In recent years, Kentucky has seen a steady increase in crash rates. According to the Analysis of Crash Data in Kentucky by the Kentucky Transportation Center, there was a 9.9 percent increase in wrecks between 2012-2015. The most common causes of these accidents revolved around alcohol impairment, speeding, and distracted driving. In order to protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s important to understand these road risks, as well as where these risks are most prevalent.
Kentucky’s Deadliest Roads
While auto wrecks occur all over the state, there are certain roads in Kentucky that pose a more dangerous threat, for one reason or another. The Kentucky State Police identify these roads based on the number of fatalities that occur. Generally, the accidents that resulted in fatalities involved tractor trailers, heavy traffic with multiple lanes, or sharp, winding curves.
I-75 travels for almost 192 miles through Kentucky. It begins in Williamsburg and travels north to south. This interstate sees heavy traffic on a daily basis. Through most of the state, it has a minimum of six lanes. In 2015, accidents caused 769 injuries and 21 fatalities on the I-75.
I-64 is multiplexed with I-75. It is 191 miles long and features the Cochran Hill Tunnel and a 1960’s style rest area. This road begins in Louisville and passes through rural and urban areas. I-64 saw 547 injuries and 15 deaths in 2015.
I-65 passes through a variety of state landmarks, like the Mammoth Cave National Park and the Fort Knox Military Reservation, for its 137 miles before entering Louisville. It has a complex junction with I-64 for people traveling to and from Indiana. In 2015, 661 injuries and 13 fatalities occurred.
Hal Rogers Parkway
The parkways in Kentucky can be just as dangerous as the interstates. As the deadliest parkway in 2015, the Hal Rogers, formerly known as the Daniel Boone Parkway, saw 57 injuries and 7 fatalities. This highway, from I-75, has four lanes. It narrows to two lanes near the KY 30. It runs for nearly 60 miles through the state.
While Kentucky’s has implemented programs to encourage safe, lawful driving, negligent drivers are still out there. If you are the unfortunate victim of a car accident on any road in Kentucky, a Paducah, KY car accident attorney can represent you and help you hold the negligent party responsible for their actions. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case.