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What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in an Out-of-State Car Accident

Published on Apr 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm in Car Accidents.

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Car accidents can come out of nowhere and completely change your life. Not only do you have to deal with the physical and emotional pain from any injuries you get from the collision, but you also have to worry about the financial side of things, like medical bills, mechanic costs, and lost wages from missing work. When the auto wreck was not in your home state, though, you can have even more difficulty dealing with the effects and navigating your next steps.

If you’re from Kentucky and have questions about your out-of-state car accident, then you’ll want to talk to the car accident attorneys at Golden Law Office because we have ample experience. We can help you navigate your claim process, but first let’s look at the steps you should take immediately after your car accident when it’s out-of-state.

How Long Should Children Be in Rear-Facing Car Seats?

Published on Mar 26, 2020 at 2:02 pm in Car Accidents.

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As a parent, you always want to do what is best for your child. You might think that as long as your child is in a car seat, they’re safe, but that’s not necessarily the truth. While 325 children under 5 were saved by car seats in 2017, depending on your child’s age and size, different types of car seats could be safer than others, like rear-facing car seats.

Though it might sound more dangerous for your baby’s car seat to face backwards in the car, it actually is safer for them in the event of a collision. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that rear-facing car seats are safer for very young and small children because it keeps them in a more stationary position and keeps their head from falling forward since their neck muscles aren’t strong enough to hold up their heads that are larger than their bodies, which can cause injury or even death if they obstruct their breathing.

As recommended by the AAP, children should be in rear-facing car seats until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat. The toddler may reach 2 years old and be big enough to transition into a front-facing car seat, but if they have not reached the height and weight requirements, they should remain in a rear-facing seat. These recommendations are great guidelines, but you should also go by state laws for car seats.

What Age Group is Involved in the Most Car Accidents?

Published on Mar 6, 2020 at 4:08 pm in Car Accidents.

Auto wrecks are not exclusive experiences to just one age group—they can happen to anybody at any time on the road. But data shows that some age groups are more prone to getting into accidents than others. According to the AAA Foundation, drivers under 17 are involved in the most crashes each year, and their crash rate is almost double those of ages 18 to 19, and almost five times the crash rate of adults in the 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50 to 59 age groups.

Young drivers don’t have the experience that older drivers have behind the wheel, and it can lead to more collisions when they drive. They might take greater risks because they’ve never been in that particular driving scenario before and panic, speed because they think they need to get somewhere quickly rather than safely, or follow another car too closely because they don’t realize how much room they need to leave to stop in an emergency.

How Much Does Insurance Go Up After an Accident?

Published on Feb 13, 2020 at 2:43 pm in Car Accidents.

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Kentucky car insurance rates are already high. In 2019, they were reported to be 43.7% higher than the national average cost of insurance. But when you get into a car accident, your insurance rates will go up. So the already high rates will raise even higher.

Your insurance coverage is based on how well you drive. It makes sense that companies will charge you more after you get charged for driving poorly, like after a DUI or an at-fault car accident, because they will have to pay out more based on your bad driving. If you have concerns about how much your rate will go up after a wreck, keep reading to find out the average increase rate.

How Long Do Hit-and-Run Cases Stay Open For?

Published on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm in Car Accidents.

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A car accident is frustrating enough on its own when you’re the victim. But when another driver crashes into you and flees, also known as a hit-and-run, you know you’ve got an even more grueling process ahead of you. If the driver is not found immediately, the police will likely open an investigation to see if they can find the responsible driver who fled the scene. If you’re injured and are considering your legal options, getting in touch with an attorney may be a good idea at this time.

There are many factors to consider when a case is opened against a driver who fled a hit-and-run scene. The first of which is time length. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide whether to open a case after your accident:

What You Need to Know About Driving in Kentucky Work Zones

Published on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm in Car Accidents.

Construction worker working in road

In the South, road work doesn’t just happen in the summer. Since Kentucky rarely sees snow or extreme cold, we’re able to work on our roadways almost year-round. Work zones are dangerous for workers because there usually aren’t hard barriers protecting them. This makes workers more vulnerable in the event of a car accident because there’s nothing between them and reckless drivers.

But work zones aren’t just dangerous for workers. Drivers are just as much at risk to be injured in a car accident in a work zone. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Lexington, you should know the laws and precautions to take when driving through Kentucky work zones.

What to Do If Your Brakes Malfunction While Driving?

Published on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:34 pm in Car Accidents.

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Lexington is full of charm and has plenty of scenic routes. Unfortunately, though, car crashes can still happen even in the most picturesque locations. In Kentucky, about 800 people die in car accidents each year, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 20% of car accidents are caused by brake-related problems. Whether your brakes need to be replaced or were faulty, you never expect them to completely fail and potentially cause a car collision. Brake failure can be deadly, so it’s important for you to know what actions to take if you find yourself in that situation.

Which Highway Lanes Are the Most Dangerous to Drive In?

Published on Jun 6, 2019 at 6:31 pm in Car Accidents.

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Many drivers depend on the highway every day. There are many kinds of highway lanes that each have their own set of dangers. When someone drives negligently and ignores the rules of the road, they can cause devastating car accidents. While you cannot stop another’s negligence, you may be able to decrease your risk of getting in an accident by knowing which parts of the highway might be the most statistically dangerous. We’ll discuss the different lanes and what you should look out for when driving in each.

The Dangers of Severe Tire Blowouts

Published on Apr 11, 2019 at 1:09 pm in Car Accidents.

As a driver, you’re responsible for safety while on the road. This applies to more than practicing safe driving behaviors like keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. You’re also supposed to make sure your car is safe to drive. One of the main components drivers need to pay attention to is their tires. When they’re neglected, tires can blow out and accidents can happen, which can cause terrible injuries. If a driver caused an accident because of a tire blowout that resulted in injuring you, there are legal steps you can take to financially recover. Golden Law Office has experienced Lexington car accident lawyers who will stand by your side and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Yearly car inspections are probably when people hear about the conditions of their tires. But perhaps if they knew what led to blowouts, they’d be able to identify problem without waiting a long time for a mechanic to find it. Let’s take a brief look at how tire blowouts happen.

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.

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