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Distracted driving car accidents still a pressing worry

In Kentucky and throughout the United States, drivers seemingly cannot resist the urge to grab their cellphones at the first opportunity. These distracted driving behaviors take place regardless of lawmakers and law enforcement entrusting drivers not to do so because of the danger of car accidents accompanying the practice. People can do many things on their cellphones and as a new study indicates, the latest trend is that people are shunning talking on the phone and simply use it to perform other tasks.

Truck overloading is unsafe and opens a company to liability

While many trucking companies are careful to avoid overloading violations, others are more interested in the profits hauling extra cargo can bring in. However, too many things can go wrong when too much cargo is on board. Overloading a big rig makes travel unsafe and opens a trucking company and other parties to liability.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is all too common

The decision to place a disabled, injured or ill loved one in a nursing home is not easy for Kentuckians and for people across the nation. However, it is often necessary to ensure that the person gets the best possible care for their ailments. The goal is to enhance the person's quality of life by letting professionals handle all aspects from the basics such as bathing, eating and helping them to bed to the more complex matters like giving medication and providing therapy. Unfortunately, incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect are frequently reported. People who are concerned about a loved one who might be subjected to this treatment or see evidence of it having happened should know about signs and what steps they should take.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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