Imagine going for a Sunday drive in the country. The windows are down, there is not a cloud in the sky, and you let the stress of the prior week fade away while you drive down scenic winding roads. What happens if things go wrong on your drive? What if another driver comes around the curve too fast and you cannot avoid an accident?
While it's often said that parents will do anything for their children, the same is true with children who often feel a role reversal once they reach adulthood themselves. This instinct to protect our parents is strong and most commonly crops up when one parent dies, leaving the other to cope with their loss.
If you have had the terrible experience of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may have some legal recourse in Kentucky. According to state laws, you have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit as long as you have been named by a court to be the personal representative to the decedent’s estate. Only the person who has been appointed can file the suit on behalf of the spouse, children or parents of the deceased.
According to law enforcement authorities and the county coroner, a 19-year-old man died in a pileup accident. Reportedly, the accident happened on April 21 in Lexington around 6:45 a.m.
Kentucky drivers may be interested in some national statistics concerning traffic accidents. In 2012, there were more than 33,000 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, close to 7,000 people across the country each day have to visit the hospital as a result of a vehicle collision. Of these, 200,000 each year are admitted to a hospital for treatment for accident-related injuries.
Kentucky drivers already know that fatigue may be a significant factor in many motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigue may be responsible for at least 100,000 crashes annually, and this results in 71,000 injuries and more than 1,500 deaths.
Kentucky motorists looking to hit the road in the next few months should do their best to understand the driving dangers posed by wet weather conditions that frequently occur at this time of year. Even though wet weather conditions are estimated by AAA to result in more than a million motor vehicle accidents each year around the country, there are several easy ways to stay safe on wet roads and avoid wet weather accidents.
Kentucky residents may be surprised to learn that 60 to 90 percent of all sternum fractures are attributable to car crashes. These types of injuries may be commonly referred to as a breastbone fracture. In contrast, these types of injuries only constitute up to 8 percent of all reports detailing chest trauma. Vehicle occupants over age 50 are more susceptible to suffering these types of injuries than children inside the automobile.
A two-car accident on March 20 resulted in the deaths of four people in Kentucky. The accident reportedly took place when a driver crossed the center line on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Bourbon County. Although investigators are not sure what caused the driving mistake, they have reported that they do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the car accident. Neither of the vehicles involved was exceeding the posted speed limit of 55 mph.
Pike County drivers may wish to learn more about a common injury that can result from a car crash. When appropriate treatment is given, the symptoms can be lessened or cured in time.