According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been more than 6 million traffic accidents each year in the United States since 2014. These result in between 1.6 and 2.1 million injury accidents.
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents in Kentucky cause serious physical, psychological, and emotional injuries. If another driver caused your car accident and injuries, you may be entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, we’ve been helping injured clients recover compensation since 1890. We’re among the longest serving firms in Kentucky for a reason: we get results for our clients.
If you or a family member were injured in a Lexington car accident and need help, call Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP to schedule a consultation. Our Kentucky car accident lawyers offer a free case evaluation to answer your questions. Contact or call (859) 550-2900.
How Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP Can Help After a Car Accident in Lexington, KY
We know how disruptive a car accident can be to your life. Even a minor car accident can result in major hassles, such as property damage, mild injuries, and missed work. A severe accident can cause lengthy hospital stays, massive medical bills, significant income loss, and more. When another driver caused your accident, they should be held responsible for your damages.
At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, we’ve helped injured clients in Lexington, KY for over 125 years. In our century of business, we’ve recovered billions of dollars for those we represent. We’re proud to devote our entire practice to personal injury cases, and we’d like to devote our time and attention to your case.
Hire our Lexington personal injury lawyers for your car accident case, and we will:
- Offer sound legal advice as we pursue your claim
- Investigate the causes and circumstances of your crash
- Gather evidence to prove the at-fault driver’s liability
- Work with Kentucky’s leading medical and economic experts to strengthen your claim, if necessary
- Calculate and pursue every cent of your damages as a result of the accident
- Handle all settlement negotiations with the insurance company
- Take your case to trial if the insurance company won’t settle fairly
You don’t get to be 130 years old by playing scared. Insurance companies and defense counsels know that our Lexington personal injury attorneys will take them to trial if they don’t play fairly. We use our reputation in the courtroom to maximize your settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Lexington, KY, let us be your advocate. Call our Kentucky law office today for a free consultation regarding your case.
How Common Are Car Accidents in Lexington, KY?
Traffic accidents in Lexington are frequent events. In 2020, Lexington was second only to Louisville with the most fatality accidents in Kentucky. This is not terribly surprising since Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky by population.
Moreover, Lexington is coextensive with Fayette County, KY, which covers 286 square miles and includes the following major highways:
- Interstate 75
- Interstate 64
- U.S. Route 25
- U.S. Route 27
- U.S. Route 60
- U.S. Route 68
- U.S. Route 421
- Kentucky Route 4, a.k.a. New Circle Road.
Most people’s travels in Lexington do not end up in a car crash. But with its significant population and many major highways, Lexington is bound to have car accidents. Let’s look at some car accident statistics in Kentucky.
Number of Fatalities and Serious Injury Collisions in Kentucky By Year
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety tracks the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Kentucky yearly.
In the last decade, Kentucky has had the following traffic fatalities and serious injuries:
- 2010: 760 fatalities and 4,053 serious injuries
- 2011: 720 fatalities and 3,873 serious injuries
- 2012: 746 fatalities and 3,825 serious injuries
- 2013: 638 fatalities and 3,175 serious injuries
- 2014: 672 fatalities and 3,154 serious injuries
- 2015: 761 fatalities and 3,175 serious injuries
- 2016: 834 fatalities and 3,114 serious injuries
- 2017: 782 fatalities and 3,008 serious injuries
- 2018: 724 fatalities and 2,749 serious injuries
- 2019: 732 fatalities and 2,731 serious injuries
Statistics for year-to-date roadway fatalities are on the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety website at transportation.ky.gov.
Fatal and Non-Fatal Collisions in Lexington, KY
Lexington averages between 1-2 traffic fatalities a week and hovers around 100 traffic fatalities each year.
Over the last ten year, Lexington had the following number of fatal accidents.
- 2020: 99 fatalities
- 2019: 105 fatalities
- 2018: 87 fatalities
- 2017: 94 fatalities
- 2016: 118 fatalities
- 2015: 109 fatalities
- 2014: 93 fatalities
- 2013: 66 fatalities
- 2012: 73 fatalities
- 2011: 94 fatalities
- 2010: 93 fatalities
An accident in Lexington is far more likely to result in property damage or injury than in death. Lexington is a populous city with many major interstates and highways running through the city. Accordingly, there are many injury-causing and non-injury-causing accidents each year.
The Lexington Police Department tracks the traffic collisions each year in Lexington.
From the years 2013-2019, Lexington had thousands of injury and non-injury collisions:
- 2013: 2,220 injury collisions / 12,524 non-injury collisions
- 2014: 2,067 injury collisions / 13,466 non-injury collisions
- 2015: 2,090 injury collisions / 14,528 non-injury collisions
- 2016: 2,387 injury collisions / 14,675 non-injury collisions
- 2017: 2,402 injury collisions / 14,703 non-injury collisions
- 2018: 2,212 injury collisions / 14,219 non-injury collisions
- 2019: 2,070 injury collisions / 14,305 non-injury collisions.
Incidentally, Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft launched in Lexington in mid-2014. The number of accidents involving fatalities in 2015 and 2016 were the highest in a decade. Uber and Lyft have both been associated with increased congestion in cities like Lexington. Many people who otherwise might take public transportation to their destination now use ride-share services for their commute, increasing the number of motor vehicles on Lexington roads.
When accidents cause injuries, victims have the right to recover compensation from the at-fault party. Whether your traffic accident occurs on an interstate, highway, road, or at an intersection, you can seek compensation for your damages after an accident from whoever is responsible for your injuries.
What are the Causes of Most Accidents in Lexington?
Many factors contribute to motor vehicle accidents in Lexington.
In 2019, the top causes of collisions in Lexington were:
1. Inattention (20%)
2. Following too close (16%)
3. Failing to yield to the right of way (15%)
4. Misjudging clearance (13%)
5. Vehicle not under proper control (12%)
6. Distraction (6%)
7. Other (5%)
8. Improper backing (5%)
9. Traveling too fast for conditions (4%)
10. Failing to keep in proper lane (4%).
Less common factors included alcohol involvement, falling asleep, improper passing, loss of consciousness, and speeding. Many collisions have more than one contributing cause. Human factors, environmental factors, or malfunctions of vehicle parts (brakes, tires, suspension, etc.) can all contribute to motor vehicle accidents.
What are the Most Dangerous Roads in Lexington?
Some roads in Lexingtons are more dangerous than others. Congestion, malfunctioning or insufficient traffic signals, and poor road design can all make a certain road or intersection more dangerous.
In 2019, fatal accidents were reported at the following locations in Lexington, KY:
- Georgetown Rd between Lisle Rd & Scott County
- I-75 north near the 107 mile marker
- Russell Cave Rd between Hollow Creek Rd & W New Circle Rd
- 1800 Harrodsburg Rd
- I-64 near the 88 mile marker
- I-64 Ramp from I-64 E to Haley Pike (KY0859)
- I-75S between I-75S Exit 115 On Ramp From Newtown Pike & I 75S Exit 113 Off Ramp to US27
- Tates Creek Rd bet Armstrong Mill Rd & Parliament Way
- Man o’ War Blvd & Jocasta Dr
- W New Circle Rd & Russell Cave Rd
- Rice Rd & Back Gate Dr
- Georgetown Rd between Kearney Rd & Berea Rd
- Tates Creek Rd & Lansdowne Dr
- I-64 Ramp from I-75S to I-64E (MP 81.345)
- I-64 between I-75S Exit 118 Ramp to I-64W & County Line
- Old Frankfort Pike between Elkchester Rd & Barbarika Dr
- I-75 N near the 110 mile marker
- E New Circle Rd ramp from KY-4 N to US-25 E
- Russell Cave Rd between Greenwich Pike & Hughes Ln
- E New Circle Rd between Golden Way & Bryan Ave-Bryan Station Rd
- Tates Creek Rd between Montclair Dr & Cooper Dr
- Richmond Rd between Lakeshore Dr & Fontaine Rd
- I-64 E near the 74 mile marker
- Ruffian Way between Leestown Rd & Shamrock Ln
- Russell Cave Rd between Iron Works Pike & Sahalee Dr.
After a fatal accident, surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of money in a lawsuit can undo the pain and heartbreak of an unexpected loss, compensation can hold negligent parties accountable. It can also alleviate the financial strain of funeral and burial expenses, final medical bills, and lost earnings the decedent would have contributed to their family.
How Do You Get a Traffic Collision Report After an Accident in Lexington?
Depending on where your car accident occurred, you will need to get a copy of a crash report from either Kentucky State Police or the Lexington Police Department. If you were involved in a collision, you can access your crash report through the Lexington Police Department Website. The fee is $10 per report, and only individuals involved in a traffic collision may obtain a report pertaining to an incident.
The crash report is important evidence in your case, but not the only evidence. If you hire Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, we can obtain a copy of your crash report for you. We can help you document your injuries and obtain other evidence such as surveillance footage and witness statements. We can also arrange an independent investigation of the cause of your accident to determine who may be liable.
What Is My Lexington Car Accident Lawsuit Worth?
Placing value on an injury or death is not easy. When an accident is caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another, victims or their family members may seek compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Injury victims are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages compensate you for your financial losses after an accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity. Non-economic damages compensate for personal, non-financial losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Several factors may influence how much economic and non-economic damages are available in your case, including:
- The severity of your injury
- Your income at the time of your accident (to calculate lost earnings)
- The amount of time you won’t be able to work
- The amount of insurance available
- The skills and negotiating abilities of your attorney
- Whether you were partly at fault for your injuries
If you were partially at fault for your accident, this may affect your compensation. Kentucky’s comparative rules allow you to recover damages even if you are up to 99% at fault. However, your damages will be reduced to account for your share of fault. For example, if you are 30% at fault, you can only take home 70% of your damages.
Car accidents are overwhelming and stressful experiences. Our personal injury attorneys can help you fight for the fair compensation you are entitled to recover for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. We will also ensure that the insurance company doesn’t try to place unfair blame on you for your accident to reduce their payout. Call us today for a free consultation.
Need Help After a Lexington Car Accident? Get a Free Consultation Today
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Lexington due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. However, you should not delay. Kentucky’s statute of limitations only gives you one year from the date of your accident to file a suit before you can no longer recover damages.
At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, our lawyers have more than 130 years of obtaining results for our clients. Our Lexington car accident lawyers have unmatched experience in personal injury claims, and we know what is at stake. If you’re looking for the best attorney for your Lexington personal injury claim, contact us to see how we can help you.