As a general rule, accidents involving tractor-trailers are about as bad as it gets. The overwhelming size and power of such vehicles can turn them into awesomely destructive weapons. Add alcohol, fatigue or negligence to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster on your hands.
A rather terrible truck accident happened in a neighboring state, Tennessee, on June 25. While the details are still sketchy, reports indicate that four people died, including two from Kentucky, in a crash that involved two semi trucks and, at minimum, two cars. It is not yet known how the accident happened or whether anyone involved was driving recklessly, while distracted or under the influence. Individuals who saw the accident scene were shocked by the carnage.… Continue reading
It’s one of the types of misconduct that can feel perfectly innocent because it sometimes seems like almost everyone does it. In much the same way that we might sneak into a movie theater with some snacks in our pockets, we lead-foot it around town and don’t think twice about it. However, while getting caught with some snuck-in candy at the movie theater might earn you a reprimand, the consequences of speeding can be life-altering.
The same could easily be said about distracted driving. Your phone erupts with that familiar buzz and your first instinct is to pick it up or glance at the message. If it’s important — and even if it isn’t — you tell yourself you’ll just give a short reply.… Continue reading
July Fourth weekend was a fantastic time to get out and enjoy a motorcycle ride on Kentucky’s beautiful highways and byways. The weather was beautiful in many areas, and, as always, the scenery was unbeatable. Unfortunately, as is the case all across the country, the Fourth of July is also a dangerous time to be on the road. It’s generally a time of revelry and that usually means the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Impaired people make inadvisable decisions to get behind the wheel and risk their lives and the lives of others in the process.
For truck drivers, the importance of proper training and adherence to safety standards cannot be stressed enough. They drive trucks that dwarf every other vehicle on the road and, as such, can do catastrophic damage when they cause an accident. Sadly, truck accidents are a fairly common occurrence in Kentucky. Drivers are asked to drive for long periods of time on unfamiliar roads and carry unwieldy loads.
According to a Lewis County Sheriff, May 19 in Lewis County, a semi collided with a passenger car, eventually leading to the death of the passenger and critically injuring the driver, who is recovering in a hospital. The damage was so severe that both people had to be cut out the car. Investigators at the scene said that the vehicle pulled in front of the tractor-trailer. … Continue reading
In a perfect world, there would be no risk involved with necessary activities. Driving to work or taking your children to school would be a simple task, and there would be no fear of unimaginable tragedy. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world, and a wrongful death can irrevocably alter a family’s life in an instant.
A fatal car accident occurred in Pike County, Kentucky, in early April. According to police who reconstructed the accident, a westbound driver crossed into oncoming traffic in order to avoid a stopped vehicle. The car then collided with an oncoming vehicle in the eastbound lane, injuring the driver and two passengers. In a tragic turn of events, the car traveling in the eastbound lane was carrying a child, who died as a result of her injuries.… Continue reading
Truck accidents are a major problem on the road. Due to their large size and weight, a truck accident can lead to more severe injuries and fatalities than a regular car accident. Ketucky.com reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is now making it easier to shut down the operations of any truck companies with an ongoing history of citations and safety concerns.
These new safety regulations allow the agency to shut down unsafe truck companies for repeated problems even in situations where their latest inspection didn’t quite warrant the operation to be put out of business. This comes after the agency has received criticism and was investigated for failing to shutter unsafe truck companies. The new safety regulations for truck companies should benefit drivers on the road.… Continue reading