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Top Driver Actions That Resulted in Car Accidents in Indiana in 2017

By Matthew Golitko on May 15, 2019

A car accidentCar accidents are an everyday occurrence, even on the roadways here in Indiana. In fact, according to the official report Indiana Traffic Facts 2017, 219,112 car accidents occurred in Indiana that year; 834 of these accidents were fatal.

Here, attorneys Matthew Golitko and John P. Daly discuss the driver actions that contributed to the most car accidents in Indiana in 2017. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, contact Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis, IN to schedule a time to have one of our attorneys review your case.

The Official Report

The Indiana University Public Policy Institute works with the

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to analyze data maintained by the Indiana State Police, including Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report information, which is completed by all local and

state law enforcement officers for all reported collisions.

Most Common Driver Errors for All Reported Crashes

These driver errors were the top contributing driver actions for car accidents:

  • Following too closely: 39,569 accidents
  • Failure to yield right of way: 35,752 accidents
  • Unsafe backing: 20,029 accidents
  • Ran off road: 18,411 accidents
  • Unsafe lane movement: 10,213 accidents

Drivers Errors with Highest Fatality Rates

The fatality rate refers to the number of fatal crashes for every 1,000 collisions. The driver actions that contributed to the highest fatality rates include:

  • Influenced by pedestrian action: 100.5
  • Wrong way on one way: 35.9
  • Left of center: 25.3
  • Driver illness: 20.3
  • Unsafe speed: 14.8

Driver Errors That Resulted in the Most Fatalities

Here, we take a look at the driver actions that contributed to the most fatal crashes:

  • Ran off road: 211
  • Failure to yield right of way: 118
  • Left of center: 92
  • Influenced by pedestrian action: 75
  • Unsafe speed: 72

Common Causes of Deadly Collisions

Left of center accidents contributed to a high fatality rate and high number of fatal crashes in Indiana in 2017. Drivers should not go left of center unless the other side of the road is visible and there is no traffic. Driving left of center is especially dangerous because it increases the risk of a head-on collision at a high rate of speed.

Drivers that are influenced by pedestrian action or speeding are also at higher risk, according to the fatality rate and number of fatal crashes reported.

The Complete Statistics

Driver Action Total Fatal Non-fatal Property Damage Fatality Rate
Following too closely  39,569 24 6,011 33,534 0.6
Failure to yield right of way  35,752 118 8,277 27,357 3.3
Unsafe backing  20,029 1 317 19,711 0
Ran off road  18,411 211 4,456 13,744 11.5
Unsafe lane movement  10,213 15 908 9,290 1.5
Disregard signal/Reg sign  7,716 60 2,723 4,933 7.8
Improper turning  7,420 2 498 6,920 0.3
Speed too fast for weather conditions  7,173 13 1,156 6,004 1.8
Unspecified distraction  6,035 11 1,040 4,984 1.8
Improper lane usage  5,134 11 423 4,700 2.1
Unsafe speed  4,878 72 1,398 3,408 14.8
Left of center  3,632 92 1,029 2,511 25.3
Overcorrecting/oversteering  2,952 17 604 2,331 5.8
Improper passing  2,014 8 210 1,796 4
Driver asleep or fatigued 1,572 4 381 1,187 2.5
Driver illness  837 17 396 424 20.3
Influenced by pedestrian action  746 75 524 147 100.5
Distraction: cell phone/other electronic device  495 0 106 389 0
Wrong way on one way  223 8 59 156 35.9

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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, it is in your best interest to have a personal injury review your case. Contact Golitko & Daly online today or call us at (317) 566-9600 to schedule a time for a case evaluation.

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