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Media investigation reveals multiple school bus drivers speeding

After an accident earlier this year involving a school bus, a Louisville media outlet investigated how pervasive the problem of speeding was among drivers of public school buses, drivers whom parents throughout Kentucky would naturally tend to trust as safe drivers who will protect and look after their children.

The results of the investigation were not assuring. In addition to the accident earlier this year, which involved a bus driver traveling about 25 to 30 miles per hour in an apartment complex where the speed limit was 5 miles per hour, the investigation uncovered incidents of bus drivers traveling on the local freeways at speeds well over the posted limit. Things were not much better on Louisville's back roads.

Potential causes of bicycle accidents with cars

Many Louisville residents choose to ride their bicycles to and from work, or just for pleasure, for any number of reasons. For instance, some might be trying to do what they think they can to conserve energy and protect the environment, while others may simply be doing it to get some exercise and fresh air.

The important thing other Kentucky motorists need to remember about bicyclists is that, for whatever reason they are on the road, they generally will have the same right and responsibilities as any other vehicle that is traveling that day. In general, this means that motorists have an obligation to look out for bicyclists, follow applicable traffic laws and take reasonable steps to avoid accidents.

Third-party liability after a fatal workplace accident

Many Louisville residents probably do not think of going to work as a huge risk, but the reality is that, particularly in construction, industry, law enforcement and other occupations, Louisville residents are putting their health and even lives at risk every time they go on the clock.

When tragedy does strike at work and an employee dies in an accident, Kentucky employers, like those across the country, are supposed to have workers' compensation benefits in place. Families can and should seek out these benefits because they can help cover medical bills, funeral expenses and lost wages.

What are the first steps in a medical malpractice case?

Although no one wants to find themselves making a medical malpractice claim, there could come a point when you have no choice but to take action in the future.

Generally speaking, this comes into play if you or a loved one has been injured or become ill as the result of poor medical treatment, misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose.

We can help victims of fatigued truck drivers

A previous post on this blog discussed how federal regulations are in place that are designed to prevent truckers from taking to the Louisville streets and highways while too tired to drive their large trucks safely. Many truckers must follow these regulations and therefore must take pull over and take a break from time to time as the law requires.

Unfortunately, drivers are also under a lot of pressure to get as many deliveries made in as short of amount of time as possible. Sometimes, this pressure is something drivers really are just putting on themselves, while on other occasions, the drivers' trucking company may be exerting the pressure by having unrealistic expectations at what an individual driver should be able to accomplish.

Federal regulations aim to prevent distracted truck driving

Many residents of Louisville know intuitively that driving while one is too tired is very dangerous behavior. In severe cases of drowsy driving, a driver may even exhibit behavior similar to that of a driver who is drunk or drugged.

Not surprisingly, when it is a trucker who is too tired to drive, serious injuries can result should the truck driver blow through a stop light because he or she was too tired to notice it or simply nod off and drift in to another vehicle's path. With the sheer size of a truck when compared to that of a car, it is not surprising that many victims of truck accidents caused by a drowsy trucker, if they survive, leave such accidents with a permanent disability including those resulting from brain or spinal cord injuries.

How common are car-bicycle accidents?

Many Kentuckians enjoy riding their bicycles either as a means of transportation to work or around town, and others simply ride their bicycles for fun. Although this is a wonderful way to get exercise and a great sport to participate in, it comes with its own set of risks.

For instance, across the country and according to relatively recent statistics, over 800 people died in bicycle accidents that involved a collision with a car that was supposed to be sharing the road with the bicycle. This statistic marked a 6 percent increase in the number of deaths over the number of deaths in the 2000s and was an increase of over 12 percent from the prior year.

If an insurance company drags its feet, we can step in

Previous posts on this blog have discussed how Kentucky has laws which require insurance companies to take extra steps when handling a Louisville resident's insurance claims. These laws are in place to balance the bargaining power between insurance companies and the people rely on them to pay claims promptly and completely.

While one hopes that most insurance companies work hard to serve their consumer promptly just because that is the right thing to do, the unfortunate reality is that certain companies and even individuals within that company may put a priority on avoiding paying claims at all costs, even if someone is truly entitled to be paid.

Overview of Kentucky's claim handling standards

Like other states, Kentucky has a law which holds to certain standards insurance companies and individual insurance professionals who help Kentucky residents process their insurance claims. The idea behind these standards is to ensure people get treated fairly and get the compensation they deserve.

The standards are also there to prevent an insurance company from using its bargaining power to cram through an unfairly low settlement amount. A company's violation of these standards can be evidence a person later uses in support of his or her bad faith insurance claim.

Do you know what to look for in a personal injury firm?

No one ever wants to find themselves considering which personal injury attorney to hire. If you find yourself in this circumstance, something painful and potentially unjust has happened, and you need help recovering from losses and physical injury. It is, by definition, an unenviable experience.

However, the way you go about this task could turn an unenviable position into an opportunity for justice or into a personal disaster. The truth of the matter is that not all personal injury attorneys deliver the same results, and not even by a small margin. The firm you choose to represent you in a personal injury dispute can determine not only the size of your compensation award, but also the terms of the compensation itself.

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