Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers realize that car accidents occur every day and fatalities occur all too frequently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost 34,000 people died in car accidents in 2012. In the state of Indiana over 670 people died in car accidents in 2011. Over 130 of those deaths were a result of drunk driving.
At the end of March a 25 year old man was killed in a car accident in Indianapolis. This crash was a hit and run with the driver of a truck impacting the victim’s compact car and then continuing on to hit two other vehicles. Luckily the passengers in those vehicles were not harmed. The truck driver left the scene of the accident. Later family members brought him to a hospital. He was uninjured but making inconsistent comments about what had happened. Charges include leaving the scene of an accident causing death and possession of marijuana. At this point it is unclear if he was under the influence at the time of the accident.
People tend to be surprised to find out that the majority of car accidents are due to reckless driving or negligence. Only a small percentage of accidents are caused by some kind of malfunction of the vehicle or by a roadway hazard such as construction debris.
Often car accidents are caused by one of the following driver issues:
- Reckless Driving
- Excessive Speed
- Failure to Yield
- Distracted driving (cell phone, texting, changing the radio, etc)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Running a red light
- Failing to stop for a stop sign
- Failure to appropriately maintain the vehicle (such as inadequate brakes or worn out tires).
In any of these negligent situations the injured party or surviving family members are entitled to fair compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, contact our Indianapolis wrongful death lawyers at the Ken Nunn Law Office.