Given their weight and the speeds at which they travel, it is difficult for even the most attentive driver who is from or passing through the Brandenburg, Kentucky, area to bring their vehicles to a safe and complete stop when they need to due to a sudden change in traffic or road conditions in front of them.

Quite simply, once the driver applies the brakes, he or she has relatively little control over how long it takes for his or her vehicle to stop. Given the principles of momentum and the car's weight, it is going to take about 245 feet, or around 80 yards, for an average-sized vehicle to come to a complete stop after the brakes are applied with the most force possible.

Although a driver can always make sure to obey the speed limit and thus reduce braking distance, he or she often has little control over a vehicle's weight.

On the other hand, there is a fair amount a driver can do to decrease, or at least not increase, the amount of time it takes between when the need to brake arises and when the brakes actually get applied.

One may not have super quick reflexes, but that is of relatively little consequence. The real key to keeping one's reaction time down is sober, alert and attentive driving. Someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or even who is simply too tired to be driving, is going to lose valuable seconds of reaction time as a result should they need to take an evasive action.

Someone who is not paying attention, for whatever reason, may not even notice the oncoming hazard on the road, much less be able to respond to it in a timely fashion.

Fatigued, distracted or intoxicated drivers who choose to travel on Kentucky's roads are thus putting themselves in a position where they are not going to be able to stop for what is coming up down the road and thus may cause serious rear-end car accidents. Because these sorts of incidents are preventable, these drivers may be able to pursue compensation for their losses.

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