On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It is an unfortunate fact that car accidents happen frequently. Even more unfortunate, though, is that many car accidents are preventable. Distracted drivers and drunk drivers pose a serious threat to other motorists. Sadly, one driver’s negligence can cause heartache and pain for many people.

Kentucky State Police recently announced that the number of fatal car accidents that have occurred on Kentucky roadways so far this year far exceeds the number of fatal crashes that occurred at this time last year. Sadly, many of the fatalities were due to a lack of seat belt use and from alcohol-related collisions.

The number of fatal accidents on Kentucky roads has steadily declined since 2006. However, 16 more fatal accidents have occurred this year compared to last year at this time.

“It’s a good time for us to say Kentucky, our roadway accidents are increasing, we need to do something about this,” one state police official said.

The Kentucky State Police points out that many fatal accidents occur on rural roads due to distracted driving. In fact, about 40 percent of collisions are caused by drivers who are not paying attention to the road.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is very difficult. The family of the victim may feel helpless. However, family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if it is determined that another driver’s negligence was the cause of the fatal crash. Although no amount of money can take away the pain of losing a loved one, compensation that is awarded through a lawsuit may provide family members with some sense of justice.

Source: WKYT, “Number of fatal accidents is higher in 2012,” May 15, 2012