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Posts tagged "injury"

Weak rear underride guards increase risks in commercial crashes

Most people on the road are aware of the fact that commercial trucks pose a special risk to people in passenger vehicles. Special precautions, like driving regulations for commercial drivers and increased safety equipment, are intended to reduce crashes. Underride guards on the rear (and the sides) of commercial trucks are one such device.

Are drunk drivers always at fault in an accident?

Every year, thousands of car accidents involve drunk drivers, and many people believe that a drunk driver is always at fault in an accident. Unfortunately, this is not always true. If you recently experienced a car accident with a drunk driver, it's important to fully understand the facts of your accident, especially if you suffered an injury.

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.

When companies make labeling mistakes about allergens in foods

If you are one of the millions of people who deals with serious food allergies, you know that proper labeling is key to safety. Whether you're allergic to wheat products or your child is allergic to tree nuts, you likely take special steps to avoid allergen exposure.

Safety is critical when you get your motorcycle out this spring

The trees are budding, the flowers and migratory songbirds are popping out all over Kentucky. Another sure sign of spring is the number of motorcycles on the road. While some enthusiasts will brave colder winter temperatures, a lot of motorcycle drivers typically store their bike during chilly winter weather.

What to do if a third party is responsible for your work injuries

It is often said that construction workers work in some of the most dangerous workplace environments. Whether it's because of their close proximity to heavy machinery or the increased risk of being struck by falling debris, construction workers in Kentucky can look forward to workers' compensation benefits if they do suffer injuries while on the job.

What should people take away from a recent talc-cancer case?

Back in August, we outlined an important issue affecting women all over Kentucky and the country. For those who have not read our blog post, the issue at hand is the concern that frequent use of talc powder could be responsible for the large number of cancer cases we are seeing in our country. Talc deposits, as you may not know, may naturally occur near asbestos deposits. Some believe that cross contamination is occurring -- contamination manufacturers are failing to catch.

Should I handle negotiations with the insurance company alone?

You've been injured in an accident and you're just now well enough to start handling the legal headache that is your insurance claim. In addition to seeking coverage for the damages caused to your vehicle, you're also looking to the at-fault driver's insurance provider to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. You're hoping this won't be too much of a hassle.

Know whom to hold accountable in product liability lawsuit

If you have had the unfortunate experience of suffering due to a defective product, you are not alone. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that millions of people in Kentucky and across the country are injured every year due to a range of items, from dangerous pharmaceuticals to defective children’s toys to poorly constructed amusement park rides. At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., we know that these cases can quickly grow complex as there may be several parties on the hook for your injuries.

GM issues recall for Chevy Volts

Kentucky drivers may be affected by a recent recall involving a dangerous defect in several model years of the Chevy Volt electric hybrid car. General Motors, the manufacturer of the vehicles, said in a statement that it voluntarily recalled Volts manufactured from 2011 to 2013 because of a software error that could expose people to carbon monoxide.