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
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
The fall season in the state of Kentucky is just around the corner and may have already begun in some locations. Many motorcycle enthusiasts believe that autumn is the perfect time to view the changing landscape and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Knowing the dangers of riding in autumn ahead of time can help you remain healthy and free of the injuries that typically occur in a motorcycle accident.
Leaves: Wet or dry, autumn leaves can create many potential hazards. A pile of dry leaves can make it difficult to see unsafe road conditions. On the other hand, wet leaves may cause you to slide and lose control of your bike.
Wildlife: Deer and other wild animals seem to appear more often as the weather turns chilly.… Continue reading
What do you normally wear when you take your motorcycle out on the weekend? A black leather jacket? A pair of jeans? Maybe a dark-colored helmet?
These are all very common types of gear, and many riders choose them. However, studies have shown that you would actually be far safer if you wore high-visibility clothing.
This means choosing bring colors, like green, yellow, red and orange. Many people choose fluorescent colors that stand out at any time of day. You may also want to consider jackets or vests that have reflective tape on them. These can catch headlights at night or during dusk and dawn hours — some of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
How much safer will you be if it is easier for other drivers to see you?… Continue reading
A woman was involved in an accident that left one person dead in Louisville, Kentucky. She is now facing murder charges, wanton endangerment charges and charges for driving a car while under the influence. The woman is 27 years old.
The incident occurred right around three o’clock in the morning, on June 30. Reports indicate that officers arrived at the scene just after the hour.
The police investigation — labelled as an “initial” investigation for now — showed that the woman turned in the street, cutting across the path of an oncoming motorcycle. That rider did have a helmet on, but it was not enough to save his or her life. The unidentified rider passed away at the accident scene.
When you got your motorcycle, did you consider teaching yourself how to lay the bike down in an emergency? Many people think of this as the best way to cut speed and avoid a crash.
However, some experts say it’s a myth. They claim that you’re just putting yourself in more danger by committing to an accident when modern bikes give you better options.
For instance, older motorcycles just had drum brakes. A lot of people only used the rear brakes because the front brakes felt too risky. Modern bikes, by comparison, have have ABS (Anti-Lock Braking Systems) that are much safer and more effective. People also use the front brakes more often.
On top of that, modern tires are better.… Continue reading
You’re involved in a motorcycle accident when a driver turns left in front of you. You slam into the front panel of the car, sail off your bike and land in the road.
You’re lucky. You had your helmet on. It strikes the pavement first. You wind up with a broken wrist and a concussion, but you are alive.
You expect your concussion to heal in a week or two. After all, you watch plenty of NFL games. Players are constantly getting concussions and then coming back a week or two later. You do not think it is a big deal.
However, some of your symptoms just seem to linger. You have dizzy spells weeks after the accident. You get headaches in a way you never experienced them before.… Continue reading
You have always heard that motorcycle accidents are dangerous. You wear the gear: a leather jacket, a full-shield helmet, riding gloves and protective pants.
Does that keep you safe? It can, and it absolutely helps. The more safety gear, the better.
That said, the risks may be higher than you realize. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a staggering 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes that get reported lead to injury or death.
It’s an incredible risk. If you ever crash, for any reason, the odds strongly favor you at least getting hurt in the wreck. While there are far more car accidents every year due to the sheer number of cars on the road, far more people walk away from these accidents without injuries.… Continue reading
Lane splitting is a well-known term used in the motorcycling community. For those not familiar with motorcycles, this term might not be as commonplace or familiar. So, what is lane splitting? Is lane splitting safe? These are two very important questions that we will answer for you today so you know how to protect yourself on your motorcycle.
When a motorcyclist is stuck in heavy traffic, the operator is put into a very dangerous situation. Combining stop-and-go traffic with inattentive drivers and you have a recipe for tragedy. Lane splitting is common in quite a few countries, but it is only recognized in the United States in a few places.
Motorcycles are able to split lanes because of their small size, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is a safe procedure.… Continue reading
Riding a motorcycle on the roads of Kentucky can be breathtaking and scary all at once. Even if you are the safest of riders, you don’t know how others around you will react when seeing a motorcycle. Before you head out on another adventure, take a look at some common motorcycle myths that have been debunked.
One of the most common myths is that a full-face helmet will restrict your line of vision when operating a motorcycle. This is false due to the standards set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT requires all helmet manufacturers to provide riders with a 210-foot field of view when making full-face helmets. The field of view is so large that your peripheral vision will not be blocked by the helmet.… Continue reading