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Preparing for winter driving

Since auto accidents are more frequent in the winter, drivers in Kentucky should understand what they can do to stay safe on the roads. The first thing to consider is the effect of ice and snow on vehicle steering and braking. Drivers should account for increased braking distance and a greater chance of losing control of one's vehicle.

How traffic accidents increased at Pokéstops

With the launch of Pokémon Go in July 2016, numerous reports came out of players being hurt or killed while playing the game. A look at the traffic reports immediately following the launch show that Pokémon Go led to an increase in distracted driving. This could have been a problem for drivers not only in Kentucky but across the U.S.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cellphone use at the root of the distracted driving problem

The number of distracted driving accidents in Kentucky and around the country has risen worryingly in recent years, and rampant cellphone use by drivers is largely to blame, according to road safety groups. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps track of accident statistics in the United States, and the safety agency says that distracted driving accidents left approximately 424,000 road users injured and claimed 3,154 lives in 2013. Experts say that using a cellphone while behind the wheel is especially dangerous because modern electronic devices distract drivers in a number of different ways.

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