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What are common post-crash injuries?

Kentucky residents like you can have your whole life flipped around in an instant due to the negligent or reckless behavior of other drivers on the road. Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC, are here to stand with you during these difficult times.

Some of the most common injuries of a car crash can also be some of the most devastating. Because of your position in a vehicle at the time of a wreck, it isn't uncommon for drivers like you to face head, back, and neck injuries. Damage done to the neck, back or spine can affect mobility, sensation, and dexterity. Severe damage can result in paralysis, but even a less extreme injury can result in you having to take time off of work to heal. The combination of medical bills and a lapse in paychecks can be financially devastating.

Brain injuries can have devastating consequences

Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury? It can happen in the blink of an eye but have life-long consequences. Many people in Kentucky, including Covington, do not realize that brain trauma can occur even if there is no blow or penetration wound to the head. A slip-and-fall accident, a rear-end collision or an incident while participating in your favorite sport can change your life forever.

You could see your brain as the computer that controls all the functions of your body. A healthy brain allows the proper working of your senses, the ability to hear, see, move, think, your heart rate and more. Different areas of the brain control different functions, and the consequences depend on the location and severity of the injury. Although your skull encloses and protects your brain, rapid movement of your head -- such as from whiplash -- can cause it to slam into the thick walls of your skull.

Look twice for motorcycles

Spring has sprung in Kentucky and Ohio. As riding season swings into full gear, it is important for us all to look twice for motorcyclist.

The National Motorcycle Institute completed a five-year study of the number of motorcycle rider fatalities compared to passenger vehicle fatalities in the US. The study used data obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and found between 2012 and 2016, for every 100 million miles traveled on a motorcycle there are on average 22.5 deaths. However, for same miles traveled in a passenger vehicle there were only 0.583 deaths. Based on this data, it is 38.5 times more dangerous to ride on a motorcycle mile for mile. Kentucky's five-year average is 96 motorcyclist deaths per year and Ohio averages 159 deaths per year. 

When should you bring a wrongful death case?

It is natural to want justice for the wrongful death of a family member, but timing is often one of the most important elements of these types of cases in Kentucky. It is usually wise to start building your case as soon as possible, but there are certain concerns that could be more immediate than others.

In fact, your personal injury wrongful death action may not even be the most complex part of the legal ramifications of your loss. You may also have to consider estate planning issues, family law and even potential involvement in a criminal case. Please read on for a brief discussion of each of these elements.

Teen driver-involved crashes spike during “100 Deadliest Days”

When Kentucky high schools let out for the summer, you can expect an influx of inexperienced teen drivers on the state’s roadways, and as more teenagers take to the roads, crashes and automotive fatalities often increase. The length of time between Memorial Day and Labor is such a dangerous time to be on the road, in fact, that this period has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” At Russell & Ireland Law Group, LLC, we know that automotive fatalities involving teen drivers rise considerably during the summer months, and we have helped many people who experienced an injury or lost a loved one in a car crash seek recourse in the aftermath.

AAA reports that, in the 100 Deadliest Days of 2017, alone, more than 1,050 people passed away on the nation’s roadways in car crashes involving teenage drivers. This is a 14% increase in comparison with teen driver-involved automotive fatalities that occur throughout the rest of the year, and it equates to about 10 people losing their lives every day throughout the duration of the 100 Deadliest Days.

Pedestrian deaths increase in Kentucky

As spring arrives, many people in Kentucky may be motivated to be out and about on foot more than they were during the winter months. Certainly, this can be a pleasant thing and even good for one's health. The benefits of walking, jogging or running have been proven indeed. However, there are also risks associated with these activities and one of those risks comes in the form of motorists. 

According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians killed in accidents involving motor vehicles has increased every year from 2013 to 2017. In 2013, there were 55 pedestrian deaths statewide. That number increased first to 57 in 2014 and then to 67 in 2015. As if that wasn't bad enough, 2016 saw an even bigger jump to 81 pedestrian fatalities. Finally, in 2017, a total of 83 pedestrians lost their lives at the hands of drivers in automobile accidents.

Drunk driver caught on video

People who live in Kentucky know that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen regardless of how safely they drive themselves. Despite knowing the facts about how to be safe on the roads, all too many drivers make negligent and reckless choices that put themselves and others in harm's way. In some situations, people might be lucky that a crisis could be averted but in other situations, tragedy can result.

Among the many selfish and reckless choices a driver today can make is to get behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle after they have consumed alcohol. A person does not even need to be legally intoxicated for their judgment to be impaired. Drunk driving has claimed the lives of many innocent people over the years and seems poised to continue to do so for a while. One driver who appears to have been drunk, however, appears to have been caught before he was able to kill anyone.

What are the most prevalent types of injury among crash victims?

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be a stressful and scary process, and likely an experience that you may wish to avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, avoiding an accident could prove nearly impossible at times, as one can occur at virtually any moment and under a variety of circumstances.

Even if you consider yourself a safe driver, your well-being may be at risk should you encounter a negligent driver as you travel along Kentucky roads. While a minor accident may only wind up being an inconvenience, should your accident prove more dangerous, you might wake up in the hospital with severe injuries.

Hands-free vs. hand-held cellphones: Which is safer?

If you are like many other drivers in Kentucky and across the United States, you may have used your hand-held cellphone while driving in traffic. The dangers of engaging in this deadly act are apparent, as thousands of Americans have lost their lives in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Although it is legal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving in Kentucky, this practice is prohibited in several other states. Many people have turned to using hands-free devices are they are thought to be a safe alternative to using a hand-held device. Studies show, however, that people may want to reconsider using hands-free devices while behind the wheel.

In a study published by AAA, researchers asked participants to drive a simulator vehicle, as well as a vehicle equipped with monitoring devices. They measured participants eye movement, reaction time, brain activity and heart rate as they engaged in certain distractive activities while driving. These activities included the following:

  • Listening to an audio book
  • Listening to the radio
  • Maintaining a conversation using a hand-held and hands-free cellphone
  • Completing tasks using voice-activated technology
  • Holding a conversation with a passenger in the vehicle

Which safety responsibilities fall to my landlord?

Opportunities to get hurt exist nearly anywhere you go. You can slip on a spill at the grocery store or trip in your office parking lot. While you know that property owners are responsible for providing a safe place for their patrons to shop or work, you may wonder if your landlord has the same liabilities. The home you rent should be a safe place, but who should take the steps to keep it safe?

According to FindLaw, your landlord should ensure the building and unit you live in is safe and free of illegal and criminal activity. He or she may take the following precautions:

  • Making sure an apartment building is up to code and that the wiring and fixtures are properly maintained
  • Providing functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Removing harmful elements like asbestos and lead paint or informing prospective tenants that these elements may exist in the home
  • Providing working locks on all doors leading outside
  • Evicting tenants who were involved in dangerous or illegal activities

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