Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Crash tests, small cars and the increased risk

People often assume that all cars that do well on a crash test will do equally well if they get into an accident. A pickup can be just as safe as a compact car, using this logic.

Unfortunately, that is not always true. When researchers study this, they often find that small vehicles suffer more damage and put passengers in more danger when they crash into bigger vehicles. It’s simple physics. The smaller car has less mass and sits lower to the ground, so it takes more of the damage when the two crash.

The problem is that it is only recently that those running the tests started to consider vehicle size differences when assigning ratings. In the past, they would crash too similar cars and assign ratings based on the results.… Continue reading

What you should know about fatal accidents and loss of consortium

Fatal motor vehicle accidents rob many families of someone they love and cherish each year. While it is nearly impossible to assign a monetary value to the many ways a person enhances the lives of others, Kentucky is one of the states that allow the bereaved to do so. In legal terms, this is known as loss of consortium, but you may know it as loss of companionship.

In the eyes of many, the loss of consortium rule is an archaic part of tort law that should be abolished. However, we believe that the rule plays a crucial part in how bereaved family members cope in the aftermath of a fatal motor vehicle accident caused by negligence. With that said, families suffering the loss of a loved one should think carefully before committing to this solution.… Continue reading

Fatalities by type of car accident

Have you ever found yourself wondering what type of car accident puts you in the most danger? Is it the rear-end accident that you never see coming, the rollover wreck as you go around a corner or perhaps the red light runner hitting the side of your car at an intersection?

While any accident can be potentially deadly, the statistics do help shed some light on the risks. Reports claim that head-on crashes — also called frontal accidents — make up around 54 percent of fatalities. This makes them the most dangerous type of accident by a wide margin.

That said, it is also worth noting that head-on crashes are one of the most common types of accidents, considering how common two-way roads are.… Continue reading

Why do people speed so often?

Almost everyone who has ever driven a car has likely broken the speed limit. We know it’s wrong, but it seems like everyone does it.

If you think it’s just a minor issue and that the worst thing that can happen is that you will get a speeding ticket, think again. The reality is that 27 percent of deadly accidents can be traced back to speeding, at least in part. Reports show that, in 2016, that meant that 10,111 people died in crashes where speeding was cited.

With 10,000 people dying every year, it is clear this isn’t a minor issue. So why do people do it?

One of the most common reasons is simply that they are running late. American culture really values being on time or even early.… Continue reading

How car accidents compare to other types of travel

It can be hard to really grasp how common fatal motor vehicle accidents are. Until one of your family members gets involved in a deadly crash, it always feels like something you just see on the news. Something that happens to someone else. Something you’ll never have to deal with.

The reality, though, is that car accidents are incredibly common. Even deadly accidents happen more than people realize. To help see how cars stack up in terms of safety and risk, here are the number of deaths per every 1 billion miles traveled, according to one study:

  • Motorcycles: 213 deaths
  • Cars: 7.3 deaths
  • Ferries: 3.2 deaths
  • Amtrak train deaths: 0.43
  • Airplane deaths: 0.07

There are some rather shocking statistics on this list.… Continue reading

Key statistics regarding deadly pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians who are doing little more than walking the dog or going for a run face serious risks when these activities take them near busy roads. An accident involving a car has a high probability of being fatal, and all it takes is one little error on the driver’s part to put someone in the hospital.

To really understand just what the problem looks like, here are a few key statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In one study, a full 70 percent of pedestrians who passed away were men, while 30 percent were women.
  • During the week, the highest percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents can be seen from 4 p.m. until midnight.
  • On the weekend, though, things shift a bit, and the highest percentage of fatal incidents can be observed between 8 p.m.,
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Most dangerous habits of distracted drivers

Distracted driving has quickly become a major problem on the roads of not only Kentucky, but across the country. Too many accidents are being caused by distracted drivers and they aren’t just using their cellphones while driving. Distracted driving involves any type of activity that removes the focus of the driver from the task at hand.

Eating and drinking while driving can be a major distraction. Between looking for food, spilling a hot drink or using both hands to hold the food, drivers are putting themselves and others in danger when eating or drinking when behind the wheel.

Changing the radio station or switching out the CDs might seem innocent, but this is a common distraction. Many drivers take their eyes off the road for too long when doing either of these tasks while driving.… Continue reading

Don’t buy into the hype: Tiny cars are dangerous

Perhaps if you were driving in Europe, where most of the cars are smaller than the vehicles in the United States, a tiny car would be just as safe as a larger car. However, in this country, small cars are being pitted against huge sport utility vehicles and large sedans that are heavier and exponentially bigger than compact cars. These big cars can crush a small vehicle causing catastrophic injuries and death to the occupants.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the improved economy in the United States has fueled more driving on the roads, which has resulted in a rise in deadly motor vehicle crashes. The IIHS also found, by looking at federal crash data from 2012 to 2015, smaller cars didn’t do anything to increase the safety of their drivers or occupants over larger vehicles.… Continue reading

Teen drivers and the ‘100 deadliest days’ of summer

Summer’s here once again, with fun times guaranteed for most of us. However, there are many teen drivers — 260 on average each month of the season — who will die on our roads and highways. We’re starting the “100 deadliest days of summer,” and while many teens will simply enjoy the time off of school and have fun with their friends and family, some — far too many — won’t be around when school starts again.

The statistics about teen driving tell the story:

— Car wrecks are the number one cause of teen deaths.

— On average, 260 teens will perish in car wrecks involving teen drivers during each month this summer, which is an increase of 26 percent over the other months.… Continue reading

Fatal crash takes lives of 3 in Nelson County

A fatal crash took the lives of three in Nelson County earlier this month. The crash occurred on the Bluegrass Parkway, closing down 10 miles of the roadway, which runs through Louisville. The three people killed were all in one vehicle and all from one family.

A married couple, ages 72 and 71, and their 3-year-old granddaughter were all killed in the accident. Blunt force trauma was listed as the cause of death for all three victims by the Nelson County coroner.

Another granddaughter in the car was transported by EMS personnel to Flaget Memorial Hospital. She was then airlifted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

“It’s a tragic situation when you have accidents that involve children,” the coroner said. “It’s hard on the police, it’s hard on the coroner’s office, it’s hard on the people who were out there trying to extricate them.… Continue reading