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Distractions cause thousands of injuries daily: Look ahead

If someone claims he or she has never been distracted behind the wheel, he or she is probably not telling the whole truth. Distractions happen every day. Whether it's a siren outside the car that startles a driver or a teen changing a radio station, distractions are all around you.

Distractions are dangerous, which is why people need to limit distractions behind the wheel as much as possible. One way to do this is by avoiding texting and driving at all times.

Man charged after being accused of causing fatal accident

When someone hits a person, you expect that individual to stay at the scene and offer aid if possible. The last thing you ever expect is for the person to flee, attempting to avoid penalties for the crash. Unfortunately, many people do hit others and then leave the scene, hoping they won't get caught. That might have been what happened in this case in Kentucky.

A suspect in a case involving a fatal car crash has been charged, according to a Nov. 19 report. The news states that the suspect, a 45-year-old man, was arrested near the local Papa John's Cardinal Stadium after being found by police.

How can you avoid a wintertime traffic accident in Kentucky?

The winter brings ice and snow, and with those weather conditions, an increase in the number of collisions that take place. Every year, over 100,000 people end up injured in motor vehicle accidents as a result of the weather.

How can you stay safer this winter? To start with, you need to make sure your car is ready for the snow. Brush off the vehicle and be prepared to let the windows defrost before you drive. Trying to drive through a small, defrosted area isn't a good idea. Any areas where ice remain on your windows reflect light and could blind you temporarily. You could be ticketed if an officer sees you, too.

The things that are distracting drivers may surprise you

Kentucky readers know there are many things that could cause distractions for drivers. While cell phones are one of the leading sources of distracted driving, there is new evidence to suggest that there are other dangerous sources of distraction of which drivers should be aware. One of these sources is the infotainment systems that now come standard in many newer vehicles. 

From navigational systems to DVD players, many features could be deadly sources of distraction for drivers. Anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road for any amount of time, such as a radio or phone, could result in serious or deadly accidents.

Mother killed in tragic traffic accident near Shepherdsville

Imagine riding in someone else's vehicle. You're enjoying the ride, not paying attention to what's going on around you. Suddenly, you're struck from behind and everything changes.

Your children are left without a mother. You're unable to be there when they need you most. That's exactly what happened in this case.

Hit-and-run victim dies, police report arresting driver

There is truly no excuse for someone leaving the scene of an accident without attempting to render aid. There is no excuse for hitting someone and then leaving the scene to avoid getting into trouble. Despite that, people do still commit hit-and-run crashes, leaving victims fighting for their lives. Some don't survive.

The police in Shively have stated that they have arrested a driver who they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision in Kentucky. The police reported that a 55-year-old woman turned herself in on Nov. 1 and gave a statement about the crash.

Wet roads are a hazard: Slow down in rainstorms

When you're driving in the rain, you probably know that you need to slow down. The highways in Kentucky are relatively straight, but the 70 mph speed limit on most parts of the highway are far too high for wet roads.

Remember that it takes more time to slow down and stop on wet roads. Additionally, because vehicles travel over the roads often, oils gather there. When rain first falls, it mixes with the oils and makes the roads very slick. This is when it's most likely to get into a crash.

Danger lurks just beyond your stop sign: Tips for how to avoid it

Driving in Kentucky may feel like you're placing your life at risk. In some cases, especially in areas such as the Dixie Highway or nearby areas, you really are in danger as accident risks in these regions are quite high. A key to avoiding collision, however, is knowing what types of situations most often pose problems, and what to do to avoid them, if anything. If you have teenage drivers in your family, you'll likely want to pass along these tips to them as well.

Intersections are, by far, some of the most dangerous areas on the road. Many things may be happening at once at a crossroads, and since your eyes cannot focus in all directions at the same time, the best you can do is know how to drive safely and how to react if you notice potential signs of danger.

You can seek compensation if you're hurt in a serious collision

After a car accident, there are a number of types of damages you can file a claim for. It's not just your medical costs that end up being an expense to you. You'll also have the costs associated with replacing or repairing your vehicle, lost wages and other losses.

Just in medical expenses alone, you'll be able to file a claim for ambulance fees, in-home services, permanent disability, consultations, physical or cognitive therapy and medical accessories. In the case that you have medical expenses you don't yet know, your attorney can help you negotiate for a settlement that takes those unknown variables into consideration.

Teen Driver Safety Week: Keeping teens safe behind the wheel

You may be aware that teens are more likely to crash because of their inexperience, so it might not come as a surprise that car crashes are one of the most common causes of death among teens. As of data from 2015, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teens in the United States.

In that year, there were 1,972 fatal crashes involving teen drivers. In those crashes, 2,207 people were killed. It's estimated that around 99,000 teen drivers were injured in collisions the same year.

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