Anyone who spends a lot of time on the road has likely seen their fair share of roadside accidents involving a semi-truck. These accidents are often much deadlier than an accident involving two similarly sized vehicles, since a truck has so much more mass and force behind it when it hits a car. Is it possible that these devastating accidents occur more frequently within the area of Central Indiana than in other parts of the country?
The numbers behind truck accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s truck accident statistics show that, in Indiana alone, 152 people died in accidents involving a large truck in 2017, and 146 people died in 2018. The trend of truck accident fatalities in Indiana has been steadily increasing since 2008.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reports that large trucks have been involved in up to 20% of fatal crashes statewide.
What makes Indiana highways dangerous
Central Indiana is an important crossroads of our nation’s highway system. From the central hub of Indianapolis, heavily trafficked highways spread out across the state in every direction, connecting to Evansville, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago and beyond.
Indianapolis is an intersection of many important interstates, such as Interstates 65, 69, 70 and 74. This geographic distribution of cities makes highways around the area of Indianapolis incredibly busy, with trucks passing through in every direction on their way to surrounding cities to keep them supplied. With such a high concentration of trucks in an area notorious for high-volume traffic, it’s no wonder Central Indiana is the scene of so many deadly trucking accidents.
Truck accidents resulting in death or permanent disability change the lives of their victims and their victims’ families forever. If you or someone you know has suffered the effects of an accident involving a large truck, do not hesitate to explore your options for seeking compensation for your injuries.