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Dangerous Roads in Indianapolis

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Everyone has their guesses, of course. But a couple of recent studies spotlight both the most dangerous areas for pedestrians and the most dangerous intersections/stretches of roads for accidents. Not only that, a continuing study at the state level lists several dangerous areas, many of them local to us. INDOT’s Five Percent Report catalogs locations all over Indiana that account for more than five percent of all fatal or serious-injury crashes for the three previous years prior to the reporting year.

Watch Out While Out Walking

According to local area police, more than 80 people died over a five-year period in over 1,100 crashes that involved pedestrians. Now, a group called Health by Design has come up with a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections or areas for pedestrians in Indianapolis. They’ve also made some suggestions for improvements to reduce automobile-pedestrian accidents, including repairing or replacing sidewalks, adding sidewalks where none are now, repainting crosswalks for visibility, and retiming the signals pedestrians use, to give them more time to cross the street. Health by Design’s Kim Irwin noted, “There are literally hundreds of things that can improve pedestrian safety.”

The top 10 most dangerous intersections/places in our area are (in no particular order):

  • West 86th Street between Michigan and Harcourt Roads.
  • West 34th and 38th Streets, from Moller Road west to I-465.
  • West 38th Street between Boulevard Place and Meridian Street.
  • East 38th Street from the State Fairgrounds to Sherman Avenue.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Street from 25th to 30th Streets.
  • Meridian and Illinois Streets from 14th to 34th Streets.
  • West 10th Street from Tibbs Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
  • East 10th Street from Woodruff Place to Arlington Avenue.
  • West Washington St. from I-465 to Holt Road.
  • East Washington Street from Willard Park to Arlington Avenue.

Top Vehicular Crash Sites in Indianapolis

The latest list of all the locations with the most crashes in the metro area can be seen here. It comes courtesy of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD). We urge you to familiarize yourself with the list so that you can take extra care in these areas. However, some of the locations that are most well-known for crashes are:

  • 82nd Street and Allisonville Road (this intersection has appeared on crash lists more than once)
  • Emerson Avenue, especially where it intersects Thompson Road, Southport Road, I-465, and Main Street
  • East Street and Thompson Road (various Thompson Road locations often appear on such lists)
  • I-465 and US 31/Meridian Street.

Of course, regardless of how much an intersection/area is fixed or redone, driving habits contribute heavily to accident statistics. Distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, and speeding are top causes of crashes.

The Five Percenters

Indiana’s Five Percent Report for 2012, prepared by INDOT, provides insight into the roadway areas of our state that continue to be accident hot spots, year after year. The latest report, compiled from accident data throughout Indiana during 2009, 2010, and 2011, enables INDOT to pinpoint areas that need the most help, repair, and funds. We’ve spotlighted some likely repeats of areas where accidents historically have been a problem. MP means milepost, otherwise known as a mile marker.

  • I-465 (MP 32.64 to 32.87): an area roughly two miles east of US 31/Meridian Street
  • East Thompson Road from US 31 to Camden Street
  • South Emerson Avenue and East Southport Road (0.39 miles east of I-65)
  • East Southport Road from US 31 to South East Street
  • Allisonville Road at Kessler Boulevard (approximately 3.43 miles SW of I-465)
  • Ramp from northbound Allisonville Road onto I-465, MP 35.32.

What Can I Do?

You, as a responsible driver, can do a great deal to prevent accidents at these known hot spots. Where stretches of road are implicated in frequent accidents, pay attention and slow down. Remember, the most common causes of accidents are distraction, impairment due to alcohol, drugs, or tiredness, aggression or impatience, and speeding.

Intersections pose challenges, because they can range from complex interchanges that include high-speed roads, to simple, “plus-sign” crossroads. A number of factors can be at play when it comes to collisions in intersections, including these: traffic violations such as running red lights; making turns without sufficiently checking for oncoming traffic or pedestrians; driver inexperience with complicated interchanges; and other causes, such as distraction and speeding, which have already been mentioned.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s figures show that roughly 40 percent of all crashes in the U.S., and 21 percent of all deadly crashes, occur at intersections. Intersection accidents can be some of the most deadly ones, involving either head-on crashes, offset crashes (partial head-ons), or T-bone collisions, also known as broadside collisions. All of these kinds of accidents can result in serious injury or death, so we hope you’ll consider the following suggestions when it comes to driving through dangerous intersections or stretches of roads.

  • Drive defensively! Assume that the other guy might not obey traffic signals or yield the right of way. Cars may come rushing through the tail end of a yellow light, might not stop for a red light, or might “jump the green light,” so be prepared.
  • Take special care during times of reduced visibility such as dawn and dusk, and during nighttime hours.
  • Pay strict attention to all road signs and lane markers.
  • Always come to a full stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • Slow down and exercise caution at blind intersections.
  • Always use your turn signals.
  • Remember turning right on red is permissible only if there is no traffic coming. Right-on-red is not a “right.”
  • Watch for pedestrians. They could be approaching from any direction.


real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

At McNeely Stephenson, We Believe Justice Matters

If you are thinking about hiring an Indiana car accident lawyer, you should look for an attorney who will give you competent and compassionate representation with a “client first” approach. That’s exactly what you’ll get with proven advocate attorney Mike Stephenson. His entire legal team is committed to doing whatever is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. While

a financial recovery cannot heal all wounds after a devastating accident, it can help ease the burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability. At McNeely Stephenson, we know exactly how to go about handling your car accident claim so that you receive maximum compensation.

If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available to you in the aftermath of a car accident, we hope you’ll hand the worry over to us and let our resources back you up. The initial consultation is always free, so call attorney Mike Stephenson to talk about your questions at 855-206-2555. If you prefer, you can use our online contact form.

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