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Truck driver indicted for murder after fatal Kentucky crash

When we see a large truck on the road near us, we hope that it's in good condition and the driver is experienced and alert -- not drowsy or distracted. The last thing we want is for a truck driver to be watching a cellphone video behind the wheel.

However, that's what led to a fatal crash in the early evening of Sunday, Sept. 29, according to Kentucky State Police and prosecutors. A 45-year-old man who was driving a semitruck has been indicted for murder for the crash on Interstate 64 in Franklin County that took the life of a 61-year-old Bedford man. A grand jury also indicted him on charges of wanton endangerment and first- and second-degree assault. He had originally been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Who pays for losses after a car accident?

There are many costs associated with a typical car crash in Kentucky. You might have to repair your vehicle, handle medical bills or deal with the results of pain and suffering. All of that has the potential to add up quickly.

As for the question of who pays for losses after a car accident, the answer is not always straightforward. Generally speaking, insurance will often cover these costs. However, the Commonwealth has some rather uncommon insurance laws that complicate the matter.

After a truck accident, know the evidence to gather

Truck accidents are always a possibility for most people who drive regularly, especially those of us who spend significant time sharing the road with large trucks. All traffic accidents are dangerous and may cause property damage and personal injury, but accidents involving commercial trucks are often even more dangerous and destructive, as well as more complicated to resolve.

If you experienced a commercial truck accident recently, you may have many things demanding your attention. You may even have physical injuries, a vehicle that you can no longer use, and other setbacks that keep you from performing your job and getting paid. All of these stresses build up quickly and it is not always easy to know how to move forward.

Mix-up at hospital leaves veteran with no medical attention

People rely on their health care providers in Kentucky to take adequate time to diagnose their condition, make recommendations that take into account their medical history and provide medical attention in a compassionate and reliable manner. Malpractice in the form of ignorance, carelessness or miscommunication can put patients at risk of injury or even death. 

One man in South Carolina recently won a significant lawsuit against Veteran Affairs after experiencing a traumatizing case of medical malpractice at a VA hospital. The ordeal began when the veteran sought medical attention for serious stomach pains that had been bothering him for some time. After completing a urine sample, the hospital's staff informed him that he had traces of cocaine in his sample and that his stomach pains were a direct result of his drug use. 

Falls kill about 1,800 U.S. nursing home residents annually

In a perfect world, every nursing home across Kentucky would maintain a nurturing, comfortable environment for residents, but regrettably, this is far from the case. Instead, the quality of care many older adults receive in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is subpar, at best, and when the quality of care suffers, injuries, including falls, often rise.

Per Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, resident falls are alarmingly commonplace in American nursing homes, with about 1,800 nursing home residents passing away annually in the United States because of fall-related injuries. Statistics also show that the typical American nursing home facility reports between 100 and 200 falls each year, but this number refers solely to the number of resident falls reported, meaning there may, in fact, be many more that occur.

How do SSI and SSDI benefits differ?

As a Kentucky resident with a serious, long-term disability, you may be working through your options and attempting to figure out whether you may be able to get financial assistance through the U.S. Social Security Administration. Both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income help Americans with disabilities get by financially without working, but there are some key distinctions that exist between the two types of assistance programs.

According to the National Council on Aging, you may be able to qualify for SSDI if you meet two specific eligibility criteria. First, the U.S. Social Security Administration must determine that your disability is severe enough to meet its strict definition of the term. Second, you need to have a substantial enough work history within a position covered by Social Security in order to potentially be eligible for benefits.

Red light traffic deaths reach a 10-year high

Traffic lights seek to help control traffic patterns and prevent residents of Kentucky and the United States from colliding with one another, but they only work as planned when motorists pay attention and use them as designed. Debra L. Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, recognize that red-light car wrecks are at an all-time high across the United States, and that all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should exercise extreme caution when navigating their way through them.

Per NBC News, drivers who blew through red lights caused 939 traffic fatalities in 2017, which is an almost-30% increase over the number of lives lost due to these circumstances in 2012. It is also the highest number of lives lost in red-light wrecks since 2008, highlighting an alarming and dangerous trend.

Relaxing trucker hours-of-service rules a threat to public safety

For some time now, truck drivers across Kentucky and the nation have argued that the current rules dictating when they must stop and rest are too restrictive. Now, changes may loom in terms of how long and how often today’s truck drivers must rest. Debra Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, understand that relaxing trucker drive-time regulations means more fatigued truck drivers would be traveling U.S. roadways, and we also have considerable experience helping clients hurt in crashes involving fatigued truckers seek recourse in the aftermath.

Per the L.A. Times, those supporting the proposed changes to trucker drive-time rules and regulations believe that doing so would put more “put more power back in the hands of the drivers and motor carriers,” with some attesting that it would allow them to spend more time with their families. Those opposed to the possible changes, however, note that tractor-trailer-involved highway fatalities are rising already, with 4,657 fatal truck crashes reported in 2017, which is a 10% increase from 2016.

Study highlights causes of surgical errors

People who live in Kentucky and who may be in need of undergoing a surgical procedure might feel a bit nervous or concerned about the prospect of a problem occurring during their operation. These concerns are not unfounded as medical errors have made major news headlines in recent years as contributing to a significant number of deaths in the United States every year. Some research has even indicated that only heart disease and cancer claim more lives annually.

A new study report reviewing the causes of some surgical errors has recently been published and highlights some areas for improvement. As explained by Becker's Hospital Review, the results investigated 188 errors identified as adverse events. Of those 188 adverse events, 106 were attributed to human error. That means the actions or inactions of medical staff played a role in 56% of the surgical mistakes reviewed as part of this study.

3 things to know about encounters with drunk drivers

Drunk driving is a behavior that creates danger for not just the person driving, but also their passengers and everyone else on the road. Drunk drivers are almost universally aware of the risks that come with their decision to get behind the wheel after enjoying a few drinks. The same is true of drugged drivers who get behind the wheel after using powerful pharmaceutical medications or recreational drugs.

Unfortunately, the people who cross paths with impaired drivers don't have as much say in what happens. Simply choosing to make the right decision yourself won't completely protect you from the consequences of someone else's bad choices. For drivers who encounter others obviously under the influence, there are three important things that they should keep in mind.

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