While most drivers are well-aware of the dangers that speeding and reckless driving present to themselves and the drivers they share the road with, it’s not an uncommon site in Louisville and throughout Kentucky. Drivers weaving in and out of traffic or passing vehicles at high speeds is common on roads such as I-64, I-65, and the Gene Snyder Freeway, which has seen its share of fatal accidents in recent months.

At the Shelton Law Group, our Louisville, KY personal injury lawyers understand that no drivers are above the law. When drivers fail to adhere to posted speed limits on Kentucky roadways, the results can be tragic or even fatal. A recent wrongful death lawsuit settlement in Louisville clearly illustrates the dangers of drivingly recklessly behind the wheel.

Louisville Police Settle With Family In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In July, a $700,000 settlement was reached in a wrongful death lawsuit between the Louisville Metro Police Speeding and Reckless Driving AccidentsDepartment (LMPD) and the family of a young woman who was killed in a May 22, 2010 crash on North Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville.

According to the Courier-Journal, the driver of the vehicle was an off-duty police officer who collided with the young woman’s vehicle. The off-duty officer attempted to pass the vehicle, but instead slammed into the vehicle, sending it spinning into the shoulder of the road.

The problem was this, though. The off-duty officer was traveling over 80 miles per hour – nearly twice the posted speed limit on the road – when he hit the young woman’s vehicle. The officer claimed he sped up to try to swerve around the woman’s vehicle, a 1995 Volvo 850, but crashed into the vehicle instead.

While the police department will pay the deceased victim’s family $700,000 for their loss, it’s likely that it will bring little comfort given their loss of a loved one in a car crash that could have been avoided by simply obeying the rules of the road.

Police: Car accident deaths up 95% from 2012

The story of this settlement comes in light of startling car accident statistics: according to WRDB, as of mid-June, accident-related deaths in Louisville are up a staggering 95% over last year.

Police say that most of these accidents involve cars and trucks and can be attributed to the reckless decisions of drivers who either drive drunk or while distracted by modern conveniences such as cell phones, leading to fatal distracted driving or speeding accidents.

Driving drunk or distracted can cause serious car accidents in Kentucky. These drivers might be more likely to speed, change lanes without signaling, or ignore traffic signals, resulting in serious rear-end crashes, rollover accidents, or even a head-on collision.

The city is experiencing a nearly 100 percent increase in driving fatalities while the state has seen a 20% drop. Police said they’ll continue to educate drivers about safety and run details targeting seatbelt use.

When drivers – even members of law enforcement – fail to obey the rules of the road, the results can be catastrophic. While police can continue to educate drivers, ultimately, it’s up to each and every driver to exercise good judgment when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, call Shelton Law Group today at 888-761-7204 for a free consultation with a Louisville attorney.