In the state of Kentucky, over 150,000 car accidents are reported every year. In most cases, these accidents could be avoided by simple precautions. For example, people try to text and respond to emails while driving. The fact is, we receive text messages and emails each day that will still be there once we have reached our destination. By thinking ahead of time and remembering that our driving and safety are most important, we can avoid dangerous situations. Here are some of the main causes of car accidents in Kentucky.
In Kentucky, weather seems to change within a few minutes. While beginning to drive to your destination, you may have sunshine, but before you know it, you may experience strong winds and heavy rains – especially during the spring season. In winter, snow and ice will be a risk of which you should be aware. While driving in rain, be aware of what is around you and drive at a reasonable speed to avoid hydroplaning. Make sure you have your lights on and keep an emergency kit inside your car in case you would have an accident while driving.
One of the most common reasons for car accidents is due to the driver being distracted and not concentrating on the road. In 2011, it was reported that over 55,000 out of 150,000 car accidents in Kentucky were because the driver was distracted and not concentrating on the road. Most of the distractions faced today come from the radio, adjusting mirrors, eating or drinking, or the one most heard about today, cell phones. In 2011, 23%, over 1.3 million, of car accidents were caused from texting and driving. In order for car accident statistics to go down, the problem can be easily fixed by using common sense while in the driver’s seat. Distraction is an issue that many people are unaware of and they fail to think before picking up their cell phones, adjusting their mirrors, or even just taking a drink of water.
168 million drivers have admitted to feeling drowsy while driving and out of that number, 103 million said that they have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep poll. Over 11 million said that they almost had a car accident because they started to fall asleep while driving. To avoid this problem, before getting behind the steering wheel, be aware of how you feel. If overly tired, do not try to drive long distances that can be harmful to you. If taking long trips, it is best to plan an overnight stay in a hotel to avoid drowsiness while driving. Driving while drowsy is a danger to other drivers and yourself.
The Next Step
If you or a loved one has been injured from a car accident due to negligence, you will need to consult with a personal injury attorney that will be able to help you. For a free consultation, call Gladstein Law Firm. We will help you fight for compensation for your injuries and provide support to you with the help of our team of knowledgeable, experienced experts. Call us today at 502-791-9000.