By law, motorists in Kentucky are required to carry auto insurance. Unfortunately, too many people allow their coverage to collapse or simply never purchase it. The Insurance Information Institute reports that roughly one in eight drivers in 2012 lacked car insurance. At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., Attorneys at Law, we know how frustrating it can be to get into an accident with an uninsured motorist. There are a few steps you can take to ensure you receive compensation for your damages.
When you get into a car accident in Kentucky, chances are that you are feeling emotionally shaken if not also physically injured. If you are in an emergency situation, your priority should always be to seek medical care immediately. Otherwise, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you are in compliance with the law and protect your best interests.
Most people in Kentucky know that getting between seven and eight hours of sleep at night is an essential part of functioning well during the day. There have been a number of studies related to drowsy driving, but few that take a look at the effect insomnia can have. Recent research has revealed just how problematic insomnia can be, especially when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society published a study that links symptoms of insomnia with an increase in the number of fatal car accidents.
Drivers in Kentucky who take their eyes off of the road for just two seconds could be taking a serious risk, according to a new study that was conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The researchers found that a two-second in-vehicle glance increases the chances of a driver getting into an accident by impairing their ability to react to potential road hazards.
Kentucky drivers may be interested in some national statistics concerning traffic accidents. In 2012, there were more than 33,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, close to 7,000 people across the country each day have to visit the hospital as a result of a vehicle collision. Of these, 200,000 each year are admitted to a hospital for treatment for accident-related injuries.
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 motorists looking to hit the road in the next few months should do their best to understand the driving dangers posed by wet weather conditions that frequently occur at this time of year. Even though wet weather conditions are estimated by AAA to result in more than a million motor vehicle accidents each year around the country, there are several easy ways to stay safe on wet roads and avoid wet weather accidents.
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 two-car accident on March 20 resulted in the deaths of four people in Kentucky. The accident reportedly took place when a driver crossed the center line on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Bourbon County. Although investigators are not sure what caused the driving mistake, they have reported that they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the car accident. Neither of the vehicles involved was exceeding the posted speed limit of 55 mph.