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June 2015 Archives

Kentucky trucking company’s driver causes deadly accident

There are federal regulations in place to prevent truckers from causing traffic incidents. For example, companies should make sure that drivers are qualified to operate tractor-trailers safely and that the vehicles have been properly maintained. An irresponsible company or driver can cause serious and even fatal accidents, as one recent incident reminds us.

A brief introduction to wrongful death damages

While the death of a loved one is always an incredibly distressing experience, losing a family member to the negligence and/or wrongdoing of another party can be particularly heart-wrenching. Unfortunately, however, thousands of people across the state of Kentucky and the entire country die every year under preventable circumstances. Damages awarded in wrongful death lawsuits take two primary forms and are intended to serve more than one purpose.

The dangerous tasks that distract truck drivers

Distracted driving is risky for the operator of any vehicle in Kentucky, but particularly for those behind the wheel of tractor-trailers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a distraction as any activity that could take the driver’s focus off the road. The agency notes that there are three types of distractions. The first, manual, refers to an activity that physically causes a driver to take a hand off the wheel. A visual distraction is an activity that diverts the driver’s eyes. Lastly, distracting a driver cognitively means the person’s mental focus is not on driving.

What are the safety considerations regarding children’s toys?

Buying a children’s toy may appear to be a simple task, but purchasing the right item is vital to the child’s safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns when buying kids’ toys, you should make sure the item meets the following:

How does negligence cause a birth injury?

If you have anxiously awaited the arrival of a child, it is understandable that you have been devastated to learn of a birth injury or defect. According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, birth defects are one of the leading causes of deaths among infants in the state. While these situations are sometimes unpreventable, they can be the result of physician negligence.

The role of warning labels in products liability lawsuits

Someone in Kentucky who has suffered an injury related to a defective product may seek legal recourse citing one of several issues. Often, the item has been improperly assembled or has an inherent design flaw. In some cases, however, the company has failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential hazards associated with the product. This violates federal law and merits the opportunity for the injured to seek damages.

What should I do after a serious car accident in Kentucky?

When you get into a car accident in Kentucky, chances are that you are feeling emotionally shaken if not also physically injured. If you are in an emergency situation, your priority should always be to seek medical care immediately. Otherwise, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you are in compliance with the law and protect your best interests.