A person who is in a car accident in Kentucky should take steps to document the situation after, ensuring that no one needs emergency care or that help is on the way. Unless it is necessary to move the vehicles, they should be left where they are until law enforcement arrives.
Do you and your family members ever engage in friendly debates about who happens to be the most skilled driver in your household? Many people think they are good drivers; however, if given a list of typical safety habits they should practice to reduce their risk for collision, they might realize they are not as safe while driving as they initially thought.
At the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, an officer from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discussed some very disappointing news about the rate of fatal accidents involving trucks on roads in Kentucky and throughout the nation. From the years 2015 to 2017, large-truck-occupant deaths increased as did the percentage of all fatal crashes involving at least one large truck. While many factors contribute to this problem, lowering the rates of fatalities may ultimately be in the truck driver's hand.
Each year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issues its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements with the hopes of influencing national transportation policy. These recommendations cover a variety of transportation safety issues that affect drivers in Kentucky and nationwide. The recently released 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements includes 10 items, six of which relate to the trucking industry.
Federal vehicle crash data analyzed by safety group Road Safe America show an unsettling trend in Kentucky and across the United States: a sharp increase in tractor-trailer related fatal accidents since 2009.