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Which Counties See the Most Kentucky Motorcycle Crashes?

Which Counties See the Most Kentucky Motorcycle Crashes?

Motorcycle accidents often cause serious injuries to bikers. These accidents are especially deadly when bikers lack necessary protection, such as helmets

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Tragically, severe and fatal accidents are on the rise in Kentucky, and some counties have seen dramatic increases in motorcycle crashes

These crashes can cause numerous debilitating injuries to bikers. Motorcycle accident victims may struggle with costly medical expenses. On top of these bills, an injured biker may struggle to work while in recovery, or they may not be able to return to their pre-injury occupation due to permanent disabilities.  

While you should always take necessary safety measures regardless of where you go, it’s important to be aware of the most dangerous counties for bikers. In this blog, you’ll learn which counties see the most Kentucky motorcycle crashes. We’ll also unpack recent state-wide statistics and share motorcycle safety tips. 

If you suffered from a serious motorcycle crash caused by a driver’s negligence, you need to contact a personal injury attorney to help you recover fair compensation. For experienced Kentucky motorcycle accident attorneys, contact McCoy & Sparks Attorneys at Law. We can help you get started with your claim today. 

Which Counties See the Most Kentucky Motorcycle Crashes?

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In October 2023, WBKO found that Warren County was one of the most dangerous Kentucky counties for motorcyclists. In 2023 alone, there were a total of 5 fatal motorcycle crashes, making up almost half of Warren County’s total fatal accidents that year. 

Coupled with WBKO’s reporting, we can identify some of the most deadly counties and locations through a study conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Center. When it comes to Warren County, the study found that the most dangerous location for bikers is on US 231, near mile point 9.1-10.1. This single mile saw eight motorcycle crashes between 2006 and 2008. 

Kentucky County Crash Rates From 2005 to 2009 

The Kentucky Transportation Center analyzed crash rates for each county. They compared the number of crashes per 10,000 residents of each county. 

Based on their analysis, the counties with the most crashes per 10,000 residents were: 

  • Trimble 
  • Caroll
  • Mason
  • Calloway
  • McCracken

On the other hand, the counties that had the lowest motorcycle crash rates were:

  • Hickman
  • Green
  • Wayne
  • Oldham
  • Kenton

Kentucky County Fatality Statistics 

In addition to evaluating crash rates, the Kentucky Transportation Center analyzed which counties have the highest numbers of motorcycle fatalities. 

Out of 775 fatal motorcycle crashes from 2000 to 2009, the most deadly counties were: 

  • Jefferson — 109
  • Fayette — 26
  • Warren — 26
  • McCracken — 21
  • Pike — 21 

Recent Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Statistics

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Motorcycle accidents have steadily been on the rise in Kentucky in recent years. From 2012 to 2021, there were 952 motorcycle-related deaths in Kentucky, 13% of all of Kentucky’s road fatalities. 

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety stated that there were a total of 1,575 motorcycle crashes in 2022 alone, leading to 99 deaths. The Perry County Coroner indicated the vast majority of these accidents were entirely preventable, and many were caused by drivers texting and engaging in other distractions

Additionally, the American Automobile Association (AAA) indicated that there was likely an increase in motorcycle crashes and deaths in 2023 compared to the previous year. AAA’s data shows that from January to April 2022, there were a total of 194 motorcycle crashes. In 2023, the number of accidents from that same period jumped to 231. Tragically, 15 of those 231 accidents involved motorcycle fatalities. 

We don’t yet have sufficient data to determine whether this trend will continue into 2024, but it’s clear that bikers and motorists alike need to operate their vehicles cautiously to mitigate the risk of causing deadly crashes. 

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcyclists need to adopt critical safety measures to protect themselves in the event of a crash. Utilizing proper protection can greatly reduce your risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries.

The most important step you can take to protect yourself is to wear a helmet. Bikers over the age of 21 are not required to wear helmets in Kentucky, but wearing one will significantly reduce your likelihood of suffering a deadly injury, especially traumatic brain injuries and facial injuries. Ensure you always wear a helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT). 

Another critical measure you can take to guard yourself is to wear leather while riding. Leather clothing gives you more bodily protection in the event of a collision and can prevent road burn. 

Some other important safety tips include:

  • Inspect your motorcycle before riding
  • Avoid aggressive and reckless maneuvers 
  • Don’t ride over the speed limit
  • Never ride while distracted
  • Avoid riding while tired 
  • Never ride while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Drive defensively 
  • Allow yourself plenty of stopping distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you 

Contact a Kentucky Accident Attorney

If you’re an injured biker or were involved in an accident involving motorcycles, you should get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced motorcycle lawyer can help you recover out-of-pocket expenses from the at-fault driver. 

Enlisting the help of a lawyer will greatly increase your likelihood of recovering fair compensation. They’ll help you gather valuable evidence to prove your claim and will negotiate your settlement on your behalf to maximize your compensation.

For expert Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyers, contact McCoy & Sparks Attorneys at Law. You can schedule a free consultation today online or by calling our Bardstown office at 844-459-9467