A look at last year’s statistics reveals that the number of fatal accidents throughout Kentucky was slightly higher than in 2011. However, there was a sharp increase in fatal Northern Kentucky auto accidents in 2012.
According to police, they can’t find a pattern or reason why fatal accidents spiked in Northern Kentucky last year. Boone County sheriff’s spokesman Tom Scheben said that “There are no distinctive patterns” to the accidents. The causes for these fatal accidents differed and included:
- Drunk drivers
- Driver inexperience
- Unknown causes
Boone County suffered the sharpest increase in fatal wrecks, as it went from 10 deaths in 2011 crashes to 19 in 2012. Overall, traffic fatalities increased 43 percent in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in 2012. There were 43 deaths in these counties, making it the worst year for traffic fatalities since 2005, when 44 people died in crashes on Northern Kentucky roads.
Fatal crashes throughout Kentucky increased by 17 from the year prior with 737 deaths in 2012, compared to 720 deaths in 2011. Unfortunately, this stopped a three-year stretch of decreasing highway fatalities across the Bluegrass state. The numbers include:
- In 2012, there were 737 highway deaths.
- In 2011, 720 people lost their lives in crashes.
- In 2010, 760 people suffered traffic fatalities.
- In 2009, there were 791 traffic deaths.
- In 2008, 826 people died in highway wrecks.
“There is no such thing as ‘acceptable losses.’ Every highway death is a tragedy,” said State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who also added, “We will continue our efforts, including an emphasis on use of seat belts, driving sober, and eliminating driver distractions.”
Our Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyers would like to extend our deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost someone they loved in traffic crashes last year.