More people in Kentucky and across the country are driving dangerously and aggressively. Reports indicate that road rage incidents, especially violent ones, are on the rise. This trend has been continuing for some time, but several serious occurrences have drawn attention to the problem. One woman attempted to shoot another vehicle but accidentally shot her husband, and a family with children were injured when fireworks in their car exploded after another driver shot at their vehicle with a gun.
In Kentucky and throughout the U.S., drivers are expected to follow the basic rules of the road to make certain everyone is safe. One fundamental requirement that drivers learn from the start is to stop at a red light. If drivers run a red light, it can result in an auto accident with serious injuries and fatalities. Understanding this problem is imperative to avoiding collisions.
Drunk driving results in thousands of deaths per year as well as billions of dollars in economic damages. In 2017, there was one drunk driving death every 48 minutes on average in Kentucky and throughout the country. In 2010, researchers attributed $44 billion in economic losses to individuals driving under the influence of alcohol. Driving after consuming alcohol is dangerous because it impairs a person's ability to reason and process information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.