Car Accidents

Toyota recalls 89,700 Lexus vehicles

You spent an arm and a leg for your luxury import vehicle, so you certainly don’t expect that the car will cause you to break your arms and your legs. Nevertheless, there are plenty of problematic cars on the road that have dangerous – potentially injury-causing – defects associated with them. One of the most recent defects like this related to 89,700 2008-19 Lexus LX57, Toyota Land Cruiser models. The defects triggered a massive recall announcement in December 2018 from the automaker for safety reasons.

The owners of the recalled Lexus SUVs should be warned of the problems related to the occupant classification system for the front passenger. The device has an error related to the seat belt sensor. According to Mercedes, the sensor can malfunction as the vehicle gets older, and this could cause the air bag warning to improperly relay information about the air bags.… Continue reading

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.

ESC helps your car maintain its path in a straight line even when road conditions are trying to force your vehicle into spin, slide or skid. ESC systems employ computer-controlled sensors that take control of brakes, wheels and engine power to achieve this objective.

Since top-heavy cars like sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks are especially prone to roll-overs, ESC can serve as an essential piece of safety equipment for these cars.… Continue reading

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.

Settlement is an excellent option for both defendants and plaintiffs in a personal injury matter — if they can arrive at a suitable settlement deal. That’s because it reduces the risks of having to go to trial. Ultimately, no one can predict with perfect accuracy how a judge or jury will decide a particular lawsuit in a trial.… Continue reading

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.

The fact that people sometimes have to die before a recall gets announced is tragic enough on its own — but another terrible issue is that many of the dangerously defective cars will never get fixed – causing a spurt in need for help from legal teams such as the one at The Millar Law Firm.

When millions of cars are affected by a recall, it’s impossible to track down and fix each and every one of them.… 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

Trick-or-treating neighborhoods draw lots of foot traffic

Today’s kids don’t have trick or treat time to waste sussing out the best neighborhoods to bring in big hauls of the really good candy. That’s why The Courier-Journal published its own thoroughly unscientific poll of the best trick-or-treating neighborhoods in Louisville.

Hillcrest Avenue

Welcome to Halloween “ground zero.” Want to know more? Go to its website and check out the decorations, too. This neighborhood is at the top of its Halloween game.

Alfresco Place and Rutherford Avenue

The neighborhood surrounding St. Francis of Assisi Church reportedly is a hotbed of good candy.

Cherokee Triangle

They must be well-stocked, as some Triangle residents state they had “hundreds” of Halloween visitors in previous years.

Boulevard Napoleon

Located near the Halloween stalwart neighborhood of Alfresco and Rutherford, this neighborhood also has a great reputation for giving good candy.… Continue reading

Important provisions of effective teen driving contracts

The statistics related to teen car accidents are alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six youths aged 16 to 19 years of age died every day in 2015 from injuries suffered in car accidents. Also in 2015, nearly 236,000 teens in the same age group received emergency department treatment for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents.

One way parents in Kentucky are addressing the dangers associated with teen motorists is by creating and enforcing parent/teen driving agreements. Essentially contracts, these agreements between adults and their kids outline the ground rules to which youths must adhere while driving. These contracts can be lengthy and in-depth, or they can be short and to the point. One thing they should all have in common is clear rules that all family members must follow.… Continue reading

3 ways to tell a friend about their unsafe driving habits

Do you have a friend who makes you exceptionally nervous whenever the two of you get in the car together? Maybe they have some poor driving habits that make you think you’re always about two seconds away from a car accident.

If so, here are three potential ways to help:

1. Drop hints

If your friend starts texting behind the wheel, for example, offer to take their phone and send the message so they can focus on the road. This lets them know that you feel unsafe while coming across as helpful, rather than critical.

2. Provide examples

If your friend speeds all the time, you may feel self-conscious about telling them to slow down. However, if you see another speeding driver, you could bring up how unsafe it is and how it looks like that person is about to crash.… Continue reading

Do too many signs make accidents more likely?

In an effort to make car accidents less likely, authorities have continued to install more and more signs. Every intersection has a yield sign or a stop sign. Some traffic lights have signs under them offering more information, such as the signs saying that there is no turning right on a red light during specific hours.

It’s a lot of information to take in. If people can do it, and if they abide by it, it should theoretically make everyone safer. But does it?

Some believe that the sheer amount of road signs makes accidents more likely. Part of the problem is distraction. When you’re looking at all of the signs and trying to figure out which way to drive, how fast to go and when to stop, you’re not looking at the road itself.… Continue reading

What is most beneficial to young drivers?

Teens who have just gotten their driver’s licenses often get a lot of criticism, as the statistics show that they tend to be involved in a high number of motor vehicle accidents. People say that teens are just irresponsible and can’t be trusted behind the wheel. They say that distractions play too large of a role and that teens are addicted to their cellphones.

While the issues of distraction and irresponsibility are real and do cause accidents, many experts think they’re not quite as dire as people make them out to be. They think the real issue is that teens simply lack the experience that adult drivers already have.

In short, the most beneficial thing for a young driver is to spend more time behind the wheel.… Continue reading