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November 25, 2014

DUI Charge Against Woman Caught Texting and Driving

Late last week, a Madisonville, Kentucky woman hit a parked car while she was texting. According to a local news report, the woman was heading north on South Seminary when she hit a parked car that was facing north. Apparently, the woman was suspected to be under the influence when the accident occurred. She was texting during the time of the accident as well. She was taken to a Madisonville hospital to be treated for her injuries following the accident. Police cited the 21-year-old woman for failure to maintain insurance and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Phone Use and Driving Laws in Kentucky

communication-2-1090898-m.jpgThere is no overarching prohibition on mobile device use in Kentucky, except for bus drivers and novice drivers. Although there is no prohibition against talking on a cell phone, there is a law against texting while driving.

In Kentucky, drivers may not read, send, or write any text-based communication. This includes instant messages, emails, and texts. Additionally, no individual under 18 can operate a car or other motor vehicle when using a telephone or other communication device. The only exception is when the individual needs to contact emergency medical personnel or law enforcement during an emergency.

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November 18, 2014

Update: Fatal Kentucky Speedway Crash

In a blog post earlier last month, we addressed a speedway crash that occurred at a prominent Kentucky speedway. As a local news report reiterated, the young man was celebrating his birthday at the speedway when something went awry and an accident occurred. He was lift flighted to a medical center, where he eventually passed away.

daytona-track-779675-m.jpgEven after all this time has passed, the raceway has been unable to provide any insight as to how or why the crash occurred. The family has been attempting to garner the assistance of witnesses who may be able to provide support in the investigation. To further complicate the investigation, no law enforcement agency was called to the scene of the accident following the crash.

Establishing Premises Liability against Speedways and Amusement Parks

In Kentucky, owners of a public property, high-thrill activiy, or amusement park may be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. It is the duty of the amusement park to maintain its property and ensure that it is safe for those who are utilizing its property or services. The property owner does not only need to correct any safety dangers that it knew about but is also liable for dangers that it should have known about.

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October 17, 2014

Pulaski County, Kentucky Accident Sends 3 to the Hospital

Earlier this week, three individuals were involved in a two-car crash on Cumberland Parkway in Pulaski County, Kentucky. According to a local news report, two of the people involved in the crash included a city worker and a police chief.

untitled-1374301-m.jpgApparently, the police chief was driving an SUV with a city worker as his passenger when his car hydroplaned and skidded from the westbound lane into the median and then into the eastbound lane. The car ended up hitting a 29-year-old who was driving in the eastbound lane. Unfortunately, the driver's car was thrown into the safety rail, and he was stuck inside the car. He needed emergency personnel intervention to get out of his car. The police chief and city worker were both thrown from their cars as well. Officials stated that no one was wearing a seat belt and all were taken to the hospital.

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October 3, 2014

Kentucky Driving School Student Dies in Raceway Crash

A young man was killed after crashing at a Kentucky raceway while taking a few laps in a dream car. According to a recent report, the man died after he sustained severe injuries following his crash at the driving school. The raceway provides individuals the opportunity to pay to experience a day of racecar driving.

speedo-1013020-m.jpgApparently, individuals can pay the company to drive NASCAR-like cars around a race track. The price ranges anywhere from $169.00 up to $1,099, depending on the package the individual would like. The company requires that those racing must have their own insurance and are liable for any damage done to the cars.

Unfortunately, the driver was on his third lap when the accident occurred. He was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he died. The company contends that this is the first fatality to occur at its premises, and the state police are not currently investigating the crash because it occurred at a private race track. The case is still being investigated by the race track.

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September 16, 2014

Deadly Crash in Greenup County Leaves Open Door for Potential Civil Lawsuit

According to a local news report, one man was killed and four people were injured as part of a two-vehicle crash. Apparently, early last week 911 dispatchers were called to an accident scene near KY 207 and KY 503. The driver of one of the vehicles had veered out of his lane into the center lane, subsequently crashing head-on into a truck.

road-to-death-valley-1438370-m.jpgUnfortunately, the driver of the vehicle that swerved out of the lane was hurt, along with an adult and two children in the other vehicle. The adult woman is suffering from a collapsed lung, and one of the children broke a jaw. They were flown to different hospitals. All surviving parties are scheduled for several surgeries.

A Greenup County Sheriff explained to local news reporters that no charges are going to be filed because the accident was not the result of intentional conduct, according to the police.

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September 9, 2014

Kentucky Teen Struck and Killed By Ambulance

Late last month, a teen was hit and killed by an ambulance in Knox County. A local news syndicate reported that the young man had just began high school before the tragic accident occurred.

ambulance-1334533-m.jpgApparently, the young man was spending time with his friends riding his bike on the median on US 25, near Corbin. At the same time, an ambulance was driving a patient to the hospital down US 25. The report explained that at some point and for an unknown reason the ambulance went off the road and hit the young man and two of his friends, who were also riding their bikes.

Two of the victims were taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin. Sadly, the other young man was declared dead at the scene of the accident. He was only 14 years old, and his family had only recently moved to Corbin.

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August 25, 2014

Driver Killed in Fatal Kentucky DUI Accident

Earlier this week near Burkesville, one woman was pronounced dead after she was involved in a fatal drunk-driving accident. According to a report by one local news source, the accident occurred shortly after three in the morning on KY 90, about seven miles west of Burkesville.

tonic-with-lime-fruits-isolated-in-black-background-1427842-m.jpgEvidently, the woman was heading eastbound on KY 90 when she began to drift over the center median and into oncoming traffic. As she entered the eastbound lane, a semi-truck driver attempted to avoid her by swerving off the road but could not avoid the impact. After the initial impact, the semi-truck ended up off the side of the road in a ditch.

The driver and one passenger in the semi-truck were both wearing seat belts during the accident. They were treated and released by a local hospital. One other passenger, a 13-year-old boy who was sleeping unrestrained in the sleeping compartment, suffered a broken leg.

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July 17, 2014

Indiana Driver of Stolen Car Dies After Driving the Wrong Way on Interstate 70

A man from Richmond, Indiana died after the stolen car he drove collided with a Greyhound bus on Interstate 70. Nineteen people on the bus were injured.

do-not-cross-road-1444063-m.jpgThe situation began on early Sunday, when Wayne County emergency personnel received calls about an accident in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70. Wayne County sheriff's deputies later determined that the deceased car driver had been driving a 1990 Ford Mustang stolen from Love's Truck Stop in Richmond. Before the crash, the driver was navigating the Mustang the wrong way, driving westbound in an eastbound lane. Since the divider along that portion of the interstate has a cable barrier, it is unclear why or for how long the Mustang had been driving the wrong way, or whether the driver had been aware of it.

The Mustang met head on with a Greyhound bus bound for New York. Of the 23 passengers on the bus, 19 were injured, although fortunately none of the injuries appeared to be very serious. One passenger was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital, while two were admitted to Reid Hospital in good condition. Twelve of the passengers were treated at Reid and released, and Reid Hospital staff were optimistic that all would be treated and released in time. The staff further noted that it was fortunate the injured passengers happened to come during a shift change in the emergency room, so staff from both shifts were available to assist them.

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May 8, 2014

Indiana Woman Forgives Off-Duty Officer Who Caused a Crash That Killed Her Husband

A young Indiana woman who lost her husband in a car accident, and nearly lost the child she was carrying, has recently stated that she forgave the driver of the other vehicle. In early April, she gave birth to a baby girl just hours after her husband was killed.

car-accident-671890-m.jpgOn April 6, the young couple were driving in their 1996 Buick from church services when they were slammed into from behind by an SUV driven at 92 miles per hour. The impact caused their car to veer off of the road and slam into a utility pole. The other car was driven by an off-duty police officer, James Foutch of Edgewood, who was later found to be high on the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone. While Foutch escaped without serious injury, the young couple were not so fortunate. The husband died almost instantly when he leaned over his pregnant wife to shield her from the impact of the crash. The young wife held him as he took his last breath.

She was later rushed to an area hospital, where the doctors -- fearing for her baby's life - delivered the baby via Caesarian section, before rushing her to another hospital to treat her broken bones and other internal injuries. The baby and her mother were reunited one week later, with the baby healthy and suffering no damage from the accident.

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April 15, 2014

Indiana Father and Two Children Killed in a Vehicle Accident on Interstate 65

Recently, an Indiana father and two of his children were killed in one of many crashes on southbound Interstate 65, caused in part by recent snowfall.

deformed-fence-3540-m.jpgThe father, a 45-year old doctor from Rensselaer, and his son and daughter were killed at 11:39 pm, three miles south of the Roselawn exit. His second son survived the crash and was later taken to Jasper County Hospital, having suffered broken bones. This was the same hospital where the father had been on staff.

The events of the crash began two hours earlier, when a semi truck rolled over in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65. The semi was being driven by a 57-year old from Wapakoneta, Ohio, and was filled with nitric acid. The driver had crashed into a median, jackknifed, and came to a rest on the driver's side, causing the nitric acid to spill. The driver and responding Indiana state trooper were both taken to a local hospital due to exposure to nitric acid fumes. Both were later released, and the police did not suspect drugs or alcohol of playing a role.

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March 20, 2014

Two Kentucky High School Students Killed in Car Accident On the Way Home From Sweet 16 Tournament

Recently, two classmates from a Christian County High School were killed in a car accident while on their way home from the Boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament in Lexington, where they had gone to watch a local high school team.

i-haul-299523-m.jpgThe accident occurred in the early evening, after the boys' Nissan pickup truck left the parkway and struck the rear end of a Freightliner tractor trailer that was parked on the westbound shoulder. One boy, age 16, died at the scene, while the other boy, age 17, was taken by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he died hours later. The other male passengers in the truck were taken to the University of Kentucky as well by ambulance. While one remained in the hospital, the driver of the pickup truck was released.

Initial reports do not show any signs that alcohol or drug use played a role in the accident. Nor could witnesses recall that the truck was swerving or otherwise being driven in a reckless manner. When the truck came toward the tractor trailer, it may have either drifted or turned in its direction quickly. Authorities will soon conduct an accident reconstruction that they hope will shed light on how the accident occurred. The reconstruction team has already downloaded the data recorded that had been stored in the truck's internal computer to learn more information.

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March 6, 2014

Indiana Lawmaker and His Daughter Injured in a Car Accident

Recently, an Indiana lawmaker and his daughter got involved in a car accident on Ohio Street in downtown Indianapolis. Fortunately, neither was seriously hurt.

sirens-13324-m.jpgThe accident occurred on a weekday evening, when Representative David Niezgodski of South Bend was driving his Cadillac STS sedan with his 23 year old daughter, Rachael, when they suffered a broadside, right-angled collision known as a "T-bone." The other car was a Kia Sorento SUV headed south on Capital Avenue.

While the other driver, a 24-year old woman from Indianapolis, was uninjured and treated at the scene, Niezgodski and his daughter needed to be pulled from their car by the Indianapolis Fire Department. It reportedly took 15 minutes to extract Niezgodski's daughter from the car. The Niezgodskis were then taken to the nearby Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

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February 4, 2014

Winter Accidents Continue As Sudden Whiteout on Indiana's Interstate 94 Leaves 3 Dead, 20 Injured

Soon after the Interstate 65 accident happened, one of the most severe car accidents in Indiana history took place, also the result of unprecedented winter weather the past month.

snow-1336027-m.jpgInterstate 94 in northern Indiana became the scene of vehicle wrecks a mile long, the result of a chain reaction that included four dozen cars, among them several tractor trailers. In the end, three people were killed and two dozen were injured. The accidents were attributed to whiteout conditions that swept into the area during the afternoon commute. The burst of heavy lake-effect snow dropped one to two inches of snow per hour and reduced visibility to less than a quarter of a mile. Just 20 minutes earlier, state workers had plowed and salted the interstate, but the change in conditions rendered those efforts moot. The conditions took commuters by surprise, and within less than one minute, dozens of vehicles were colliding into each other.

Conditions were so poor that the crew of volunteer firefighters could not even see many of the cars that had been hit. Many were crushed between semi-trailers and so stuck to the other vehicles that it was tough for rescue workers to differentiate them. Despite the heavy snow, though, many of the vehicles were burning.

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January 28, 2014

Heavy Snow Conditions Lead to 30 Vehicle Collisions on Interstate 65 in Indiana

Recently, heavy snow on Interstate 65 near Lafayette, Indiana led to conditions where 13 vehicles, including nine that were semi trailers, crashed. They were followed by several smaller car collisions. In total, as many as 30 vehicles are thought to have crashed in a relatively short amount of time.

snowy-road-1415295-m.jpgAt the time these collisions occurred, there might have been as many as four inches of snow on the ground. Winds were blowing at nine miles per hour, and with the fog and snowfall, there was just three-quarters of a mile of visibility.

The resulting crash does not appear to have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities, but did tie up traffic in both directions, forcing the interstate to close for several hours. Firefighters were called to put out the flames surrounding a couple of semi trailers.

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January 21, 2014

Kentucky Legislators to Consider Bill That Creates "Cell Phone Free" Zones

Kentucky state legislators are considering adopting a law that would ban drivers from using cell phones near schools and in highway work zones. Although the state already has bans on cell phone use for drivers age 18 and younger, and bans texting for drivers of all ages, Kentucky legislators want to make the existing laws even tougher. Governor Beshear has called for the state to adopt "no cell phone zones."

busy-woman-1070268-m.jpgLegislatures were moved to action based on a story involving a horrific accident on Labor Day in 2007. Hillary Coltharp, age 26, made the mistake of trying to respond to a text while driving. As a result, she lost control of her car while driving on Highway 24 in McCracken County and suffered a crash. Her car crossed the median and rolled three times before she was thrown 75 feet from her car. She landed on her head and suffered severe brain trauma, a skull fracture, a collapsed lung, and broken bones. Coltharp was not wearing a seat belt. She was just four miles away from meeting her family at a restaurant for dinner.

While Coltharp survived the accident, she spent five years in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. Her parents have made her story public in their attempt to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.

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