Many people die in car accidents every year, and there are many factors that play into car accident fatalities. With many drivers on the road who are distracted, drivers that operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol, and the various weather conditions drivers face, car accidents throughout the United States continue to remain steady. Texting is a serious problem, causing distracted driving throughout the US. Many states have enacted laws to stop under age drivers from texting or using their cell phones while driving a car. There are tougher laws in place for young drivers under the age of eighteen than more experienced drivers.
The state of Kentucky has banned cell phones, both hand held and hands-free, for all bus drivers. Further, there is a ban on cell phone use for all novice drivers, which are drivers under the age of 18. There is also a ban on texting while driving for drivers of all ages. These new laws are an attempt to help control the growing use of cellphones while driving, the number one reason drivers are driving distracted.
Kentucky Car Accident Statistics 2013
- In 2013, 282 people were killed while driving in a car. This accounted for 34% of the total road fatalities that year.
- 180 people died in Kentucky while being the driver or passenger of an SUV or truck, making up for 28% of the total fatalities.
- There were 9 fatalities with drivers or passengers riding in a large truck. This was 1% of the total number of road fatalities in 2013.
- 35 motorcyclists were killed in Kentucky in 2013, totaling 10% of the fatal accidents caused in 2013.
- 55 pedestrians were killed in crashes involving motor vehicles, which added up 9% of the total people killed in car accidents.
- A total of 3 bicyclists were killed in Kentucky after being struck with a motor vehicle.
Crash Statistics for 2013 Involving One, Two or Multiple Vehicles
- 350 passengers and drivers were killed in 2013, in accidents involving one motor vehicle.
- Two motor vehicle or more crashes resulted in the deaths of 288 people.
- A total of 638 people died as the result of a car accident in Kentucky in 2013.
US Car Accidents Statistics 2013
- Alcohol played a significant factor in the deaths of 10,706 people in 2013.
- Speed was a factor that killed 9,613 people while driving or as passengers in the United States.
- More than 2,000 people are hurt in car accidents every year when operators of motor vehicles go through red lights.
- Running red lights resulted in 900 deaths in 2013.
- Exhaustion plays a factor in car accidents, as 37% of licensed drivers report getting drowsy and sleeping while driving at some point.
- Estimates show that roughly 21% of fatalities on the road are because the driver was exhausted.
- Distracted driving was responsible for the deaths of 3,154 people in the United States in 2013.
- Cell phone use and texting is responsible for causing about 10% of the fatalities in the United States.
- 6% of the accidents because of cell phone use were caused by drivers sixteen to twenty four years old.
- The smallest number of fatalities caused by any age group using cell phones was the over 70 drivers.
- Drivers in the age range of eighteen to twenty nine use the internet while driving at a rate of 48%.
- The rise in cell phone use among all ages has resulted in a direct increase in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
- 36% of drivers who were online at the time of their accident, were accessing social media websites.