Road Safety and Traffic Analysis Report

KYTC Safety and Traffic Data

KENTUCKY’S TRAFFIC COLLISION FACTS report is based on collision reports submitted to the Kentucky State Police Records Branch. As required by Kentucky Revised Statutes 189.635, “every law enforcement agency whose officers investigate a vehicle accident of which a report must be made...shall file a report of the accident...within ten days 
after investigation of the accident upon forms supplied by the bureau.”  The stated purpose of this requirement is to utilize data on traffic collisions for such purposes as will improve the traffic safety program in the Commonwealth. Data contained in this report are based solely on the observations and judgements of the state and local police officers who investigated each collision. The collision data is contained in an automatic system (Collision Report Analysis for Safer Highways) (CRASH). 

Vehicle Collisions Timeline

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Types of Collisions and Causes

Collisions with other moving motor vehicles were responsible for 65% of all collisions reported during 2016, and accounted for 40% of all fatalities (persons killed). Collisions with fixed objects accounted for 18% of all collisions, but 35% of fatalities. Types of collisions are depicted below. Of this total, 209,136 were involved in property damage only collisions, 45,646 were involved in injury collisions, and 1,312 were involved in fatal collisions. The majority (91%) of the vehicles involved in all collisions were passenger cars (73% in fatal collisions).
When looking at fatal collisions, the ratio among types of occurrences is different. Nearly forty-one (41) percent of all fatal collisions involved a collision with another moving vehicle. Nearly thirty-six (36) percent of the fatal collisions reported involved collisions with fixed objects. Collisions with pedestrians accounted for approximately 11% of the fatal collisions. Specific types of collisions and the percentage of total collisions and fatalities in each type of collision category are shown on the following page.
Timeline of Collisions and Roadway Conditions
Nearly sixty-six (66) percent of all collisions reported during 2016 involved collisions between two or more moving vehicles (not in a parking lot). Nearly twenty-two (22) percent of all collisions involved collisions with fixed objects. Nearly twelve (12) percent of all collisions did not involve a collision with either a moving vehicle or a fixed object. About seven (7) percent were other types of collisions (vehicle with pedestrian, deer, pedalcyclist, etc.) while the remainder were noncollisions (vehicle overturning and other non-collisions).

Focus: Jefferson County Collisions

Eighty-six (86) pedestrians were killed and 926 were injured in traffic collisions in 2016. The charts below depict ages of victims of pedestrian collisions and the factors related to the pedestrian vs. the vehicle at the time of the collision. Up to three pedestrian factors can be coded for one collision. Twelve (12) percent of the pedestrians killed or injured were 14 years of age or younger, while nine (8) percent were age 65 or older

Injury Collisions and Traffic Intensity

The amp below show the collisions in Jefferson County that resulted in more that one injury compared to the intensity of traffic flow on the roads where the incident occurred. For the purpose of tabulating collision locations, an urban area is an area including and adjacent to a municipality or other place of 5,000 or more population. Rural areas are those places that do not meet this specification. As below, most collisions (65%) occurred in urban areas. 62% of injury crashes occurred in urban areas.

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The following tables outline driver factors that contributed to each type of collision. Driver-contributing factors are summarized for each specific collision type. Any factor cannot be accumulated more than once in one collision. The percentages represent the percent a given factor occurred in a specific type of collision.
The chart below groups the ages of 1,175 drivers involved in fatal collisions in 2016 (for which age information was available). It should be noted that the drivers were not necessarily killed in the fatal collision. The number of drivers involved in fatal collisions exceeded the total number of fatal collisions. The numbers of drivers involved in fatal collisions and licensed drivers are in parentheses.

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KENTUCKY’S TRAFFIC COLLISION FACTS report is based on collision reports submitted to the Kentucky State Police Records Branch. As required by Kentucky Revised Statutes 189.635, “every law enforcement agency whose officers investigate a vehicle accident of which a report must be made...shall file a report of the accident...within ten days after investigation of the accident upon forms supplied by the bureau.” The stated purpose of this requirement is to utilize data on traffic collisions for such purposes as will improve the traffic safety program in the Commonwealth. Data contained in this report are based solely on the observations and judgements of the state and local police officers who investigated each collision. The collision data is contained in an automatic system (Collision Report Analysis for Safer Highways) (CRASH).

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