Motorcycles are not uncommon on Kentucky roads and many individuals use these two-wheeled vehicles to get them from home to work and to everywhere in between. In fact, some drivers prefer riding their motorcycles to driving their cars for the freedom that motorcycles offer in terms of experiencing nature while undertaking their daily commutes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 35,000 people died on American roads in 2015. This staggering statistic was an increase over the 2014 total, which reached 32,744 fatalities. The increase in losses of life was the greatest one year increase in the last 50 years of data. Kentucky residents suffered losses in this incredible national tragedy.
Collisions between pedestrians and automobiles can be devastating incidents that can place individuals on foot in danger of serious personal injury or even death. While it is important for readers of this Lexington personal injury blog to remember that every vehicle accident case is different, it is not uncommon for vehicle drivers to be held at fault when accidents occur between their cars and a pedestrian. Drivers owe a duty of care to the individuals they encounter when they are operating their motor vehicles; this includes the walkers, joggers and other individuals whose paths cross with automobiles.
Motor vehicle accidents can be terrifying, injury-causing events. Depending upon how fast a Lexington resident was traveling at the time of the incident and a host of other factors, the injuries that they sustain may range from minor to life-threatening. When those injuries are caused by the negligent or reckless actions of others, though, victims have options to pursue compensation and take care of their accident-related harms.
Recently, this Lexington blog provided an informational post about certain actions individuals should avoid when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Many of the suggestions made therein are intended to help individuals protect themselves from potential liability and false claims of responsibility after car accidents have occurred. However, there are a number of steps individuals should take if they are involved in automobile collisions.
Last time, we began looking at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's ongoing investigation of several recent truck accidents on the Spaghetti Junction interchange in Louisville. The investigation, it is hoped, will look particularly at the issue of whether the design of the interchange is contributing to accidents. This would be somewhat surprising, given that the interchange was reopened earlier this year after an extensive safety rework.
Truck accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, some of them within truck drivers’ control and some of them not. For truck accident victims, it is critical to work with experienced legal counsel to explore all potential contributing causes to an accident, and to hold all potentially liable parties accountable, including state agencies responsible for highway design and maintenance.
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.
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.
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.