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September 2014 Archives

Texting while driving in Kentucky

Any type of distraction while driving can be dangerous, and sending or reading a text message can distract the driver for a few seconds or longer. This can create a lot of trouble for the other drivers on the road. According to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all crashes that caused injuries or fatalities in 2010. Along with this information, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute discovered that the risk of an accident is 23 times higher while a driver is texting than when a driver is not distracted.

What is product liability?

Manufacturers, wholesalers and owners of retail stores are reasonably expected to provide safe products that do not harm consumers. When products bought or borrowed injure people in Kentucky due to defects, the people who sold or made the product could be liable. Although there are no federal product liability laws, many states have statutes that hold parties involved in manufacturing responsible for damages.

Suing over hip replacements

Another round of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson for defective hip implants poisoning many patients may affect Kentucky residents. During 2013, the health care company designated $2.5 billion to account for 8,000 defective units produced under its DePuy subsidiary. The latest lawsuits target the metal-on-metal design hip replacements that have reportedly been releasing metallic debris into patients' bloodstreams. Lawyers' plaintiffs are asserting that the product erodes inside the patient because it was defectively designed.