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Divorce and children

A divorce can be a physical and emotional ordeal for children. Parents in Kentucky who are eager to get a divorce but may be hesitant to do so because of their children may want to consider some important issues before making a decision.

A reason to remain in the marriage, at least for the time being, may be that there is hope that the relationship can be preserved. Spouses who are considering this avenue should be aware that significant effort, self-examination and time are often necessary to rebuild a marriage. The fact that both parties can benefit from being together more than they can benefit from being apart is another reason couples may opt to remain together. For example, medical coverage may be more available as a married couple than as a single parent. However, no matter how financially beneficial staying together may seem, it is important that finances are not the only reason that spouses stay together.

Cheating, money and addiction leading causes of divorce

Married couples in Kentucky struggling with their relationships often confront issues like infidelity, money disputes or alcohol or drug addiction. For some people, difficulties like these lead them to divorce.

Both physical and emotional affairs interfere with trust and intimacy. Social media has made it easier than ever for people to reach out to former partners or find new connections. A psychotherapist and author said that infidelity represents the largest betrayal possible within a marriage.

Shorter days means higher risk for wildlife collisions

With the shorter days of daylight standard time, wildlife will be hard to spot on the side of the road. The autumn also happens to be the peak mating season for deer, and bears may come out in search of food before they hibernate. These should all be causes for concern among drivers in Kentucky.

In Colorado, for example, the Department of Transportation receives an average of 3,300 wildlife collision reports every year, with more in November than in any other month. Vehicle damage costs can average over $3,400, says the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

Drowsy driving a health issue with night shift workers

Working the night shift leads to a disruption of the sleep-wake cycle, leading to greater drowsiness by the time employees are driving home. Researchers from the Brigham and Women's Hospital have conducted a study to point out the dangers to all night shift workers in Kentucky and throughout the U.S.

The study involved 16 night shift workers who were asked to drive for two sessions on a closed driving track. The first session was conducted after a full night's sleep, the second after all 16 were off work. In the second session, over a third of the drivers ended by performing emergency braking maneuvers, and 37.5 percent had near-crash events, thus ending their session early. Half of all sessions ended early when drivers failed to maintain control of their vehicle.

Loss of right to sue for car accident injuries

When Kentucky drivers suffer an injury in an auto accident that another driver causes, they may logically look for compensation for the losses that the negligent driver caused. However, they sometimes feel shocked to learn they cannot hold the other driver responsible for their bodily damages.

One might expect this disappointment if the other driver was illegally uninsured. In such case, the driver may be able to rely on his or her own uninsured motorist coverage. However, one may not be aware of the possible loss of the right to sue even when that negligent driver has responsibly paid for liability insurance to cover damages he or she may accidentally cause others. How does this happen, and what can drivers do to prevent this lack of recourse?

NHTSA releases another sobering fatality report

Motor vehicle accident fatalities in Kentucky and across the country have increased alarmingly again according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA's latest fatality report reveals that accidents claimed 37,461 lives in 2016, up 5.6 percent from a year earlier. The death toll is the highest in nine years and continues a worrying trend that experts find difficult to explain. When road deaths increased sharply in 2015 after years of gradual decline, the rise was put down to modern cellphones and distracted driving. However, the NHTSA figures indicate that distracted driving deaths actually fell in 2016.

The conversation around the 2016 NHTSA fatality report will likely focus on pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths. The number of pedestrians killed rose by a distressing 9 percent and motorcyclist deaths were up by more than 5 percent. Motorcyclists and pedestrians understand that they are extremely vulnerable and tend to take great care on the roads, and the accidents that kill or seriously injure them are often attributed to driver negligence.

What happens when you sue after a car accident?

Car accidents can range in severity from minor fender benders to fatal tragedies. No matter how bad a collision appears to be, there may be long-lasting consequences that affect your health and wellbeing after the fact. This is just one reason why it is important not to rule out legal recourse when you are attempting to recover from the trauma of an auto collision.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, over 150,000 accidents take place in a given year. Unfortunately, many of these collisions are due to negligent drivers, and the responsible party should be accountable for the harm and damage inflicted on the other driver. This is what you can expect from pursuing legal action.

How car size and weight factor into car accidents

Many Kentucky drivers who have been in car accidents may not realize that the size of their vehicle could have been a factor in how serious their injuries were. This is because larger vehicles are able to absorb more of the impact than smaller vehicles.

For example, when frontal collisions occur, the front end of the vehicle is designed to crumple as it absorbs the impact. This slows the vehicle down, reducing the amount of force that gets transferred to the front-seat passengers. Smaller cars have smaller front ends, meaning more of the impact gets transferred to the front-seat occupants. The weight of the vehicle can also have an impact on how severe car accident injuries may be. Larger vehicles are generally heavier. As such, they have a greater momentum and require more energy to slow them down than lighter cars. If a two-vehicle accident occurs, the lighter vehicle will experience more of the force.

Distracted driving is still a major concern

Many Kentucky motorists may have understandable concerns about the prevalence of distracted driving on the roads. A recent study conducted by Progressive Insurance shows that lots of drivers continue engaging in distracted driving despite being aware of its dangers. Understanding some of the attitudes that motorists take toward this matter may help others to be more cautious while driving and have a plan in place in the event that an accident should occur.

Although many drivers express serious concerns about distracted driving, research shows that they nevertheless continue to do it in various ways. For example, at least 30 percent of respondents polled feel that it's permissible to use a map while driving. In addition, 37 percent of respondents stated that it's okay to use phone apps while the vehicle is halted at a stoplight.

Car information technology found to be distracting

Kentucky residents who are in the market for a new car have a dizzying array of options to choose from, including elaborate information and entertainment systems. Some of these systems can handle phone calls and text messaging, play music or DVDs and provide motorists with turn-by-turn driving directions, but they can also cause dangerous cognitive and visual distractions and greatly increase the likelihood of an accident according to a study.

The University of Utah conducted the study on behalf of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and it involved recording how long individuals took to complete a variety of tasks on the entertainment and information systems of 30 new cars, crossovers and SUVs. These individuals used voice commands and touch screen inputs to compose and send text messages, enter destination addresses, make phone calls and change radio stations, and the researchers found that some of these tasks caused distractions of up to 40 seconds.

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