Car Accident

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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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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