The risk of traffic accidents is something we often don’t consider as we leave the house every morning. Yet, the statistics show that every day there are lives lost in our state as well as people seriously hurt in collisions.
In 2018, there were 724 fatal accident victims on Kentucky roads. The Kentucky State Police confirmed that 76 of those victims were killed in Jefferson County. That’s down from the 108 deaths reported in the county in 2017.
Every year people are left to struggle with painful injuries and families are left to grieve lost loved ones.
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Head-On collisions between vehicles often result in the most devastating outcomes in accidents. They can prove dangerous for the occupants involved because the speeds of both cars are added to the impact force. Adding a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol to the equation can multiply the risk of severe injury by several times more.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that about one-third of all fatal crashes involve alcohol-impaired drivers. They also found a link between certain times of the night and when the most collisions are reported.
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According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the worst months for DUI fatalities are between June and September. Road safety experts point out that summer holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend are among the deadliest holidays for DUIs. There’s also plenty of data that suggests teens are more likely to try alcohol in the summer.
Considering how prevalent DUIs are this time of year, Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC,
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The interstates around and through Louisville can be challenging to navigate for any driver. The extreme speeds sometimes seen on the interstates can suddenly drop down to a crawl during peak hours leaving already distracted drivers with little time to react. Multi-car pile-up accidents can be the result.
The Kentucky State Police see the dangers major arteries in Louisville can pose to motorists every day. They responded to 2,773 accidents along Interstate 64 alone in 2018. The collisions led to 19 deaths and left 657 victims injured.
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Kentucky interstates can prove dangerous for drivers when hazards like high speeds and heavy traffic combine. With speed limits of 65 mph, motorists are tempted to go well beyond the limit. Road obstacles like objects in the road and stopped traffic can appear out of nowhere in front of drivers leaving little reaction time.
Kentucky State Police responded to over 13,500 accidents on interstates over the course of 2018. Those accidents left almost 2,500 occupants injured and claimed 71 lives. Interstate 265 around Louisville was the scene for 870 of those collisions.
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There may be nothing more frightening for drivers at night than seeing the headlights of oncoming traffic veer across the center line and into their path.
A collision can be the frightening result and those impacts often occur head-on. A front collision between two cars can be devastating to anyone inside the vehicles. Both cars bring their speed into the crash, doubling the force of the impact.
The Kentucky State Police see the damage a head-on crash or a partial head-on crash can do on a regular basis.
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Kentucky country roads can offer motorists less traffic than the city’s streets and highways, but they can also provide their own unique hazards. Drivers have to be more attentive at all times because of the narrow lanes and tight curves.
Distracted drivers can glance down for a second and veer out of their side of the road or be off the curb in an instant. In a single year, the Kentucky State Police saw over 1,200 victims injured in accidents along county roads.
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Road hazards can appear in front of you in an instant, especially with the speeds involved when traveling on major interstates.
A stopped car or another car accident may suddenly be in your lane and leave you with no space to brake or steer around the accident. In 2018, the Kentucky State Police reported Interstate 75 was the scene of more than 4,500 motor vehicle accidents. 937 injuries resulted from those crashes. 19 people lost their lives on I-75 in 2018.
These interstates have the highest speed limits of any road in the state,
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Car accidents take place in the blink of an eye and if excessive speed is involved the injuries and damages are only magnified. A driver may choose to travel at unsafe speeds and place another driver who obeys traffic laws at sudden risk.
In 2018, accidents involving speeding killed nearly 10,000 drivers according to the National Safety Council. 26% of all accidents that year were the result of speeding.
Speeding isn’t just going over the speed limit, it also involves knowing the right speed for conditions.
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A moped is a mode of transportation often categorized somewhere between a bicycle and a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the moped shares the vulnerability of both when out on the road.
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Mopeds, like bicycles, move at slower speeds than most other traffic and that can put them in dangerous proximity to other vehicles trying to pass. In Louisville and across Kentucky, a moped is only allowed a top speed of 30mph.
Mopeds are also smaller and narrower than cars and trucks.
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