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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kentucky residents that have been in a car accident may debate whether to report it. If they do choose to report an accident that they have been in, it is best they do so as soon as possible. In some cases, it may be a good idea to report the accident when it happens. This may be done by calling a 24-hour hotline or using a mobile app provided by the car insurance company.
Kentucky residents who use ridesharing transportation might wonder about liability issues if an accident occurs. With companies like Lyft and Uber, drivers are classified as independent contractors rather than employees. This means any suits following an accident would likely be filed against drivers instead of a company.
The number of road users killed in motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky and around the country increased alarmingly in 2015 and 2016. Both government agencies and road safety groups say that human error is largely to blame. While automobile safety features and systems have improved significantly in recent years and traffic planners have worked to get rid of accident black spots, there are still approximately 6 million road crashes each year in the United States.
The number of Kentucky residents killed in automobile accidents each year could be significantly reduced if conventional intersections were replaced with roundabouts, according to a recently published study. Researchers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation compared the number of fatal and property accidents that took place at 144 junctions in the state both before and after roundabouts were built, and they found that replacing stop signs and traffic lights with traffic circles reduced fatalities by an overwhelming 86 percent.
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.