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Lexington Personal Injury Law Blog

Always carefully review a settlement offer after a crash

If you pay your insurance premium on time and in full every month, you may believe that your insurance company will do everything it can to support you in the wake of a serious collision. Sadly, many people learn the hard way that this is not always the case. After a major accident involving injuries, you need to carefully examine all offers made by your insurance company.

While you may want to give your insurance company the benefit of the doubt, doing so could end up costing you a lot of money and creating a lot of frustration. For those who have recently been in an accident caused by another person, great care and awareness can help ensure the best possible outcome.

Pedestrian deaths are a problem in Lexington

When drivers get into their cars, they are responsible for ensuring that they follow the rules of the road, avoid distractions and operate their vehicles while exercising their duty of care to others. It is no small feat for a driver to get to their intended destination without incident, since accidents and collisions are relatively common occurrences on Kentucky roads. Accidents happen with other vehicles, but less commonly they occur between vehicles and pedestrians.

According to a recent news article nine pedestrians were killed in Lexington by vehicles in 2017, and this year appears to be ahead of that unfortunate pace. Just recently a 59-year-old man was killed while at the intersection of Russell Cave and New Circle roads. It appears that the victim may have been in the crosswalk when the early morning collision occurred.

Motorcycle accidents are often caused by inattentive drivers

Now that spring is in full bloom and the summer months are right around the corner, Kentucky residents may be ready to completely say goodbye to their cold weather gear and prepare for some fun in the sun. While some may ditch their coats and boots for shorts and flip flops, others may embrace other signs of improving weather conditions.

Motorcyclists who have kept their vehicles under wraps during the cold and icy months of the year may be ready to get back out on the roads now that Memorial Day has officially come and gone. As they tune up their vehicles and dust off their helmets they should remember that many accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles happen due to the negligence and carelessness of other motorists.

Are pedestrian accidents common?

A pedestrian accident happens when a vehicle collides with a human being. Not long ago the story of a pedestrian accident made national headlines when a Broadway star, her family and friends were struck by a moving car and two children and an unborn baby lost their lives in the incident. The devastation inflicted on families and victims through pedestrian accidents is great but for some readers of this Kentucky personal injury blog questions may arise regarding just how common these tragedies really are.

Generally, pedestrian accidents are relatively common. One report suggests that around 5,000 fatal pedestrian accidents happen each year. That amounts to more than 13 pedestrian accident deaths each day throughout the United States.

Cars with keyless ignitions may pose hazard for Kentucky drivers

When a product is designed well and performs as it should, it should not normally cause harm or injury to people who as using it as it is intended to be used. However, sometimes a product performs a little too well and, without some sort of a failsafe mechanism, has the potential to injure its user. This appears to be the case with the keyless ignitions that are now standard in more than half of the 17 million new cars delivered in the United States each year. It is not that the cars themselves are defective, but they suffer from defective vehicle designs that fail to account for the potential dangers posed by the keyless ignitions.

A recent national media report examined cases in which owners inadvertently left the engines of keyless vehicles running. As a consequence of carbon monoxide build-up in attached garages that spilled over into their homes, more than two dozen owners of cars with keyless ignitions have died and several others have become gravely ill or suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen. The victims in these incidents believed that the engines were off when they took the fob out of the car with them.

Be prepared for defenses to motor vehicle accident claims

After a car accident, a Kentucky resident may find themselves with medical bills, pain and a host of other accident-related damages. They may wish to sue the party that caused them to be put into such a difficult position and with the help of an attorney, they may file a cogent pleading that outlines their case and supports it with facts. However, after the receiving party has been given sufficient time to respond the victim may discover that the party they accused of wrongdoing plans to fight to claims lodged against them.

When a defendant in a civil personal injury case refutes the claims made against them, they are offering defenses to the pleading of the victim. The defendant may refute facts and attempt to overcome the victim's case by showing they have no grounds on which to make claims. They may also claim that the plaintiff put themselves in harm's way by contributing to the accident for which they claim losses.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a vehicle accident?

It only takes a moment for a life-altering car accident to change the course of a Kentucky resident's life. However, they may spend the rest of their days coping with their injuries and resulting disabilities. As they learn to live with the limitations that have been put on their physical and emotional health, they may contemplate legal action against the party or parties whose negligence caused them to suffer.

Thinking over the benefits and drawbacks of a possible personal injury-based lawsuit can be useful for a motor vehicle accident victim and can be particularly fruitful when they elect to carry out those conversations with a trusted personal injury attorney. They can generally take their time before filing for their losses, but a victim does not have unlimited time to put off a possible legal claim.

FDA issues warning about teething products for babies

As technology has made medical breakthroughs and advances not just possible but commonplace, the scientific community has striven to eliminate some of the side effects of natural processes that people find to be a nuisance.

Have cramps each month? Take a couple Midol to get through the worst of it. Don't want to breastfeed after giving birth? These pills will make your milk supply dry up pronto. Experiencing some intimacy problems in the bedroom? Take this little blue pill.

Different symptoms are associated with different levels of TBI

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a victim suffers a blow to the head or a penetration injury to the skull. Kentucky residents can become victims of these often serious injuries when they are involved in car accidents, work-related incidents and many other forms of negligence-based events. While the term, "traumatic brain injury" relates to a general form of harm that a victim may suffer, not all TBI's are the same. This post will discuss how different levels of TBI present different symptoms and problems.

For example, a mild-TBI injury may have short-term symptoms that disappear relatively quickly after a victim's accident. Symptoms associated with mild-TBI, which includes, but are not limited to, loss of consciousness for only a few seconds, normal imaging of the brain after the accident and short-term memory loss that endures for only a brief period of time.

Concentrated caffeine products being taken off of the market

Coffee is a popular morning drink for many Kentucky residents. Some enjoy the warm feeling of the mug in their hands, while others may enjoy breathing in the earthy smell of a fresh cup of joe. However, for most people, the biggest draw of coffee is the stimulating boost of energy they experience as the liquid's caffeine content gets into their bodies.

With Americans taking more responsibilities and getting less rest than in generations past, they are constantly looking for new ways to push the limits of their energy to be more capable and productive. As with all needs, companies began looking for ways to give consumers the caffeine push they need without multiple cups of coffee each day.