On Sept. 25, a motor vehicle accident in Kentucky left several people with injuries. The crash took place on Highway 56 in Webster County at about 8 p.m.
A three-car collision on Saturday, Sept. 24, injured five people, one of them a Kentucky State Police trooper. The accident took place shortly after 4:00 pm in Corbin, at the intersection of Ohler Road and the Cumberland Gap Parkway.
Every motorist knows that using a mobile device while driving is, at best, unsafe, and at worst, very reckless. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers kill more than 3,000 people every year. While lawmakers in most states, including Kentucky, have made texting while driving illegal, many wonder if more that can be done to stop motorists from using mobile devices while driving.
New safety innovations for motor vehicles may help older drivers in Kentucky avoid more accidents. While safety features are beneficial to all drivers, those who are older are more likely to have problems spotting hazards around and behind them because of range-of-motion issues, and they may also be more confused when they approach intersections that are busy.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 35,092 auto accident fatalities the United States in 2015. That is a 7.2 percent increase from 2014, and it was the largest year-over-year increase since 1966. Job growth and lower fuel prices are cited as causes for the result, as those factors have lead to an increase in people driving in Kentucky and around the country.
Kentucky residents who have been in a car accident caused by the negligence of another motorist might choose to contact a lawyer to assist them with seeking compensation for their losses. In that case, there are a number of documents that need to be gathered and brought to the lawyer to begin the process.
Kentucky motorists who are fatigued may not realize the risk they are taking, but according to a report released on Aug. 8 by the Governors Highway Safety Association, there were about 5,000 fatalities in 2015 that resulted from car accidents in which drowsy driving was a factor. It is estimated that more than 83 million sleep-deprived drivers are on the road each day.
Most drivers over the course of their lives will get in a motor vehicle accident. These accidents can range from minor inconveniences to life-altering events. If you have been injured in an auto wreck, the steps you take can go a long way toward maximizing the value of your personal injury claim. The information below is intended to serve as a general guide for what you can do at the accident scene and after the accident.
Based on the results of several studies, Kentucky motorists who are aware of the dangers of texting and driving may still be engaging in other dangerously distracting activities using their phones. These include posting to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and playing games. It is believed that accidents in Maryland and California happened due to drivers playing Pokemon Go.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 430 communities across the U.S. have red light camera programs in place as of July 2016. For those unfamiliar with these programs, they are essentially a form of automated enforcement whereby cameras strategically positioned at controlled intersections capture the license plates of motorists who run red lights and subsequently issue them a citation via the mail.