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.
Drivers in Kentucky may not realize how dangerous driving while they are fatigued can be. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers their estimate that fatigue is responsible for 100,000 crashes annually a conservative one. At least 1,500 deaths per year and 71,000 injuries may be caused by drowsy driving.
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.
Kentucky construction zones can be dangerous places for road workers, often requiring various precautions such as signs and enforced speed limits. While construction areas are usually marked, it is possible for drivers to miss warnings and enter an area too fast. This can make the construction hazardous for both workers and other vehicles.
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.
Over the past few years most Kentucky readers have probably noticed that they are using their smartphones for many things they never thought possible, whether that means using a digital boarding pass at the airport or video-chatting with a friend overseas. Increasingly, many people are using smartphone applications to set up transportation, using new programs like Uber, Sidecar, Lyft, and others to connect with commercial drivers or rideshare participants.
Law enforcement officers throughout Kentucky took steps to crack down on drunk driving over the New Year's holiday earlier this week. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state planned to have extra patrols out on the streets as well as set up roadside checkpoints in an effort to take drunk drivers off the roads, according to news reports.