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July 2018 Archives

Does the 'seat belt defense' apply in Kentucky?

It is generally a good idea for the driver and passengers in a motor vehicle to wear their seat belts. These safety features are standard pieces of equipment provided in practically every new vehicle and can be used to limit the amount of movement a person experiences in the event that their vehicle is involved in a crash. Certain jurisdictions throughout the United States allow individuals to create a defense regard an alleged victim's failure to wear a seat belt, and this post will explain the rationale behind this defense and whether it is available in Kentucky.

Iowa researchers study distracted driving in older motorists

Teenagers and millennials often get the bulk of the blame for distracted driving here in the United States. It's true that these demographic groups' collective familiarity with all forms of technology makes them more prone to behind-the-wheel distractions from their interactions with electronics.

Living with brain injuries can be costly and difficult

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are catastrophic injuries that can deprive Kentucky residents of their ability to work, their capacity to enjoy life and their capability to care for themselves. Because of these significant losses, many TBI victims must enlist the help of medical and occupational support personnel to ensure that they are doing everything they can to manage their many significant needs. This post will address some of the ways that TBI injuries can have long-lasting, costly effects on those who are unfortunate enough to suffer them.

What not to do after a motor vehicle accident

After a vehicle collision there are some important steps that Kentucky residents should take to ensure that their health and safety is protected as well as to protect themselves from legal liability. However, there are also several things that they should not do in the wake of a vehicle accident. This post does not provide any legal guidance or advice to its readers but does highlight some practices that may not serve individuals' interests after they have been involved in motor vehicle crashes.

Do you know how to effectively avoid the 'no zones' near trucks?

When you have to drive in close proximity with large commercial trucks, you probably feel acutely aware of the size difference between your vehicle and the truck. You probably try to stay alert and aware of what the truck is doing. If you are like most drivers, you will probably try to leave as much space between your vehicle and the commercial truck as possible.

Filing a wrongful death claim in Kentucky

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident can be devastating to the surviving family members. While in most situations when a victim suffers harm due to another person's negligence, but survives, they are able to sue the responsible party for their damages, in a wrongful death the victim is no longer capable of advocating for their own rights. It is therefore through a wrongful death claim that losses associated with the victim's death may be pursued and for the benefit of their surviving relations.

What is a 'mass tort' for products liability purposes?

Consumer products are often subjected to significant safety evaluations and tests to make sure that they are not harmful to the individuals who use them. Even after a product is tested and sent out into the market, though, a Kentucky resident may suffer an injury or other loss due to defects in the product's design, manufacturing or warnings. If enough people are harmed by the same product and in the same way, all of their legal actions may be grouped together into a mass tort.