Though vehicle safety standards in general have improved and the rate of fatalities due to single car rollovers have decreased, rollovers continue to be a concern for Kentucky drivers. While there are no specific government standards related to rollover accidents, the government does have a public education program that rates the propensity of vehicles to rollover. This includes a roof crush rule that measures how much weight a vehicle can sustain before the roof crushes in. The rule, which was revised in 2009, states that vehicles under 6,000 pounds must be able to sustain forces three times their weight on their roof. While this is one step towards better protection, there are other things drivers can do to prevent single car rollovers.
Car accidents in Kentucky create many costs, the greatest of which is the human life that is lost. According to a nationwide study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 people were killed in car accidents in 2012. On average, this number means that about 92 people died in the United States each day in 2012 as a result of a car accident.
Any type of distraction while driving can be dangerous, and sending or reading a text message can distract the driver for a few seconds or longer. This can create a lot of trouble for the other drivers on the road. According to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all crashes that caused injuries or fatalities in 2010. Along with this information, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute discovered that the risk of an accident is 23 times higher while a driver is texting than when a driver is not distracted.
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.
Drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol generate enough worry for other drivers, but they also put their own children in peril. According to a new study, a disturbing number of child fatalities in DUI accidents were caused as a result of the children's own driver.
While most recent media campaigns and distracted driving research has focused on texting and driving, it turns out that rowdiness and loud conversations may be dangerous, too. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, worked with 52 teenage drivers, many of whom had just received their licenses.