Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Trucks, cars and handheld devices could spell trouble

There are certain warning signs that a big rig is about to become a danger to you and the drivers around you, but some problems cannot be seen.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has laid down strict laws about truck drivers and their use of cellphones. However, truckers do not always follow the rules, and you would not know if a disaster were about to occur because of a few seconds of cellphone use.

Thrill seekers beware, rides causing serious personal injury

Kentucky is a state that is certainly no stranger to the summer heat. When the thermometer begins to climb, families get creative when looking for ways to beat the heat. Summer is in full swing, and many people may be considering a trip to a local fair, water park or amusement park in search of a cool way to cool off. One thing many people never consider is the serious risk of personal injury they face at such parks. 

Two years ago, a small child was decapitated by a water slide that had a fatal design flaw. The incident drew attention to an industry-wide shortage of safety checks and procedures. Unfortunately, people are still being seriously injured each year at these places, which are often responsible for their own safety checks. 

Serious personal injury results from freak accident

Kentucky drivers would probably agree that using caution and obeying traffic laws can go a long way to prevent accidents. Unfortunately, on some occasions, it is not an error in driving that causes an accident resulting in serious personal injury. One major danger of highway travel is roadway debris, often breaking loose from other vehicles. Due to the increased speed and crowded lanes, there is often no time to avoid dangerous debris in the road. 

On June 6, a tractor-trailer was traveling on Kentucky Route 229 when a piece of metal broke free from the rear of the vehicle. It bounced off the road, and crashed through the windshield of a van immediately following the large truck. Though the van driver was unscathed and managed to prevent further collision, his wife, seated in the passenger seat of the van, was struck in the head and suffered serious injuries. 

Man struck by van may be police-related wrongful death

Many Kentucky residents are likely aware that it is in their best interest to obey the laws and avoid legal troubles. Many times, being arrested for a crime can lead to lingering ramifications if convicted. However, anyone accused of a crime is entitled to due process of law. While hundreds of arrests take place each day, police themselves do not always follow the rules, and in a recent case, their negligent actions seem to have lead to a wrongful death

In May 2018, Kentucky police stopped a man whom they accused of driving erratically. He was detained, and his vehicle was impounded. Police later contacted a member of the man's family to come and pick him up, but the family member advised them that it would be over an hour before he would be able to do so. For reasons that are currently under investigation, the family member said police later contacted him and said that they had dropped the man off at a local restaurant. 

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What to do when you sustain injuries in an Uber

Many people have discovered the benefits of hailing an Uber or Lyft in Kentucky. You can get a fare estimate right now to figure out how much it will cost to get around Bowling Green

With so many Uber drivers on the road, there are extremely high chances at least some of them will end up in car accidents. Sometimes the Uber driver will cause the accident, and sometimes it will be a result of another driver. Either way, you need to follow key steps in the immediate aftermath to have an insurance agency cover your expenses.

Deadly motor vehicle accidents prior to Kentucky Derby

The Bluegrass State has a reputation as a fun-loving, down to earth place to live, work and visit. From its sprawling landscapes, die hard sports fans, unique music scene and historical significance, Kentucky has something for everyone to enjoy. While many headlines in the state are positive, residents are all too aware that they are not entirely safe from serious motor vehicle accidents

One of the biggest annual events in the nation is the Kentucky Derby, which takes place in early May of each year. A major attraction for residents and tourists alike, the Derby draws enormous crowds. One side effect of this is increased traffic, especially in locations close to Churchill Downs, which is the home of what is possibly the most famous horse race in the world. 

Kentucky motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead, 2 seriously injured

Kentucky drivers are likely to agree that when behind the wheel, it is important to avoid distractions, obey traffic laws and operate a vehicle as safely as possible. Surely, no one sets out on their journey anticipating a serious collision. Unfortunately motor vehicle accidents cannot always be prevented and, on some occasions, prove fatal for some. 

Recently, Kentucky police responded to the scene of a serious accident on KY 7. Upon arrival, they determined that the vehicle of a woman headed northbound somehow crossed the center line of the road and collided with an SUV traveling in the opposite direction. The SUV contained a driver and a passenger, who suffered injuries so severe they both had to be taken by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.

In the moments after a car accident, be as calm as possible

If you've been unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident in your life, then you know just how debilitating the injuries can be in the aftermath. You are also all-too-aware of the chaos that can unfold in the moments immediately after the car accident. These are some of the most critical moments in the post-accident process, so handling them in a responsible manner is important. So what should you do?

Before you panic and try to flee the scene of the accident, take a deep breath, count to 10, and just relax. You survived the crash and you don't have to get out of your car and start berating the people involved in the crash. That will only escalate the tensions in the situation. And you obviously shouldn't flee the scene -- unless you're interested in handcuffs.

Study shows medical errors to be a leading cause of death

A 2016 study conducted by patient safety researchers indicates that medical errors may be responsible for a higher number of deaths than most people realize.

The research took into account the data from four large reports and because of the results, medical errors moved up to a position of more importance on the list of common causes of death in the U.S.

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