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Accidents can result in both criminal charges and civil lawsuits

Kentucky civil law is different than criminal law in many ways. An action that can be the focus of a criminal case can also be the focus of a civil case.

In some instances, there may be a criminal investigation that results in no filed charges due to lack of evidence sufficient to prove each element of the particular criminal charge. However, at times, when criminal charges are unwarranted, there may still be civil liability involvement.

Teens and distracted driving

Teenagers in the South End of Louisville are typically more susceptible to distractions and dangerous driving conditions than other age groups. Their propensity toward distractions coupled with the dangerous road conditions in Kentucky can be devastating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that in just one year, more than 3000 people lost their lives as a direct result of distracted driving. Clearly, this epidemic should not be taken lightly. Teenagers in particular should be educated about the potential consequences of not focusing on the road.

According to Students Against Destructive Decisions, distracted driving could account for up to one fourth of all roadway accidents. While texting and driving is a major source of this distraction, there are other causes as well. The presence of passengers, especially peers, may be enough to take a young driver's mind off the road. In fact, some organizations recommend limiting the number of young passengers that a teen driver may take. It may also be wise to restrict the time of day in which teens can get behind the wheel, since the majority of accidents involving teens happen after dark.

Making things right through a wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one unexpectedly is difficult for any Kentucky family. While there is no way to reverse an accident or bring back a loved one who passed, there may be other options available to a grieving family. If the death was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, it may be possible to seek compensation through a wrongful death civil claim. 

Legal action is not appropriate for every family mourning the loss of a loved one, but it could be the right choice for you. Through a wrongful death claim, you can make certain things right for your family, potentially obtaining compensation for financial losses, accident-related expenses, and pain and suffering.

Trucking industry gets tougher on CDL holders who drink or drug

The DUI laws applicable to those with a commercial driver license are tougher than those with a license for a non-commercial automobile. In fact, truckers in Kentucky must abide by a law with zero tolerance when it comes to any amount of alcohol or controlled substance.

Strict alcohol limits on CDL holders

Helmets on motorcycle riders make sense

Kentucky law does not require all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. However, the dangers in not doing so may be reason enough to don the equipment.

Reports of serious head injuries provide regular reminders of the value of the helmet. Likewise, published statistics point to the vast difference a helmet can make for motorcycle safety.

How can you help someone who is crushed?

Kentucky residents like you who work in fields that involve lifting, moving, or being around heavy objects understand that this work can come with an increased crush risk. This can happen anywhere that there are objects large enough to pin a person's body parts. Crush injuries can be extensive and life-threatening, so it's important to know how to properly handle someone who's at risk of suffering from dangerous crush injuries.

Medline Plus states that first aid for crush-related injuries including elevating whatever has been crushed so that it's above heart-level, if possible, and applying a bandage or wet cloth. This will help to reduce swelling, which can cause other complications. If you're dealing with a crush injury that's caused bleeding, applying direct pressure to the wound to get it to stop bleeding is also a first step.

Today’s most common construction site injuries

If you work in construction and have ever worked near Valley Station, Shively or other areas along the Dixie Highway in Kentucky, you probably have some idea of the dangers you face due to working near what many call Louisville’s most dangerous road. In addition to dangers posed by motorists, though, you also face unique hazards due to your work within a construction site that can lead to serious injuries and mishaps. At Walker Wallace PLC, we understand how debilitating construction site injuries can be, and we have assisted many construction workers who have suffered injury or illness or lost income because of an on-the-job occurrence.

According to Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, you run the risk of a head injury as a construction worker, and as you might imagine, your risk level rises considerably if you do not don proper headgear. Serious blows to the head caused by falling objects, tools and so on can lead to traumatic brain injuries, and the effects of those can prove devastating and lifelong.

Boating safety in Kentucky

Although summer is coming to a close, boating season is still in full swing in Kentucky. The Bluegrass state is home to many popular boating activities, and visitors and natives alike trek to its beautiful state parks all year. Yet boating is also a common cause of tragic accidents, typically arising from operating malfunctions, wrecks and propeller collisions. Although some accidents are inevitable, various organizations and official wildlife and safety departments offer resources to educate the public of proper safety procedures regarding boating.

The University of Kentucky's Health Care Department released an article on the importance of boating safety in the state. The article shows that in 2009 alone, 18 children under age 13 died in boating-related accidents -- half of those accidents were by drowning. And while life jackets are a commonly provided safety item, they are also largely ignored and underestimated when out on the water. Health experts in Kentucky encourage the public to look for U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, and point out that water wings and inner tubes simply do not prevent drowning. They also stress the importance of enforcing children under 14 to wear life jackets even when standing near open bodies of water. The Health Department refers to National Safe Boating Week, an annual educational campaign coordinated by the National Safe Boating Council, as an ideal source from which families can gather important safety information.

Unsafe actions from any driver could cause truck accidents

As a traveler on Dixie Highway, you may have fears of being involved in a serious accident. In particular, the possibility for truck accidents may have you feeling apprehensive. Many individuals understand this feeling, as these incidents do occur regularly on roadways across the country and can often lead to severe injuries for those involved.

Rather than placing the blame for such accidents entirely on either the drivers of passenger vehicles or truck drivers, you may wish to remain aware that anyone could cause such an incident. Therefore, you may also want to know more about potential actions that could increase the likelihood of such an event taking place.

Texting while driving on Dixie Highway may prove fatal

Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky is no stranger to fatal accidents. The causes of the accidents can vary greatly, but excess speed and distracted driving may often be contributing factors.

A recent accident on Dixie Highway resulted in the death of a 30-year old woman whose vehicle collided into the rear of a semi-truck. While authorities may never know for sure exactly what caused the tragedy, it may have involved speeding. An apparent lack of braking may also suggest that the driver may have been distracted, as well.

Distracted driving and speeding can each increase the chances of a vehicular collision causing injury or death and the combination even more so. Texting while driving can distract a driver from safely operating his or her vehicle. However, the Courier-Journal reports that enforcement of Kentucky’s existing laws against texting and driving remains difficult, as a practical matter.

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