There is no denying that 2020 was an unprecedented year. Almost everything was different, from the way we worked and attended school to what we did on weekends and how we celebrated holidays. In addition to everything else, social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions seem to have contributed to an inrease in fatalities on Kentucky roads.
More Deaths on Kentucky Roads in 2020
When the pandemic began in March 2020, fewer cars were on the road. At that time, no one was sure how decreased traffic would impact road safety. However, later, a federal study suggested that while traffic volume decreased, risky behavior such as speeding, failing to wear seatbelts, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol increased.
Now that 2020 is behind us, we know that 770 people died on Kentucky roads last year. That was more than the 732 people who died on Kentucky roads in 2019 or the 724 people who lost their lives on Kentucky roads in 2018. In 2020, the vast majority of people who died were drivers and occupants of passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks. However, 95 people died in commercial vehicle wrecks, and 74 motorcyclists lost their lives. Jefferson County had more accident-related deaths than any other Kentucky county.
What to Do If Your Loved One Died in a Kentucky Crash
Many families are mourning the loss of loved ones from the Covid-19 pandemic, other illnesses, car crashes, and other accidents. It is a difficult time for many in our community. Every bereaved individual has to find their own way to manage their grief with the help of family, friends, and community.
If your loved one died because of someone else’s negligence, you might have an additional option available to you. You may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an experienced Kentucky wrongful death attorney, and you may be able to hold the person who caused your loved one’s death accountable and recover significant damages.
Our law firm only represents people who have lost loved ones or suffered severe injuries because of another person’s negligence. We provide personal attention and individualized support to every client. If you would like to learn more, please contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.