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Risk of car accidents clear as pregnant woman loses baby

In Kentucky, drivers who are in a car accident are expected to stop and remain at the scene to ensure everyone involved is safe and to call for help if they are not. Some, however, choose not to do that and flee. When there is a hit-and-run car accident, it is a criminal act. It makes matters worse when there are injuries and the driver still decides that it is preferable to leave rather than face the consequences of a crash. For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in hit-and-run car accidents, the long-term consequences can be terrible. This is especially true if one of the victims was in a late-term pregnancy.

A crash between a Dodge truck and a car led to a woman losing her unborn child. The truck then fled. According to the investigation, the truck had a livestock attachment and pulled in front of another vehicle that was going eastbound. The vehicle was unable to stop and there was a collision. The pregnant woman, 23, was due to give birth sometime in January. The unborn baby was killed in the accident. The driver of the truck then left. Law enforcement is actively searching for the vehicle that fled and is enlisting the public's help to secure information and find out who the driver is.

Spotting the top signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

Placing your aging father in a nursing home may take an emotional toll. Finding a place that fits your needs and budget adds to the anxiousness. However, even in the best care facilities, things can go wrong.

Can you spot the top signs of neglect or abuse? If you begin to detect a change in your dad's health or condition, you may have good reason to believe something is wrong.

Pedestrian-car accidents still worrisome in Lexington

Drivers and pedestrians know the risks there are on the road and should be cognizant of strategies for everyone to remain safe. Still, pedestrian-car accidents happen quite frequently and they can result in injuries and fatalities. Because pedestrians are devoid of the protections that people in vehicles have, they can suffer broken bones, cuts, spinal cord damage, head trauma and more. Those who have been affected must remember the costs involved with these accidents if there are injuries. When there are fatalities, it is even more important.

Statistically, there was a record number of fatalities in pedestrian-car accidents in Lexington. That is accompanied by a reduction in the number of people who died on area roads overall. Given the rise and the known dangers to pedestrians, law enforcement is seeking to encourage greater vigilance. Using social media, they want people to return to the same safety rules that were taught to people as children. That includes watching where they are going, looking both ways crossing the street and other foundational aspects.

Kentucky’s tort reform: impact on medical malpractice victims

Kentucky’s Supreme Court heard oral arguments in August on a case seeking to overturn a lower court ruling which found the Medical Review Panel Statute unconstitutional. The case has major repercussions for those injured by medical malpractice, because if overturned it will increase costs, create delay, and limit due process protections.

KRS 216C et seq.

DUI truck accidents can cause injuries and fatalities

Semi-truck drivers will often drive in and through Kentucky. Although most truckers will adhere to proper safety procedures and follow federal regulations, there are always drivers who might get behind the wheel after drinking, while too drowsy to drive safely, or operate the vehicle recklessly. This can cause truck accidents. The difference between a truck and other vehicles is the sheer size and speed at which they travel. Being in an accident with a semi can cause injury and death. Those who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck crash must assess their options for being compensated in a lawsuit.

A semi-truck being driven by a 60-year-old man who was believed to have been under the influence hit and killed a law enforcement officer. The accident occurred in the early morning hours not long after 2 a.m. The officer, a 32-year-old female with more than seven years on the force, had stopped a pickup truck. The vehicles were on the right side of the road. Her cruiser's overhead lights were on. As she went about her duties, the semi crashed into the back of her cruiser while she was in it.

Former worker arrested for nursing home abuse and neglect

When families place a loved one in a nursing home, they are doing so for that person to receive the care they need medically and personally. While most facilities will do their best to hire qualified staff and care for their residents, there are some that commit nursing home abuse and neglect. This can come in various ways. Often, family members are unaware of what has happened. When it is discovered, the resident might be injured, ill or even lose their lives. Having legal advice is an important part of seeking compensation through a lawsuit.

A former employee at a nursing home who had been charged with sexually abusing a co-worker over the summer now faces new allegations that he also assaulted residents at the facility. The man, 41, had been arrested in August after the initial allegations. He was later indicted. These new charges are linked to similar behaviors that are alleged to have happened with residents. At the time of his arrest, the man was working at another health facility.

Victims in car accidents must get legal help

The roads in Lexington can be treacherous at any time, but the winter and the holiday season can combine with common dangers that are in place year-round and put people in jeopardy. No one expects to leave their home, get into a vehicle and be involved in a collision with injuries and death, but it is an unfortunate truth that this happens every day. People can suddenly find themselves dealing with catastrophic injuries and the loss of a loved one with everything that goes along with such a terrible occurrence. The financial and personal aspects are often the last things that people think about after a crash, but it is imperative to realize the problems that can accrue and consider a legal filing.

Drivers can be aggressive, operate their vehicles under the influence, text and drive, use other devices behind the wheel, drive drowsy and commit any number of risky mistakes when on the road. This can lead to car accidents with people who are simply minding their own business as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and drivers. The impact from a crash can have long-range implications with an extended hospital stay, rehabilitative care, surgical procedures and the need for care at home. Family members could be tasked with responsibilities they never thought they would have and are ill-prepared for. A legal filing can be integral to the finances in these cases.

Opposite lane truck accidents cause serious injuries

Sharing the road with trucks in Kentucky is a fact of life. People will undoubtedly be reticent and concerned about it, but it is unavoidable. A worst-case scenario is when there are truck accidents and they involve the truck and a smaller vehicle on the highway. The speed at which these vehicles are traveling often lends itself to tragic outcomes with injuries and fatalities. For people who have been in a truck accident or have lost a loved one in a truck crash, the issues they will face in the aftermath make it necessary and wise to consider a legal filing for compensation.

Two women were injured in a truck accident in which the truck crossed over to the road heading in the opposite direction. According to witnesses, the truck was heading west when it was forced to try and slow down because of a separate crash. However, it was traveling at a high rate of speed and could not stop in time, so it went into the air, flew over the median and hit a vehicle that was heading east. That vehicle had significant damage to its front. One woman had a bone fracture and was taken to the hospital. Another woman had life-threatening injuries and was flown to another hospital.

Different types of medical mistakes

Going to the doctor or another medical provider should be a beneficial experience. Too often, however, it ends up causing more harm than good. Statistics reflect this: Medical errors have become third in line for causes of fatalities in the U.S., reports NPR.

It is hard to imagine how this can happen. Some of it comes with the territory, but most, such as the following types, are preventable.

Fatal hit-and-run pedestrian-car accidents will result in arrests

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life throughout Kentucky. Every day, people are injured or lose their lives in a crash and the aftermath is always difficult for the family left behind. Especially egregious are cases where a person had an accident and fled the scene. When the crash is between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the driver choosing to flee the scene is significantly worse because of the vulnerability pedestrians have. Even in low-speed pedestrian-car accidents, people are prone to broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord damage and death. After a hit-and-run in which a pedestrian has been killed, the family must consider all options to recover compensation through a legal filing.

A 43-year-old man was arrested after he hit a pedestrian and fled. The accident occurred near midnight. After the crash, the 24-year-old male victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead. When he was found, the driver confessed to having been drinking. Over 11 hours, he said he had greater than 100 ounces of alcohol. He stated he was driving in the area at the time the crash happened. When he fled, he went to his home and discussed it with his girlfriend. She told him he had hit someone with his vehicle. He did not call for emergency assistance, instead going to bed. When he was arrested, he was charged with second-degree manslaughter and fleeing the scene.

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