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October 2018 Archives

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.

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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