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What are the common traffic dangers during the holiday season?

As you know, you can be in an accident whenever you get into a vehicle. However, some times of the year are more dangerous than others. You and other Kentucky residents should understand that many traffic dangers are increased during the holiday season.

Christmas and New Year’s Day are two of the most dangerous days of the year for traffic accidents, according to the American Safety Council. When holiday shoppers and festivities abound during this season, drivers are likely to be stressed out, fatigued, distracted and even intoxicated. You might be in an accident in one of the following ways:

  • Struck by a drunk driver coming home from an office Christmas party or ringing in the new year
  • Targeted by an angry driver in a case of road rage
  • In a collision with a vehicle whose driver fell asleep at the wheel
  • In an accident caused by someone who was texting while driving

Watch for recalls of any toys you purchase for holiday presents

The holiday season is a time of magic for young children. The promise of a visit from Santa and many fun new toys fills the season with anticipation and excitement. It is also enjoyable for parents, who get to experience the happiness of their children and fulfill their wishes by giving them gifts.

With any present comes a level of responsibility from the gift giver. As a parent, you need to ensure that the gifts you purchase for your child are safe and appropriate for their age and abilities. Even when you buy toys that are appropriate for your child, they can still pose a risk.

Alcohol, speed continue to kill on Kentucky roads

Despite the term "accident" being used to describe vehicular collisions, the truth of the matter is that many of these events are not accidents in the true sense of the word. In fact, too many people in Kentucky are seriously injured or even killed due simply to the negligence and recklessness of other people.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in crashes in Kentucky in which alcohol was involved in 2017 actually rose compared to the prior year. The 181 such deaths in 2017 were more than in 2016, 2014 and 2013. In the prior five years, only 2015 saw more drunk driving deaths statewide with a total of 192. Speeding is another factor in many fatal wrecks and claimed 138 lives each in 2016 and 2017 and another 140 lives in 2015. Between 2013 and 2014, 250 lives were lost in these collisions. 

Keep yourself safe in the hospital

An admission to the hospital can be frightening because you don't know for sure what's going to happen. You have to ensure that you are taking steps to keep yourself safe and protected while you are a patient.

There are many different things that you can do to increase your chance of remaining as healthy as possible throughout your admission. Here are a few hospital safety tips to consider:

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

It is virtually impossible to travel Kentucky’s roadways and not encounter commercial trucks, but that does not make sharing the road with these heavy, oversize vehicles any less anxiety-inducing for motorists. While semi-trucks present certain dangers simply because they are so large, which can make them difficult to see or navigate around, they can prove substantially more dangerous when their drivers abuse substances while driving them.

According to the American Addiction Centers, today’s commercial truck drivers are abusing drugs and alcohol at alarming rates, which can impact driver performance in numerous ways. While abusing alcohol can negatively affect vision, reaction time and judgment, among other areas relating to driver performance, abusing drugs can also hinder a truck driver’s ability to travel the state and nation’s roadways safely.

Exploding toilets injure 14, product recalled

No one expects to sit down to use the toilet and have it explode. Yet, there have been at least 14 injured when components inside the toilet tanks exploded while it was in use.

The component, the Sloan Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System, uses water pressure combined with air to make toilets flush forcefully. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the stored pressure inside the units can build up and burst. As a result, over 2.3 million Flushmate units have been recalled all over the country.

Are self-driving cars really safe?

As a Kentucky driver, you may fantasize about the day when you can finally get into your car and command it to take you where you want to go all by itself and without your intervention. Movies and TV shows to the contrary, the day of the totally self-driving car still remains far in the future. Today the most you can hope to purchase is a partially self-driving car like the ones manufactured by Tesla. Before you do so, however, be aware that the safety record of these types of cars is, at best, dubious.

As reported, a Tesla Model X crashed in March of this year after careening into a highway divider. The driver died in the crash. He had engaged the car’s Autopilot feature that Tesla advertises keeps it cars so equipped within their lanes, safely out of the way of other vehicles on the road.

Information to look for following a commercial truck accident

Commercial truck accidents in the Somerset area are more complicated than typical auto accidents. Collisions that involve commercial trucks may end up including additional parties in the matter than just the driver who struck your automobile. To make sure you do not lose out when you seek injury compensation, you should know what information to collect following the wreck.

First, assuming that your life is not in immediate danger and that you can walk under your own power after an accident, you should gather the same kind of information that you would look for if you were hit by a car. Use your phone to take pictures of the truck’s license plate. Additionally, find out the truck driver’s name as well as any auto insurance information that the truck driver has on hand.

Follow these tips to reduce your car accident risk

Driving through Somerset is just as dangerous as driving through any other city in Kentucky. This is because there are thousands of people on the road all operating large pieces of machinery that can easily cause severe injuries and death if handled improperly. This means that each driver has a responsibility to follow traffic laws and practice safe driving habits, not only for their own protection but for the protection of other people on the road.

Simply by practicing safe driving techniques, you can drastically reduce your chances of becoming involved in a car accident. Here are a few ways you can lessen your risk of a car wreck.

What goes into an accident reconstruction?

If you have ever been involved in a Kentucky motor vehicle accident, you likely are familiar with the accident reports that local law enforcement officers submit, including the sketches of the accident scene that notes which vehicle ended up where and from which direction. What you may not be aware of, however, is that trained accident reconstructionists exist who can and do conduct much more in-depth accident investigations.

As explained by the Kentucky Bar Association, an accident reconstruction is similar to a crime scene investigation. Its purpose is not so much to discover who caused the accident as it is to determine exactly what happened and how it happened. To do this, the reconstructionist usually, but not always, goes to the scene as soon as possible after the accident and searches for evidence found in or on the following:

  • The vehicles themselves
  • The roadway
  • The environment

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