Kentucky Car Accident Deaths Increased in 2012
After seeing the number of Kentucky car accident deaths steadily decline from 2008 to 2011, there was an unfortunate increase in the number for 2012. According to Kentucky State Police, 737 people were killed on Kentucky roadways last year, up from 720 in 2011. Hardest hit by the increase was Northern Kentucky. Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties had 13 more deaths in 2012 than in 2011, with Boone County nearly doubling its numbers from 10 deaths in 2011 to 19 in 2012.
A spokesman for the Boone County Sheriff’s department said there was no particular reason for the increase. Every month the Sheriff’s office reviews the car wreck data and concentrates on areas that seem to have an unusually high number of incidents. But there was no rhyme or reason to the sharp increase in fatalities. “There’s not one thing we can point to to say here’s what we are experiencing in Boone County and here’s what we’re going to do about it,” said the sheriff’s spokesman. The crashes were spread throughout the county and were attributed to a number of different factors.
The State of Kentucky has a highway safety plan titled “Toward Zero Deaths.” According to State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, the plan is named that because “There is no such thing as ‘acceptable losses.’ Every highway death is a tragedy.” The department continually strives to reduce car accident deaths through enforcement and education.
Unfortunately, the only way to truly make Kentucky’s roads safer for drivers is for the drivers themselves to take on the responsibility. The transportation department can hold seminars and make posters and talk until they are blue in the face, but it will not decrease the number of fatalities on the roadways unless Kentuckians themselves want to change their driving habits. These changes are obvious, and actually relatively easy, considering they could save a life.
1. Don’t drink or use drugs and drive, ever.
2. Put your cell phones down. And your lipstick. And your breakfast. And your GPS. Pay attention to the road, the traffic signs, and those around you.
3. Wear your seatbelt, always. Make sure your passengers wear them too.
4. Slow down. No meeting or appointment is more important than your life or someone else’s.
5. If the weather is bad, stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary that you be somewhere.
Car accidents will never be obsolete, unless cars become obsolete. That is just a fact of life. But we can all do our best to try to reduce the number of accidents and the severity of the injuries incurred. If you are injured in a wreck, there are ways to be compensated for your injuries. An experienced Kentucky car accident attorney is a good person to consult before you sign anything from an insurance adjuster or agree to any type of settlement. Personal injury attorney Steve Frederick has helped people injured in car accidents throughout Kentucky.
Fatal traffic accidents up sharply across NKY; The Kentucky Enquirer; Brenna R. Kelly; January 6, 2013