Miners and oil and gas workers in Kentucky may be at a higher risk for hearing loss, especially if they are exposed to dangerous levels of noise. In some sectors of these industries, workers had up to a 30% chance of hearing loss while around one-quarter of other workers had some damage to their ability to hear. Exposure to dangerous noise levels as defined by OSHA regulations is common in the mining industry as well as in oil and gas extraction. Experts say that around 61% of all workers in these industries experience high noise levels; this risk can be exacerbated by the presence of chemicals also linked to a greater likelihood of hearing difficulties.
Kentucky drivers run the risk for a crash when backing out of parking lots, driving down the highway, changing lanes and doing other basic maneuvers. This is where advanced driver assistance systems can be of benefit. The ability of ADAS to prevent car crashes has been attested to by various tests. Now, a study from General Motors and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has gauged the effectiveness of ADAS in the real world.
Kentucky drivers know to pull to the side and watch out when they see police cars and fire trucks ahead, lights blazing. However, while self-driving vehicles aim to make the roadways safer, these cars do not yet fully reflect human perceptions of danger or even note the existence of emergency vehicles ahead. This challenge in developing truly autonomous cars was highlighted in a car accident involving a Tesla running its own semi-autonomous software, Autopilot, and a fire truck. The fire truck was parked ahead on a freeway along with police cars, responding to an incident. The Tesla ran into the back of the truck, leading to property damage but no injuries.
With the holidays, there is always the danger that some Kentucky residents will drink and drive. Every year across the U.S., there are hundreds of DUI-related crashes around the holidays. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July has the worst fatality rate of around 42 deaths per day. Second is Memorial Day (39.5), followed by Labor Day (38.1), New Year's (31.7), Thanksgiving (27.9) and Christmas (27.7).
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers are 15% more likely to get in a fatal car crash during the summer: in particular, in the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The reason is that teens, who are inexperienced to begin with, spend more time on the road during this season. Kentucky residents can imagine how events like the Fourth of July celebrations also have a role to play in more drivers, and potentially inebriated drivers, being on the road.
With the addition of automatic braking systems, airbags and crash avoidance technology, car manufacturers are making cars safer than ever before. Unfortunately, over 37,000 people in Kentucky and across the United States died in 2017 as a result of a car accident. When looking for a new vehicle, shoppers are taking note of technology advancements that can help reduce these statistics.
Even drizzling rain can significantly up the risk of getting into a car crash in Kentucky and elsewhere, according to a new study. The findings were recently published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.
Self-driving cars have a while to go before they can be deemed road-ready according to a report from the Rand Corporation. Many drivers in Kentucky would agree, especially when they consider the history of these vehicles. In May 2016, one man died when his Tesla, which was on Autopilot, crashed into a truck. In March 2018, a self-driving Uber vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian in Arizona.
Kentucky drivers can become inattentive to the road if they use their phones, adjust the radio and even talk with passengers. In the five seconds that it takes to read the average text message, drivers going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field.
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.