If you are like most people in Kentucky, you take care to drive your vehicle safely so as to protect yourself, your family and people in other vehicles. This would seem like something that every driver should do but, unfortunately, many people seem to be more concerned about other things and end up putting safety on the back burner. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drinking and driving and speeding continue to be noted factors in many vehicular deaths across Kentucky.
The overall number of fatalities across the state from 2016 to 2017 declined from 834 to 782. However, the number of deaths associated with alcohol increased and the number of deaths associated with speeding remained consistent. In 2017, 181 people lost their lives at the hands of drunk drivers and 138 people died in crashes in which alcohol was a factor.
In the five years spanning from 2013 to 2017, Kenton County has seen some improvement when it comes to deaths in crashes involving speeding. Between 2013 and 2015, seven people died in these accidents, but no such deaths were recorded in either 2016 or 2017. Deaths involving drinking and driving, however, are another story. In 2016, only one person died in a crash in which alcohol was a factor but that rose to seven deaths in 2017.
If you would like to learn more about the factors that contribute to car accidents and how you or a loved one may get help after being involved in an accident caused by another person's negligence, please feel free to visit the negligent driver crash assistance page of our Kentucky personal injury website.