drunk driving is all too common, yet drivers can avoid it with certain precautions. They could designate a sober driver to take them home after a party, for instance. The last two examples of human error are driving in an inappropriate way in bad weather and at night. In both cases, drivers must take their limited visibility into account. Bad weather can also mean wet roads and the possibility of hydroplaning.

How to find out if you can file a claim

Indiana is an at-fault state, but it holds to a modified comparative negligence, where victims of MVAs can recover damages only if they are deemed less than 51% at fault. To learn how your case might go and how much you might recover in damages, you could consult with an attorney. The attorney may speak on your behalf at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.