Louisville Automobile Accident Blog

Woman killed in hit-and-run while getting garbage cans

A woman in Kentucky was simply trying to bring her garbage cans back to the house after the trash had been picked up, but she was hit by a vehicle that then sped away from the crash site. Tragically, she died from her injuries.

The woman's home sits near a golf course, though it is unclear if the white SUV that hit her was coming from the course or not. Witnesses watched the crash and later told the authorities that the SUV left the road, hit the woman and simply kept on going.

Key statistics regarding deadly pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians who are doing little more than walking the dog or going for a run face serious risks when these activities take them near busy roads. An accident involving a car has a high probability of being fatal, and all it takes is one little error on the driver's part to put someone in the hospital.

To really understand just what the problem looks like, here are a few key statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In one study, a full 70 percent of pedestrians who passed away were men, while 30 percent were women.
  • During the week, the highest percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents can be seen from 4 p.m. until midnight.
  • On the weekend, though, things shift a bit, and the highest percentage of fatal incidents can be observed between 8 p.m., and 4 a.m.
  • City dwellers face the highest risks, as urban centers see an incredible 73 percent of pedestrian fatalities.
  • Hit-and-run incidents account for a full 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths, or one out of every five incidents.
  • Night brings an elevated risk, as the general times for accidents help illustrate, as a total of 70 percent of these wrecks happen after dark.
  • Children face high risks. When looking at all those who died in some type of motor vehicle incident between the ages of 10 and 15, a full 21 percent of them were pedestrians at the time.

A stunning majority of motorcycle crashes lead to injury or death

You have always heard that motorcycle accidents are dangerous. You wear the gear: a leather jacket, a full-shield helmet, riding gloves and protective pants.

Does that keep you safe? It can, and it absolutely helps. The more safety gear, the better.

Distracted driving proves very hard to stop, despite the stats

Every single year, reports indicate that an average of 3,300 people die due to distracted driving and cellphone use behind the wheel.

The problem is that cellphone use is so widespread. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that 60 percent of all people who drive in the United States used their phones while doing it. Some studies have found that 50 percent of teens make calls behind the wheel and roughly one-third of teens will text and drive.

Night travel is 3 times as dangerous as daytime travel

You're planning a trip, and you have some flexibility regarding when you travel. As such, you're considering driving at night. You figure there will be far less traffic, so you'll make better time and you'll be safer. Doesn't fewer cars on the road mean better odds of avoiding a crash?

You will see less traffic. However, statistically speaking, you may not be safer. The reality is that, despite the difference in traffic levels, about 51 percent of fatal accidents happen during the day and 49 percent take place at night. Though this makes night travel sound just slightly safer, since there are less cars on the road, that means the fatality rate per miles driven is roughly three times higher when it's dark out.

4 actions that can lead to road rage

There is never any excuse for road rage. It leads to accidents, injuries and death. Even in more minor cases, it can lead to aggressive and dangerous driving, along with property damage.

Many times, it also leaves drivers wondering why it happened. Why was that other driver so angry? What spurred the event and turned a mundane, normal commute into a potentially deadly confrontation?

Deadly DUI accidents spike during the night

You face the greatest danger of getting involved in a car accident exactly when you'd expect: between six and nine o'clock in the evening.

It's clear that commuting is dangerous. The amount of traffic on the road swells, sometimes causing it to come to a standstill. People are always in a rush, trying to get to appointments or just home for dinner.

The high costs after a fatal accident

When a loved one is killed in a car accident, the last thing on your mind is the financial cost. It's an emotionally trying time, and family members need to be there for one another to get through it.

However, the financial cost cannot be ignored. One woman who worked in the funeral industry pointed out how her job made it more clear than ever how many people die well before old age. Everyone imagines living to 100 and passing peacefully in bed, but the reality is that accidents, diseases and other issues take many lives every day.

3 children hurt when drunk driver plows into playground

Three kids were enjoying themselves at William Harrison Park, never knowing that their day would end with an emergency trip to the hospital. That's exactly how things panned out, though, when an alleged drunk driver slammed into the playground equipment. Reports claim his vehicle was left tangled in that equipment in the wake of the crash.

Those reports also claim that he was speeding, and police say he passed out behind the wheel. He wasn't even conscious as his vehicle went out of control. When they did a blood test after the fact, they found that his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was a stunning .301. The legal limit is .08, and he was almost four times over that limit.

Preserving evidence following a truck accident

Quite possibly one of the most important things you need to do following a truck accident, if you are not severely injured, is preserve the evidence. Evidence can be scattered all across the roadway, which makes this task a bit difficult. There are steps you can take after an accident to help preserve the evidence created by a crash and we will outline them in this post.

Do not step on or drive over any potential evidence at the crash site. This can be easier said than done when trying to move your vehicle to a safe spot on the road but you need to be mindful. Debris scattered all over the road could play a big role if the authorities need to reconstruct the accident scene.

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