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.
Drivers in Kentucky may be interested in hearing about a study conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety on how distractions affect driving abilities. Released in April during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the study looked at drivers' responses to dangerous and nonhazardous situations after two-second distractions, using simulated driving and eye-tracking devices. The study found that even two-second distractions could have an influence on drivers' abilities to look for hazards. The researchers also concluded that every a few seconds of distracted driving could put drivers at greater risk for accidents.
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.
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.