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.
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.
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.