Louisville Automobile Accident Blog

Will a drunk driving conviction support my car accident case?

When someone causes you to suffer serious injuries in a car accident — because he or she was negligent, unlawful or reckless — that person is financially liable for your injuries. If the individual happened to be operating his or her vehicle while intoxicated at the time of the crash, this evidence can strengthen your case and help you pursue financial damages relating to the cost of your medical care, lost income, legal fees and more.

As to the question of whether a criminal drunk driving conviction will help to support your claim for damages, the answer is decidedly “Yes.” The criminal court process will be separate and apart from your personal injury case, as criminal cases are handled via the criminal justice system and personal injury cases proceed through the civil court system.… Continue reading

Why you should fear crush injuries in a car accident

The very term–crush injuries–sounds like a nightmare scenario in a car accident because it implies that some part of the body has been crushed. In truth, it is a nightmare scenario and without prompt treatment both at the site of the crash and continuing in the hospital, the car accident victim could very well die.

As injury lawyers, we have seen too many injurious car accidents turn fatal because of crush injuries. Here is a brief overview of crush injuries.

A crush injury occurs when a part of the body, usually legs or other extremities, becomes crushed or compressed by one or more objects. In car accidents, it is possible for the drivers’ legs or even their arms to suffer a crush injury.… Continue reading

What kind of gear can protect you in a motorcycle accident?

To many residents, traveling Kentucky roadways on a motorcycle is one of life’s great pleasures. Seasoned bikers know about the dangers that motorists can pose. Therefore, they take care to ride defensively, safely and in compliance with all traffic laws. Unfortunately, a negligent driver can still cause motorcycle accidents that lead to serious injuries and massive out-of-pocket expenses.

However, most biking enthusiasts agree that avoiding injury is always the best choice. Following is an overview of motorcycle gear that can reduce injury risks if an accident occurs. While this gear may not prevent all injuries, it can go a long way in helping riders avoid some of the most serious motorcycle accident injuries.

Helmet: A good helmet can help you avoid head and brain injury while also protecting your face from road rash.… Continue reading

Kentucky malpractice review panels ended by Court’s ruling

The Kentucky Supreme Court has overturned a 2017 law that had virtually brought medical malpractice cases to a standstill within the state. The court’s action once again freed people to file lawsuits when they suffered grave injuries at the hands of their doctors, nurses and other medical providers.

As noted in Chief Justice John Minton’s opinion, the state’s constitution reads, in part, “All courts shall be open, and every person for an injury done to him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay.” This statement, according to Chief Justice Minton, is key to why the review panels are unconstitutional.

The state law requiring the review panels, which was heavily touted by medical associations as necessary to protect physicians, hospitals and nursing homes from the frivolous malpractice claims they claim drive up health care costs and discourage physicians from practicing, was supposed to be the first major step toward tort reform.… Continue reading

How can truck drivers improve road safety for all motorists?

You may already know this, but it does not hurt to repeat it: All drivers who travel on Kentucky roads have a responsibility to promote safety. This includes private motorists as well as those who operate large rigs and other commercial vehicles. In a perfect world, we would all do our part to reduce car and truck accidents simply by following the rules of the road. This means:

  • No driving while intoxicated
  • No speeding
  • No driving an unfit motor vehicle
  • Obeying all traffic laws and speed limits
  • Setting distractions aside
  • Paying careful attention to what is happening around you

It is not a perfect world, which means truck accidents can and do happen, injuring thousands of American citizens each year. You have probably learned a lot about how to safely operate your vehicle around large trucks, but what obligations do truckers have when they take to the roads.… Continue reading