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February 2019 Archives

Are you a part of the motorcycle crash statistics?

There are many positives about motorcycles, including their fuel efficiency and the exhilaration of riding on the open roads of Kentucky. However, for safe navigation of your bike, you need more coordination and skills than drivers of automobiles. Constant awareness of your surroundings is crucial, and so is the ability to drive defensively.

Study looks at role of opioids in fatal traffic accidents

The use of opioids may be a factor in some fatal two-car accidents in Kentucky and around the country. It is nearly two times more likely that drivers who cause these accidents will test positive for opioids compared to the other drivers in the accident according to a study that was published in JAMA Network Open. Among all fatal accidents, failure to stay in the correct lane was the most common cause.

U.S. traffic deaths exceed 40,000 for third straight year

Kentucky readers may be concerned to learn that US traffic deaths exceeded 40,000 for the third straight year in 2018, according to the National Safety Council. In addition, approximately 4.5 million people sustained serious injuries in car accidents last year.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits

The Social Security Administration pays benefits to qualified individuals in Kentucky and around the country who have been unable to work for valid reasons for a year or more. In order to qualify, an applicant's occupation must first be a job covered by Social Security. Also, the resulting medical issue must meet the SSA's definition of what's considered a disability. The basic goal is to help individuals transition back to work whenever possible.

OSHA publishes guide to prevent tractor rollovers

Every year in Kentucky and other states, farmers are seriously injured or even killed when tractors roll over. In order to reduce injuries and deaths, OSHA has released a guide that's designed to both help prevent these rollovers and reduce harm when they do occur. The guide advises that all tractors be equipped with a roll bar or a cage frame for the tractor operator. OSHA says that these protective features greatly reduce the incidence of injury and death.

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