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NHTSA statistics on fatal accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 35,092 auto accident fatalitiesin the United States in 2015. That is a 7.2 percent increase from 2014, and it was the largest year-over-year increase since 1966. Job growth and lower fuel prices are cited as causes for the result, as those factors have lead to an increase in people driving in Kentucky and around the country.

Preparing for a car accident lawsuit

Kentucky residents who have been in a car accident caused by the negligence of another motorist might choose to contact a lawyer to assist them with seeking compensation for their losses. In that case, there are a number of documents that need to be gathered and brought to the lawyer to begin the process.

The dangers of driving while sleep-deprived

Kentucky motorists who are fatigued may not realize the risk they are taking, but according to a report released on Aug. 8 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were about 5,000 fatalities in 2015 that resulted from car accidents in which drowsy driving was a factor. It is estimated that more than 83 million sleep-deprived drivers are on the road each day.

What do you need to do after a car accident?

Most drivers over the course of their lives will get in a motor vehicle accident. These accidents can range from minor inconveniences to life-altering events. If you have been injured in an auto wreck, the steps you take can go a long way toward maximizing the value of your personal injury claim. The information below is intended to serve as a general guide for what you can do at the accident scene and after the accident.

Cellphone driving dangers include social media

Based on the results of several studies, Kentucky motorists who are aware of the dangers of texting and driving may still be engaging in other dangerously distracting activities using their phones. These include posting to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and playing games. It is believed that accidents in Maryland and California happened due to drivers playing Pokemon Go.

Is it time to reconsider red light cameras?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 430 communities across the U.S. have red light camera programs in place as of July 2016. For those unfamiliar with these programs, they are essentially a form of automated enforcement whereby cameras strategically positioned at controlled intersections capture the license plates of motorists who run red lights and subsequently issue them a citation via the mail.

Your options if you are in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver

It's a nightmare scenario for Kentucky drivers: An auto accident occurs and you get hurt. The other guy says that he doesn't have insurance. What are your options for getting your medical care, lost wages and damage to your car covered?

Study shows just how many people are taking driving selfies

As you made your way to work, school or the store this past week, chances are very good that you observed an innumerable number of fellow motorists talking on their cellphones, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings, or perhaps worse, exhibiting the telltale signs of texting and driving, including rapid glances into their lap.

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