Our attorneys at the Indianapolis Tabor Law Firm know from experience how injury victims often feel following a motor vehicle accident.
For Indianapolis residents and other individuals and families living all across Indiana who have a gut feeling that a lot of dire outcomes are occurring on state and federal roads, there's a sad wealth of evidence to back that up.
The nonprofit National Safety Council, or NSC, has been tracking fatality trends and providing estimates for almost 100 years. This year's preliminary estimates bring us some good news and some bad news.
There is a potentially deadly defect in the Takata airbag inflators that were recalled between 2008 and 2015. A design or manufacturing defect causes the part to inflate the air bag with far too much force, breaking the surrounding airbag housing. This can cause metal and plastic pieces to shoot through the cabin. So far, at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries have been tied to the defect.
The statistics are rather shocking. While the incidence of fatal motor vehicle accidents is down overall, the death rate among pedestrians last year reached its highest point since 1996, according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association. Even worse, last year's rate was 11 percent higher than in 2015.
This past Saturday, another semi-truck accident needlessly took the life of a fellow Hoosier. An out of state truck driver from Iowa failed to stop at a traffic light in Gibson County, Indiana (US 41) and caused a devastating crash. A local Hoosier from Remington, Indiana lost his life following the crash. His vehicle was stopped at a traffic signal when, for no known reason, the tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of his car. At this time it is unknown why the semi-truck driver failed to stop, but too often these types of needless collisions are a result of the truck driver being distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, or simply failing to follow traffic safety laws.
When people lose a beloved family member, usually the last thing on their minds is money. In the aftermath of such a tragic loss, many individuals find themselves too incapacitated by grief to think clearly, and unable to work or immediately return to their lives as before; additionally, there is always the added financial burden of things like funeral costs and medical expenses. Though a wrongful death lawsuit cannot undo what has already occurred, a successfully presented case can ease the resulting financial stresses.
Every time they travel on foot, pedestrians put their lives at risk. The human body is no match for a motor vehicle during a collision, which makes pedestrians the most vulnerable population on the road.