Our experience as Indianapolis car accident lawyers informs us that very few car accidents are caused by defective parts or vehicle malfunctions. Roadway hazards such as tree limbs or construction debris also account for very few accidents. In truth, most of the accidents which lead — according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — to nearly 34,000 deaths nationwide in 2012 and 674 in Indiana in 2011 were the result of reckless driving and negligence.
Inattentiveness due to driver distractions, such as cell phones, is a primary cause of car accidents. In Indiana, it is illegal to type, transmit, or read a text message or electronic mail message while driving. Drivers in the state are also prohibited from using cell phones without hands free or voice operated capabilities while driving unless they’re calling 911 to report a bona fide emergency. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use cell phones, hand held or hands free, at all. According to a 2011 article from Fox 19 stated that the passage of the no-texting laws followed 2010 statistics, in which Indiana State Police linked 1,100 traffic accidents, including 4 fatalities, to cell phone use.
Fourty three states along with D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have enacted no-texting laws. 12 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand held phones.
Being injured in a car accident is one of the most frightening experiences a person can have. If you’ve been injured due to the reckless driving or negligent behavior of another driver, you may find yourself not only in pain but facing anxiety over mounting medical bills and uncertainty regarding insurance settlements.
Indianapolis car accident lawyers fight for the true value of your injury claim
The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office have the experience to fight for the settlement that you deserve. We’re here to make sure you don’t have to go through this alone. For more information on our services or for a free consultation, contact us today.