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July 2017 Archives

Lack of side guards contributes to fatal underride accidents

Most people understand that commercial vehicles, like eighteen wheelers and semi-trucks, pose a serious risk to other drivers on the road. As we pointed out in another blog post, the average driver takes great care to avoid blind spots on trucks, which means not driving close to the sides or close behind big vehicles. People try to pass and give wide berth to commercial vehicles, when possible, to reduce the potential for an accident.

Sorting out the causes of tire blowouts, flats: work with experienced legal counsel

In our last post, we commented on the importance of vehicle maintenance in highway safety and the potential role failure to maintain a vehicle can play in personal injury litigation. Tire maintenance, as we noted, is an importance aspect of maintaining a properly working vehicle. One of the potential results of improper tire maintenance is a tire blowout or flat tire.

Stay alert when driving near semitrucks

You have passed hundreds if not thousands of them during the time you have been driving on Kentucky highways. Semitrucks can be found on almost every highway, interstate and even some city roads from coast to coast. You may be so accustomed to seeing them, that they simply blend into the other traffic you pass on a daily basis.

All 50 states to include tire maintenance information in official driver training materials

Motor vehicle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, some reasons beyond the control of the driver. In most cases, however, there is some human error at play. One potential cause of accidents is failure to properly maintain a motor vehicle. This is a common issue among commercial carriers, but it can come up with any accident.

Can government accident reports be used as evidence in personal injury litigation? P.2

We began looking last time at the admissibility of government accident reports in personal injury litigation. Two important points we noted last time are that it is only factual findings which are potentially admissible in court, and that the admissibility of these findings depends upon their reliability, as determined by several important factors.

Can government accident reports be used as evidence in personal injury litigation?

Government investigation of traffic accidents is an important public service, and the reports government agencies produce as a result of these investigations usually contain valuable information. For accident victims, these accident reports can prove useful, though there are certain limitations on their use in motor vehicle accident litigation.

Pedestrian accidents - what you should know

Every year, approximately 5,000 pedestrians die after an impact with a car. Studies conducted in 2012 indicate that at least 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries after an accident involving a motor vehicle. Many of these accidents occur when people try to cross highways on foot. However, many pedestrian accidents occur when people cross the street using a protected cross-walk or simply while walking down the sidewalk.