Four Kentucky high school students were injured in a one-car accident on Nov. 3. The incident took place in Louisville at about 2:45 p.m. while the students were on their way home from Fairdale High School. A spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police Department said that the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.
Aggressive drivers cause serious car accidents in Kentucky far too frequently. According to a study by the American Automobile Association, 56 percent of the fatal automobile accidents that took place between 2003 and 2007 around the country involved some kind of aggressive driving behavior. The data that was used for the study came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Report System.
Kentucky parents can take steps to help keep their teenage children safer on the road by modeling driving behavior such as not using cellphones. It is also important to encourage teens to speak up if someone is driving in a dangerous way. Almost 3,000 teenagers around the country die each year due to motor vehicle accidents, and statistics show that traffic fatalities are on the rise.
Driving naturally comes with many risks of harm, but one that is increasing is road rage. Road rage refers to when a driver shows aggressive, intimidating or threatening behaviors in response to another person's driving or reaction. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that almost 80 percent of drivers expressed road rage at least one time in the last year, with about eight million resorting to extreme behaviors. If you find yourself the recipient of someone else's anger on the road, here is what to do and not do.
Kentucky drivers may be pleased to learn that the Obama administration announced on Oct. 5 that the goal was to completely eliminate traffic fatalities on American roads within the next 30 years. The Transportation Department noted that the initial part of the plan included adding rumble strips to roads, increasing seat belt use and continuing with campaigns against drunk driving and distracted driving.
On Sept. 25, a motor vehicle accident in Kentucky left several people with injuries. The crash took place on Highway 56 in Webster County at about 8 p.m.
A three-car collision on Saturday, Sept. 24, injured five people, one of them a Kentucky State Police trooper. The accident took place shortly after 4:00 pm in Corbin, at the intersection of Ohler Road and the Cumberland Gap Parkway.
Every motorist knows that using a mobile device while driving is, at best, unsafe, and at worst, very reckless. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers kill more than 3,000 people every year. While lawmakers in most states, including Kentucky, have made texting while driving illegal, many wonder if more that can be done to stop motorists from using mobile devices while driving.
New safety innovations for motor vehicles may help older drivers in Kentucky avoid more accidents. While safety features are beneficial to all drivers, those who are older are more likely to have problems spotting hazards around and behind them because of range-of-motion issues, and they may also be more confused when they approach intersections that are busy.
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.