A fiery blaze caused by a car crash in Louisville engulfed two people on May 25, 2018. Tragically, both the driver and passenger in this car were killed.
According to the Louisville Courier Journal, this accident happened close to 4PM on Interstate 264 West close to the 2-mile marker. Allegedly, a Ford F-150 struck the back of a Buick, which caused the Buick to push a Honda into a semi-tractor trailer. Sadly, this accident ignited a fire in the Buick and killed both of the people inside the vehicle.
When safety crews arrived on the scene, they immediately transported the drivers in the F-150 and Honda to local hospitals. Both of these drivers are expected to survive their injuries.
Although police are still investigating the cause of this crash, they believe speed was a major factor.
Speeding Accidents: A Silent Epidemic
A recent report out of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) argues that the number one reason for traffic fatalities in the USA is speeding. In this study, analysts poured over traffic data between 2005 and 2014 looking for correlations between speeding and traffic deaths.
Analysts found that the number one factor in approximately 30 percent of all fatal accidents in this time period (about 112,500 deaths) was speeding. Amazingly, study authors found that regular speeding accidents and DUI crashes have almost the same fatality rate.
NTSB employees hope this study helps create more awareness on the dangers of speeding even 10 miles over the posted speed limit. They also hope these findings will lead to public awareness campaigns that create a similar stigma around speeding that already exists with DUI and driving without a seatbelt on.
Involved In A Speeding Accident?
First off, we’d like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of the two victims in this horrific crash. We sincerely hope this accident will serve as a stark reminder to all drivers on the dangers of speeding.
Although many cities are adopting Vision Zero programs, putting up speeding cameras, and changing speed limits, speeding accidents are sadly quite common. If you or a loved one is unfortunate enough to be involved in a speeding accident in Kentucky, we recommend that you get in touch with an experienced car accident lawyer at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC.
Don’t trust insurers to give you the compassion or compensation you deserve. Insurance companies are only concerned with getting you to settle for as little as possible. Only a lawyer skilled in Kentucky’s car accident law can help you better understand your legal rights. One free consultation call to Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC will give you more clarity on the damages you’re owed given the nature of your crash.