Millions of people drive in and through Indiana regularly, and most do so without incident. Not every commuter is so lucky, though, as drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians may become involved in a collision. A review of 2021 Indiana car accident stats might provide insights for those hoping to avoid a crash in subsequent years.
2021 and Indiana car crashes
Last year was not the safest on record for Indiana drivers. In fact, the state saw an increase in car accidents from the previous year.
The sheer volume of crashes might shock those who commute in Indiana. The Hoosier State saw a total of 200,909 crashes in 2021, a 14.38% increase from 2020. More than 30,000 people suffered injuries in these accidents, and over 800 lives were lost.
According to the Indiana State Police, roughly 40% of the people killed last year were not wearing a seat belt. There was a slight downward trend in seat belt wearing in the state, although more than 90% of drivers regularly wear them.
Dangers, negligence, and car accidents
Investigations of motor vehicle accidents may reveal that a deadly collision was avoidable. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in Indiana. That should not be too surprising, since distracted drivers cause collisions throughout the United States. Some drivers insist on talking on the phone, texting, eating, or otherwise doing things that take their attention away from the road and their hands off the wheel. They behave this way despite the known risks.
Other risky behaviors include speeding, driving under the influence, and operating an unsafe vehicle. Negligent drivers could face dire civil consequences if their actions hurt another person. In addition, criminal proceedings might be appropriate in some cases.