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Device can detect last few phone actions of drivers

It may be easier to identify Kentucky drivers who cause accidents due to phone distractions if state authorities decide to use a new device known as the "textalyzer". The device can be attached to a phone to check a driver's last few actions. It can also tell whether the driver was using the phone in hands-free mode. Although privacy advocates have expressed concern about it, those who have worked on developing the device say it does not download content.

Compensation for PSTD related to car accidents

When Kentucky residents are involved in a severe car accident, they may suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. These accidents usually involve the death of someone or severe physical trauma, and in some cases, people may be able to collect compensation for pain and suffering related to the crash as well as compensation for medical bills or vehicle repairs.

More deaths caused by distracted driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the traffic fatalities caused by human choice, the rate of fatal accidents caused by distracted driving increased faster in 2015 than by speeding or drunk driving. Distracted driving can involve any action that takes a motorist's attention away from the road, but one very common source is smart phones.

The number of traffic deaths is rising

According to the recently released estimates from the National Safety Council, automobile deaths in Kentucky and the rest of the nation totaled 40,200 in 2016. That high figure, which was a 6 percent increase from the previous year, can be partially attributed to an increase in driving spurred by a thriving economy and inexpensive gas.

Distracted driving accident victims sue Apple over safety feature

The number of Kentucky residents killed or injured in distracted driving accidents has been on the rise, and a federal road safety agency has asked electronics manufacturers to develop smartphone features that would make their devices more difficult for drivers to use. A lawsuit filed by a group of California road users against Apple Inc. has revealed that such a feature already exists but that the company has not chosen to make it available to the public.

Use of Snapchat speed filter may have led to fatalities

Kentucky ,motorists are likely aware of the dangers of distracted driving. One such behavior that is known to be particularly dangerous is using social media behind the wheel. Now, one filter on Snapchat is being blamed for both distracting people while they drive and encouraging people to drive recklessly.

Study points out dangers of drowsy driving

Kentucky motorists are well aware that it is both illegal and dangerous to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated by alcohol. What a lot of people don't understand is that driving while sleep-deprived can be almost as dangerous as driving drunk. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report on Dec. 6 discussing the dangers of driving after getting insufficient sleep.

Thanksgiving may be the nation's deadliest holiday

Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the holiday season, ushering in Christmas music and the hustle and bustle of shopping and parties. Unfortunately, as the holiday spirit rises, so does the possibility of death. While some of those deaths are caused by illness, the most notable reason for the increased number of deaths is traffic accidents. In fact, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday for automobile crashes in Kentucky and the rest of the United States.

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