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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many Kentucky drivers who have been in car accidents may not realize that the size of their vehicle could have been a factor in how serious their injuries were. This is because larger vehicles are able to absorb more of the impact than smaller vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
Many Kentuckians suffer serious injuries every year in traffic accidents that were preventable. A large number of these accidents occur when one driver fails to see another motorist who is oncoming or traveling in a lane next to the driver. In Canada and Europe, there are laws that require people to always keep their headlights on while they drive, but there are not any similar laws in the U.S.