Frankfort Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Floors, stairs and slip-and-fall accidents

There are times when a slip-and-fall accident is nothing serious. Even though you hit the ground, you're able to get back up and continue with your day.

There are also times when a slip-and-fall accident leads to serious injury, such as broken bones or a concussion. And that's why you want to avoid this type of trouble at all costs.

Winter weather driving tips for Kentucky

With the recent winter weather arriving in Kentucky, drivers need to be extra cautious on the roadways. Winter driving is particularly perilous on Kentucky roads, which are often narrow, hilly and icy. The following are some winter driving tips.

One of the most important driving tips for winter weather is to drive slowly. Drivers need to keep in mind that braking, turning and speeding up takes longer in the snow and ice. Drivers should increase their following distance with the cars in front of them. Drivers should allow at least eight to 10 seconds between them and the car in front of them. Drivers should also understand what kind of brakes they have and how to use them. Threshold braking is recommended and is when the heel of the foot is on the floor and the ball of the foot is used to apply firm and steady pressure on the brake pedal. Also, drivers should take time to stop, begin decelerating way in advance of a turn, stop light or stop sign. And, if the weather is bad, just stay home and off the roads.

What are "commercial" vehicles?

Frankfort area drivers encounter commercial vehicles on the roads every day. Commercial vehicles are important for businesses to move their merchandise. But, how is a "commercial" vehicle defined?

In general, a commercial vehicle is one that is used for business purposes. These may include charter buses, semi-trucks and large delivery trucks. Drivers of commercial vehicles are required to have a commercial vehicle drivers license, which has more restrictions, including a lower blood alcohol content limit. A commercial vehicle is usually over 26,001 pounds, designed to transport at least 16 passengers or is of any size and used to transport hazerdous materials.

What is "negligence"?

When a Frankfort resident is involved in an accident or is injured, the claims that arise usually are from "negligence." If a person is legally responsible for causing the accident or injury, it is typically because of negligence. So, what is negligence when proving fault?

Negligence is when a person acts in a careless way that results in the injury of someone else. There are four elements a defendant must prove for a finding of negligence. The first element is duty. Duty is where the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. For example, a person driving a car has an expectation to drive safely or a medical professional may have a legal duty to provide their patient with medical care. The second element is breach of duty. The court will assess whether the defendant breached their duty of care by not doing something a "reasonably prudent person" would do in the same circumstances. A defendant would be negligent if it was determined that another person would have acted differently in the same situation and not caused the injury.

Causes of truck accidents

Trucks are a common sight on Kentucky roads. With the major interstates, there are many trucks that use them to move goods across the country. Most of the time, cars are able to share the roads safely with trucks, but occasionally a serious truck accident occurs that can lead to serious injuries or even death.

There are many causes of truck accidents. One cause is inadequate driver training. Truck drivers need to go through extensive training that includes driving techniques, defensive driving tactics and safety concerns. There can also be problems relating to drivers who have pressure put on them to get to their destination quickly. Sometimes drivers make more money if they drive faster and stay on the road longer than they should. Many drivers drive too many hours in a row without a break, which can lead to truck driver fatigue. This is a very dangerous condition where a truck driver can fall asleep on the road and cause a major accident. In addition, many truck accidents put unrealistic expectations on their drivers to get to their destination quickly, which can lead to drivers disregarding safe driving techniques.

Winter is upon us; watch out for icy sidewalks

Kentucky is known for having some amazing weather. They are also known for having severe ice situations a few times each winter. Although Kentucky may not always get a lot of snow, they do receive quite a bit of ice. Ice can be dangerous for pedestrians and it is important for property owners to keep their outside area safe.

Winter months often cause slippery conditions. Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common personal injury lawsuits. There are certain conditions a property owner needs to meet when it comes to snow and ice removal. If conditions on their property lead to an unnatural accumulation of snow and ice, they can be held liable. So, if a parking lot has a slope that causes ice to accumulate and refreeze or if a clogged gutter leads to ice melting and refreezing on the ground, are situations in which a property owner may be held liable. If a property owner does not adequately maintain their sidewalks it can also lead to a serious fall.

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Helping good people get back on their feet

Car accidents are common in Kentucky and across the United States. Every year thousands of people are killed in car accidents, with many more seriously injured. These situations can cause families unexpected financial and emotional hardships.

According to the Kentucky State Police, over 670 people were killed in Kentucky roads in 2014. An additional 22,000 people were injured in a car accident. These are alarming statistics for anyone who travels our roads. No one expects they will be in a car accident, but speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and other negligent actions cause many of these accidents.

How do you prove fault in a car accident?

Despite our best intentions, most Frankfort residents will be involved in a car crash at least once during their driving career. No matter how careful of a driver you are, there are always other drivers on the road who may not be as careful. A car accident can cause serious injuries or even death and determining who is at fault for the accident is extremely important.

Determining fault in a car accident can be tricky but important. Drivers and witnesses can say who they think is at fault but that doesn't prove. Police reports can be a good start for determining who is at fault. The reports can contain evidence about liability based on the police officer's observations of evidence at the scene. It can also indicate if anyone was issued a ticket. Other evidence that can be helpful include photos of the accident and eyewitness testimony. In a rear end collision, usually the car at the back is considered at fault. Drivers who are speeding or drunk would also be found at fault in most cases.

How to be a safe Good Samaritan this winter

Winter can be a particularly dangerous time for accidents with the additional hazard of snow and ice. More cars are on the road traveling to family gatherings and other holiday celebrations. If you see a vehicle spin out, stuck on the side of the road or a multiple-car crash, you may feel compelled to stop and help them. That’s great!

Being a Good Samaritan in Kentucky comes with protections by law, but it also comes with some inherent risk to yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind when being a Good Samaritan this winter.

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