September 2009 Archives

September 25, 2009

Wet Road Conditions Cause Several Car Accidents in Louisville

Driving in the rain can be very dangerous. For example, during rush hour on the rainy morning of Friday, September 25, there were numerous accidents reported. At least four of those accidents resulted in injuries. Most of these accidents were caused because motorists were driving too fast in the slick conditions.

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Wet roads are particularly dangerous because water brings dirt and oil set in the pavement up to the surface. The combination of oil, dirt, and water make the roads slick and tires have a harder time getting traction. The most effective way to ensure safety on wet roads is to drive slower. Slowing down allows more of your tire to grip the roadway and increases your traction. Avoiding sudden stopping and turning will also ensure you get the best traction possible.

Wet roadways also increases the chance that you may hydroplane on the road. Hydroplaning is when your tires skid across the water surface on the road causing you to lose control of your vehicle. Driving slowly can reduce your risk of hydroplaning.

Unfortunately, many drivers on Kentucky and Indiana roadways do not practice safe driving in wet conditions and accidents result.

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September 14, 2009

Fatal Trucking Accident Closes Interstate I-71

At about 10:00 A.M. on Monday, September 14, 2009, a tow truck ran off of the road on I-71 and crashed into a stone wall. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours. Sadly, the driver of the tow truck, which was hauling two cars, was killed in the accident.

Although there have been no reports as to what caused this particular accident, it is important that commercial drivers take precautions when driving to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely. Proper rest is important for any job, but especially for a trucker. Driving long distances can be exhausting to your body so truck drivers need to take care of yourself by eating well, taking breaks, and getting enough rest.

It is also important for drivers to keep their distance from other vehicles, especially commerical trucks, and to be aware of a commercial truck's blind spots. Approximately 33% of all accidents between cars and commercial vehicles take place in the blind spot. In addition, and as with any vehicle, always wear your seatbelt. A seatbelt can save your life and prevent you from being thrown from a vehicle if an accident does occur.

For more information on truck safety please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website.

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September 9, 2009

Bullitt County, Kentucky: Auto Accident Claims Two Victims

This morning around 10:00 a.m. a five vehicle collision occurred on I-65 between the Shepherdsville and Brooks Road exit. The accident claimed the lives of a man and a woman and two others were injured and transported to the University of Louisville Hospital's trauma center.

According to WLKY, James Evans, Jr witnessed a southbound vehicle crossover into northbound lanes striking a vehicle head-on. Mr. Evans, in attempting to avoid the accident was also clipped by a semi-tractor trailer.

The accident is another in a long line of crossover accidents in this area. I-65 was shut down for an accident reconstruction of the fatal wreck.

For more information on this accident go the WLKY 32 News story.

Unfortunately, serious injuries and death are not uncommon in wrecks on Kentucky interstates. Our Personal Injury Information Center contains helpful information for those injured as the result of another driver's negligence.

It is important to know what to do if you are in an accident to best protect your rights.

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September 8, 2009

Car Accident Results in Child's Death

On the night of September 6, 2009 there was a motor vehicle accident near the GE Appliance Park in Newburg, Kentucky. The accident occurred when a vehicle struck a car carrying an adult and a two year old. The adult was treated and released, but unfortunately, the two year old died the following day from injuries sustained in the accident.

Although there were no indications that the child in this accident was not properly restrained, traveling with children presents unique dangers. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children age 2 to 14. Therefore, as a parent, it is very important you take steps to ensure your child safe as possible while driving.

Using car seats is a giant step in protecting your young children while driving. In 2006, it was estimated that approximately 425 lives of children under the age of five were saved by car and booster seats. To ensure the safest ride for your child, be sure to select the appropriate car or booster seat. Your child's size and your type of vehicle are important factors in determining what seat will best protect your child. For more information on how to select the proper car seat, please refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics car safety seat website. Unfortunately, negligent drivers can affect anyone, no matter what safety measures you take.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver contact the attorneys at Miller and Falkner. An experienced attorney can protect you and your child's rights and help determine the damages you deserve.

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September 3, 2009

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash with a Pickup Truck

At about 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2009, there was an accident involving a pickup truck and a motorcyclist in Henry County, Kentucky. The accident occurred when the driver of the pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an embankment in the road. The impact caused the pickup truck to flip over and spin around, hitting the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and, sadly, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

motorcycle accident.jpgUnfortunately, while motorcyclists only make up 3% of vehicles on the road, motorcycle accidents make up approximately 11% of highway fatalities each year. For motorcyclists, the risk of serious injury or death from an accident is much greater than for a automobile driver. It is therefore crucial for motorcyclists to take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves from negligent drivers. Practicing safe driving habits, attending motorcycle training classes, and wearing a helmet are just a few ways you can lessen your chances of being involved in and injured in an accident.

Although Kentucky does not require motorcyclist to wear helmets, many states do require helmets to be worn. A helmet can save your life and prevent brain damage in the event of an accident. When buying a helmet, make sure it fits comfortably and always fasten it while you ride. It is also important to be sure that the helmet conforms to Federal standards. And remember, helmets are for passengers too!

For more safety information, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration .


September 1, 2009

Two School Buses and a TARC Bus Involved in an Accident Resulting in Injuries

At around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, two Jefferson County school buses and a TARC bus were involved in an accident. The accident happened near 32nd Street and Greenwood Avenue when one of the school buses rear-ended the other school bus and the TARC bus.

Thumbnail image for school bus.jpgSeveral people were taken to the hospital for injuries, which included neck and back pain. Among those that sought treatment were the drivers of the school buses and passengers on the TARC bus. Fortunately, no children were aboard the school buses at the time of the accident.

With school back in session in Jefferson County, the presence of buses on Louisville Metro roads has increased. The increase of school buses along with the presence of TARC transportation raises the important issue of bus safety. While a rear end collision can cause serious problems for automobile drivers, these collisions have the potential for even more serious problems for drivers and passengers of buses.

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