Kentucky motorists may be waiting much longer than had been predicted for the enhanced safety and convenience of automated vehicles. Cars that drive themselves have been hailed as a potentially powerful tool for everything from reducing the risk of car accidents to saving time on daily work commutes, and analysts have predicted driverless vehicles on the road as early as 2019 and comprising half the auto market by 2032. There are, however, quite a few problems to overcome prior to the realization of benefits.
With the very busy lives people often live, many Kentucky motorists have found themselves driving when they are too tired. Drowsy driving, as the phenomenon is called, is more than simply an inconvenience. It can be very dangerous and even fatal. A new device is seeking to help prevent accidents caused by people nodding off at the wheel.
Lawmakers in Kentucky have generally chosen to restrict vehicle speeds to 65 mph even on rural roads, but speed limits may be increased to 70 mph on stretches of highway that meet certain criteria. However, six states have introduced speed limits as high as 80 mph, and drivers in some parts of Texas can travel at 85 mph without breaking the law. Road safety advocates have long claimed that higher speed limits make deadly accidents more likely, and a 2016 study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seems to back up these arguments.
Electric cars made by manufacturers like Chevrolet and Tesla are becoming an increasingly common sight in Kentucky, and they are often purchased for their safety features as well as their low running costs. Tesla has referred to its top-of-the-line Model S sedan as the safest car ever made, but that was not the opinion held by researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after the non-profit organization submitted it to a series of grueling accident reconstruction tests.
Kentucky residents may be interested to learn that the Fourth of July is considered to be the most dangerous summer holiday when it comes to auto accidents. Based on auto claim data from a leading insurer, the Fourth of July and the three days leading up to the holiday saw a 7 percent increase in the number of claims between 2012 and 2016.
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.
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.
Driving near large trucks and buses is a common occurrence in Kentucky. While you may not think twice about this, you should be mindful of the risks of sharing the road with these big vehicles. Tractor trailers and buses take longer to stop, need significantly more space on the road and have sizeable blind spots. If an accident occurs, these heavy vehicles can cause serious injuries and fatalities.
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.
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.