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No amount of confidence is enough to text and drive

If you own a vehicle and a phone, chances are you have attempted to or have thought about texting and driving before. The thought can be highly tempting if you are in a hurry or driving in an area where there are not a lot of other cars nearby. However, no matter what your situation is or what your excuse is, texting and driving is never safe and is one surefire way to put yourself and others in immediate danger. At Debra L. Broz, we have helped many victims of car accidents in Kentucky to get the compensation they deserve. 

Perhaps one of the reasons you have considered texting and driving in the past is because you are confident in your ability to multitask and safely create and send a message while also navigating your vehicle through traffic. However, according to Fox News, research suggests that when you text and drive, you are over 5 times more likely to be involved in a severe car accident than if you were paying full attention to driving. Other studies have proved that when you text and drive, you are prone to operate your vehicle more erratically than you would had you been drinking and driving. 

Violent Kentucky crash results in fatality

For many people, owning a vehicle is a convenient luxury that enables them to have a reliable and efficient way of getting from one place to another. However, the privilege of operating a motor vehicle requires that drivers follow the traffic rules that have been created to protect their safety and wellbeing. Failure to adhere to required laws and practice vigilance, patience and responsibility while driving can ultimately put the lives of many people at risk on Kentucky roads. 

A car accident that happened in Lincoln County, Kentucky just a few days ago is still under investigation as authorities work to identify how the involved vehicles impacted each other the way they did. The violent collision resulted in the death of one woman that investigators would later learn had recently learned she was expecting. At the time of the accident, the woman was 2-weeks along. Early investigations revealed that the woman died as the result of injuries sustained from blunt force trauma. The accident resulted in the highway closing for a temporary period while crews worked to clean up the scene and gather evidence of the collision. 

Truck accidents: 3 reasons for devastating crashes

You drive for a living, so you spend a lot of your time sharing the road with semi drivers. You know that your occupation puts you in a fair amount of danger. You have seen the accident statistics, you know what a risk trucks pose and you understand that the sheer amount of miles you cover each year means you are more likely to get involved in an accident than many of your peers.

It is not always possible to avoid these accidents. For instance, many happen when trucks do not slow down fast enough if traffic stops in front of them. You could get hit from behind while sitting in a traffic jam, with nowhere to escape even if you see the accident coming. It is one of the most terrifying things you can experience on the road, and it can change your life.

Understanding the symptoms and treatment of head injuries

Head injuries can vary significantly in terms of severity. In extreme circumstances, a head injury could result in a brain injury that causes debilitating side effects including memory loss, reduced motor function and even severe handicap. Less-severe injuries can create short-term risks that must be carefully monitored to prevent further injury. If people suspect that they have received a head injury in Kentucky, it is in their best interest to immediately see their medical provider to ensure that proper treatment and therapy is begun right away. 

Head injuries can occur in a variety of ways including sports, recreational activities and car accidents to name a few. According to Web MD, some of the symptoms that may indicated that someone has received a more severe injury than a standard concussion include the following:

  • Labored breathing. 
  • Swelling and bruising. 
  • Paralysis.
  • Fractures or abnormalities in facial features. 
  • Inability to speak or see clearly. 
  • Vomiting. 

Boy killed in auto-pedestrian collision after UK football game

While most in Bowling Green likely understand the difference between criminal and civil law, they may not comprehend how both concepts work together in cases where they intersect. A person might be held help criminally culpable for their actions if said actions violate the law. In such a case, they would face criminal penalties mandated by the state. Yet if such actions also impacted others, those affected might also seek compensation or damages through a civil lawsuit. 

A recent auto-pedestrian accident that occurred following a University of Kentucky football game illustrates how criminal and civil case may intersect. A UK student allegedly struck a small boy standing on the side of the street. The boy later died from his injuries. Upon his arrest, the student registered a 0.051 BAC measurement. While technically lower than the .08 BAC limit defining intoxication, the student was still charged with driving under the influence due to the fact that the legal limit for drivers under the age of 21 in Kentucky is .02 (the student is 18 years old). He later pled not guilty to the charge. 

The complex investigation required in a multivehicle accident

When a collision occurs between two vehicles on Kentucky roadways, the cause of the accident may be evident. If you are involved in a multivehicle crash, finding the party liable for your injuries becomes more difficult. At Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, we often represent individuals who have been injured in a car accident.

Accident reconstruction experts may be brought in to investigate large pile-up accidents. FindLaw states that the majority of these accidents are the culmination of several instances of negligence. The investigation often begins with the drivers at the front of the crash. You may be asked how many bumps you remember. This can indicate how many collisions occurred and can help determine the chain of events. 

Establishing SSI and SSDI medical eligibility

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the mission of the Disability Determinations Services department is to confirm your medical eligibility for state-run assistance programs such as Family Medicaid, Kentucky Transitional Assistance program and Adult Medicaid. Although the DDS acts on behalf of Social Security Administration, it does not accept applications, nor does it determine the technical eligibility for Kentucky residents. 

There are several state and federal disability programs; each one has its particular requirements. While some may pay for short-term or partial disability, others do not. Social Security is one of the programs that do not. When you apply for Medicaid, SSD or SSDI benefits, your claim is reviewed by the SSA. It will be forwarded to the DDS if you meet the nondisability eligibility conditions.

What is reckless driving for big trucks?

You can find wet roads, construction zones and gravel roadways throughout Kentucky. Although accidents can happen to anyone under these circumstances, when it involves large trucks driving too fast for the given conditions, it is reckless.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 25 percent of speed-related large-truck fatalities occur when the road conditions during bad weather are poor. It is recommended that your speed be reduced by a third on wet roads and by half when the roadways are snow-covered. Driving too fast for the weather conditions hinders even semi-trucks from stopping predictably.

Tips to follow when making a car insurance claim

If you are part of a motor vehicle accident it won't be long before you have a variety of questions on your mind. Will my insurance company step in and help? Will I have to fight for every dollar I receive? What could go wrong along the way?

There are many tips to follow when making a car insurance claim, with these five among the most important:

  • Call your agent as soon as possible: Depending on your injuries, you may not be able to do this immediately after your accident. However, as soon as you get a chance to do so, you need to contact your insurance company to let them know what went wrong.
  • Review your policy: You assume you understand your car insurance policy, until you actually sit down and realize that it's more complicated than you thought. Be sure to review it from start to finish. This ensures that you understand your coverage and what to expect from your insurance company.
  • Take notes: Every conversation you have with an insurance company representative is an important one. Take detailed notes, including whom you spoke with, what they said and the next steps in the process.
  • Take pictures: The more evidence you collect, the better. This is why you should take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries.
  • Keep all receipts pertaining to the accident: This can include receipts for lodging, meals and transportation in connection with the crash and pursuing your claim.

The effects of blood alcohol concentration

AAA reports that a leading cause of car accidents in Kentucky is driving under the influence of alcohol. More than half of the crashes due to driving while intoxicated happen during the weekend and evening hours. Four times as many fatal accidents occur at nights as during the day. Injuries due to a car crash with a drunk driver can change the lives of everyone involved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drunk driving fatalities has fallen since the 1980s. Despite this, alcohol-impaired crashes still occur every day, claiming more than 10,000 lives in the U.S. each year. Alcohol impairs thinking, muscle coordination and reasoning. Gender, body weight and body fat percentage are among the factors that dictate how alcohol affects an individual, regardless of the number of drinks consumed.

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