Car crashes continue to cause an alarming number of fatalities in Kentucky and throughout the U.S., but there has been a decline in numbers for two years in a row now. The National Safety Council estimates that in 2019, 38,800 people died in car crashes, and 4.4. million crash victims had to seek medical attention. Both represent a 2% decrease from the previous year. By contrast, 39,404 crash victims died in 2018, and 40,231 died in 2017.
Potential factors in the decrease
While it may take a couple years before researchers know what caused the decline, there are several possible explanations. For example, more new vehicles are coming with crash avoidance features like collision warning, blind-spot alert and automatic emergency braking.
Another factor could be that many cities are addressing high-crash areas with the Vision Zero model in mind. The NSC even launched an initiative back in 2016 called Road to Zero, which encourages ways to get the number of fatalities down to zero one day.
What drivers can do to lower the numbers
Safety programs and technology are not enough, though, if drivers continue to behave irresponsibly. This is where basic defensive driving comes in. Drivers should get plenty of sleep, avoid their phone and other sources of distraction, and take steps to avoid DUI such as designating a sober driver for them.
Legal representation for crash victims
Perhaps the personal injury you incurred was the result of someone else driving negligently or recklessly. You may be able to file a claim as Kentucky is a choice no-fault state, but it may be wise to retain legal counsel before anything else. The lawyer may have crash investigators gather proof against the defendant, such as the police report and phone records. The lawyer may then be able to negotiate on your behalf for an out-of-court settlement.