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Common causes of Greenwood car accidents
Greenwood drivers must be on their guard against reckless drivers. In fact, most car accidents are preventable. Unsafe driving behaviors are responsible for 65 percent of Indiana car accidents and should be avoided at all costs.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the US. It’s tempting to pick up your phone or give your attention to your passengers instead of the road, but your sole focus should always be on driving. It is illegal in Indiana to use your phone while driving. If you were injured in a car wreck caused by someone who was distracted by their phone, you can recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.
Speed-related factors can lead to deadly accidents. In 2019, speeding caused 25 percent of all fatal collisions in Indiana. It may be tempting to push the speed limit if you’re in a hurry to get to the office or if you’re late for an appointment. But the faster you drive, the longer it will take to come to a complete stop if you need to slam on the brakes.
Speeding is especially unsafe in rough weather. If snow, rain, or sleet has made the road slick, or if fog reduces visibility, it is safer to reduce your speed. Over half of speed-related collisions are caused by driving too fast for weather conditions. Keep the road safe for yourself and others by sticking to the speed limit.
Sometimes you can see a reckless driver coming from a mile away as they swerve around traffic. Other times, you may just have the bad luck of driving beside someone who decides to enter your lane without checking their mirrors first.
Unsafe driving like tailgating, passing in the wrong lane, not using turn signals, failure to yield, ignoring stop signs, and speeding is dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk. If someone’s recklessness caused your car accident, contact an Greenwood car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Driving Under the Influence
When you hear “impaired driving” your first thought is probably driving under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol slows your reflexes, blurs your vision, and hinders basic motor skills. When someone decides to drive drunk, nobody wins.
Impaired driving includes drug use, both illegal substances and prescription drugs. Drivers impaired by drugs are more likely to get into a fatal car accident. If the warning label on the side of your prescription warns against operating heavy machinery, taking it may hinder your ability to drive safely.
Do not underestimate the danger of drowsy driving. Driving while fatigued is nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Exhausted drivers may have slowed reflexes or might not notice road debris or lane changes until it is too late.
Schedule your free consultation with an Greenwood car accident attorney today
If you were injured in a car accident in Greenwood, contact the personal injury attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. An auto accident attorney can help file a claim, communicate with insurance, explain what compensation you could be eligible for, and prepare your case while you focus on healing after the accident.
At Hensley Legal Group, we treat our clients like we would like our family to be treated. No one should have to muddle through the legal process on their own, especially if they are recovering from a serious injury. As our client, you will receive honest and assertive representation.
Our law firm has successfully represented car accident victims in Greenwood and throughout the state of Indiana. Your consultation with us is always free. Fill out the online form or call our Greenwood office at (317) 204-8355 to schedule a consultation.