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The link between road construction and car wrecks

Road construction is a common sight on roads and highways across Kentucky, and for some motorists, maneuvering around these construction zones and the obstructions that often come with them can prove dangerous. At the Bryant Law Center, we recognize that work zones can present numerous threats to the public, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or hardship because of a construction zone car crash seek recourse.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, the number of car wrecks occurring in construction zones across Kentucky and the nation is on the rise, with a sharp uptick in crashes taking place between 2013 and 2015. In 2015, for example, more than 96,600 car wrecks took place in U.S. construction zones, which is a 42-percent increase over two years before.

New lawsuit may open apps up to liability complaints

When smartphones first came out, most apps were designed to entertain or kill time. Games, productivity tools and flashlights were the main uses for early apps.

As smartphones became more ingrained in our lives, the apps became more useful. Now, we can order food, find a date or book a hotel room from the convenience of our phones. But what happens when an app puts you in danger?

Driving with the flu

In the winter, the roads can be especially dangerous because of ice and other weather-related risk factors. However, there are other hazards associated with driving during these months and some people do not realize the risks they face. For example, there are some people who should not be behind the wheel because they are too sick to drive safely, but they try to drive anyway (which can result in a motor vehicle collision). If you are struggling with the flu or another serious illness, it may be smart to stay off of the road until you get better.

During flu season, many people try to push through their illness and live life as if everything is normal. Unfortunately, this can expose others to the illness and also lead to other consequences (such as a car wreck). A driver who is very sick may be more likely to crash because they are deprived of sleep due to their illness, or they may be drowsy as a result of taking medication to help with their symptoms. In fact, simply struggling with cold or flu symptoms behind the wheel can be distracting and may cause a driver to take his or her hands off the wheel as they reach for tissues.

The consequences of defective drugs

Patients are subjected to many different examples of mistreatment, sadly. Some may suffer as a result of a surgical error that could have been avoided or some other type of medical professional negligence. It is important to remember that many people have suffered as a result of prescription medication as well. From mistakes involving the prescription of certain drugs to drugs that are actually defective, these challenges can be especially problematic. Sadly, some people do not even realize that a drug they are taking is significantly damaging their health, and the consequences can be absolutely devastating.

After taking a defective drug, someone may be adversely affected in different ways. They may suffer from a number of serious side effects that can virtually shatter their lives, or they may even pass away, in some instances. A pregnant woman may give birth to a child who has defects as a result of a drug that she consumed during her pregnancy, or someone may struggle with severe emotional challenges due to a drug that has messed with their mind. Regrettably, pharmaceutical companies have made a significant amount of money off of drugs that have shattered the lives of people who were simply looking for help.

Car accidents at intersections

Motor vehicle collisions happen anywhere on the road, but certain spots have an especially high chance of seeing motor vehicle wrecks. Intersections, for example, can be dangerous because so many cars are heading in different directions and some may not come to a stop when they are supposed to. Intersections can also be dangerous because some people may try to run through a red light and there may also be a lot of pedestrian traffic. You should always be careful on the road and watch out as you approach an intersection. Unfortunately, you could still find yourself in a crash because another driver does not show the same level of concern.

When motor vehicle collisions happen at intersections, they may leave victims with different consequences. Some may lose their lives after being struck by a vehicle heading in another direction at a high rate of speed, while another auto accident victim may be seriously hurt. Injuries can be extremely problematic for victims and those they love, leaving them with all sorts of financial problems (missing out on work, having a hard time paying medical costs, and so forth) and disrupting their life in numerous ways. Those who were hit by a careless driver at an intersection or anywhere else on the roadway should take a firm stand for their legal rights.

Car crashes while driving to and from the airport

As the holiday season rolls around, many people head to another side of the country to spend time with those they love. Some people drive long distances, which can be dangerous, and others decide to fly. However, there may also be an increased risk of a motor vehicle collision even for those who take to the sky. For example, someone may become involved in a wreck while they are driving to or from the airport for a variety of reasons. If you plan to travel this year during the holidays, be especially careful when you are on the road.

An auto accident may occur while someone is in a frantic rush to get to the airport on time or bring one of their family members to the airport. Moreover, even after the plane has landed there may be an increased risk of an accident. For example, someone may rent a vehicle in a new city that they have never driven in before, and this lack of familiarity could increase the probability of something going wrong on the road. Or, someone may be extremely tired after a long flight or distracted by their loved ones once they arrive.

More motor vehicle deaths occur between Christmas and New Year’s

The holidays are supposed to be a time filled with joy and laughter. However, they can be devastating for many families, because of accidents involving drunk drivers.

According to a recent article, alcohol is involved in almost half of all car accident fatalities between Christmas and New Year’s. This is over 10 percent higher than other weeks in the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Preparing for a teen driver

There is a lot to think about when your young teenager starts to get to the age where it’s time to start thinking about getting a driver’s license. There is the question of what vehicle they will drive, rules about when and where they can drive and how you will enforce these rules when your child is infused with this new-found freedom.

Then, there’s the safety issue. Between distractions in the car and plain inexperience, it is no wonder that teenagers tend to be in the most car accidents. As a parent, you have to wonder what you can do to prevent an accident and how liable you will be if there is one.

Medical Problems With Essure?

National-Ad-Campaign-Young-Woman-Having-Painful.jpgDogged by thousands of lawsuits, pharmaceutical giant Bayer said in mid 2018 that it will halt sales of its controversial Essure birth-control device in the United States at the end of the year. The lawsuits allege Bayer did not disclose serious side effects and health problems from using the device.

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