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One car model is both the safest and most likely to crash

A new report contains both good news and bad news for Kentucky drivers who own a Subaru Crosstrek. The good news is that the fuel-efficient, affordable model is one of the safest cars on the road. However, the bad news is that it is also the most crashed vehicle in the United States.

More DUI crash deaths on July Fourth than any other major holiday

The Fourth of July, even more than Christmas, New Year's or Thanksgiving, sees the highest number of DUI-related fatalities in Kentucky and across the U.S. A total of 1,192 people died in drunk driving crashes during this holiday from 2010 to 2017. It turns out Memorial Day is the second deadliest major U.S. holiday with 1,105 people dying in those same eight years.

How Kentucky residents can help prevent car accidents

Kentucky motorists who are concerned about road safety should be aware of several safety tips that may help prevent car accidents. After all, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for people between 2 and 34 years of age.

Survey looks into distracted driving habits

Distracted driving is a significant concern to those who took a survey conducted by Root Insurance. Of those who responded to the survey, 47 percent said that it was their top concern. In many cases, distracted driving is caused by smartphone use, and this occurs on roads in Kentucky and throughout the country. For many drivers, using a phone while their vehicle is moving is something that they do without thinking about it.

Researchers look into ways to curb distracted driving

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are nine deaths and 100 injuries per day on Kentucky roads and others caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving can occur when a person is focused on a cellphone or a touchscreen in the vehicle itself. In an effort to combat the problem, April has been named Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Groups such as the Risk Institute at Ohio State are trying to use this time to create solutions to the issue of distracted driving.

Pickup passengers at higher risk than drivers for injury or death

Kentucky residents who own a pickup truck should know that some newer models reveal a discrepancy between driver-side safety and passenger-side safety. This is the conclusion that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reached after a round of crash tests involving 11 modern two-row pickup trucks. The passengers are at a greater risk for injury or death than the drivers.

State cellphone laws linked to distracted driving death rates

ValuePenguin has analyzed federal data on cellphone-related distracted driving accidents and has found that distracted driving fatality rates generally are highest in those states that have the most lax cellphone laws. Kentucky ranked 16th with a fatality rate of 1.76 people per 10 billion miles traveled. This state has a complete ban on texting but no ban on handheld phone use in general.

Documenting damages and injuries after a car accident

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.

Driving distracted can put others at risk

Despite widespread attention paid to the dangers of distracted driving, one study indicates that it continues to be a significant threat on Kentucky roads. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report comparing results of surveys in 2014 and 2018 that questioned drivers about their distracted behaviors behind the wheel. While overall rates of distracted driving remained relatively stable between the two years, more dangerous forms of distraction became increasingly common in that time period.

Uber and Lyft try to combat tired driving

Tired drivers could be a safety hazard for those who use ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. They can also be a danger to others on Kentucky roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 328,000 crashes each year that are caused by drowsy drivers. Of those crashes, 109,000 cause injury while 6,400 result in someone dying. There are several reasons why Uber or Lyft drivers operate while drowsy.

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