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Car accidents involving pedestrians are increasing in Kentucky

Pedestrians are literally everywhere these days. In larger Kentucky cities such as Louisville, walking is the main source of transportation for many people. As populations continue to rise, more and more pedestrians are sharing city streets congested with vehicular traffic. With pedestrians and automobiles in such close proximity, car accidents involving pedestrians become almost inevitable. Unfortunately, a vehicle versus pedestrian accident is more likely to be fatal since pedestrians are minimally protected and totally exposed.

A recent accident in Louisville tragically claimed the life of a pedestrian. The accident happened at night on Cane Run Road in the Lake Dreamland neighborhood. According to reports, a pedestrian was attempting to cross the road when she was suddenly struck by a southbound vehicle.

Truck accidents: Kentucky interstate crash kills 2 people

The economy in the United States is expanding, and with this economic expansion comes a greater need for transporting products and merchandise. Businesses in Kentucky and all over the country rely heavily on large trucks such as tractor-trailers to ship goods on a daily basis. The number of tractor-trailers on roadways across the nation is increasing due to the healthy economy. These massive trucks are forced to share interstates and highways with smaller vehicles. Due to the sheer size of these big rigs, truck accidents involving smaller vehicles are likely to be more damaging and result in fatalities.

A recent crash near Frankfort involving a tractor-trailer claimed the lives of two people. The three-vehicle accident happened in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 during the morning hours. According to reports, a truck was stopped on a bridge when a car pulled next to the truck and also stopped. Reports said a tractor-trailer traveling the same direction was unable to stop and slammed into both vehicles.

Winter weather can cause serious car accidents

Winter weather often creates beautiful scenes throughout the state of Kentucky. Snow-covered landscapes can be breathtaking. However, winter weather can also cause big problems on busy roadways. Snow covered and icy roads are often a cause of deadly car accidents. The following tips can help drivers who encounter hazardous winter driving conditions.

One of the biggest mistakes that drivers make when driving in slick conditions is slamming on their brakes. Slamming on the brakes can cause the wheels to lock up and make the vehicle slide. Instead, apply gradual pressure when braking. Also, do not apply sudden pressure to the gas pedal and always avoid using cruise control when driving in the snow. If the vehicle begins to slide, turn the wheel in the direction in which the car is sliding.

Do you know the signs that may indicate nursing home abuse?

The most important aspect everyone looks for and expects from a nursing home is that their loved ones are well taken care of and are safe. The unfortunate fact is, many times our confidence and trust of doctors, nurses and staff can be shattered when there is negligence or abuse.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, sometimes you will need to recognize certain warning signs before you can determine abuse or negligence has taken place. Here are the most common acts in a nursing home that can be a signal of abuse or neglect.

Medical malpractice: Man awarded over $3 million in lawsuit

Every day, thousands of medical patients in Kentucky place their lives in the hands of capable physicians. These patients trust that they will be cared for and given the best treatment available. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Medical malpractice has become one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. A woman in another state lost her life to alleged medical malpractice and her husband was recently awarded over $3 million after filing a lawsuit against a hospital.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was a patient at the hospital and received a total of four spinal injections for lower back pain over the course of a few months, the lawsuit said. Not long after her last injection, she visited the emergency room in extreme pain, according to claims. The lawsuit said the woman was diagnosed with epidural abscess in the emergency room.

Fatal car accidents are happening more often in Kentucky

Roadways in the state of Kentucky are constantly crowded and congested, especially in and around cities. More vehicles than ever before are sharing roadways across the state. Because of this, car accidents are happening at an alarming rate. Most accidents are minor fender-benders and nothing more than inconveniences. However, an increasing number of these accidents are proving to be fatal.

Recently, a tragic accident on a Kentucky interstate claimed the lives of five family members who were on their way home from a vacation. The crash happened during the overnight hours along Interstate 75 near Lexington. According to reports, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling south in a northbound lane. Reports said the truck violently collided head-on with the family's SUV.

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries or death

Interstates and major highways in the United States are constantly teeming with tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles transporting goods across the country. For other motorists utilizing these roadways, driving alongside massive tractor-trailers can be very intimidating. Because these vehicles are so large, any collision with a tractor-trailer is more likely to result in serious injury or death to those in smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, truck accidents have been increasing across Kentucky.

A recent crash in Lawrence County involving a tractor-trailer ended in tragedy. The accident happened during the afternoon hours on U.S. Highway 23. According to reports, a Kia Soul slowed and attempted to make a left turn. Reports said the Kia was suddenly struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer.

Nursing home abuse can have fatal consequences

Long-term care facilities, more popularly known as nursing homes, were established to provide care for those who are unable to live alone or independently. According to recent statistics, an estimated two million people live in nursing homes in Kentucky and throughout the United States. The vast majority of these facilities take great care of residents and give families peace of mind. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse has become a big concern.

In another state, a widower filed a lawsuit over allegations that negligent care in a nursing facility led to the death of his wife. The lawsuit says the woman was admitted to the nursing facility for daily assistance and rehabilitation. According to claims, the woman suffered six falls while under the care of facility staff as well as infections and dehydration.

What women need to know about health effects of giving birth

It’s no secret that a new mother’s body takes a beating during the process of giving birth. And while the new baby is a miracle, the damage done to the mother can be long-lasting, devastating and in some cases deadly.

In fact, while the global death rate for women during childbirth has dropped, it has risen in the United States.

Car accidents remain among the leading causes of death

One of the most tragic and heartbreaking events in life is losing a loved one. Losing a beloved family member creates emotional and psychological scars that remain ever-present and resistant to the healing power of time. This is a difficult experience regardless of circumstances, but when the untimely death of a family member is caused by a car accident, the experience can be absolutely devastating. Tragically, car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Kentucky and across the United States.

A recent crash near Bowling Green claimed the life of a woman. The crash occurred on Interstate 65 around mile marker 24. According to Kentucky State Police, the driver of a southbound Dodge Journey braked and slowed to an extremely slow speed. Reports say a passenger exited the vehicle and the Dodge changed course, heading north in the southbound lanes.

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