In recent years, automakers have added a variety of features to make cars safer to ride in. However, many of these features are designed to help those riding in the front of a car. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, says that more needs to be done to protect rear passengers traveling on Kentucky roads and highways. Doing so may be even more important in an era when people hire drivers from companies such as Uber or Lyft.
A total of 34 states, including Kentucky, have some sort of law regarding the use of ignition interlock devices among DUI offenders. IIDs are breath tests that connect to a car's ignition and require drivers to blow alcohol-free breath before starting their car. While the car is in motion, it requires "rolling retests" to ensure that a driver is not drinking behind the wheel.
Traffic accident fatalities in Kentucky and around the country that have surged in recent years dropped slightly in 2018 according to a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA figures indicate that road deaths were down by 2.4% in 2018 and are on track to fall by 3.4% in 2019. The federal watchdog says that advanced automobile safety technology like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning systems are largely responsible for the fall in accident fatalities, but the data suggests that these features do little to protect the nation's most vulnerable road users.
If you rely on your car to get you around Kentucky, it's important for that vehicle to be safe to drive. Unfortunately, cars and car parts can suffer from manufacturing defects that are dangerous enough to result in auto recalls.
Over the past few years, the nationwide number of teen driver fatalities has seen an increase. In 2017, there were 1,310 teen driver fatalities across the United States compared with 1,127 in 2013. As a parent in Kentucky, you may feel alarmed at these statistics and wonder what kind of risk your own teenage drivers face.
The injuries that you face in the aftermath of a car crash will sometimes be determined by where your car was hit. Today, we will examine rear end collisions and the injuries commonly associated with them.
When people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, the results can be catastrophic. Although people may feel as though they are able to drive, the effects of alcohol may cause altered perceptions, reduced response times and delayed reactions that could cause a major car accident. The legal blood alcohol content level in Kentucky is 0.08%; however, alcohol can have an effect at 0.05% BAC and lower. Even drivers who are below the legal limit run the risk of causing a deadly car accident. Drinking and driving can be even more deadly at night. Reduced light sources in itself can cause driving hazards, including vision problems and difficulty determining the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.
If you are like most Kentucky residents, you probably have hands-free technology in your car or truck that allows you to use your cellphone while driving without having to touch it. This probably gives you the illusion that you are driving safely even though you are talking or texting on your phone while doing it.
When someone has trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep, their life may be adversely affected in a multitude of ways. They may experience challenges in the workplace because they are so tired, or they could face health problems due to a lack of sleep. However, sleep problems can be especially concerning when it comes to auto accidents since driver fatigue is responsible for many of the collisions that take place. Sadly, fatigued drivers place many lives at risk when they get behind the wheel.
Even when the sun sets in Kentucky, cars, tractor trailers and motorcycles still fill the roadways. Whether you are rushing home from work or are just going out to spend the evening with friends, driving at night can be more dangerous than driving during daylight hours. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that your chances of being involved in a fatal car accident are three times greater at night than they are during the day.