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The dangers of nighttime driving

The change back to standard time can make rush hour driving even more dangerous for Kentucky motorists. Earlier sunset means many people are suddenly driving in the dark after months of driving in daylight at the same time of day. Nighttime is statistically the most dangerous time for driving, according to the National Safety Council, and the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night than during daylight.

Darkness causes changes in depth perception, which can make driving more difficult. Color recognition and peripheral vision are also compromised when driving in the dark, and the addition of headlight glare from other vehicles can make the situation even worse. During rush hour, many drivers may be fatigued after a day at work. All of these factors contribute to the higher risk of crash at this time of day.

Woman loses kidney after surgeon mistakes it for tumor

Some Kentucky residents might have heard that a doctor in Florida was sued after removing a kidney from a woman who went in for another type of surgery. The woman was supposed to have bones fused in her lower back.

One of the surgeons mistook her kidney for a tumor and removed it. The lawsuit argued that the woman had no say in the matter. Her two primary surgeons settled for $250,000 each. There was also an undisclosed settlement with the surgeon who made the error although he admitted no wrongdoing. While the primary surgeons had malpractice insurance, the one who made the error did not.

AAA warns against reckless driving on Halloween

Halloween can be fun for both children and adults in Kentucky, but the festivities lead some to drive recklessly or while intoxicated by alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the "witching hour" for drunk driving crashes is between 6 p.m. on October 31 and 6 a.m. on November 1. Many of these are caused by drivers aged 21 to 34.

Knowing that all age groups are at risk on Halloween night, AAA Northeast has provided several tips for keeping safe. Those who intend to party should plan ahead because even one alcoholic beverage can make them a threat behind the wheel. They could designate a driver, use public transportation or contact a ride-hailing service. Individuals should also prevent drunk friends from driving.

Scheduled for surgery? Read this first

There are many skilled and diligent surgeons in Kentucky. When you suffer from a health condition that necessitates surgery, it can be a bit distressing to have to entrust your well-being to a surgeon and other medical team members. Your goal, of course, is to treat whatever adverse condition you have and to ultimately achieve a full recovery.  

The problem is that surgeons and medical staff members are human beings who are capable of committing errors. Beyond that, they are also capable of direct negligence, which, in a surgical setting, can have disastrous, if not fatal results. Before you undergo an operation, you'll want to learn as much about surgical errors as possible and know where to seek support if a problem arises

Understanding intersections and the dangers that lie within

If you frequent Kentucky roadways by motor vehicle, you likely know how terrifying it can be to have a tractor-trailer suddenly come barreling alongside or behind you. It can be quite frustrating as a motorist to see one of these massive vehicles moving at speeds that are no doubt far exceeding the legal limit. Mergers and other areas of the road are especially dangerous when tractor-trailers are present.  

In fact, intersections are some of the most high-risk areas that exist on Kentucky roads. You may have several types of intersections where you live. The problem is that no matter how alert or cautious you are behind the wheel, you are not in control of another driver's behavior and if he or she is negligent, you may be the one to suffer.  

Foundation for Traffic Safety studies teen driving fatality rates

When Kentucky teenagers are driving with only other teens as passengers, car accident death rates increase significantly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, when there are only teenagers in a crashed vehicle, the rate of fatalities rises by 51 percent. For the driver and passengers in other vehicles, the fatality rate is 56 percent higher.

In the same teen driver/passenger crash scenario, the fatality rate for pedestrians and cyclists involved jumps by 17 percent, according to the AAA study. It jumps by 45 percent for the teenage driver as well. When teenagers are driving with passengers who are at least 35 years old, on the other hand, fatality rates are 8 percent lower.

Safety advocates react to spike in deadly truck crashes

Kentucky motorists with early warning systems on their vehicles know that such technology can be a great way to prevent accidents. These systems will warn drivers of lane departure issues, monitor blind spots and even apply the brakes automatically in an emergency. Unfortunately, the technology has not caught on with everyone in the commercial trucking industry. But many safety advocates now believe it is time to make early warning systems mandatory in over-the-road trucks.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, fatalities in collisions involving large trucks have increased substantially in recent years. The latest statistics show that more than 4,300 people were killed in large truck crashes in 2016. This was a 28 percent increase from 2009.

Understanding LBD

Kentucky residents should be aware that a projected 1.4 million people in the United States suffer from Lewy body dementia, or LBD. LBD is a progressive and complex brain disorder in which abnormal deposits of the alpha-synuclein protein build up in the portions of the brain that control a person's movement, behavior and cognitive ability. Due to the similarity between its symptoms and diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, LBD is severely underdiagnosed. Many health care professionals, including physicians, have no familiarity with LBD.

It has not yet been definitely determined what causes LBD, although there is research that is being conducted to find the cause. There is a belief that there are multiple factors that contribute to the development of the disease. Environmental factors and genetics along with the processes that occur during natural aging are suspected of making individuals vulnerable to the disease.

Bell's palsy: causes and treatments

Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis that affects about 40,000 men and women in the U.S. every year. This comes to about 1 in 60 people, most of them between the ages of 15 and 60. Kentucky residents may want to know more about it because the facial droopiness that results can be mistaken for a symptom of a stroke.

Trauma to the facial nerve known as the seventh cranial nerve will lead to Bell's palsy. When damaged, the nerve will paralyze the muscles that control eye closure and part of the smile as well as affect the tear ducts and taste sensations. Patients may become unable to blink their eye and develop a crooked smile.

After a truck accident, is court necessary to achieve relief?

Semitrailers travel on roads all over the state of Kentucky. Sadly, a number of Covington and surrounding area residents have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in collisions with these massive machines. When a truck accident happens, the last thing victims or their surviving family members want to do is go to court in order to seek compensation for their losses. Thankfully, court and compensation do not always go hand in hand.

Most truck accident cases are actually settled before they have the opportunity to go to trial. There is benefit for trucking companies to go this route. It saves them time and money in the long run. It is also good for victims or their surviving family members as they do not have to relive the event over and over again during trial.

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