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Are you in danger from jackknifed trucks?

If you live in northern Kentucky, you know that the roads can get icy and treacherous during the winter months. When sharing the road with 18-wheelers, there is a real danger that these big rigs will jackknife on a slick stretch of highway.

Jackknifing is a very perilous situation for any trucker to find him or herself in. The term refers to the V- or L-shape a jackknifed truck gets in when the trailer and cab move out of sync with one another — like a folded pocket knife.

Is my landlord responsible for my injuries from safety hazards?

If you are a Louisville resident who rents your home or apartment from a landlord, you may have your share of horror stories about neglected premises that pose real safety hazards and potential financial liabilities. Building management companies, property owners and landlords have a duty to keep the property free of safety hazards that can harm residents or their visitors.

What kind of lapses can generate premises liability litigation?

Keep your teenager safe during homecoming festivities

If you're a Louisville parent of a high school student, chances are quite good that your son or daughter is caught up in the fall homecoming hype. Second only to prom for its importance on the school calendar, the annual homecoming dance offers kids a chance to get dressed up and socialize with their peers in a supervised environment.

All that sounds good, but as most parents can attest from their own high school days, a lot can go on at homecoming that isn't listed on the program. Parents get especially worried about underage drinking and driving, as their children don't even have to consume alcohol to be at risk of harm on the highway.

How to recognize a staged collision

You're an honest person, and that's why you cannot conceive of unscrupulous people actually staging car accidents to collect insurance benefits fraudulently. Yet those type of "accidents" happen all too frequently in Kentucky and elsewhere around the United States.

How can you tell if an accident is staged?

Stores may be liable for shoppers' injuries

Suppose you are a young mother shopping in the local big-box retail giant with your toddler and preschooler. You're trying to find the perfect Halloween costumes for both of them to wear when they go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood next month.

You've got the two kids corralled in the shopping cart. The youngest is in the seat section, and her older brother is sitting cross-legged in the buggy itself. You hold up two sizes of the same costume, giving a discerning squint to the size properties of each and fail to notice that your son is now standing up and is brushing his hand through the fabric costumes hanging just above his head.

Do you need to file suit over an insurance claim?

The recent devastating hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria cut a wide swath of destruction in the United States and the Caribbean Islands. As we head into the final months of the 2017 hurricane season, it's a good idea for consumers everywhere to review their homeowner's insurance policy to see if they need to increase coverage or add riders.

While Kentucky residents typically don't have to worry about threats from hurricanes, when Category 4 and 5 storms slam onto the coastline, the remnants of these devastating weather events can still wreak havoc as they move over land before dissipating.

School bus involved in crash in Lewis County

An accident in Garrison involving a school bus left some students with minor injuries, The Lewis County Herald reported. According to the newspaper, the bus was hit broadside by a truck earlier this week in Lewis County.

Media reports indicate that a 74-year old Silver Grove resident was eastbound in his Ford F-450 Super Duty truck at approximately 7 a.m., on the AA Highway. Police investigators stated the driver failed to notice a stopped Dodge Ram pickup truck in the eastbound turning lane waiting to merge onto state route 1306.

Why discharging hospice care patients is poor for their health

Those who go to a hospice usually do so because they're nearing death. These types of facilities are often focused on offering their patients the pain management necessary to help them be as comfortable as possible in their last days. A recent study, published in the Health Affairs journal, suggests that at least 20 percent of all hospice patients are being discharged from hospice care despite being on the brink of death.

Researchers have determined that the reason individuals are being released from hospice care before they die is because it saves them money. As hospice patients' conditions worsen, the chance that they'll need costly treatments or more intensive care goes up. As it does, these hospice facilities tend to discharge patients to be treated at hospitals. Many times, the patients return when they're released by their doctors.

Are you a new motorcycle rider? Learn how to ride safely

Late summer and early autumn in Kentucky are prime times for riding motorcycles. But if you are a new rider of the two-wheeled cycles, your inexperience can be deadly. As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), motorcycle riders have 30 times as much risk of perishing in an accident than their counterparts in automobiles.

Almost 50 percent of those motorcyclists die in accidents involving only their bikes. That indicates that some riders are remiss in their safety protocols.

Ditch these 5 habits of bad driving

When you're cruising down the highway in Kentucky, are you a safety risk to yourself, your passengers and other drivers? You may have unintentionally fallen into some dangerous driving habits that need to be broken.

Review the five bad driving behaviors below to see if you need to tighten up your skills.

  1. Failing to stop completely at stop signs. Rolling through intersections is dangerous. Even if you don't see another vehicle approaching, you still must stop. A child or pet could dart out in front of you and cause an accident.
  2. Not using your turn signals. Drivers should activate their turn signals 100 feet before the intended turn, merge or lane change. Unless you signal properly, other drivers can't accommodate you by slowing their speeds.
  3. Speeding. Obey posted speed signs, and if none are posted, keep in mind that speeds in residential areas are usually between 15 and 30 miles per hour. Two-lane roads without dividers have limits in the range of 40 to 55 mph. Rural roads with dividers generally limit speed to 55 to 70 mph, and interstates typically max out at 55 to 65 mph.
  4. Running red (or yellow) stop lights. Yellow lights should not be a sign to gun it through an intersection. Decrease speed and wait for the light cycle to change.
  5. Rubbernecking at crash or construction sites. Looky-loo drivers can worsen accident conditions by causing chain reactions if they fail to notice stalled vehicles ahead, police or other road hazards.
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