Drivers and other front-seat vehicle passengers have received the benefit of airbags and seatbelts, which together operate to keep a person in the proper position in a car crash. However, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study, rear passengers have not received these protections in car accidents.
The risks posed by a distracted driver have been a growing concern for several years. Driving while using a cell phone, for example, was attributed to over 800 fatal car accidents in this country in 2017. The number of observed motorists using cell phones also rose, according to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute.
Driving at excessive speeds has been a major part of traffic fatalities in this country. Despite serious car accidents, however, speeding has been publicly-acceptable and prevention efforts have been limited. The Governor's Highway Safety Association made these findings in a recently-released report.
With the holiday season upon us in Kentucky, many people take to the streets and highways in the state. Whether it is traveling to a relative's house for Thanksgiving dinner or driving to various stores on Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend has many events going on. With the holidays upon us, it is important for Kentucky residents to learn about how they may suffer unexpected injuries, specifically if they are involved in a car accident.