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Louisville fire-truck collision leaves one dead and five injured

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

One man was killed and five others were transported to the hospital with injuries following a collision with a car and a Louisville Fire & Rescue truck on Thursday. The collision was reported around 8:45 a.m. on the Algonquin Parkway (near McCloskey Ave.). Authorities and news station WDRB report that the fire truck was responding to an emergency call and had its lights and sirens on at the time of the collision. The truck collided with the vehicle, a Mercury, driven by 61-year old Larry Carter, who was unfortunately killed in the crash. Authorities

Local authorities, including Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said that there was a stop sign at the scene, and the fire truck had the right-of-way, especially since it was an emergency situation.  After colliding with the car, the fire truck ran off the roadway (leaving noticeable skid-marks on the road, hours after the crash) and hit a brick sign and a tree before coming to rest.

A female passenger in the car was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and all four crew members on the fire truck were also taken to the hospital for evaluation for minor injuries caused in the crash. It is always devastating for family members of injured or deceased individuals to have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and is even more troubling when the accident occurs with an emergency vehicle.

While the spokespeople for the department believe that the fire truck had the right-of-way and the collision may have been the fault of the driver of the car, there are still legal issues that inevitably must be settled following any serious accident. Does the family need to hire a lawyer in Louisville? Does the accident need to be investigated further to determine who is at fault?

In some cases, people may say the answer to these questions is yes. The family may be entitled to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the city for the crash that killed their loved one. They may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and other losses caused by the tragic collision.

Ultimately, it is the family’s decision of how they want to handle the aftermath of the accident and whether they want to pursue legal action against the city for the death of their loved one, or whether they wish to simply let the issue go. Only the family can decide what action (if any) they wish to take, and they will ultimately have to deal with the issues that follow a tragic accident like this one.

 

 

 

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Health & Beauty, Medical Condition | 0 comments

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder wherein a person continuously pauses in breathing during sleep. This happens because of two things. One, there is something wrong with the respiratory path, like when the throat muscles are overly relaxed during sleep. Two, the brain doesn’t properly send signals to the body parts that control breathing.

Having breathing problems in sleep may make the person wake up from time to time, which means that he or she may experience sleep deprivation and its associated effects, such as anxiety, increased irritability, and poor mental functions. But according to the website of Silent Night Therapy, untreated sleep apnea can also lead to certain medical complications, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems.

But how does a person know if he or she has sleep apnea? The follow symptoms may surface:

  • Abruptly waking up because of shortness of breath
  • Episodes of breathing hardships during sleep, especially upon the witness of another person
  • Overly loud snores, especially those that are loud enough to potentially disturb sleep
  • Sleepiness during daytime, which can be excessive enough to make the person fall asleep anytime anywhere
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat

However, take note that some of these symptoms do not necessarily translate into sleep apnea. For example, excessive sleepiness during the day may just mean that the person lacks sleep in the prior night, or that he or she has a different sleeping disorder, such as narcolepsy.

What clearly defines sleep apnea is the breathing problem during sleep, especially if the problem wakes the person up from time to time or disturbs the sleep of another person near the patient that has sleep apnea, like his or her spouse that has been sleeping beside him or her.

Still, the best way to know if a person has sleep apnea is consulting a medical professional. After all, this sleeping disorder is serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, because of the possible consequences it has for its sufferers.

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The Dangers of Reckless Driving

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Reckless Driving | 0 comments

The Dangers of Reckless Driving

When you look at the news, it is not uncommon to see wrecked vehicles because of drunk, speeding, or reckless drivers. These accidents often result into serious injury or even death. The worst part of these accidents is the fact that most of the drivers involved did the reckless behaviors intentionally.

They drive drunk because there was nobody else available to drive. They speed because they want to save time. They become reckless on the road just for the thrill of it. But it is a different story if another motorist has been hurt because of their behaviors. But according to the website of this Fort Worth injury attorney, those who have been hurt in such accidents may get compensation.

But why are these behaviors dangerous, exactly? Drunk driving is dangerous because alcohol can have negative effects on the driver, both physically and mentally. Physically, the driver may feel sleepy, fatigued, and not be able to control the vehicle properly. Mentally, he or she may not properly comprehend road lights and signs and judge the positioning of other motorists.

In the case of speeding, drivers will have limited visibility because of how fast they are going. They may miss traffic lights, warning signs, and even pedestrians that are crossing the street. Since they are traveling too fast, they will also have very limited time to react when something unexpected occurs. Even if they react on time, they will not be sure if the vehicle will cooperate, because a speeding vehicle is much harder to control.

The issues with reckless driving behaviors such as tailgating and weaving involve reaction time and positioning. If drivers are tailgating or if they are anywhere too near other vehicles, they are giving themselves limited time to react when those vehicles suddenly stop, brake, or turn. Weaving drivers may also get involved in accidents, particularly head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and sideswipes, due to their constant changing of position.

It is a good thing that most of these behaviors are against the law, because jurisdictions clearly know the dangers they may bring, not just to the reckless drivers, but also to the others around them.

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Road Defects and Car Crashes

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Mechanical malfunctions, recklessness and negligence of drivers, and driver error are some of the common causes of traffic accidents. But what if the manufacturers and sellers already provide adequate safety measures and the drivers are already diligent? Is it possible that a traffic accident can still occur? Yes. Defects in the road itself can be a cause of a car crash, and your first line of defense is knowledge of what kind of defects a road can have that can potentially trigger an accident.

Construction issues

Roads that are proven to go against the approved construction plans can be considered defective, especially if they cause certain inconveniences. An example of which is the use of substandard materials, which can shorten the effectiveness of the roads even though they are being maintained.

Design issues

If a road has unnecessarily dangerous curves, slopes, and dips, it may be said that it has a defective design. Defective design can also include limited visibility because of obstructions and hazards, improper drainage that may cause ponding in the road, and inadequate skid resistance in the pavement.

Maintenance issues

Cities, counties, and state governments have the responsibility of road maintenance to make sure that the roads are in their top condition. This helps prevent accidents. If the responsible party fails to maintain its roads, it may be held liable.

Signs of poor maintenance include the presence of potholes, cracks, cave-ins, and paint marks that look eroded or have low visibility.
Road defects do not just concern the road itself. There are other factors around the road that complete the effectiveness of the roads. If these factors are defective or missing, an accident can occur. Some of these factors include the following:

  • Clearly marked intersections and crosswalks
  • Installed barriers and guardrails
  • Safe conditions around road construction zones
  • Visible road signs and warning signs
  • Working traffic control devices

Preventing car accidents is not just about driving safely, because after all, there are also external factors that may trigger accidents. They may be other drivers who are reckless, manufacturers and sellers who are neglectful, and roads that have construction, design, or maintenance issues. In order to prevent them, the least you can do is to read about them.

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The Common Causes of Wrongful Death Cases

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Without a doubt, losing a loved one is among the most difficult experiences any person could go through. The pain of going through a loved one’s death can only be magnified for wrongful death cases. Families that lose their loved ones in accidents caused by another person’s negligent actions go through an arduous grieving process. Knowing that a loved one’s death could have been prevented can make closure feel like an elusive and foreign concept—something that couldn’t possibly happen in the near future.

Thankfully, the law provides families in these situations several options to pursue. Among these options include filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent parties involved in the wrongful death case. Wrongful death lawsuits can be made against any party or individual whose negligent behavior caused the fatal accident to occur. According to Tuscon personal injury lawyers at Russo, Russo, and Slania, the most common causes of wrongful death include car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises and product liability, medical malpractice, and nursing home negligence. Wrongful death can also occur due to workplace accidents caused by harsh operational conditions and the lack of proper safety protocols.

When filing a personal injury lawsuit involving wrongful death cases, the law is clear on how long legal action can be pursued and who the suit will benefit once it is resolved. Wrongful death claims can only be made by those referred to as the “real parties in interest.” While the definition of the term might differ slightly from state to state, it generally refers to the immediate family of the victim. This includes the victim’s financial dependents, spouse or life partner, and, in some cases, the parents. For the parties in interest, the law provides a timeline which determines how long a lawsuit can be pursued. This is called the statute of limitations, and wrongful death lawsuits should be filed within this limited window of opportunity.

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