A Louisville accident involving an ambulance and an SUV recently resulted in one person’s death and injuries to six others. The accident occurred amidst a nationwide trend of an increasing traffic accident fatality rate which has been continually rising for the past 18 months.
The local accident occurred on October 17, 2016, near the intersection of Shively and Cane Run Road. A man in his 50s was driving an SUV west along Shively, as the ambulance traveled north on Cane Run Road. The ambulance was crossing the intersection against a red light, with its full lights and sirens activated. For reasons still being investigated, the SUV failed to yield at the intersection and struck the ambulance. The SUV then rolled over into two other vehicles which were stopped at the light. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Six others were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with injuries that were deemed not to be life-threatening, including three personnel from the ambulance that was struck, as well as the patient being transported in the ambulance.
According to preliminary data recently released by the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2016 has so far seen a particularly high rate of traffic deaths. The roadway fatality rate during the first six months of 2016 was 10.4% higher than the same period of 2015, and since the second half of the year tends to see more traffic fatalities than the first half, safety experts are troubled when considering what the latter six months of the year will bring. The reasons for the jump in deaths are not entirely understood, though an improving economy and lower fuel costs are cited as at least two causes. As people become employed or experience a bump in wages, they tend to drive more miles both for work and pleasure. Lower gas prices amplify this effect even more. However, the increase in vehicle miles traveled has not increased at nearly the same pace as have roadway fatalities, leaving policy and safety experts at a loss as to the cause of the growing number of fatalities.
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