Fatal motor vehicle accidents by the numbers

A fatal motor vehicle accident encompasses cars, trucks and motorcycles. Fatal motor vehicle accidents occur with uncomfortable frequency. According to an analysis of information compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2013 there were 30,057 fatal crashes in the United States in which 32,719 deaths occurred. This may seem like a high number because it is.

In Kentucky, there were 590 crashes in which 638 fatalities occurred. This comes out to 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 10.3 deaths. Additionally, there were 494 rural deaths compared to 144 urban deaths. This means that it is more likely for a rural resident to die while seeking medical attention than an urban resident. This is possibly due to Kentucky's rural towns and residents. Rural communities lack the same hospital and treatment facilities as larger cities so the injured must travel farther to get the same treatment. This increase in travel time means that the injured must endure longer periods without medical treatment than urban residents.

All these statistics mean that Kentucky drivers should take extra care when driving on rural roads. In absolute numbers, 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people is very low. The probability of being in a fatal car crash is probably down there with being struck by lightning. However, these numbers do indicate that if you are in a serious accident, then it is possible that you may die en route to medical care. Take appropriate precautions and safety measures to ensure that you avoid being added to these statistics.

Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney may be the best way to have your rights enforced. A knowledgeable attorney can review your case, the accident report and documents to give you an honest opinion about your legal options. Fatal motor vehicle accidents may happen every day, but that does not mean that your pain or right to recovery is any less important. A skilled attorney can deal with the minutiae so that you and your family can focus on healing and rebuilding.

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