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Is light snow dangerous compared to snowstorms?

Kentucky and Indiana get unusual weather from time to time, and recent conditions during March have certainly lived up to that standard. With a sudden snowstorm blinding drivers and coating roads, there were accidents and injuries to tend to.

When it comes to snow, you may think that the most injuries happen when there's more snow on the ground. However, it's the lighter snow that may actually be more dangerous. Just an inch of snow or a small amount of ice has the potential to cause a number of serious crashes. In fact, a lighter storm is more likely to cause crashes than a major storm, since drivers may not be expecting the roads to be as bad as they are.

Construction zone dangers put drivers at risk

Construction zones are dangerous for drivers for various reasons. It's important for you to be aware of the hazards before you approach a construction zone, so you can be prepared for any issues that may arise. For instance, potholes could be common in construction zones, since the roads are damaged. Uneven roadways and surfaces are also common. These can both take drivers by surprise and cause crashes, but not if drivers are aware of the risks and slow down.

Avoiding a crash in a construction zone is easy with a few steps. These three tips can help you stay a little safer on the roads.

The physical impact of a crash: The science of an impact

In a car crash, your body is somewhat protected by the frame of the vehicle, airbags and other technology. Nothing can protect you completely, though. Everyone's body suffers some impact, and that impact can have real repercussions for your health.

When you're in a crash, the first thing that happens is that your body has to dissipate kinetic energy. Since your vehicle doesn't do that for you (through putting on the brakes), you instead absorb some of that energy into your body. That energy has to transfer, which means you end up with impact wounds.

Did a car hit you in a Dixie Highway intersection?

Kentucky motorists are responsible for their actions behind the wheel. When you drive a car, you must adhere to all traffic regulations and posted speed limit signs along your route. Beyond that, however, it's up to every driver to be as alert and cautious as possible to keep themselves and others who share the roadways safe. If you're a bicyclist, you likely already know how dangerous Dixie Highway can be. Navigating intersections and crosswalks by bicycle can be extremely challenging.

If you know what types of situations pose the greatest risks for injury, you may be able to avoid major problems. There's a reason this road is known as the Dixie Die-way, however. Distracted drivers and other negligent motorists may be high on the list of potential problems that you may encounter while riding your bike. Recognizing signs of danger and knowing how to quickly access support when needed may help you stay safe, or at least obtain needed assistance if a collision occurs.

Truck drivers have to be vigilant to keep others safe

The highways are dangerous no matter who's on the roads, but truck drivers are particularly hazardous to others. The vehicles are large, and if they crash, they may take up several lanes of traffic or crush other vehicles.

Truck drivers can take steps to keep others safer on the roads. Failing to take these steps could show negligence, which allows others to file a claim for compensation. Here are a few example of things drivers can do to protect the public.

What are safety-related defects in vehicles?

Around 30,000 people died on the highways in 2009. That's an impressive decrease of 28 percent since 2006, but it's still not good enough. One of the problems still making its way onto the roads is the possibility of motor vehicle defects.

Defects make a vehicle dangerous; some are minor, like a piece of material prone to fall down. Others are more serious, like accelerator pedals that won't release.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving in America

Drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue. This usually happens when a driver has not slept enough, but it can also happen due to untreated sleep disorders, medications, drinking alcohol, or shift work.

What should you do if the driver won't give you his insurance?

After an accident, people are supposed to share their insurance information with each other. They should give you an insurance card, address, phone number and other information so that you can get in touch.

Sometimes, people don't want to give their insurance or personal information to the other driver. If you approach the other driver and find he or she is resistant to giving you any information, then you may want to step back, call the police and await help.

Is the number of traffic fatalities dropping in Kentucky?

Kentucky was celebrating a better year of driving in 2017. In fact, according to news from Dec. 31, there had been around 70 fewer deaths in 2017 than in 2016 by the same time. That's great news for drivers and the police alike.

According to the story, there were hundreds of crashes, but deaths were fewer. In 2016, there had been 824 deaths, whereas there were only 750 in Kentucky at the same time in 2017. Although the goal is eventually to have no traffic fatalities, this reduction is moving in the right direction.

Avoiding car crashes starts with you

No one ever expects to get into a crash, but many people do. They may not be focused on the road, or they might be distracted by texting. Whatever the cause may be, these negligent drivers make the roads more dangerous for everyone.

One thing to remember is that you can help prevent yourself from getting into a crash. These are some tips that can help you stay safe on the roads.

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