Personal Injury Lawyer Fort Knox and Radcliff KY | Car Wreck Attorney
Founded in 1918, Camp Knox was named after Henry Knox, the continental Army’s chief artillery officer. Most people don’t realize that Fort Knox was here before Radcliff. Radcliff was founded in 1919. The famous bullion depository was not built until 1936 and ever since then has held our nations bulk of our gold reserves.
Attorney Tyler Fleck served at Fort Knox for over two years as the main legal advisor for the 3rd Recruiting Brigade, United States Army Recruiting Command. The Fort has a wonderful golf course and Radcliff has some of the best Korean and German food in Kentucky.
Why Do Vehicle Accidents Happen in Kentucky?
What’s the biggest threat to you and your family when you’re driving in Kentucky? The State Police keep many statistics on traffic accidents across the state. They help determine the most common accident conditions and causes so resources can most effectively deal with the most serious threats.
There were 134,285 accidents on public roads in 2018. They caused 724 fatalities and injured 33,914, according to State Police statistics. They list 22 “contributing factors” that lead to accidents. These factors are the following, with the percentage of accidents involved:
- Not under control – 29.52%
- Driver inattention – 18.52%
- Alcohol involvement – 10.69%
- Failure to yield – 9.49%
- Unsafe speed – 8.43%
As you can see, there can be multiple reasons for an accident, but these are the biggest dangers facing motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists on Kentucky’s roads.
Distracted Driving Can Cause Serious Injuries
About nine people are killed and more than a thousand are injured in accidents reported to involve a distracted driver every day in the US. That distraction can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (removing your hands from the wheel), and cognitive (not focusing on driving), according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC estimates that 29 people in the US are killed in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver daily. The yearly cost of drunk driving crashes is more than $44 billion. Based on a survey of drivers, in 2018 12 million Americans 16 drove under the influence of marijuana with another 2.3 million driving after using illegal drugs other than marijuana. Many combine drug and alcohol use before driving.
Speeding Can Cause Serious Injuries
Speeding makes other mistakes more likely to happen. You have less time and distance to stop. Your vehicle is more difficult to control. If you’re distracted and speeding, you’re traveling a longer distance while not focused on driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2017 across the country 37,133 people were killed in speeding-related accidents.
Another big issue with accidents is their location. About 26.9% of Kentucky accidents in 2018 occurred at intersections. Conditions mostly aren’t to blame. The vast majority happen on on dry roads during daylight.
The accidents are there because that’s where the vehicles are. Some are stopped, some are moving, often in different directions. If a driver doesn’t pay attention when he approaches, he may be going too fast to stop in time, and rear-end the vehicle in front of him. If there are none, he may speed through a red light or stop sign and strike another car in the center of the intersection.
Intersections may also be poorly designed, maintained, or lit when it’s dark. Vehicles moving at high speed could be coming from a highway off-ramp. There could be insufficient sightlines making taking a right turn hazardous.
Contact Us To Help
Whatever may have caused your vehicle accident, if you have questions about your legal rights or need legal help to obtain compensation for your injuries, call The Fleck Firm for a free consultation at (270) 446-7000. We’ll talk about the accident, your injuries, the law, and your best options to proceed. Insurance companies have lawyers. You should have one too.