Car Crash On Dixie Highway Leaves One Dead, 4 Others Injured

Fatal accident
One was left dead and four people were injured in a car crash. The accident involved two cars on Dixie Highway at Greenwood Road on Saturday, January 18, 2015. According to reports, a silver Crown Royal Victoria was hit when it turned left into an oncoming black Pontiac Bonneville. The victim, as confirmed by the police, was 26-year-old Shelley Ann Hurt. Hurt was a passenger in the Victoria and was reported wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the car, along with two men and one woman, were transported to the University Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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While authorities are still looking into the case, let’s all continue to exercise safety when driving. Please do not get behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking. Hiring a cab is cheaper than facing DUI penalties.

Drunk driving statistics
Drunk driving been a huge concern for years, not just in Kentucky, but in the United States as well. According to a report, an average of 30 people die every single day in car accidents involving DUI. In 2009, about one-third of all car accidents in the United States involved an alcohol-impaired driver. Not only that, it was also found that 18% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States involved a person using drugs.

As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, young drivers between the ages 21-24 are at the highest risk for alcohol-related automobile accidents. These alcohol and drug-related accidents do not only cause pain to families, it also costs the country a lot of money. Reports say that over $51 million is spent every year for these accidents.

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What can we do?
We can prevent drunk driving. No one has to risk their life. Please, if you have been drinking, do not get behind the wheel. In case you need to make it to your destination right away, ask someone you know to drive you there. If they can't, then hire a cab so you can make it safely. Remind your young drivers at home to do the same. Yes, we can still enjoy social gatherings and parties, and we are not trying to take away the fun from it. However, make sure to always plan how you are going to get back home safely. That will help prevent fatal accidents like Hurt's.

As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I never get tired of reminding everyone how dangerous it is to drink drive. We need to do more than just warn people. We need you to help out, too. Let’s protect our loved ones and everyone on the road by always driving sober. We can put a stop to drunk driving together!

Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky
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