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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When people are involved in a car crash in Kentucky, they may think they are unharmed because they do not have any broken bones. Some injuries may not always be obvious, though. In the days after the collision, someone may realize that his or her neck hurts from whiplash.
It is no surprise that using a cellphone while driving is extremely dangerous for motorists and everyone else on the road. It is so dangerous in fact, that many states prohibit drivers from using hand-held cellphones. Although Kentucky has yet to initiate such legislation, people use both hand-held and hands-free cellphones while driving. Hands-free cellphones are marketed as being a safe alternative to hand-held devices. Yet, studies show that this may not always be the case.
When residents of Kentucky like you get involved in a car crash, there can be many different contributing factors. One factor that can be overlooked is the possibility that faulty auto parts were involved. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we carefully examine all angles of what may or may not cause an accident, including defective parts from the auto manufacturer.