October 2009 Archives

October 7, 2009

Several Injured in School Bus Wreck

On Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at approximately 4:00pm, a school bus filled with children was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a pick up truck in Pendleton County, Kentucky. Ten students and the driver of the pick up truck were transported to the hospital for injuries they sustained in the crash. Thankfully, it does not appear that any of the injuries are life threatening. An investigation is pending to determine the cause of the crash but authorities do not expect any criminal charges will be filed. For more information on this accident please click here.

Although it is not clear whether the bus driver in this accident acted negligently, bus drivers carry very important cargo and must drive with the utmost care. Also, drivers of other vehicles need to exercise extreme caution when driving near a bus as any accident has the potential for serious injuries.

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October 4, 2009

The Number of Kentucky Deaths Related to Traffic Accidents Rises

As of September 30, 2009, 586 people have died as a result of motor vehicle accidents according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. Over 50% of those deaths involved people that were not wearing their seat belts. Almost a quarter were accidents involving alcohol and just over 10% involved motorcyclists that were riding without a helmet. This year's death toll is five more than at the same time in 2008. However, it is much lower than in 2006 and 2007.

Clicking your seatbelt, not drinking and driving, and wearing a helmet while riding your motorcycle are important steps you can take to ensure your safety on the road. Unfortunately, even despite taking these safety measures, sometimes there is nothing you can do to protect yourself against a negligent driver.

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October 2, 2009

Louisville Bicyclist Dies From Injuries Suffered In Accident with Truck

The Courier Journal reported that a bicyclist was killed after he was hit by a truck. The accident occurred on Poplar Level Road near Bishop Lane on October 1, 2009. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene as he suffered severe head injuries.

Accidents like the one that occurred on Poplar Level Road are extremely unfortunate but common. 1932 was the first year bicycle accidents were recorded and since then more than 51,000 bicyclists have died in traffic accidents. You can take precautions to ensure that you are not injured in a similar accident.

Wearing a helmet while riding your bike is the best way to protect yourself from head injuries. In addition, while riding your bike remember that you are expected to obey traffic laws just as any motor vehicle must. Bicyclists should always travel with traffic, never against it. Finally, wearing fluorescent or bright colors will help motorists see you while you ride your bike. For additional safety tips please see the National Highway and Traffic Administration's website.

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