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Worried about your loved one driving on the "Dixie Die-way?"

It's one thing to know you're in control behind the wheel of your own vehicle, and quite another to watch your son, daughter, spouse or other family member pull out of your driveway, heading for Dixie Highway in Kentucky. Locals named this stretch of road a "die-way" instead of "highway" for good reason. It's dangerous. There are many fatal accidents there; in fact, advocates for change, including several Jefferson County council members have announced plans for major projects that will -- hopefully -- make the roadway safer.

Everyone in your community is likely aware of the bad reputation Dixie Highway has insofar as motor vehicle travel is concerned. Some say you rarely hear of an accident along this road that doesn't result in fatality. If your frequent travel necessitates driving on this highway, you no doubt want to be aware of the potential dangers involved, as well as where to turn for help if you get in an accident.

Truck accidents are dangerous but avoidable: Seek a claim

Truck accidents cause many injuries and fatalities every year. As a driver who is in a passenger vehicle, you probably already realize that a crash involving a truck could kill you or result in serious injuries. Your vehicle simply isn't as heavy as the truck, which means it's more likely to be crushed under the weight of the other vehicle.

Every year, there are around 3,598 crashes resulting in fatalities caused by truck drivers. Most of the crashes that involve these drivers and result in a fatality take place on rural or urban interstates. Some take place on rural roads as well.

Fall driving is dangerous for even the best drivers

Driving in the fall has the potential to be dangerous for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is back-to-school traffic. In the morning and mid-afternoon, you may notice heavier traffic than usual. On top of that, buses and other forms of transportation clog up the roadways. It's necessary for you to pay attention during these times, because there is a higher possibility for someone to make a mistake that causes a crash.

Another reason fall is dangerous for drivers is the risk of a car skidding on wet roads. Slick roadways may be due to rain or fog in some cases. Additionally, once the leaves begin to fall off the trees, they may hide pot holes or become slick themselves. When your tires hit the wet leaves, it could result in you losing control of your vehicle.

What should you do if you crash in Louisville?

After you're in a car accident in Louisville, you're likely just to want to get the care you need and to go home. Unfortunately, depending on the kinds of injuries you've suffered, your entire life may have just changed right before your eyes. When a crash happens, it's important to follow a set of rules to make sure you cover all the important steps and set yourself up for the easiest legal and physical recovery possible.

The first thing to do after a crash is to check the damage. If you are hurt or others are hurt, call 911 to seek assistance. Looking at the damage caused by the crash is secondary to your health and the health of others.

Fatal accidents on the rise in Louisville

If you love taking an evening walk in Louisville, you may want to know about the fact that fatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise in the city. Up to mid-August 2017, there have been 18 crashes between people and vehicles. Nineteen people died as a result. In 2016, there were only 24 crashes in all, so 2017 is looking to be a record year.

Deaths from these crashes are increasing, but statistics have shown that the actual number of crashes has been decreasing over time. The number of crashes between vehicles and bicycles has also declined. What's the problem with pedestrians, then, that is making them such a major target?

Braking distance and its role in truck accidents

Motor vehicle accidents that involve semitrailers can be catastrophic for innocent motorists. When truck accidents happen along Dixie Highway, they often result in serious injury and significant damage to smaller vehicles. If you were hurt in a collision with a large, heavy vehicle, it may not be your fault.

There are many factors that contribute to truck accidents. Kentucky truck accident victims may feel overwhelmed by the aftermath of these serious, traumatic incidents, but they may have grounds for a civil claim. If you were hurt in a collision involving a semitrailer, you would be wise to find out if you have a rightful claim to financial compensation.

Boat collision draws concerns from people in Kentucky, Ohio

Boating is a fun past-time that people enjoy throughout the late spring, summer and into the fall. Unfortunately, there are a number of hazards that can be waiting in the water. Some aren't even visible thanks to being underwater, which makes them particularly dangerous to boaters.

Those hidden hazards are drawing concerns on the border of Ohio and Kentucky. Boaters in Ohio and Kentucky have become worried because of a serious accident in which a woman was killed on the Ohio River. According to the story from Aug. 22, the late-night accident occurred when the boat the woman was on allegedly struck a barge that was anchored in the river.

What's being done to make the Dixie Highway safer?

If there is a dangerous area of the road, it's important to do what you can to report it to the authorities. Over time, if there are enough complaints, crashes and injuries or deaths, the area may be addressed.

That's what's finally happening in Louisville. It's been known for some time that the Dixie Highway was dangerous, and many people avoided the area knowing it was hazardous. Hopefully, that will be changing in the future.

What factors impact the safety of teens driving?

When a teen gets behind the wheel with his or her license the first time, it's an exciting adventure. There are some hazards they face, though, that are more significant as teens than as adult drivers.

Did you know that having more than two peer passengers in a vehicle increases the likelihood of a collision and fatality by over three times? Additionally, while you may think that the risk is tied to the types of behaviors teens have in their vehicles, the truth is that it doesn't matter as much what type of passengers are in the vehicles as much as it matters that there are passengers that are the same age as the driver. Teen drivers with friends in their vehicles are more likely to engage in risky behavior, which means they're more likely to put themselves and others at risk of a crash.

Why are broken bones dangerous?

You were driving down a particularly hazardous part of the roadway when another vehicle came around the curve too quickly. The driver overcorrected, causing him to careen into your vehicle.

Immediately, you could tell that your leg was broken. It was extremely painful, and you knew you needed to get help. The only relief you had at the time was that you knew that broken bones couldn't kill you. Interestingly enough, while that thought might have gotten you through the incident, it's not true.

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