Motorists nationwide, including in Kentucky, risk their lives whenever they take to the roads. Every one of the over 143 million Americans that commute every day shares the responsibility for road safety. Safety authorities say almost all motor vehicle accidents that claim over 30,000 lives each year are avoidable. The 13% rise in fatal accidents from 2014 to 2017 underscores the reason for concern.
Suggested role players
Based on studies, the following are critical issues in the high number of car accidents:
- Distractions: Cell phones and other distractions claim thousands of lives each year.
- Congestion: Increased number of vehicles on the road cause congestion dangers.
- Aggression: Risky driving due to the fast pace of life causes aggressive drivers.
- Mixed modes of transport: Roads not built for mixed travel still carry vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
- Road conditions: Roads in disrepair cause dangerous driving conditions.
All road users have the right to travel safely from one place to the next. However, the overall lack of driver accountability leaves many crash victims with life-changing injuries or worse. Drivers who disregard posted speed limits, fail to adjust their driving to weather and road conditions, or drive while distracted or impaired do not pause to consider the potential consequences.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents that resulted from another driver’s negligence on Kentucky roads might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the state’s civil justice system. If negligence is established, the court will adjudicate documented losses. A successful presentation of the lawsuit could lead to recovery of financial and emotional damages.