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Truck accidents: Illegal U-turn causes an accident

Tractor-trailers are a convenient way to transport goods and merchandise throughout the country. These commercial vehicles utilize the many interstates and major highways that cross the state of Kentucky. In order to operate one of these massive trucks, drivers must undergo hours of training and obtain special licenses. However, no amount of training or licensing can totally prevent mistakes from happening. Truck accidents injure thousands of people every year across the country.

Recently in Mayfield, the driver of a tractor-trailer made an illegal turn and caused a crash that injured a motorist. The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Interstate 69. According to reports, the driver of the tractor-trailer was attempting to return to Interstate 69 and made a U-turn at a spot where U-turns are not allowed. Reportedly, the sharp turn caused the truck to cut its air lines and block the road.

Car accidents: Violent head-on crash turns fatal

Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle these days can definitely be an adventure. Even a short drive can expose motorists to countless dangers. Although new regulations and safety campaigns have brought awareness to the dangers of Kentucky roadways, car accidents are inevitable. Its not a question of if accidents will happen, but when. Tragically, traffic accidents claim the lives of thousands of people every year across the nation.

Recently, a man lost his life in a violent crash with a pickup truck that belonged to the local fire department. The accident happened on Spurrier Road in Grayson County. According to reports, the driver of a East Grayson County Fire pickup truck was returning to the fire station and crossed the center line of the highway.

Keep car accidents out of your Kentucky Derby plans

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous sporting events in America with over 150,000 people attending in 2018. People from across the world travel to Louisville with the intentions of watching strong competitors race.

However, the sharp influx in tourists causes more traffic and car accidents on the Kentucky roads. It makes it crucial for travelers to understand how to avoid incidents and how to react in the case of a car crash.

Car accidents are completely unpredictable

It goes without saying that no person wants to be involved in a traffic accident. Unfortunately, it seems serious and fatal car accidents are on the rise in the state of Kentucky. Car accidents not only affect those who are involved in the crash, the shock and aftermath of a fatal or serious crash can affect families, friends and entire communities. Most accidents are completely unpredictable and can happen any place at any time.

A tragic accident in Jessamine sent four people to the hospital and left a driver dead. The crash happened on Ky. 169 during the nighttime hours. According to reports, an SUV ran off the road onto the shoulder. Apparently, the driver of the SUV overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel into oncoming traffic.

A failure to diagnosis is considered medical malpractice

The most important step in the fight against diseases is a correct and timely diagnosis. To successfully treat any illness, the illness must first be appropriately diagnosed. An incorrect diagnosis could delay critical treatment and allow a disease to grow and spread, causing permanent injuries and even death. In Kentucky and across the United States, failing to properly diagnose a disease or medical condition is considered medical malpractice.

A man in another state filed a claim against a hospital after providers allegedly failed to diagnose an infection, leaving him paralyzed. According to reports, the man visited the emergency room several times over the course of two years complaining of persistent back pain. During each visit, the lawsuit alleges the man was given inappropriate care then sent home. The plaintiff claims he experienced weakness in his legs and collapsed at home.

When a healthy alternative form of travel turns hazardous

With warmer weather rolling in, in many parts of Kentucky, you may be eager to park your car and do most of your traveling via bicycle. Not only will a similar mode of transportation help you cut down on fuel costs and skip out on traffic congestion, but it can also act as a means of exercise.

However, with the added benefits of riding your bike from place to place, there is also a certain level of risk involved. Without less in the way of protective barriers to shield you from harm, if a car strikes you while you are out riding your bike, you could suffer severe, or even permanent, injuries in the process.

Nursing home abuse allegedly leads to man's death

As loved ones age, they become less independent and may be unable to take care of themselves. Families may not feel comfortable letting elderly loved ones live alone. Luckily, the state of Kentucky is home to wonderful long-term care nursing facilities that care for loved ones who are not able to live alone. These helpful facilities provide safety and a sense of belonging to patients. Unfortunately, the staff at nursing homes do not always have the best interest of the patient in mind, leading to more and more cases of nursing home abuse.

A widow in another state filed a lawsuit over allegations that her late husband suffered negligent care at a nursing facility. According to the lawsuit, her husband was a patient in the facility for only five days, but his family discovered he had a large bruise on his head. Allegedly, the man was taken to a hospital to be checked out, and there it was discovered he also had a fractured leg.

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.

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