Well known to Brownsburg and Indianapolis residents, I-74 is nearly 430 miles of interstate that stretches the length of 5 states.
Indiana sees I-74 run west to east from Illinois through Brownsburg and Indianapolis until it reaches I-465. From there it diverts southeast until it reaches the border of Ohio.
A quick online search of “I-74 accidents in Indiana” reveals a long list of serious car accidents involving traumatic injury and death. A number of these accidents have occurred inside and near the Brownsburg and Indianapolis city limits.
Common I-74 Accident Causes
Attorney Boulton has helped several injured clients who were involved in serious I-74 car accidents, and in most instances, his crash investigation revealed that a collision occurred because of one of the following common interstate pitfalls:
Speed – Interstates are notorious for excessive speed. For this reason, it is no surprise that I-74 accidents are more likely to result in traumatic injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spine-related damage, and/or death.
Distracted driving – Mobile devices continue to be attributed to interstate accidents involving serious injury and wrongful death.
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Taking a quick look at a text on your phone while traveling at 55 mph roughly translates into traveling the length of a football field, blindfolded.
Congestion – Whether its commuter or vacation-related traffic, I-74 has seen an increase in traffic volume.
Drivers’ attention can sometimes wander in stop-and-go interstate traffic. The end result can quickly lead to fender-benders and other serious collisions.
Semi-trucks – I-74 has long been a popular route with semi-trucks delivering shipments to Indianapolis as well as other hubs along its route.
Bolton Law Group had witnessed a number of interstate accidents involving negligent semi-truck drivers. Unfortunately, semi-truck accidents often result in traumatic injuries.
Construction – At times, it can seem like I-74 is continuously under construction.
Lane merges, reduced speeds, impatient drivers, and other construction-related hazards sometimes catch drivers by surprise, causing a serious crash.
Weather – Wintry conditions or a rain-soaked I-74 multiply the chances that any of the above listed risks will result in a serious car accident.
With regard to winter, Indiana’s interstates have been plagued with serious potholes over the last several seasons. Boulton Law Group has talked with a number of drivers who suffered serious property damage or were involved in an accident related to road damage.
Where are I-74 Brownsburg crashes likely to occur?
The Indiana State Police have developed a wonderful crash prediction tool that is designed to assess where crashes are most likely to happen based on traffic patterns and analyzing a record of past incidents.
According to the tool, you can see that between the hours of 6-9 a.m. there is a “High” crash risk in the red-shaded section of I-74 that passes through Brownsburg:
Similarly, using the same tool and time period to view I-74 as it nears Indianapolis, we clearly see an increase in crash risks and incidents that involve injury:
I-74 accident next steps
While a large percentage of interstate-related accidents cause injuries that are clearly visible and require on-scene treatment, there are instances in which a crash will leave someone with more subjective injuries that may not be immediately apparent, such as soft-tissue damage, or a closed-head injury.
More subtle injuries sometimes do not present immediately and may be masked by the effects of adrenaline. For this reason, it is critical that victims visit the ER or make an appointment with their primary care doctor.
Next, it is likely that an insurance adjuster will try to contact you shortly after the accident. We advise that you avoid taking calls from the insurance company before speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney.
Insurance companies will want to obtain recorded statements and signed medical releases so that they can attempt to reduce their liability. We have witnessed victims signing away their rights or saying something that reduces the value of their case.
In some instances, accident victims completely bar themselves from any recovery by way of one simple mistake.
Zero Fee Guarantee for I-74 accident victims
Attorney Boulton has more than 25 years of experience helping Hoosiers who have been injured on Indiana’s many interstates, including I-74. The common thing that all interstate accidents share is the need for a professional investigation by an experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer.
No matter the size of your interstate accident, Boulton Law Group offers all victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means that your consultation will be absolutely free, and the only time we collect payment for our legal services is after we win your case.
To speak to attorney Boulton about your case, you can contact him direct at 317-350-2680, or you can write to us with the details of your case by using our confidential contact form.