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Lexington Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

How safe are you in the back seat?

If you are noticing the prices of new cars going higher and higher, you are not alone. However, paying more for a new car means having a vehicle that has the most current and reliable safety features. Gone are the days when seatbelts were the only safety device in a vehicle, and at one point, they were optional for backseat passengers.

Now, the federal government sets high standards for automobile safety. With airbags, advanced restraints and other high-tech systems, your chances of surviving a crash improve. However, those odds seem to apply only if you are the driver or front-seat passenger.

Can you drive in the left lane in Kentucky?

If you're on a multi-lane highway in Kentucky, driving along in the left lane, can you get pulled over for breaking the law even if you've done nothing else wrong? Or are you allowed to use both lanes as you see fit?

The reality is that you cannot legally drive in the left lane for no reason. You have to use it either for passing or for making a left turn, depending on what type of road you're on. Kentucky is one of 10 states with this law, while other states tell drivers to move over only if they're going more slowly than the traffic around them.

A moment of distraction is all it takes for disaster to strike

If your daily responsibilities require you to spend any amount of time out on Kentucky roads, you likely share these roads with countless others. As you navigate toward your destinations, at least a portion of your safety may rest in the hands of others, and you might consider this fact alone to be a source of unrest.

While for the most part, other drivers may feel the same as you and wish to take every necessary precaution to reduce the odds of a collision. However, even a moment of inattention on the part of another driver could be all it takes for you to wake up the next day in the hospital with serious injuries.

Take crash test ratings with a grain of salt

Crash test ratings may be where you start your search for a new car if safety is your main goal. Perhaps you have looked at the statistics and you know how many people pass away or suffer serious injuries every year. You don't want that to be you or a family member, so all you care about is getting a safe vehicle.

You should not disregard these ratings. They are useful, and they are going to help you make an informed decision. However, some experts think that you should take them with a grain of salt.

Study shows misdiagnosis common in cases of children

For those of us who have children, there's no worse feeling than when one of our kids has spiked a high fever, has been feeling ill for days on end or has reported dizziness that just won't go away.

And there's no better feeling than when the doctor says, "It's just the flu. She'll be better in a few days."

Following a car crash, can I be compensated for lost wages?

A car crash was the last thing you expected right now, but it happened, and now you are trying to figure out how to live your new normal. As a result of this event, you suffered injuries that have made it impossible for you to work. You do not know if or when you'll be able to return to work. The lost wages on top of the physical and emotional losses you've experienced have really started to take a toll on you and your family. What can you do?

If your car accident injuries resulted from another person's negligence, you may seek compensation for your losses, including your lost wages, through legal means. Just know that you only have so much time to file civil actions against the responsible party thanks to the statute of limitations set by the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky woman to plead guilty in fatal car crash

Nearly three years after the death of an Owingsville, Kentucky, woman in a car crash, the driver of the other car is set to enter a guilty plea in her death. The crash occurred May 1, 2016.

The deceased was a 23-year-old graduate of Morehead State University. She was driving her 2006 Pontiac Torrent westbound on Kentucky 32 when a Dodge Durango, traveling eastbound, crossed the median and struck her car. The Rowan County coroner pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Avoid rearward-striking car crashes on your motorcycle

Vehicle drivers and their passengers receive the benefit of air bags, seat belts and a steel frame that protects them from getting hurt. Motorcycle riders don't have any of this protection, which means they're completely vulnerable to getting seriously hurt in a crash. Even a minor rearward-striking collision could kill a motorcyclist, so it's important to avoid such crashes at all costs.

One of the best ways to prevent a rearward-striking crash for a motorcyclist is to use other cars for protection. Imagine you're approaching a red light where other vehicles are stopped. Rather than leaving your rear exposed to approaching drivers, who might be distracted by their cellphone and not see you, consider pulling around the front car and waiting there. You'll be safer, as this car will serve as a barrier of protection. Some motorists could be miffed by such a move, so make sure you give a friendly wave. You can also pull in between two cars if the front of the line is far ahead.

Is it better to settle or go to trial after an accident?

If the negligence, recklessness or intentional actions of another driver resulted in an accident that left you injured, your life may suddenly be taking a very different direction. Hospitalization, surgery, therapy, medication and other treatments may be the rule of life at this point. You likely have moments when you dwell on the unfairness of the situation, especially when the medical bills start to pile up.

While the thought of going through a trial to seek compensation from the other driver may be overwhelming, you may be able to obtain what you deserve through a settlement. One action you want to avoid is accepting the first and fastest settlement the insurance company offers without considering your prognosis and the total scope of your injuries.

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