Louisville, KY (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
Commenting about a news report revealing highway traffic fatalities to have reached a 64-year low across the state, Kentucky car accident lawyer Mat A. Slechter of the Slechter Law Firm said today that increased driver awareness and efforts by state and local law enforcement officials have combined to make roads in Louisville and across Kentucky safer.
The preliminary findings were released by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) in an NBC 18 report (“Kentucky Highway Fatalities Decline In 2013”) on January 8. According to the NBC 18 report, statistics indicate that highway traffic fatalities fell from 746 in 2012 to 635 in 2013, representing the lowest total since 1949.
“The news that highway traffic accident fatalities fell to a 64-year low in 2013 is encouraging. However, at the Slechter Law Firm, we stand firmly behind the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s belief that one car accident fatality on Kentucky roadways is one too many,” said Slechter. “We have represented clients whose lives have been turned upside-down after car accidents involving fatalities.”
According to the NBC 18 article, officials from the Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety – comprised of officials from Kentucky State Police, the KOHS, and numerous federal and local highway agencies – reported 75 fatality-free days on Kentucky roads in 2013 as part of their “Toward Zero Deaths” public awareness campaign.
KOHS officials told NBC 18 that they plan to further promote seat belt usage and raise awareness over the dangers of drunk and distracted driving in 2014. Furthermore, NBC 18 said that the organization plans on bolstering efforts involving pedestrian and motorcycle safety, mature drivers, and booster seat safety.
“Thanks to the continued efforts by law enforcement officials and government agencies to both educate drivers and enforce important traffic laws, 2013 marked a year of great progress for the state of Kentucky,” said Slechter. “It’s up to our state’s drivers to continue this positive trend and make 2014 the year that we, as Kentucky drivers, together to shatter our state’s long-standing record.”
Slechter said that people looking for more information can visit http://highwaysafety.ky.gov/ for details.
“If you or a loved one is injured or a loved one is killed in an accident, you should seek legal counsel,” Slechter said. “A lawyer can help pursue compensation for your losses and hold the negligent individual accountable.”
About Slechter Law Firm, PLLC
Working to protect the rights of personal injury victims for over 20 years, attorney Mat Slechter handles a wide variety of cases ranging from auto accidents, to premises liability, to nursing home negligence and wrongful death cases. Slechter has been recognized by the Kentucky Trial Court Review as one of Kentucky’s most prolific trial lawyers and has lectured to professional groups on the subjects of trial practice, workers’ compensation, and nursing home neglect. Slechter obtained his J.D. from the Louisville School of Law in 1992 and is licensed to practice across Kentucky and Tennessee. For more information about what to do after a car accident, call 855-598-7425 or complete the online contact form.
The Slechter Law Firm, PLLC
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Louisville, Kentucky 40245