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Senator: Autonomous driving technology still needs improvement

Self-driving cars may well end up significantly reducing injuries and fatalities on the nation's roads. However, there are still issues that need to be worked out. Two recent fatal crashes involving autonomous vehicles have some consumers, manufacturers and legislators concerned.

One of those legislators is U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. He is calling for proposed legislation regarding these vehicles to mandate additional safeguards. One of them, says the Connecticut senator, is the requirement of technology allowing the driver to manually override the autopilot feature. Sen. Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce and Transportation, also wants evaluations during the testing phase of these vehicles to be made public.

Elderly people can be seriously harmed by unsafe conditions

As we get older, it's not uncommon to develop balance problems and limitations to our mobility. We also generally experience some vision and cognitive decline. For all of these reasons, elderly people may be more likely to fall than younger people.

Further, falls for elderly people can be more dangerous than for younger ones. Their bones tend to become more brittle as they age, so they may break easily. Broken bones and other injuries can take longer to heal and require more medical treatment and rehabilitation than they would for a younger person. Some elderly people never fully recover from a fall. They may require full-time care, either at home or in a nursing home.

Asbestos may be lurking in Kentucky schools

Decades ago, asbestos was a go-to material for new city developments. Health officials only discovered its harmful effects much later. As a result, numerous offices, homes, stores and restaurants may still contain the dangerous substance.

Among these affected buildings are schools. Across America, some schools have required renovations to remove asbestos. However, this problem can go undetected for years until a new addition reveals hidden issues or until someone speaks up. To this day, some schools need to close while professionals work to remove every trace.

How debt piles up following a car accident

Car accidents cost millions upon millions of dollars each year. The cost of a car accident is not singular. Yes, car accidents cost quite a bit of money when it comes to physical damage to the vehicle, but they also cost money in various other ways. One of those ways is when the victim of a car accident cannot return to work and winds up going into debt. This is another cost of car accidents.

One of the biggest ways debt piles up after a car accident in Louisville is when the victim cannot go to work due to his or her injuries. Being out of work means it becomes too difficult to pay for utility bills, the mortgage, student loans, car loans and credit card bills. All of these unpaid bills pile up month after month until the victim is in a ton of debt.

What are your rights as a cyclist in Kentucky?

As a regular cyclist, you may have noticed that cars do not always afford you the consideration that you deserve. Unfortunately, many Kentucky drivers infringe on bike lanes, cut off bikers to make turns or fail to respect their space. However, you are awarded the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles on the road, with a few notable exceptions. Do you know your rights as a biker? 

Crash warning and prevention systems seem to reduce accidents

Americans who are buying new cars are finding all sorts of available safety options designed to detect obstacles, warn the driver, and in some cases, take action on their own to try to prevent crashes.

Lane departure prevention systems automatically correct a car's path if the system detects the vehicle is wandering out of its lane. Some vehicles have a warning system that alerts drivers if the car moves out of its lane but doesn't take steering action on its own.

Can I sue for injuries I suffer at a horse riding facility?

When an individual finds out than someone else keeps horses, they're bound to ask if they can take a ride on one at some point in time. While such a request may seem innocent enough, there are so many things that can go wrong. A prudent horse owner may deny your request as it exposes him or her to being sued.

There are countless cases out there in which a horse may have become distracted by a plastic bag blowing in the wind, startled by a rider's sneeze and gallops off briskly, bites a child or kicks someone upon becoming startled. Then there are cases in which staff at the facility you visit may neglect to tighten the saddle's cinch, causing it to turn on its side and you to fall.

Seniors' medications can impact their driving

Seniors (and Americans in general) are taking more medications than ever. Some two-thirds of seniors (those 65 and older) take at least five medications every day.

Prescription drugs can help people live longer by controlling things like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They can also relieve the aches and pains of arthritis and other conditions that limit people's activity as they age.

Safety tips for sharing the road with commercial trucks

No matter how hard you try to steer clear of them, if you find yourself on the highways in or around Louisville, you'll always be near commercial trucks.

Since there is no way to avoid this, you need to do whatever it takes to maintain a high level of safety. This is easier said than done, but there are definite steps you can take to remain safe at all times.

Driver in fatal DUI released early, arrested for DUI again

A Louisville woman who lost her partner of more than a decade and father of her two children to a drunk driver is sharing the family's pain upon learning that the woman who was responsible for the fatal crash was recently arrested on DUI charges.

The man was driving home from work in September 2014 when he was struck by the woman. Her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was measured at .28 -- more than triple the legal limit.

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