The legalization of marijuana is a hot-button topic in the political arena. Numerous states have legalized marijuana use and reformed related laws, and Kentucky is debating the issue. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the implications it may have beyond the medical and judicial spheres. One of these places is the road. Here is what you need to know about the relation between marijuana and car accidents, and how it affects you as a driver.
A 16-year-old student from Mayfield High School was critically injured in a fatal car accident that occurred on Dec. 25, 2016. According to the family, the teen is recovering from a spinal injury. The victim was a passenger in a 2011 Nissan Maxima that veered off Kentucky 131 in Symsonia. After hitting a tree, the driver died. Upon arriving at the scene, a Smyrna Fire Department first responder described the scene as challenging due to the severity of the damage.
Negligence in car accidents is a legal term to describe when collisions are caused by something other than intentional conduct. Typically, people do not intend to cause a car crash. Most all motor vehicle collisions are caused by negligence. This is why they are often referred to as "car accidents". Even though they did not intend to cause the collision, they are still responsible for any resulting damages.
Kentucky residents will need car insurance to drive their vehicle legally. However, there are many different types of auto insurance to choose from, and the types that drivers may need depends largely on his or her unique circumstances. Those who have just purchased a new car may want to get comprehensive coverage that protects against damage caused by a natural disaster or a theft.
While warnings about talking and texting on the phone while driving are widespread, using some forms of social media could be just as dangerous. Kentucky residents might like to know about why some people are using the mobile app Snapchat while on the road.
Driving courses and experience have taught you what to do on Kentucky roads and how to stay safe, but do you know what to do if you get in a car accident? No matter how skilled and prepared you are, you cannot prevent someone else from driving recklessly and hitting you.
Kentucky residents may be wise to ensure that they sleep for at least seven hours before getting behind the wheel according to a study published on Dec. 6 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers found that motorists who slept for only four or five hours are involved in accidents about four times as often as fully rested drivers. Even drivers who have gotten five or six hours of sleep crash about twice as often.
Kentucky is not among the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in, according to a study based on 2014 crash statistics. However, people who live in rural areas of the state may want to be aware that rural roads are more dangerous than roads in heavily populated areas. Though just 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, over 50 percent of the fatal car accidents in the country take place on rural roads.
Kentucky drivers should take extra care during the Thanksgiving holiday. Research shows that traffic fatalities spike up around the annual family feast and stay elevated throughout the winter months.