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Does a Shortage of Truckers Mean More Truck Accidents?

Published on Mar 14, 2019 at 4:04 pm in Truck Accidents.

The trucking industry is one of the largest in the country and delivers millions of goods and services all across the United States. While the benefits of the industry are substantial, accidents involving truck drivers and smaller passenger vehicles claim thousands of lives every year. Many of the wrecks are attributed to driver error or company neglect.

Experts are estimating severe trucker shortages in the upcoming decade. This could potentially raise the number of truck accidents and put more lives at stake. In order to understand why collision rates could increase, it’s important to understand why the shortage is happening in the first place.

How Often Do Poor Road Conditions Cause Accidents?

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm in Car Accidents.

Responsible drivers know to be on the lookout for dangerous situations; however, it can be difficult to anticipate the possibility of an accident when the danger is underneath your tires. There are millions of motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States, and a significant number of those are the result of poor road conditions due to insufficient or improper maintenance.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 4,436 of the 14,116 bridges in Kentucky, which is 31.4 percent, are structurally deficient or structurally obsolete. It’s also been calculated that 34 percent of the roads in the state are in poor or mediocre condition. As a result, $543 million is spent every year by drivers who are making repairs to their cars because of the roads that need to be fixed. That $185 per person.

How Do Mandatory Reporting Laws Work in Kentucky?

Published on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be given the best care so they stay healthy and can enjoy their life in the home. However, if you see something that seems off, you may be wondering if you should report it. In Kentucky, you need to report signs of abuse or danger. While this may be scary, it’s going to benefit your loved one and make sure they get the help they need. Then, you can seek justice for them with a nursing home abuse claim.

At Golden Law Office, we understand how precarious this situation can be, but we will be with you every step of the way to provide all the help and support that we can. We’ll make sure to fight for your loved one’s rights and to do everything possible to get them a fair settlement.

Why Isn’t Elder Abuse Reported More Often?

Published on Feb 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

It can be difficult to realize that as our family members age, they can become vulnerable to different types of abuse – especially when those are the individuals we’ve looked up to our entire lives. There are a number of factors that increase a person’s risk for abuse – especially when they live in a long-term care facility like a nursing home. Unfortunately, it’s a rare occurrence for an abused senior to report what’s been done to them.

It’s known that approximately one in ten Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of abuse; however, it’s likely that only one in 14 cases are reported to the proper authorities. It’s also likely that those numbers are low estimations. Understanding what factors put an elder at risk can aid in the prevention of abuse.

Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in Kentucky

Published on Jan 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm in Car Accidents.

Kentucky citizens utilize the state’s roadways every single day to accomplish their tasks and goals. Just in 2016, Kentucky’s roads were traveled for a total of 49.196 billion miles. Because of the constant travel, it’s no surprise accidents occur. Most of these accidents, however, are entirely preventable. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you have legal options that our lawyers can assist you with.

In order to understand why the majority of Kentucky car accidents are preventable, let’s take a look at the most common causes of collisions in the state.

How Does Negligent Hiring Affect the Trucking Industry?

Published on Dec 26, 2018 at 9:43 pm in Truck Accidents.

The aftermath of a truck accident can be devastating. This isn’t surprising when you consider commercial vehicles weight up to 80,000 pounds and often carry hazardous materials. The significant property damage often results in totaled vehicles and the physical injuries can be life-changing.

The hardest part of dealing with a severe truck accident often revolves around accepting the accident could have been prevented. When trucking companies neglect their responsibilities and hire poor drivers, they should be held accountable for their actions.

That’s where we come in. At Golden Law Office, our truck accident attorneys have years of experience working with truck accident victims. If you believe a trucking company is responsible for your accident, we will do what we can to investigate your claim. In order to start the legal process, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of why negligent hiring has such an impact on the trucking industry. Let’s start by looking at state and federal hiring and retention regulations.

Kentucky Statutes of Limitations for Wrongful Death Claims

Published on Dec 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm in Wrongful Death.

Whether you’re working on a construction site or traveling through bluegrass country, there’s always the chance for an unexpected injury, or worse. In the event you lose a loved one as a result of an unexpected or a wrongful death, Kentucky’s wrongful death laws can help you pick up the pieces. It’s important to recognize, however, that this process is time sensitive because of its statute of limitations.

Before you can understand how the statute of limitations works for wrongful death claims in Kentucky, you need to understand what constitutes a wrongful death and how statutes of limitations work.

How the Car Accident Settlement Process Works

Published on Nov 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm in Car Accidents.

Millions of drivers access Kentucky’s roadways every single year. Thousands of miles are covered resulting, unfortunately, in thousands of accidents. According to the Analysis of Traffic Crash Data in Kentucky by the Kentucky Transportation Center, just in 2016, there were over 140,000 car collisions resulting in over 37,000 injuries and 830 deaths.

Whether you’re a resident of Kentucky or just passing through, it’s important to understand the car accident laws and settlement process. If you’re in a car accident, you have the right to compensation for your damages; however, you’ll only be eligible for those awards if you follow through with your legal obligations. Keep reading to learn about handling and settling car accidents in Kentucky.

When to Call an Attorney After a Car Wreck

Published on Nov 15, 2018 at 8:03 pm in Car Accidents.

You may be wondering how to proceed after your car accident. You’ve taken care of your medical needs, reported the accident to the proper authorities, and filed your insurance claim. Now what? The answer to that question depends on your situation. In some instances, especially if the car accident was minor or only involved a single vehicle, an attorney may not be necessary; however, in most cases, you’ll only receive the justice you deserve with the help of knowledgeable legal representation.

An experienced lawyer can help you hold the negligent party responsible for their actions, as well as help you negotiate settlements with pushy insurance companies. No matter the question, a reliable car accident attorney will have or will find you the answers you need.

You may not need to seek legal representation if your vehicle was not damaged, you or your passengers sustained no injuries and did not seek medical treatment, and your life after the accident was not significantly altered.

What Happens After Someone Commits a Hit-and-Run Accident?

Published on Oct 25, 2018 at 5:18 pm in Car Accidents.

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver collides with another vehicle, fixed object, or a pedestrian, and chooses to leave the scene without helping anyone or identifying themselves. Any victim of this type of accident could be left shaken and confused, and worried about what to do next.

Hit-and-Run Accidents in Kentucky

Kentucky Statute 189.580, duty in case of an accident, states the operator of any vehicle involved in a crash that results in injury, property damages, or death should first focus on acquiring medical assistance for the parties that need it. The driver should then be prepared to provide and collect personal and vehicle information to and from the other drivers. For the full statute, click here.

Choosing to disregard this law and leave the scene of an accident can result in serious legal consequences including criminal penalties, administrative penalties, and civil penalties.

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