Kentucky Car Accident Lawyer: State Police Reports at Least 87 Auto Accidents Deaths So Far for 2009
The Kentucky State Police is reporting that through February 22, there had been 87 fatalities on state roads for 2009. 82 of these deaths occurred as a result of motor vehicle accidents. 46 of the victims that died were not using seat belts, while alcohol is suspected to have been a contributing factor in 23 of the fatalities.
The state police also said that on Kentucky roads last week, there were seven motor vehicle fatalities. Four of the people who died were not using seat belts and alcohol is a suspected contributing factor in three of these Kentucky auto accidents.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident accident, you may be entitled to file a Kentucky personal injury claim or lawsuit against all negligent parties. Whatever you do, do NOT settle with the negligent party’s insurer without contacting an experienced Louisville car accident lawyer first.
Reckless or negligent driving can be grounds for a civil lawsuit against a liable party. Drunk driving is one form of reckless driving that can result in serious injuries and deaths.
Here are a couple 2007 facts provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about drunk driving:
• 12,998 people died in US drunk driving accidents.
• 1 drunk driving death occurs in the US every 40 minutes.
Drunk driving can impair the driver’s senses, perception, reflexes, and ability to process information, which can make it hard for the motorist to pay attention, stop the vehicle when necessary, notice that he or she is driving at excessively high or slow speeds, obey street and traffic signs, and assess how much distance there is between his or her car and other motor vehicles.
Too many lives are destroyed in Kentucky drunk driving accidents.
KSP Releases Accident Statistics From Last Week, WBKO, February 23, 2009
Alcohol-Impaired Driving, NHTSA
Related Web Resources:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Please contact Louisville car accident attorney Steve Frederick, Attorney at Law to explore your legal options for personal injury or wrongful death recovery.