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Pickups perform well in IIHS report

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 30 driver deaths per million vehicle registrations from 2011 to 2014. Kentucky motorists might be surprised to learn that trucks and SUVs actually performed better than the industry average. Pickup trucks had an average of 26 deaths per million registrations while SUVs had an average of 21 per million registrations.

Accidents caused by eating while behind the wheel

Distracted driving laws in Kentucky and around the country generally aim to discourage motorists from using their cellphones while behind the wheel, but there are many other things that can prevent drivers from focusing on the road ahead. Fast-food restaurants featuring welcoming drive-thru windows are a ubiquitous sight in virtually every part of the United States, and they market themselves as inexpensive and convenient dining options for drivers in a hurry.

Reducing teenage distracted driving fatalities

While vehicles are getting safer, there has been an increase in traffic fatalities. The 7.2 percent increase in driving deaths around the country in 2015 over the previous year can be attributed to a variety of causes, including people having more available income and driving more miles. However, in that year teenage traffic fatalities increased by 10 percent according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, and that was the largest percentage increase for any age group. Kentucky parents of teenage drivers may find this statistic to be alarming.

Traffic deaths rise 10% in the first six months of 2016

In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on traffic deaths in the first half of 2016. The news was not good. Deaths on American roads increased 10% from the same time period in 2015. In all, 17,775 people died in traffic accidents from January 2016 through June 2016, compared to 16,100 people in the first half of 2015. Even worse, these grim statistics are not unusual, as traffic deaths have increased each three-month period since October 2014.

What can we expect with self-driving cars?

If one is to believe news reports, self-driving, or driverless cars could be on American roads within the next five to 10 years. While these estimates may be overly optimistic, the fact remains that both domestic and foreign automakers are investing millions in this technology. In addition, Google and transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber are also making substantial investments in self-driving technology. Recently the federal government released safety guidelines for self-driving vehicles. Despite these investments, while self-driving cars may be the future, they are not the present.

Social media in injury and workers' comp cases: use caution

Everyone is online these days, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or some other form of social media. While social media has many positive benefits, it also has a downside. People who have been injured, either at work or by someone else's negligence, need to be very careful about their social media presence.

What is no-fault insurance and why is it important?

Following a motor vehicle accident, a person will have to deal with many issues. If you were injured, making the fullest possible physical recovery should be first and foremost on your mind. There are other issues as well, however. For instance, you will need to buy a new car or have it repaired, depending on the damage. You will also have to deal with your insurance company. Dealing with insurance companies is rarely easy.

Despite the dangers, too many motorists text while driving

Driving a motor vehicle requires a person's full attention at all times. Unfortunately, as smartphones have become commonplace in everyday life, many people text, surf the Internet, or engage in social media forums, like Twitter and Facebook while behind the wheel. The average amount of time someone looks at their phone while driving is roughly five seconds. Someone who takes their eyes off the road for five seconds while driving 55 miles per hour travels the length of a football field. Considering these dangers, the consequences of distracted driving are both predictable and tragic.

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