If you use any interstate on a regular basis, you have probably seen multiple accidents, potential accidents, or situations when an accident was narrowly avoided. It’s so common that it’s easy to disassociate yourself from the situation until it happens to you. When it does, there are several reasons you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. Kentucky has several interstate highways running through it, each with their own risks. Do you know what to expect if you get into an accident on one of them?
Kentucky Interstate Accident Potential
Kentucky has no shortage of interstate accidents. In part, that’s because of its location and the fact that so many interstates run through it. Some of the better-known ones are I-71, I-64, I-65, and I-75. When it comes to the most dangerous Interstates, I-65 ranks near the top, coming in as #37 on a list of 100 Interstates in America where you are most likely to experience a fatal crash. In 2014 alone there were 12 fatal accidents on this highway, with a .81 per mile potential for an accident. That’s almost one accident for every mile of interstate.
Try to Be Prepared
There really isn’t any way to completely prepare for an accident. After all, you hope it’s never something you have to worry about to begin with. However, since there were 1048 hit and runs reported by the Kentucky State Police in 2014, it is a good idea to try and be prepared. For example, you might consider installing a digital recording device just in case someone needs to review it to track down the sequence of events or drivers involved. Keep first aid supplies in your vehicle as well. Furthermore, Kentucky does have some remote interstates, so it’s a good idea to try and keep emergency supplies in your vehicle when traveling these interstates.
Managing an Interstate Accident
In 2014 alone, there were 3,075 accidents on I-75. While not all of them were fatal, all of the people involved had to deal with the repercussions. When it comes to interstate accidents, this can mean something completely different than it does on local terrain. You’re more likely to get into an accident with someone who is not from Kentucky. If this happens, it is handled in a different manner than it is on a local road with a resident. If your accident involves someone from outside of the state of Kentucky, or you are not from Kentucky but were in an accident on an interstate, the case will be reviewed in federal court. It is because of details such as these that it is imperative you have a qualified interstate accident lawyer on your side.
Interstate accidents pose increased risks because of the speeds involved by vehicles on the road. Harville Law Offices has the experience you need to handle this situation, so there’s no need to feel overwhelmed, but there is a need to schedule a consultation. Contact Harville Law Offices immediately online or call (502) 245-2333.