Does Kentucky have a drunk driving problem?

In 2013, 166 people died in drunk driving accidents in Kentucky. That jumped to 171 in 2014 and then even higher to 192 in 2015.

For some people in Kentucky, the thought of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol seems all but impossible. With the plethora of information available today, it is easy to take for granted that drivers should know just how dangerous this really is. Yet, many people still make this reckless and insensitive choice. Even worse, many innocent people pay the price for these decisions.

Recent headlines show the risk

Take for example the case of a mother who chose to drive after drinking and taking a prescription drug with her three young girls in the car with her. WSAZ reports that the woman's seven-year-old daughter suffered a broken leg and collarbone after the mom drove head first into a truck in an oncoming lane of traffic. The two youngest girls, one and three years old, died in the crash. The woman now faces criminal charges.

Some people clearly do not even learn from their mistakes and choose to drive drunk after being convicted for these offenses. Such is the case of a 27-year-old drunk female driver who last October struck and killed two men. WTVQ notes that the crash happened only weeks after the woman completed courses and other elements of a prior drunk driving conviction.

WHAS11 tells of another drunk driver with a history of impaired driving offenses drove into a crowd of people outside of a food truck in January. Two of the people died and seven others were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Statistics back it up

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that not only are too many people dying at the hands of drunk drivers in Kentucky but that the number of these deaths has been on the rise recently.

In 2013, there were 166 people killed by drunk drivers statewide. The following year, that number rose to 171. In 2015, a total of 192 people lost their lives due to drunk drivers.

In southern Kentucky, Pulaski County experienced more drunk driving deaths than any of its neighboring counties in the five years spanning 2011 to 2015. During that time, there were 13 such fatalities in Pulaski County, 11 in Laurel County, eight in Lincoln County and seven each in Casey and Wayne Counties. Rockcastle County was the location of another six deaths while McCreary and Russell Counties each lost three people in these unnecessary accidents.

Help is important

After a drunk driving accident, Kentucky residents should not hesitate to reach out to a lawyer. This may offer them the chance to understand their options for compensation.