Drivers in Kentucky run many risks on the road, and this is reflected in nationwide car crash statistics. For instance, the National Safety Council states that there were around 40,200 crash fatalities in 2016. This represents a 13% increase from 2014 and the most dramatic spike in crash fatalities in the past 50 years.

The possible reasons for this are varied. Fatal crashes are more likely in areas with high speed limits, and there have been increases in speed limits across the nation. Thanks to an improved economy, there has also been an increase in the number of cars on the road. Technological advances have led to many sources of distraction for drivers, ranging from in-car infotainment systems to social media apps on phones.

Many crash fatalities are the result of drunk driving, speeding and seat belt neglect. Unfortunately, many states are not strictly enforcing traffic laws. In some places, police do not pull drivers over for failing to wear a seat belt.

The NSC advocates for certain countermeasures like laws against all phone use among drivers. It also encourages the use of ignition interlock devices, which require drivers to take a breath test before starting their car and at regular intervals while they are traveling. Other groups are already anticipating the development of driverless cars.

The root of the problem is, of course, driver negligence. Victims who are injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver may be able to pursue a personal injury case, but with Kentucky being a choice no-fault state, victims may want a lawyer to explain what their options are under the circumstances. If a claim can be filed against the guilty driver’s auto insurance company, victims may want their lawyer to speak on their behalf, litigating as a last resort.