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Tips for safe bicycling this summer

With warmer temperatures here to stay over the next few months in Kentucky, there's a good chance you'll spend a lot of time outdoors. For many, the spring and summer seasons are a great time for bicycling.

It doesn't matter if you're commuting on your bicycle or simply riding for pleasure, here are some tips you can follow to maintain your safety:

  • Follow the rules of the road: Just the same as motorists, you're responsible for following the rules of the road. From traffic signals to stop signs, you're not above these laws.
  • Beware of opening doors: A motor vehicle driver or passenger may neglect to peek in their mirror before opening their door. If they do so into your lane of travel, you could strike the door head on.
  • Pedestrians are dangerous, too: Many bicyclists focus so much attention on moving vehicles that they overlook the dangers of pedestrians. For instance, if someone who is jogging passes in front of you without warning, it could result in a serious collision.
  • Use bicycle lanes when available: You won't always have access to a bicycle lane, but when you do, it's imperative to ride here. It's safer than spending time on the street or the sidewalk. This may be the safest place to ride, but it doesn't make you immune to an accident.
  • Use body language to your advantage: If you're making a turn, use the appropriate signal to alert other cyclists and drivers. If you're crossing the street, make eye contact with any drivers waiting for you.

Seven ways to prevent children from becoming driving distractions

Thousands of people in the Unites States are killed every year because of car crashes that involve distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Most distracted driving prevention materials focus on the dangers of cellphone use while driving. However, cellphones are not the only dangerous distractions drivers face.

Distractions can be visual, manual or cognitive

Who is liable after a car accident in Kentucky?

A car accident can leave you reeling. Maybe the other car came out of nowhere, and you had no time to react. Perhaps you slammed on the brakes, but you could feel your car sliding. Or maybe the impact was so severe that you are not even sure exactly what happened.

Though accidents happen, it does not make a crash any less frightening. It can leave you with expensive car repairs, anxiety and significant medical bills. You may be wondering who will have to pay for everything after a vehicle accident. Here is what you need to know about Kentucky law regarding car crashes.

Staying safe on rural roads

Though a drive in the countryside provides beautiful scenery, rural roads are potentially the deadliest. Rural driving can present hazards for motorists, such as narrow roads, unexpected turns, dips and other distractions. Combine this with high-speed driving and sharing the roads with slow-moving farm machinery, and it is easy to see that accidents can occur. Whether you’re a native of a rural area or rarely acquainted, it is important to know how to stay safe on country roads.

"If you are used to driving in busy metropolitan areas, rural roads may seem almost harmless; however, there are many dangers associated with driving on back roads."

Dealing with the aftermath of a truck accident

Trucks are a way of life in Kentucky. Truckers are the lifeblood of industry; the construction workers that build our homes rely on their pickups; and simply getting from point A to point B on a given day is best done in your own truck. Not to mention the thrill that comes with driving a big, powerful vehicle. Accidents happen though, and when they do, you need to have a plan.

Life after an accident is different. Your truck is damaged, for one. Insurance companies are often quick to send money for damages, but rarely give as much as you need. You also may be injured and not even know it. If you are, there’re medical bills and lost wages to contend with.

AAA: Sleepy driving causes a tenth of auto accidents

When discussing distracted driving, texting and alcohol often take center stage. However, these are not the only things that can impair driving. Fatigue also plays a major role in many Kentucky crashes, although it might not receive as much attention.

A new AAA study shows just how dangerous sleepy driving has become. Before this study, federal estimates only assumed that drowsiness caused one out of every 100 accidents. In fact, the AAA study found that about one out of every ten crashes involves fatigue.

Signs you’ve suffered a brain injury in a car accident

Unfortunately, car accident injuries are a fact of life. According to the CDC, every year Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital from motor vehicle accident injuries. On top of that, annual crash injuries result in roughly $18 billion in lifetime medical costs.

While you may think of injuries as only happening in serious wrecks, sometimes minor fender benders can result in significant health issues. One such instance of this is brain injuries, which aren’t always readily apparent, and can be caused by even a slight impact or jolt.

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