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Car Accident Lawyers

According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, there are over 3.5 million registered highway vehicles in Kentucky. The vast majority — over 95 percent — of these registered vehicles are passenger cars and trucks. Because roads are shared by so many vehicles, drivers and passengers face risks. Every year, there are over 150,000 traffic accidents in Kentucky. Of these, 25,000 involved injuries and 724 involved fatalities.

Nationwide, there are approximately 1,200 injuries per 100,000 licensed drivers, resulting in over 2.7 million people being injured in car accidents every year. The most common type of collision in Kentucky is an accident that involves two or more moving vehicles. These types of accidents account for over 67 percent of all crashes and 40 percent of all traffic fatalities. The second most common type of accident is a collision with a fixed object, which make up approximately 20 percent of all accidents and 32 percent of all fatal accidents.

Traffic Fatalities in Kentucky by Year and by Category

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Highway Safety Goals

Every year, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety sets safety goals in an effort to decrease the number of car accidents and car accident related injuries in Kentucky. The safety plan tries to accomplish its goals through a public outreach campaign aimed at changing driver behavior, and through infrastructure improvements, suck as fixing roads and bridges.

The plan also contains an enforcement element. Strategies include decreasing the number of alcohol related accidents by implementing strict DUI enforcement and increasing DUI arrests. Similarly, the plan aims to increase the use of seat belts by increasing ticketing for non-use, and addressing speeding by increasing speeding citations.

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Car Accident Statistics

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Sixteen percent of all Kentucky accidents happen on 1-265 and 1-264

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Most fatal accidents — 79 percent — happen on dry roads

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Night time accidents account for 23 percent of all crashes

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In 33 percent of fatal crashes, only two vehicles are involved

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Accidents are twice as likely to happen on Friday than on Sunday

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Approximately 59 percent of all registered vehicles in Kentucky are passenger cars

Can I Recover Damages from a Louisville Car Accident?

Car accident injuries may result in settlements or jury awards. Several factors influence compensation, including the extent of economic damages, property damage to the vehicle, intangible damages suffered by the victim, and the degree and nature of the negligence involved in the accident.

Where do car accidents happen in Kentucky?

Accidents in Kentucky are evenly split between Interstates and US routes and State Numbered roads, with 35 percent of crashes occurring on federal routes and highways and 34 percent taking place on state routes. Car accidents that happen on highways and interstates are more likely to result in fatalities. Although 22 percent of accidents happen on city streets, these accidents account for only six percent of fatal car crashes.

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Protect Yourself From Car Accidents

While driving or riding in a car carries with it inherent risk, there are steps you can take to decrease your risk of being injured in a car accident. These include:

Avoid distraction: Distracted driving is the number on cause of car accidents in Kentucky

Follow the speed limit: Speeding is particularly dangerous on interstates, where it is easy to drive too fast and too aggressively.

Use your seat belt: Wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of serious injury or death in a car accident by half

Do not drive impaired: Any amount of drugs or alcohol can affect your judgement when driving and put you and others on the roads at risk.

Give yourself space: Rear-end accidents are some of the most common types of collisions in Kentucky. Allowing room between yourself and other vehicles can reduce this risk.

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Practice Safe Driving Habits

Adopting safe driving behaviors will reduce your risk of being in a car accident. The more you can practice safe driving, the more likely it is to become a habit. These actions should become second nature to you as you drive in Kentucky — and anywhere.

  • Do not use technology in your vehicle
  • Slow down in work zones and school zones
  • Respect pedestrians and cyclists, and give them plenty of room
  • Respect the space semi-truck drivers need to stop and make turns
  • Give vehicles that are pulled over room
  • Be calm — take a breath and avoid aggressive driving
  • Do not tailgate
  • Stop driving if you become fatigued

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The Importance of Hiring a Louisville Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may have a right to recover funds for medical expenses and other losses. Hessig & Pohl can help you level the playing field against insurance companies that will try to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. We will navigate the complicated legal process on your behalf to obtain the fair and equitable compensation that you deserve.

Call Hessig & Pohl for your free consultation at 502.777.1111

Client Testimonials

Marty fought for me when the insurance company denied my claim. We sued and got the insurance limits.

- JERAMY

Hessig & Pohl worked hard to get the best possible results for me. I have and would recommend their firm to anybody in need of legal assistance.

- MARISSA

Mr. Pohl settled my claim when another law firm wasn’t able to…He’s the man for the job!

- TINA

Hessig & Pohl is a great law firm in my book. They’re fast, reliable, and always resourceful in solving all of your legal matters.

- DEVIN

Rick comes from an investigative background and he brings that valuable experience to his law firm clients. Call Rick for your legal needs in the greater Louisville area.

- DON

This firm is fantastic. They made everything so easy and stayed in contact. Adam handled my case – if I could choose 2 words to describe him it would be intelligent and genuine.

- RACHEL

Rick and Marty, along with their awesome staff, have been more than great help while handling multiple legal issues for me!

- BEN

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this law firm. They handled my husband’s car accident case with a lot of compassion and care. Rick came to the hospital the very same day of the accident and throughout the process, he took the time to listen to my family’s concerns. We truly felt like we didn’t have to worry about anything. I highly recommend Hessig and Pohl!

- JENNIFER

This is the way to go if your looking for a professional injury attorney to help you recover what you deserve. I would use them again!! Highly recommended.

- CHARLES

Honest and professional. Kept me in the loop every step of the way. I would recommend Attorney Hessig to anyone looking to recoup their losses after an accident.

- DEE

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