How does negligence apply in a car accident lawsuit?

Someone who acts or behaves negligently may fail to recognize how their actions will affect others. Kentucky drivers may see negligence in action as they drive down the road, witnessing other motorists who choose to speed, weave through traffic or ignore traffic signals. They may also see other drivers who choose to drink coffee, text, eat, or engage in other distractions while they are operating their motor vehicles.

Negligence is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents. Likewise, legal claims for damages from such accidents are often based on the assertion that a responsible party acted negligently.

Side effects of spinal cord injuries can be permanent

Damage to the spinal cord can inflict serious harm upon the physical condition of a Kentucky resident. Prior posts on this personal injury blog have discussed paraplegia and tetraplegia, two conditions that are marked by paralysis of the limbs. When a person's ability to move is impacted by a catastrophic injury like a spinal cord injury, they can experience serious and damaging side effects for the rest of their life.

For example, when a person cannot move themselves due to paralysis, they may develop pressure sores and other contusions. These wounds form where the body rests, and can get worse when a person is in the same position for long stretches of time. Ulcers and related problems can develop when pressure sores are present.

Hit on a motorcycle? Know what to expect

As you were traveling in your Pikeville neighborhood, a local who wasn't paying much attention backed out into your path. There was no time to avoid the crash, so you ended up hitting the side of their vehicle head-on.

The next thing you knew, you were waking up in the hospital. You've become one of the many victims of a motorcycle crash.

Who can a victim sue after an accident with a commercial vehicle?

Kentucky residents may own or lease the personal vehicles that they drive to get to work, school, and other places. Personal vehicles often hold a limited number of passengers and are primarily used for the individual needs of their owners and drivers.

Commercial vehicles, on the other hand, are generally used for business purposes. They can be large trucks used to transport cargo, small delivery vehicles that drive throughout towns, or even the large buses that entities rent when they need to transport large groups of people.

Liability in lawsuits based on dangerous and defective products

Many of the personal injury claims that arrive in Kentucky courts are based on the alleged negligence of responsible parties and the causal relationship that the negligence has to other parties' losses and injuries.

For example, when a driver runs a red light and crashes into another vehicle and causes that vehicle's driver to suffer physical injuries and property damage, the victim may sue the driver for their damages.

Texting and digital distractions tempt commercial drivers

If you're like most people, you likely don't spend more than an hour on your commute to work each day. Even that short time behind the wheel can be enough to both increase your stress level and bore you. Most people endure their daily commute as something that is necessary for their living.

Think about how dull it can be when you find yourself stuck in traffic or following the same route you do every day. Then imagine that you will be stuck in your vehicle for eight, 10 or even 13 hours that day. There is no question that you would probably like something to entertain you if all you do all day is drive. You'd also get pretty lonely by yourself on the road all day.

How can the age of a victim affect a wrongful death claim?

Every life is precious, so when a wrongful act robs a Kentucky victim of their future, their family may step in to pursue damages in the wake of their loss.

Wrongful death claims are based on deaths that result from negligent or reckless conduct. Survivors who were related to the decedents may be able to secure compensation through such claims. Many factors can influence the amount of recovery that families may be awarded, including the age of the decedent.

Neck injuries can lead to chronic pain

The spinal cord runs from the base of the skull through the bones of the spinal column. It controls many of the important functions that the body must perform to work, and readers of this Kentucky-based personal injury blog may recall past posts about the trauma individuals can suffer when they damage this region of their bodies. This post will focus on one area of the spine, the cervical spine, and an injury that can leave victims with long-term pain and suffering.

When a car accident victim suffers whiplash, they may strain their neck. Their muscles and connective tissue in this area can become hurt and they may suffer associated symptoms. Those symptoms can include but are not limited to tenderness, stiffness, and headaches.

The potential dangers of giving a recorded statement to insurance

While you deal with the medical and financial fallout of a major motor vehicle accident, you likely anticipate that the insurance companies involved will do right by everyone involved in the crash. After all, insurance companies often run commercials bragging about how friendly and neighborly they are. They may talk about how fast they pay out on certain kinds of claims.

All of that advertising expenditure is worth it. Insurance companies want to make you feel comfortable with them. That way, they can use that trust to manipulate you and potentially reduce their liability for paying your claim after an accident. Educating yourself about recorded statements can help you better protect yourself if you have to give one after a crash.

Who can collect after a successful wrongful death lawsuit?

The unexpected death of a beloved family member can tear at the strength of those who survive and must live on without their departed relative. In Kentucky, the law stipulates that certain individuals may benefit from the successful litigation of a wrongful death claim. This post will provide a general overview of just how an award of wrongful death damages may be distributed.

If the deceased party was married with children at the time off their death, the law states that half of the wrongful death award should go to the surviving spouse and the other half to the decedent's children. When the deceased party died without kids, all of the wrongful death award should be given to their spouse.

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