As a portage stop in the early 1700s and a railroad hub in the 1800s, Louisville is a city built on transportation. With a total of six U.S. highways serving the city and commuters passing through from throughout the country, Louisville’s status as a transportation hub still stands strong. However, new accident data from the Louisville police department reveals that such a status comes with a cost.
Altogether, there were 5,101 motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Louisville in 2016. Overall, accidents were evenly dispersed by date and time with the largest number of collisions occurring in October (479 accident reports) and crashes frequently occurring at 5 pm (31 accidents). However, Louisville car accidents were not evenly dispersed by location. By far, the largest number of accidents took place on the city’s surrounding highways. It would appear the transportation structure that helps Louisville thrive is also responsible for the demise of many Louisvillians. Listed below are the most dangerous roads in Louisville.
At 22.93 miles in length, Interstate 264 runs in a loop around the south side of Louisville. I-264 is often used as the primary detour route when I-64 is closed and typically sees a relatively high level of daily traffic. I-264 is the number one most dangerous road in Louisville with 138 accidents in 2016.
I-65 ranks as the second most dangerous road in Louisville. In total, 130 accidents occurred on the interstate in 2016.
I-64 runs through 191 miles of Kentucky; taking travelers east or west. I-64 connects to the most dangerous road in Louisville, I-264, but it also makes the list. Altogether, there were a total of 80 accidents along the interstate in 2016.
The 31W Treasure Hunt may bring Kentuckians across the state out onto the highway the second week of September, but it doesn’t appear to be the cause of danger. 41 accidents occurred along the stretch of highway in 2016. The accidents were evenly dispersed throughout the year.
Bardstown Road is a major artery in Louisville, carrying both U.S. Route 31E and U.S. Route 150. Last year the highway was the site of 28 auto accidents, making it the fifth most dangerous road in Louisville, KY.
Preston Highway, otherwise known as Preston Street, may not be the most dangerous road in Louisville, but it is certainly a road to remain vigilant on. Last year a total of 24 accidents occurred along the highway in Louisville.
A car accident of any kind can be incredibly emotionally and physically taxing. Between hospital bills, insurance claims, police reports, and repair fees, the last thing any of us want is to become an additional number in a series of accident statistics. In order to prevent a collision it’s in your best interest to remain vigilant at all times, especially while traveling on any of the highways listed above. Avoid distractions from mobile phones, food, and passengers in order to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
In the unfortunate event you find yourself in an accident, Meinhart, Smith, & Manning, PLLC is here for you. On top of physical injuries, a car collision may injure your wallet as well. Insurance companies are historically known for shorting insurance claims; causing you to pay more out of pocket. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s imperative that you work with an experienced Louisville personal injury attorney to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact Meinhart, Smith, & Manning today for a free initial consultation. Call (205) 942-0249 or visit us online.