According to the Auto Insurance Center, overcorrecting by drivers is the most common cause of a fatal motor vehicle accident in Kentucky. Other common causes of fatal car accidents in other states include the failure to stay in the proper lane or failure to drive on the right side of the road. Data was collected from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Accident Reporting System between 2009 and 2013 to make such a determination.
In Kentucky and around the nation, driving on some days of the year is more dangerous than others. Holidays are some of the worst days because of increased traffic and alcohol consumption. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, insurance companies and other organizations have compiled statistics showing which periods are more risky than others.
A recent study indicates that teens are engaging in a variety of distracted driving behaviors beyond texting while driving. The study was led by Oregon State University, and it found that 27 percent of teens admit to changing clothes and shoes while driving, and teens also reported engaging in activities like changing contacts or doing homework while behind the wheel.
One of the most serious injuries a person involved in a car accident may sustain is a spinal fracture. Fractures in the thoracic or lumbar spinal regions may occur in an accident due to the high speed of a collision and the resulting physical forces.
An ever-increasing number of drivers on the road is engaging in activities while driving that are distracting and pose a hazard to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians. The rapid influx of electronic devices into the mainstream population has created a surge of accidents that are caused by people who are talking on the phone, texting and adjusting navigation systems.
Many people who are involved in a motor vehicle accident in Kentucky suffer from a whiplash injury as a result. Whiplash injuries are not visible externally so others may minimize them. To someone who suffers from whiplash, however, the injury and associated pain is very real. Whiplash results from a sudden movement of the head and neck from side-to-side or from front-to-back.
A 34-year-old man died and four other people suffered injuries in a July 18 accident that occurred on Interstate 64 near the Fayette County-Scott County line. According to the Fayette County coroner, his office received a phone call from authorities at 2:20 p.m. regarding an accident that police believe occurred when a grey Ford sedan crossed the median into the eastbound lanes while going westbound on the highway.
A head-on collision between a car and a semi-truck left one woman dead in Magoffin County on July 14. The woman was a passenger in the car that collided with the truck.
In the blink of an eye, a promising young person’s future can be changed forever by a car accident. Many people in their teens and early 20s have been permanently disabled by a negligent driver’s actions. In the worst cases, the victim is taken decades before his or her time.
Whether we realize it or not, brain injuries are occurring every day in our communities. Brain injuries can happen while we’re playing sports, driving in the car, or walking the dog, any time we experience a hard hit to the head. When a brain injury becomes severe it is considered a traumatic brain injury, which can occur during a car crash or similar event. In fact, car accidents are one of the leading causes for brain injuries. Researchers have been looking at the issue of brain injuries for many years, seeking to better understand the impact on the brain so that better treatments can be developed.