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The dangers of July 4

July 4 is a day when Kentucky residents and Americans throughout the country celebrate independence. However, it is also among the deadliest days of the year according to Esurance and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The four days that comprise the holiday weekend resulted in 40 percent of all drunk driving deaths between 2007 and 2011.

How underinsured motorist policies help drivers

An accident can happen at any given time on a Kentucky road or any other road in the country. There is no guarantee that the driver who causes the accident will have enough insurance to cover damages incurred in the accident. One way to protect against drivers who don't have sufficient insurance is to purchase underinsured motorist coverage.

Study says seat belts can reduce the severity of liver injuries

Drivers in Kentucky should know that one of the most common car crash injuries is internal abdominal trauma. In most such cases, the liver and spleen are affected. While the spleen can be removed if necessary, the liver is a vital organ. This makes the latter a greater threat to drivers.

Coalition aims to cut traffic fatalities

Many Kentucky drivers may be worried about the dangers of accidents when they get behind the wheel every day. One new coalition is bringing together safety experts, government agencies and private industry to work to eliminate fatalities caused by traffic accidents. The Road to Zero Coalition argues that traffic deaths are universally preventable. However, over 100 people each day are killed in crashes on American roadways. The coalition says that its goal is to achieve zero traffic fatalities before 2050.

Study questions the effectiveness of distracted driving laws

Lawmakers in Kentucky have yet to ban the use of phones by divers, but the results of a recent study suggest that such a law would have little effect on road safety in the Bluegrass State. The technology firm Zendrive used anonymized consumer data to find out how long drivers in various parts of the country spend looking at their phone screens each day, and they found that this kind of reckless behavior is becoming worryingly common even in states with strict distracted driving laws.

The dangers of driving while bored

A lot of attention has been paid to drivers using phones on Kentucky roads and other locations throughout the nation. However, bored or inattentive drivers could be just as dangerous as those who are on their phones. Erie Insurance did a study involving 172,000 traffic deaths over the past five years. The research indicated that 10 percent of the people who were killed were the victims of distracted driving of some type.

Many factors affect the type and severity of car crash injuries

A car wreck in Kentucky could result in anything from minor scrapes and bruises to death depending on the circumstances. The speed of vehicles involved and the point of impact both influence how drivers and passengers experience the forces of the collision.

What's involved in a soft tissue injury

Whenever a car accident is serious enough to shock and throw the occupants' bodies, there is the danger of soft tissue damage resulting. The soft tissues are the muscles, ligaments, tendons and other non-bony parts of the body, and when these areas get torn, strained or sprained, they can cause chronic aches and pains, inflammation, bleeding and other symptoms. Kentucky residents will want to know more about this condition.

The benefits of rear automatic braking

The benefits of rear automatic braking systems are the subject of a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. What the institute has to say about this and other safety features should be of interest to drivers in Kentucky regardless of whether their vehicles are equipped with them or not.

Study says fatal crash rates increase on 4/20 holiday

Though Kentucky is not one of the states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, residents should know about the impact that the legalizing trend has been having on drivers. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that on April 20, a self-proclaimed holiday started by marijuana users in the early '90s, there tends to be a slight increase in the number of fatal car crashes in the U.S.

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