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Woman arrested for DUI a year after fatal Hwy. 146 crash

It's been just over a year since a 14-year-old Pendleton boy succumbed to injuries he suffered in a head-on crash on Highway 146 near Jackson Road. Now, the woman who was driving the pickup truck that hit the vehicle he was in has been charged with DUI.

The two vehicles were going in opposite directions when the crash occurred in March 2019, according to Kentucky State Police. There were a total of eight people in both vehicles. Six of them were children. It's not clear how many, if any, children were in the pickup truck with the woman now charged with DUI.

Cell phone addictions wreak havoc on Kentucky roads

Depending on your age, you may recall a time in your life when cell phones were "not a thing." Kentucky residents who consider themselves part of the baby boomer category can think back to a time when there weren't computers in every classroom and cell phones in every back pocket. Advanced technology has brought much convenience to the modern world. How many times a day do you use your cell phone?

As an adult, you might use your cell phone more than 50 times a day. This is the current average. The problem is that some people have developed addictions to their cell phones, which, in turn, has caused serious problems on Kentucky roadways in many cases. Using a cell phone while driving is a dangerous distraction and, in most states, is also a traffic violation.

Springtime is dangerous for motorcyclists

With spring less than a week away, it's time once again to focus on motorcycle safety. Motorists have to learn to safely share the road with two-wheeled cyclists, as the milder temperatures and longer days are a siren song to Kentucky bikers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 4,956 motorcyclists died in highway accidents in one recent year. Many of those wrecks were collisions between motorcyclists and drivers of passenger vehicles. Below are some tips to keep motorcyclists safer on the road.

Cold, wet and snowy: The perfect combo for car accidents

Early on Feb. 27, 2020, residents of Kentucky were greeted with a perfect early-morning storm of cold weather, freezing rain and snow. The combo caused a significant portion of the highways and roads in the state to end up with "black ice." That led to more than 200 car accidents in the Lexington area alone and sections of I-75 had to be shut down while the road crews rushed to get de-icer and ash down.

Black ice is a phenomenon that people in northern areas of the country know well -- but Kentucky doesn't see it very often. Essentially, black ice is really just clear ice that can form very quickly on a road or parking lot. It's basically invisible to the naked eye -- and drivers who aren't expecting to hit a patch of ice can find themselves careening out of their lanes, spinning out or sliding entirely off the road. When it's raining and the temperature starts dropping, some sections of the road -- like overpasses and bridges -- are particularly prone to black ice, even when there is traffic.

What is needed to prove fault in a medical malpractice case?

No matter how experienced a doctor is, medical mistakes sometimes happen. And when a patient suuffers an injury because of the error, a medical malpractice case could be justified. But just how does a patient prove that a doctor failed to meet the proper standard of care?

Was the doctor negligent?

Did any of these common medical errors affect you?

You may be someone who has gone for regular checkups with your doctor for as long as you can remember. Your health is immensely important to you, and you want to stay on top of any concerns that may arise. As a result, when your doctor found something of concern, you wanted to address it as quickly as possible and in the best manner possible.

Depending on the exact issue, you may have needed to undergo various tests and other procedures to determine your exact condition. Unfortunately, at some point, something went wrong, and the mistakes of medical professionals may be to blame.

3 steps to avoid a car accident

When you look at the statistics or you read about recent car accidents on the news, the reason they feel so frightening is because many of those involved had nothing to do with why the accident happened. A driver simply made a mistake and caused a crash, regardless of the other driver's own skills or experience behind the wheel.

It's frightening because it feels like it could happen to anyone.

Fatal car accidents from running red lights highest in a decade

Everyone has experienced needing to get somewhere in a hurry. It often seems as though this is a part of modern life. People are always concerned with getting to the next thing as quickly as possible, and this can come into play even when people drive. 

Unfortunately, this desire to save time has some unpleasant consequences. Experts say that fatal car accidents in Kentucky often result from running red lights. If you or someone you care for has ever been in a crash with a driver who ran a red light, you know exactly how upsetting it is that people can drive so negligently. Researchers also report that the number of these crashes is at an all-time high. So what can you and your family do to protect yourselves?

Compensation is often needed to pay for spinal cord injury care

Severe physical damage such as brain injuries and catastrophic injuries are among the most expensive in terms of treatment and rehabilitation. To make matters worse, victims of such injuries typically cannot perform physically as they did before the injury. This is especially so when the spinal cord suffers serious damage. Unfortunately, this limited physical ability often results in job loss, further complicating the victim's road to recovery.

The initial treatment for a spinal cord injury is extremely costly and may involve immobilization, traction and surgery in a hospital setting. However, it is the rehabilitative efforts required in the aftermath that most often drains victims financially.

Biker killed in Louisville accident apparently involving DUI

There are few better ways to enjoy the scenery of the Bluegrass State than on a motorcycle. From the eastern Brakes to the Land Between the Lakes, the crisp air of Kentucky is alluring to bikers both local and from out of state. But the dangers remain the same for all people on motorcycles.

The protections of bikes on the road are far less than for drivers and passengers of cars and trucks. An accident at any speed could mean serious injury or even death for bikers. Sadly, that is what happened recently near Louisville's Iroquois Park when a driver struck two motorcyclists early on a Sunday morning.


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