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The impact of road rage in America

Busy traffic, bad or inconsiderate motorists and high levels of stress may cause a Kentucky driver to get angry behind the wheel. According to a study from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, men as well as those between the ages of 19 and 39 are most likely to get angry while driving. The study, which was published in July 2016, collected data from 2,705 licensed drivers who reported driving within the past 30 days.

Insurance coverage when the at-fault driver has none

In the aftermath of a car accident, the insurance coverage of the drivers becomes an important issue. In a case where the other driver is at fault, Kentucky residents tend to rely on the at-fault driver's car insurance to pay for injuries and damages. If the at-fault driver lacks sufficient insurance coverage though, an injured person may still be able to recover through his or her own insurance company. There are at least two types of insurance that may apply in such a case: Uninsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage.

Facts about car accidents and children

Georgia parents may be interested in the results of a study regarding crash-related fatality rates among U.S. children. From 2010 to 2014, 2,885 children below the age of 15 died in car accidents, and the study broke these numbers down by state and region. The researchers found that in many Southern states, the rates and total numbers were highest, and the region with the fewest crash-related child deaths was the Northeast.

Device may detect use of phone in car accidents

After a Kentucky motor vehicle accident, it can be difficult to tell if drivers were texting or using their phone in some other way, but if a new device is approved, law enforcement may be able to better identify this as one cause of accidents. The "textalyzer" can be attached to a phone to identify the last actions of the user as well as distinguishing whether the user was in hands-free mode or not.

Getting compensation for PTSD after a car accident

Kentucky residents who have been in a car crash caused by the negligence of another motorist might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but they might struggle to prove it and its relationship to the accident. Therefore, it may be difficult to get compensation for it in a lawsuit. First, it is necessary to prove that the victim has been diagnosed with PTSD by a doctor. An expert medical witness might be necessary in court.

Determining fault in a tailgating accident

Kentucky drivers who fail to maintain a safe following distance may be considered at fault in the event of an accident. To prove negligence, occupants of a car that were injured after being hit by a vehicle that was following too closely would need to show that the operator of the tailgating vehicle had a duty of care to drive safely. Then, it must be shown that this duty was breached and that such breach was the cause of their injuries.

Common sources of distraction for truck drivers

Sometimes accidents with semi trucks are the result of maintenance issues, shifting cargo, weather conditions or sleep deprivation. Another growing cause is distracted driving. Whereas all drivers can give in to distractions and get into an accident, truckers face more severe consequences if they cause a crash because of the size and power of their vehicles. Any of these sources may be responsible for your accident with and injury from a big rig.

How autonomous cars may impact personal injury claims

Kentucky residents who are excited about the prospect of autonomous vehicles may be interested to learn how these cars could affect the different claims that are filed. For example, as software takes over the driving, it is expected that the number of personal injury claims will decrease while product liability claims will increase.

Report finds more than 40,000 died on U.S roads in 2016

Kentucky readers may be interested to learn that more than 40,000 people died on U.S. roads last year, according to an estimate released by the National Safety Council. It is the first time that the 40,000 threshold has been crossed since 2007. The increase is linked in part to cheaper gas prices and a rebounding economy.

How does underinsurance work?

While almost all states require drivers to carry underinsurance coverage, Kentucky is not one of them. However, because a 2012 study found that an average of one in every eight drivers have no automobile insurance whatsoever, Kentucky drivers might wish to purchase the extra coverage.

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