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These 3 accident causes are common throughout America

There are dozens of reasons that car crashes could happen ranging from mechanical errors to drivers' mistakes. As a victim of a crash, knowing the cause can be important. Even if you made a minor error, a more serious mistake, like driving while drunk or distracted, could mean that the other driver is liable for the collision.

Of the dozens of reasons for crashes, there are three prominent causes. One is speeding. Another is driving while intoxicated. The third is being distracted when you should be paying attention to the road.

These are some of the most dangerous roads in Kentucky

There are many areas of Kentucky that are more dangerous than others when it comes to driving. For example, Interstate 264 in Louisville has more collisions than any other in the city limits, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Other roads are problematic too, such as Kentucky Highway 44, which runs through Bullitt County.

What makes these roads dangerous is not only factors like how they are rural roads or two-lane roads with narrow lanes. The truth is that they're dangerous because of the traffic that has to pass through the area being too great for the space on the roadway. For example, Kentucky Highway 44 is narrow, but it's the large amount of traffic that has to use the highway that makes it so dangerous. Between 2013 and 2015, that road was the scene of 6,830 accidents.

Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Many women across Kentucky and the United States have used baby powder in their personal hygiene routines for years, but a recent investigation into the product long rumored to cause cancer has revealed some new and troubling information. The investigation revealed that, not only does baby powder contain trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, but that the baby powder manufacturer knew this, but neglected to inform the public. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we recognize that the manufacturer’s failure to inform the public of product risks placed thousands of Americans at risk, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of defective or dangerous products seek recourse.

According to USA Today, the manufacturer of the talc powder in question had knowledge that its product contained trace amounts of asbestos since at least as far back as 1971. However, none of the company executives, scientists, mine managers or others who had this knowledge found it necessary to inform the public about the presence of asbestos, thereby stripping away consumers’ opportunities to make informed decisions about whether to use the product.

What you should know about aggressive driving

Aggressive drivers put the lives of everyone on the road in danger. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Accident Reporting System, more than 52 percent of fatal accidents over a five-year period involved aggressive drivers. AAA reported, that at least 80 percent of all drivers admit to driving erratically or in an aggressive manner at some point. Whether you are running late to an important appointment or meeting or you are simply tired of being stuck in traffic, aggressive driving is a serious problem for drivers in Kentucky and across the country.

By understanding the signs of aggressive driving and knowing what to look for, you may be able to avoid becoming the victim of a serious car accident. The signs of road rage may include the following:

  •          Failing to yield to right of way
  •          Failing to obey traffic signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crosswalks
  •          Speeding
  •          Improper and erratic changing of lanes
  •          Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle

Volvo recalls more than 219,000 vehicles due to fuel leak issue

Consumers expect that the products they purchase are safe for their intended use. This is particularly true when a product is safety-critical, such as a motor vehicle. Every time you get in your car, you take your life into your hands. Obviously, you want your vehicle to be as safe as possible.

Proper maintenance is very important to limiting your risk for a car crash, as is attentive and defensive driving. Unfortunately, there are certain factors that you, as a driver, cannot control. These include issues with bad products coming out of auto manufacturing plants and the companies that make their various components.

What commercial vehicle drivers need to know about fatigue

Kentucky residents who drive commercial vehicles typically spend a lot of time behind the wheel. It can be dangerous for people to drive, though, if they are drowsy, regardless of whether they are transporting people or goods.

Although some people may think they can drive safely if they are a little tired, this is not the case. The National Safety Council says that when a driver is sleepy, he or she is more likely to be involved in a collision. Additionally, tired drivers typically have a slower reaction time than drivers who are not fatigued. Because commercial drivers spend so much time on the road, it is important for them to make sure they have enough rest.

Is my space heater a fire waiting to happen?

As you know, utility bills are expensive, especially in the wintertime. To save on heating costs, you might turn your thermostat down and run a space heater. These little appliances are useful for heating small areas and keeping utility costs down for Kentucky residents, but they can also be dangerous. In fact, space heaters are considered one of the top causes of home fires and burn injuries in the country.

The DIY Network cautions that approximately one-third of home fires and four out of five fatalities related to heating equipment are caused by space heaters. If you recently bought a space heater or pulled one out of storage to keep you warm in the cold months, take note of the following safety tips:

  • Look online for reports of injuries or recalls involving your brand and model of space heater.
  • Absolutely never plug your heater into an extension cord, which can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Don’t run the heater’s cord under a rug or place it where you can trip over the cord or a pet can chew on it.
  • Always turn off your space heater and unplug it when you leave the room.
  • Place your heater at least three feet away from items that can overheat and combust, such as curtains, blankets or furniture.
  • Never leave a child or pet alone with a space heater.

What happens if a driver without good insurance crashes into you?

As a responsible Kentucky driver, you likely do everything in your power to avoid contributing to a crash. From performing proper maintenance on your vehicle to driving with caution, the things you do can impact how much risk you have on the road. Unfortunately, nothing you do can prevent someone else from causing a crash.

When that happens, the other driver should have insurance that covers your losses. Unfortunately, not all drivers carry insurance. A small but significant number of drivers in Kentucky don't have insurance on their vehicles at any given time.

Kentucky Supreme Court rules against medical review panels

Medical malpractice is a serious concern that impacts thousands of Americans every year. Whether a doctor fails to diagnose a serious condition or leaves an instrument in a patient during surgery, medical malpractice can have extreme physical and financial consequences for its victims. The right to bring a lawsuit against a doctor is often the only way a patient can recover from the malpractice.

Unfortunately, in 2017, Kentucky enacted a new law that restricted the right of citizens to bring medical malpractice lawsuits against negligent medical care providers. Specifically, this new law created the requirement that anyone alleging medical malpractice would have to bring their claim before a medical review panel prior to filing a lawsuit to seek compensation. Some people hoped the law would prevent frivolous lawsuits from taking up court time.

A look at voice-activated devices

Using a hands-free or hand-held cellphone while driving can be a deadly practice. Distracted driving leads to serious car accidents, injuries and even death. In the height of cellular device use, vehicle manufacturers pushed voice-activated technology as a way to limit driver distraction. Drivers can simply speak out commands, compose texts, play music and perform other functions while keeping their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. A study released by AAA shows, however, that there are variances between voice-activated systems, and while some are safer than others, all still cause a significant amount of cognitive distraction.  

During the study, participants were asked to drive six vehicles through a neighborhood. Each vehicle used a different type of voice-activated technology. Drivers were asked to perform certain voice commands, including changing the radio station, playing a CD, calling a contact and dialing a phone number. Researchers then evaluated drivers’ heart rate, mental workload and reaction time, as well their personal assessments. The results showed that as drivers were asked to complete more complicated tasks, their reaction time slowed, and heart rate increased. The level of difficulty varied across different car systems. Furthermore, the study found that voice-activated tasks were more distracting than listening to an audio book, having a conversation with a passenger in the vehicle or listening to the radio.

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