Excessive alcohol consumption can impair a driver's reaction time, depth perception and peripheral vision, all of which increase the risk for an auto accident. Many drunk driving crashes in Kentucky are fatal. In fact, about one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the country are DUI crash deaths. Drivers under 24 and motorcyclists are among those most susceptible to drunk driving crashes.
Those minutes and even hours after a car accident can be daunting. One moment you were driving and trying to stay on a schedule and the next you are looking at your damaged car and wondering if you are physically okay. This can be a stressful time, besides checking in with the other driver, you may be worried about other passengers and dealing with people coming to your aid. On top of all of that, you need to speak to the police, the tow truck driver, your insurance agent and possibly medical personal.
Residents of Kentucky and elsewhere in the U.S. should be aware that traffic accidents are now globally the eighth leading cause of death. However, only 29 percent of global traffic-related deaths involve car occupants. The majority of deaths involve pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
New safety data from the ZF Group may encourage other car parts manufacturers to consider working on external airbag technology. ZF finds that external airbags could, in the case of a side collision, reduce the severity of occupants' injuries by as much as 40 percent. Drivers in Kentucky should know, however, that it will be a while before these are introduced to public; the technology is far from perfect.
When people think of distracted driving, the first thing that often comes to mind is texting while driving. Texting behind the wheel is illegal in Kentucky, but many drivers still feel confident enough that they can get away with it.
When it comes to workplace injuries in Kentucky, common tasks like stocking shelves, packing boxes and selling merchandise can all lead to job site accidents. Given the intense surge in holiday shoppers, the risks associated with retail jobs increases substantially. That's why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a statement reminding employers of their duties to protect retail employees.
When we think of motor vehicle accidents, those happening on the roadways typically come to mind. But surprisingly, parking lots see their share of crashes and accidents, especially during the holiday season. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that around 50,000 crashes happen annually in parking lots causing 500 deaths and 60,000 injuries. Many go unreported, so this number may even be higher.