Kentucky residents may be aware that the number of people killed on the nation’s roads has been falling for about three decades, but they may not know that 2014 saw the lowest highway death toll ever recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Technology such as airbags and ABS brakes have made high-speed collisions far more survivable, and improved automobile safety is considered to be largely responsible for reducing traffic accident fatalities by more than a third in recent years.
Many auto industry experts and safety advocates believe that these trends will continue as even more sophisticated technology finds its way into reasonably priced cars. Such technology includes electronic accident prevention systems use cameras, lasers and traction control to anticipate and prevent crashes. However, while road fatality rates continue to fall, the statistics indicate that some states are far more successful than others at keeping road users safe.
According to fatal accident data, Montana has the most dangerous roads in America. Nationwide, 10.7 per 100,000 people are killed on the roads, but this number climbs to 23.3 per 100,000 in Montana. Road users in the District of Columbia have the best chances of getting to their destinations safely with a death rate of 4.6 per 100,000. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 77 Americans die in motor vehicle accidents, which is the same as the number killed by firearms. Heart disease remains the nation’s leading killer.
While some automobile accidents are the result of poor weather conditions or mechanical failure, many others are caused by distracted, drowsy or drunk driving. Those who suffer injury, loss or damage due to the negligent behavior of others may pursue civil remedies, and a personal injury attorney could file a lawsuit on their behalf seeking to hold such motorists financially responsible for their actions.