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What types of damages are available in a personal injury claim?

Personal injury legal protections are available to help hold negligent drivers accountable for causing car accidents and for the harm they cause. Personal injury legal protections also help ensure injured victims receive the help they need to focus on the recovery and healing process.

Car accident victims should be familiar with the different types of damages a personal injury claim can help them recover after they have been injured in a car accident. It is no secret that car accidents can be costly physically, financially and emotionally for victims, which is why they should be familiar with personal injury protections and the personal injury legal process. It is designed to help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for damages.

Common reasons for truck accidents

Driving a truck comes with a very important responsibility. Since the average truck weighs 20 to 30 times more than a car, the amount of devastation a truck accident can cause is significant. One small mistake or failure to pay attention for a split second can result in substantial property damage, severe injuries and potentially even death.

Every year thousands of people suffer injuries or lose their lives due to truck accidents. The NHTSA reported 4,102 deaths from large truck accidents in 2017, which is an increase of roughly 100 people from 2016. These numbers have improved significantly since the 1980s, but the death toll for trucking accidents still remains high. It is unrealistic to completely eliminate truck accidents overnight but understanding common reasons why they occur can help prevent this issue from growing.

Wrongful death damages can help families

Wrongful death legal protections exist to protect families who have suffered the wrongful loss of a loved one because of the negligence of another party. Circumstances that can lead to a wrongful death claim for damages can include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, products liability and some other types of situations as well.

Wrongful death legal protections help surviving family members with the financial and emotional damages they may likely suffer as a result of unexpectedly losing a loved one. It is helpful for family members to be familiar with how a wrongful death claim for damages can help them. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of their surviving family members. The damages that may be available depend on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim of certain financial and emotional damages are generally available.

Family files wrongful death suit in train collision

Months after a Grayson County teacher's death in a fatal train accident, the husband has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company and the staff seeking monetary damages. In the lawsuit, the victim's husband alleges that the company, Paducah & Louisville Railway Inc., had information that the crossing was unsafe and failed to install safety arms or flashing lights. The suit also declares trees alongside the crossing obstructed the victim's sight of the looming train. The suit named the train's conductor and engineer in addition to the company as all guilty for the mishap.

Reportedly, the 63-year-old Grayson County High School teacher's car was hit on the driver's side by a train last September on the railroad crossing of Blackrock Drive in Grayson County. Her car was hurled 30 feet from the tracks, hitting a guide wire from a utility shaft before whirling a further 30 feet where it rested parallel to the tracks. The railway crossing involved with the accident didn't have any caution lights and arms.

1 dead, multiple injured in multiple vehicle crash on I-24

Last week, a college student lost his life in a multi-vehicle crash on I-24 eastbound in Lyon County, Kentucky. The multiple vehicle crash occurred around 4:30 P.M. on Friday evening and, as a result of it, the eastbound lanes were shut to all traffic through the rest of the day.

According to Kentucky State Police investigators, a tractor trailer driver ran into the slowed to stopped traffic, causing a series of crashes that claimed the 19-year-old student's life and left many others injured.

Police can be sued for chases that kill or injure: High Court

Police may now be held liable for damages if their negligent high-speed chases lead to the injury or death of innocent people. This is true due to a landmark judgment recently made by the Kentucky Supreme Court that overruled a 1952 decision granting blanket immunity to police against damages and injuries suffered by someone as a result of a police chase. Victims who suffered injury or the family members of victims that were killed during a police chase can sue the police officer involved or the department.

The judgment came while the court was hearing a 2014 case that involves the death of two people. Both victims were travelling on U.S. 25 in Lexington and were struck head on by a suspected heroin dealer being chased by the Scott County Deputy. The investigation report presented in court revealed the police officer pursued the suspected drug dealer into Fayette County on a rainy night, discovering in the middle of the chase that his sirens were not functioning although his lights on his cruiser were working fine. The law of the state requires police to use both sirens and light during a chase.

Just how dangerous is distracted driving?

We all love the convenience of modern technology. While behind the wheel though, that new gadget could lead to a serious crash. Safety officials are sounding the alarm on distracted driving.

For those of us on the road every day – whether commuting to and from work, running errands, or simply heading out for some fun – the figures are troubling.

Man arrested for DUI after crash, two people dead

Impaired driving can cause permanent disability and even death to the accident victim. It brings extreme pain and suffering for the surviving family members of the accident victim. Impaired driving, you may call it driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated, is considered a serious offence across the United States and the offenders are punished according to the laws of the state. If a person is caught driving under the influence, the authorities may suspend the driving license of the driver, confiscate the vehicle and impose other strict penalties as well.

In a recent two vehicle fatal collision, a man from Kentucky was arrested and charged with first degree driving under the influence along with failure to wear a seatbelt. The unfortunate accident occurred on Saturday night, just six miles east of Burkesville on KY 90. According to preliminary investigation report of Kentucky State Police, the man from Burkesville was driving a 2000 Ford eastbound on KY 90, while crossing into the oncoming westbound lane, he hit head on a 2012 Nissan. The head-on collision was so powerful that the driver of the Nissan and a passenger, were both declared dead at the scene. The driver of the causing vehicle was taken to the nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Two injured in crash on Highway 166 in Fulton County, Kentucky

Motor vehicle accidents can be scary. Many people die as a result of motor vehicle accidents every year, with many more injured, sometimes severely, and the vehicles involved in the crash are damaged. Unfortunately, such accidents are very usual in the country and a great number of these road mishaps are caused by negligence of the driver. Not paying attention on the road while behind the wheel, speeding above the permitted limit, driving recklessly and running red lights can cause serious crashes and put life at risk. Recently, a serious car crash in Fulton County, Kentucky sent two people to the hospital.

The crash was reported at the intersection of Highway 166 and Highway 239. As per investigation by officials, a white SUV did not stop at the intersection and, therefore, hit the rear end of another vehicle waiting at the traffic signal post. The causing vehicle was traveling west on Highway 166. Sometimes, even if it appears like no other vehicles are coming; one can cause a dangerous accident by running a red light and can be held responsible for breaking the law. Reportedly, both vehicle occupants suffered injuries in the crash and were transferred to a nearby hospital. They were released later after receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Poor commercial vehicle maintenance leads to accidents

A commercial or semi-truck must meet federal safety regulations to operate on U.S. highways, but that does not guarantee that these vehicles are in the best operating condition. Sometimes a fleet manager, company or driver will put off repairs and maintenance to save money. That’s taking on a terrible risk.

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