December 2018 Archives

Why recalls don't always work to prevent car accidents

If you've paid any attention to the news during the last five years, you know that millions of motor vehicles have been recalled by various car manufacturers because of dangerous defects. In some cases, such as the Takata airbag recalls, the defects resulted in catastrophic accidents and multiple fatalities before either car manufacturers or federal authorities took action to institute mandatory recalls.

When does jackknifing happen?

Jackknifing crashes happen when the back tires of a truck start to slide out to the side of the vehicle and actually begin sliding faster than the front. This can cause a truck to start sliding down the road sideways, cause it to flip out of control or simply go off the road and collide with other objects and vehicles. In these situations, costly damages, catastrophic injuries and fatalities could happen.

Is your car equipped with electronic stability control?

Imagine you're driving through a patch of ice on a Kentucky highway. Suddenly, your car starts sliding to the right, so you turn the steering wheel to correct your spin, but you turn a little too far. The next thing you know, you're twirling out of control and about to end up in a ditch. This is exactly the problem that electronic stability control (ESC) was invented to prevent.

Settling a personal injury case versus taking it to trial

When a Kentucky plaintiff has a viable personal injury claim -- perhaps after they suffered serious injuries in a car accident -- it's always the hope that the defendant will be reasonable, recognize the error of their ways and agree to settle the matter fairly. That means providing sufficient financial compensation for the victim to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that resulted from the injury.

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