Many people in Kentucky may already know that distracted driving is one of the primary causes of traffic accidents involving drivers of all ages. However, while many teens acknowledge that texting behind the wheel is hazardous, a recent study shows that they fail to recognize that doing other activities while driving can be just as much of a problem.
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.
Pike County drivers may wish to learn more about a common injury that can result from a car crash. When appropriate treatment is given, the symptoms can be lessened or cured in time.
Motorists in Kentucky might be interested in understanding more about the types of shoulder trauma that result from a car accident. The shoulder is constructed of an arm bone, collar bone, shoulder blade and three joints held together by soft issue. The impact sustained in a crash may be strong enough to shatter the collar bone or shoulder blade of some vehicle occupants. The main types of shoulder injuries include soft-tissue injuries, dislocations and fractures.
While behavior like checking a text or having a quick snack while driving does not seem harmful and does not always end in disaster, the chances of a car accident increase when a motorist is distracted. Distracted driving injures more than 1,153 people in the United States each day, and drivers in Kentucky can take steps to stop driving while distracted in order to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
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.
One possible outcome of a car accident or any other severe, trauma-inducing incident is a skull fracture. Kentucky residents might benefit from being aware of the physical characteristics of a skull fracture, the long-term prognosis for healing or debility and the legal ramifications of such an injury.
Drivers in Kentucky likely know that drinking and driving is illegal but do not have all the important safety information regarding this issue. The amount of U.S. adults that have admitted to driving while impaired by alcohol totals 112 million people every year, but only 1.4 million drivers were arrested for alcohol or drug related offenses in 2010. Since more people drive under the influence of alcohol than are caught yearly, this could be a reason 10,322 people died in 2012 due to crashes involving alcohol impairment.