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Will the advent of automation lead to fewer truck accidents?

Technology is evolving at an impressive rate. Advancements that once seemed to be the stuff of science fiction have now become a part of our everyday lives. This includes advancements in the automotive industry. One of these advancements includes the development of "driverless" vehicles. People in Lexington may wonder whether autonomous semi-trucks in particular are a safer option than traditional vehicles.

There are some benefits to autonomous trucks. Autonomous trucks may reduce the number of truck accidents. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reports that around 350,000 accidents occur each year. In 2015, truck accidents caused 3,900 fatalities, a 22 percent increase from the number of truck accident fatalities in 2009. Autonomous trucks traveling in off-peak hours could expose the trucks to fewer vehicles and could reduce incidents of driver fatigue.

Rear-end car accidents can cause severe injuries

It may have happened when you were stopped at a stop sign, a red light or simply a slow-down in traffic. In your rear-view window you see another vehicle approaching you, quickly. Before you know it, "Bam!" The vehicle has rear-ended you. Unfortunately, situations like this happen in Lexington all too often.

In a rear-end accident, the motorist who is struck from behind may be thrust forward due to the impact of the crash. This could lead the target motorist to hit something else, such as another motorist, a fence, a building or a tree. This makes rear-end collisions very dangerous, as getting hit from behind is often just the beginning.

Nursing home abuse and neglect includes social media abuse

How many of us use Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat on a daily basis? Many people in Kentucky use these apps on their smartphones frequently, and sometimes do not give much thought to how their posts will affect others. However, this can be a dangerous situation.

Increasingly, workers at nursing homes are photographing or videotaping residents in inappropriate situations and then posting these photos and videos on various social media platforms. This type of nursing home abuse and neglect is known as social media abuse. In fact, according to ProPublica, between 2012 to 2015 there were at least 65 known instances of social media abuse in nursing homes. However, the actual number may be much higher. For example, in one instance a photograph was taken depicting a nursing home employee holding fecal matter along with the backside of a resident, which was posted on Snapchat. Unfortunately, the mental abuse such incidents causes the residents and their families can last a long time.

How does fault factor into car accident cases in Kentucky?

When a person in Kentucky is involved in a car accident, it can be a stressful time. Their vehicle might be totaled and, even worse, they could be seriously injured. While their main concern may be on regaining their health, eventually the ever-mounting medical bills, costs of car repairs, pain and suffering and lost wages from time taken off work will take their toll, both financially and emotionally.

For these reasons, car accident victims in Kentucky may want to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party. That being said, most car accidents are quite complicated, with many factors that all lead up to the ultimate car collision. Sometimes, a car accident victim is partially at fault for the crash. Kentucky residents in such situations may wonder if that precludes them from seeking compensation.

The most common types of defective products

You use dozens of products every day, most of which perform their functions properly. However, sometimes they cause you injury due to defective design, manufacturing or marketing (labeling and instructions). 

While anything has the potential to be harmful, some products are riskier than others. The product types that are most likely to be dangerous tend to be medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs and motor vehicles.

Can a truck company be held liable for a truck accident?

It should come as no surprise to anyone in Kentucky that in an accident between a standard automobile and a fully-loaded semi-truck, the automobile does not stand a chance. The sheer physics involved in such crashes mean that many people involved in truck accidents suffer severe injuries, or could even lose their lives.

If a person is fortunate enough to survive an accident caused by a semi-truck driver, that person may still be seriously injured. Medical costs will quickly add up and the person may not be able to return to work for weeks or even months. Moreover, a person in such a situation might experience tremendous pain and suffering. What it comes down to is that those injured in semi-truck accidents may want to pursue a lawsuit against the responsible party in order to recover damages for the harms they suffered.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is going unreported, audit says

Kentucky residents residing in nursing homes are among our vulnerable population. They are often unable to care for their daily needs, the may be mentally incapacitated and they may suffer from physical ailments. We count on nursing homes to provide quality care for their residents, but unfortunately instances of nursing home abuse and neglect occur all too frequently. In what is disturbing news, according to a government audit over 25 percent of possible incidents of physical and sexual abuse in nursing homes are not reported to police. This is despite a federal law that mandates police be immediately notified of such incidents.

According to office of the inspector general of Health and Human Services, Medicare needs to take steps to remedy this situation. Auditors uncovered over 130 instances from 2015 to 2016 in which a nursing home resident was sent to the emergency room due to a possible instance of abuse or neglect. Of those, 28 percent of the cases went unreported to the police. Of those unreported cases, the inspector general found that 31 were due to possible sexual abuse. Also, even of those cases that were reported, it is unsure as to whether this were done immediately as mandated per law.

How long does one have to file suit for a car crash in Kentucky?

While the old axiom goes, "Always expect the unexpected," no one in Kentucky can truly anticipate that when they get in their car to go to work or run to the store that they will be involved in a car crash. Unfortunately, every day people across Kentucky find themselves the victims of car accidents that cause significant damage and injury, if they are lucky to survive at all.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be stressful and confusing. Most people are just concerned with regaining their health so they can go about their normal routines. However, this isn't always an easy process. It can take months to heal from a car accident, time in which a person might not be able to work. Given that, once the medical bills start coming in, a person may wonder just how they're going to make ends meet.

Safety of Spaghetti Junction questioned after truck accidents

Kentucky residents who have travelled in Louisville may loath the stretch of interstate known as Spaghetti Junction. In fact, due to the fact that numerous motor vehicle accidents have taken place on Spaghetti Junction, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is examining how safe the roadway is, especially for trucks.

According to a representative of Truck Training America, when it comes to operating a semi-truck, the shape of the road is only one aspect that can make driving difficult. Semi-truck drivers must also be aware of motorists in front and behind them, of merging traffic and of motorists switching lanes, all while shifting gears appropriately. In addition, executing turns in areas like Spaghetti Junction while operating a semi-truck takes care. According to this representative, prior to reconstruction, the turns on Spaghetti Junction were too sharp for semi-truck drivers. However, he reports that since the roadway was reopened, the situation has improved.

The dangers of texting and driving

Distracted driving takes many forms. For example, there is eating while driving. Even chatting with a passenger can be a distraction, especially if you turn to look at the person and get deeply involved in the conversation.

However, when you picture "distracted driving," texting may be what comes to mind first. That is for a good reason, as figures from the Federal Communications Commission indicate how prevalent a problem texting while driving is. In fact, about 660,000 drivers in the United States are on their cellphones or similar devices at any moment during the day.

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