According to law enforcement authorities and the county coroner, a 19-year-old man died in a pileup accident. Reportedly, the accident happened on April 21 in Lexington around 6:45 a.m.
Kentucky drivers already know that fatigue may be a significant factor in many motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue may be responsible for at least 100,000 crashes annually, and this results in 71,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths.
Individuals in Kentucky who are in a car accident in which another driver is at fault should take several steps immediately. They should document the accident with photos if possible and get the other driver's insurance information. They should then contact both the other insurance company and their own.
Kentucky residents may be surprised to learn that 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are attributable to car crashes. These types of injuries may be commonly referred to as a breastbone fracture. In contrast, these types of injuries only constitute up to 8 percent of all reports detailing chest trauma. Vehicle occupants over age 50 are more susceptible to suffering these types of injuries than children inside the automobile.
A 51-year-old Danville woman died after being involved in a vehicle collision near Springfield on Feb. 18. The collision took place just after 5 p.m. on the U.S. 150 highway bypass. After the crash, the woman was taken to Springfield Hospital for treatment but was later pronounced dead.
As Kentucky motorists may know, car accidents, particularly those in which the vehicle is struck from behind, may result in whiplash. Such injuries might injure cervical musculature and may cause damage to ligaments and vertebrae in the cervical spine. Whiplash is due to the motion that the neck endures when the head snaps back and forth. Neck strains result in damage to the tendons, muscles or tissues that link the muscle to the vertebrae. The actual symptoms may be delayed for one day or more after the injury occurs. This may make it difficult to begin treatment, delaying beneficial steps at preventing more damage.
An accident in Kentucky in the early hours of Dec. 28 seriously injured a Louisville woman when a driver allegedly struck her in a crosswalk. The driver was charged with wanton endangerment, driving with a license suspended and DUI, according to Louisville Metro Police. His bond was set at $10,000, and a judge ordered the 46-year-old not to drive.
In a 2007 survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11 percent of all drivers tested on weekend nights came up positive for illicit drugs. When the survey added prescription or over-the-counter drugs to the mix, the percentage rose to 16 percent. Although alcohol use by drivers remains a serious hazard, the use of drugs, legal and illegal, can be equally dangerous to those sharing the road.
Kentucky residents may remember a 2006 California accident during which a driver lost control of a Chevrolet Cobalt before the vehicle rolled over. This incident occurred on a clear, dry and warm day and caused a death, and a Vanguard Car Rental USA claims adjuster requested that General Motors inspect the vehicle.