There is a reason Indiana is referred to as the crossroads of America. The state is within a day’s drive of most parts of the U.S. and the neighboring country, Canada, making it one of the busiest states for commercial freight traffic.
The high volume of commercial truck traffic passing through Indiana has made it a hotspot for truck accidents, according to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over 1,000 trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2020 alone, resulting in hundreds of deaths. The figures are even higher for non-fatal truck accidents, which can prove to be nearly as devastating to the thousands of victims involved. These numbers are alarming and highlight the need for increased safety measures and awareness among all drivers, especially those operating large commercial vehicles.
Human error remains the leading cause of truck accidents
Despite advancements in technology and safety measures, human error is Indiana’s leading cause of truck crashes. Truckers, like all drivers, can become distracted, tired or make poor decisions while on the road.
Driver distractions such as texting, eating or using a navigation system can lead to a driver taking their eyes off the road, resulting in an accident. Driver fatigue is another significant issue that can impair a driver’s ability to react to sudden changes in traffic conditions. Additionally, substance abuse can impair a driver’s judgment and reaction time. Speeding, tailgating, and failing to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles can also lead to accidents.
While technology such as collision avoidance systems can assist in preventing some error types, addressing driver behavior and reducing risky driving practices remains critical to reducing truck accident rates in Indiana.
Protect your interests after a truck accident
Nothing prepares you for a truck accident. It can happen to anyone at any time, and it helps to understand your rights so that you can exercise them in the event that one should cause you harm. You may be entitled to compensation for the harm or losses you suffered as a result of an injurious crash.
Seeking legal guidance can help you understand your options, advocate for your rights and increase the chances of getting the settlement you deserve.