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Is drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 24 hours without sleep is like having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .10, well above the legal limit. You may think you can drive late into the night, but this research shows otherwise.

While many drivers admit to driving sleepy, some have no choice. Truck drivers often feel that they must go without sleep to make a delivery on time, or a family emergency compels you to drive across the state. Drowsy drivers can create dangerous driving conditions everywhere.

Cellphones aren't the only dangerous distractions for drivers

When most people hear the term "distracted driving," they think of people talking or texting on their cellphone. Certainly, cellphone use is a particularly dangerous distraction. Here in Kentucky, unless you're under 18 or driving a school bus, it's not illegal to talk on a handheld phone while driving. It is illegal for any driver to use it to text, however.

Just because something is legal, that doesn't mean it's safe. There are many other ways that drivers can become distracted that aren't illegal but can be extremely dangerous. Let's look at a few.

Kentucky drivers: Beware dump trucks, cement mixers

When we hear that there's been a serious truck accident in Kentucky – or anywhere, really – what's the first thing we usually think of? A tractor-trailer was involved.

But the truth is, there are lots of types of trucks involved in accidents. Two types that contribute to a steady stream of truck crashes around the United States are ready-mix concrete delivery trucks and dump trucks.

Toy safety tips for holiday shopping

Whether you're toy shopping for your own kids this holiday season or for the children of family or friends, safety should be one of your primary concerns. Many people assume that if a toy is on the shelves or available through a reputable online retailer, it must be safe. However, sometimes hazards aren't discovered until after a toy or other product has been on the market for some time. Unfortunately, these discoveries are often made because a child is injured.

It's important to remember also that while a toy may be safe for kids in grade school, in the hands of a baby or toddler, it could be dangerous. That's why it's essential to pay attention to the age recommendations made by the manufacturers.

Kentucky's highest court opens door for malpractice lawsuits

In 2017, the legislature of Kentucky approved The Medical Review Panel Act. This required every potential medical malpractice case to be passed through a review panel before it could be heard in court. Three physicians would vote whether the case really involved substandard care. While not binding, their opinions — which could be used in court — could have a chilling effect on any case.

The measure was part of an effort to cut down on what officials claimed were too many frivolous malpractice cases. In effect, however, it created a barrier to the courts for a select class of litigants. Hundreds of medical malpractice suits simply ground to a halt, their progress toward the court delayed at the bottleneck the panel created.

Former Kentucky nurse faces medical malpractice lawsuit

A former Owensboro nurse is facing a medical malpractice suit. She is accused of providing incorrect treatment to a man who later died of a heart attack in November 2016. His widow named the nurse as the defendant in a lawsuit.

The nurse is accused of treating her patients with testosterone, even when there was no evidence that the treatment was needed. At the time she treated the woman's husband, his testosterone level was 600 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl) – right in the middle of the recommended range of 300 ng/dl. Testosterone treatment is recommended when the levels fall below 300 ng/dl, according to the woman's attorney.

Stay safe on the road this holiday season

Everyone is traveling during the holiday season, whether it is driving a few states over to spend time with family or taking a much-needed vacation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 300 people die in drunk driving accidents during the time between Christmas and New Year each year. But in December alone, over 700 individuals lost their lives. This does not account for hazards on the road that are not intoxicated drivers. What are the holiday’s most dangerous road hazards, and how can you avoid an accident because of them?

Are there prescription drugs in your daily supplements?

Over half of all adults in this country take one or more supplements daily. Despite mixed data on whether they improve our health or do what they claim to do, we still count on them to get the vitamins and minerals we may not get in our diet and to make us feel stronger, healthier and younger. In fact, 10 percent of Americans report that they take four or more dietary supplements every day.

We count on these supplements to be safe. However, many people may not realize that this $35 billion industry isn't as closely regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as we might like.

Modern safety features can make driving safer for older people

As the American population ages, so do the number of senior and elderly drivers on the road. As people get older, they may feel as young as ever in some ways. However, their mental and physical capabilities diminish. Their senses aren't as good as they once were. Reaction time increases. Diminished mobility may make it harder to switch from the accelerator to the brake as quickly as necessary.

Even though older drivers tend to have safer driving habits, such as wearing seat belts and not exceeding posted speed limits, they still have a high injury and death rate. Besides suffering injuries themselves, they can put other drivers and passengers at risk.

Have you unknowingly bought a flood-damaged car?

Heavy rains and flooding are part of living in the Southeast and many other parts of the country. Every year throughout the U.S., thousands of vehicles suffer flood damage. Cars that are destroyed may be relinquished to junkyards or turned into scrap metal. However, those that are still operable after some repair work may be resold -- too often to unsuspecting consumers.

Even some cars that are determined by the owner's insurance company to be a total loss and required to get what is called a "salvage title" may end up being resold. These cars may make their way to used car lots hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Therefore, just because your area hasn't experienced flooding recently, that doesn't mean that the used car you're eyeing hasn't been in the middle of a flood elsewhere. In fact, those seeking to sell flood-damaged cars often transport them out of the region to areas where buyers may not think to ask about or check for this type of damage.

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