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Auto Accidents On The Decline In Kansas

There has been a steady decline in auto accidents nationwide. Kansas has also experienced a significant decline in auto accidents. Unfortunately, car accidents can cause serious injuries and even death.

For the second straight year, the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Kansas has dropped, according to preliminary data from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Memorial Campanile, the University of Kansas, ...

Memorial Campanile, the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Such deaths were nearly cut in half between 2011, when the state recorded 102 deaths, and 2012, which recorded just 57.

Alcohol-related traffic accidents also declined in 2012 to 2,184, the lowest number in more than a decade.

The decreasing trend comes after years of increases in alcohol-related traffic fatalities and accidents in the state, while the rest of the nation has seen a steady decline.

Pete Bodyk, traffic safety manager for KDOT, said it’s encouraging news in an area lawmakers and public safety officials have emphasized in recent years.

“It’s been one of the toughest things” figuring out how to cut alcohol-related traffic fatalities and accidents, Bodyk said.

Though it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact cause and effect, Bodyk points to the DUI ignition interlock law, effective July 2011, that requires even first-time DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device.

Bodyk also said increasing efforts by police have most likely helped curb the numbers.

“It’s more the awareness that law enforcement are out there,” Bodyk said.

Bodyk said he’d like to see two more years of decreasing numbers before he calls the decrease a trend.

Though the numbers across Kansas have dropped, Lawrence saw a number of high-profile alcohol-related incidents in 2012, including an accident where a Kansas University student lost his legs, and a mid-day head-on crash involving a repeat DUI offender.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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