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Driving with multiple distractions increases risk of accidents

Kentucky drivers may be interested in finding out about data that was provided by Lytx. This is a provider of video telematics, productivity and safety solutions and analytics for public and commercial fleets. One of the most interesting things revealed by their data was the fact that individuals who engage in potentially risky behavior are most likely to engage in other risky behaviors at the same moment.

The data released by the company showed that 23 percent of the events analyzed involved a driver who engaged in multiple risky behaviors. For example, they found that when a person was using a hands-free device to chat with someone, it was also likely that they were eating as well. They were basically compounding the risk. Instead of freeing up their hands to have them on the wheel, they were using them to do other things.

New cars may soon be mandated to have alcohol detection tech

A bill called the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 has been introduced in Congress. If it is passed, it will mean big changes for automakers and for drivers in Kentucky and across the U.S. Specifically, it calls for the development of an alcohol detection system that would then be installed on all new vehicles by 2024.

The details of implementation were left vague, so it is unclear if development teams will use preexisting tech. The bill would provide funding for the research and development as well as for the pilot program.

Biking may be exhilarating, but injuries can be life-changing

Are you a biker? Many motorcyclists in Kentucky and across the country spent the summer enjoying the excitement and feeling of freedom as they took to the open roads. Sadly, a significant number of them became motorcycle accident victims. Are you one of them?

Unfortunately, not all vehicle operators enjoy sharing the roads with bikers, and in accidents involving motorcycles and cars or trucks, the motorcyclists are typically worse off. The fact that motorcyclists have only their helmets and leather riding suits to protect them makes them a whole lot more vulnerable than occupants in vehicles with various features to keep them safe.

Careful driving can avoid jackknifing

When large trucks jackknife on Kentucky highways, people are put in harm's way. In most cases, though, jackknifing is a preventable situation. The first thing the truck driver should do is check his or her mirrors to monitor the frequency of the trailer swing. It's important to do this every time hard braking is required. If the trailer is heading toward a jackknife during a hard brake, the recommended course is to let off the brake to regain static friction. Increasing speed may also be required to bring the trailer back into position.

Many reports of jackknifing indicate that the trailer being pulled was empty. The lighter a trailer is, the less it holds to the road, meaning less traction. It is also easier for the driver to over brake when there is no load in the trailer, and over braking can lead to jackknife accidents. Proper braking is essential when driving a semi-truck. The truck should be slowed before taking a turn or curve, rather than during as might be done with a smaller vehicle.

Five of the most frequent causes of truck collisions

Collisions between big rigs and passenger vehicles are all too common in Kentucky, and there are several reasons why they can occur. The No. 1 cause is driver error. Truckers, like anyone else, can engage in unsafe behavior like drowsy or drunk driving. However, it should be noted that 81% of truck crashes due to driver error are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers.

Besides driver error, there are roughly four other common causes of trucking accidents. The second is bad weather combined with improper braking. Truckers who have been insufficiently trained in this regard can wind up hydroplaning or jackknifing when traveling on slick or snowy roads.

Advances in automotive technology support traffic safety

Over the years, automobile manufacturers have developed technology that reduces accident risks for motorists in Kentucky. Researchers have credited systems that alert drivers to danger or improve stability for vehicles during bad road conditions with improvements in traffic safety.

Radar sensors and cameras that monitor drivers' blind spots sound an alarm when objects enter the blind spot area. The extra set of technological eyes helps people avoid lane-change accidents if they fail to check their blind spots or simply do not see something.

Distracted truck driver causes fatal Franklin County crash

Many may see the massive semi-trucks traveling on roads in and around Covington and wonder exactly how much skill is required to operate such vehicles. Indeed, truck drivers are well-trained, and hours and hours of experience behind the wheel helps them understand exactly what their vehicles are (and are not) capable of. Yet part of their training (or their experience) should teach them the importance of remaining attentive behind the wheel. Distracted driving can easily cause one to lose control of a standard car, truck or SUV. One can only imagine how dangerous a distracted truck driver can be. 

That question was recently answered in an accident that occurred in Franklin County. A semi-truck traveling on Interstate 64 slammed into two vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles hit by the semi was killed in the collision (the condition of the other driver was not reported). Investigators later determined that the truck driver was watching a video on his cell phone before causing the accident. He has since been charged with murder, assault and wanton endangerment (to which he pled not guilty). 

Pinpointing when carriers may be liable for truck accidents

One of the first exclamations we here at the Russell & Ireland Law Group PLLC hear from those who have been involved in truck accidents in their disbelief that a trucker would do something as negligent as speed. Said clients are often surprised when it is pointed out that while such a decision may indeed be due to a truck driver’s own impatience, in many others they may feel pressured into doing so. You likely face similar pressure to meet deadlines and cater to customer demands in your own workplace; the obvious difference is that you caving to such pressure might be unlikely to endanger lives.

The companies that employ truck drivers want to please their customers. When one is in the transportation and freight industries, doing so requires meeting scheduled delivery times. Simple business principles imply that customers will work with those companies that can offer the fastest delivery times. Thus, motor carriers may feel pressured to offer the fastest times in order to procure new business.

What teen drivers are doing that puts your life at risk

People may joke about getting off the roads when a teenager gets his or her license, but there is always some truth to jokes. While you can't stay off the roads and can't know which drivers are inexperienced teens, you can continue your safe driving habits, which may keep you from being involved in an accident.

It may help to better understand the mistakes teenage drivers are making as you endeavor to avoid ending up the victim of a young driver. Below are the most often cited behaviors drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 exhibit behind the wheel.

Understanding whiplash and its symptoms

Most people who live in Kentucky have probably heard about whiplash. Sometimes this condition is the subject of jokes, but the reality is that it is far from a joking matter as the pain and physical limitations associated with a whiplash injury can have a bit impact on a person's daily life. 

As indicated by the Mayo Clinic, a motor vehicle accident in which a person is hit from behind is the most common scenario from which whiplash occurs. It is common for some people to recover from a whiplash experience fully, but it is also possible for someone to be left with long-term, chronic pain or other symptoms after experiencing a whiplash event.

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