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USDA reports that company allowed unsafe products into the market

Many Kentucky residents will agree that going to the grocery store is like playing the lottery. In some cases, you never quite know what you are going to get. Some people choose the products they buy based on nutrition content, taste or mood. What no one feels they need to do is weed out unsafe products that could make them sick or even cause death.

Unfortunately, the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is full of food recalls. Some of them are even given a Class I rating, which means that ingestion of a product could cause serious harm or death to a consumer. The USDA recently reported such a recall regarding beef ravioli products manufactured by the Wornick Company.

5 reasons why doctors don't listen

You go to the doctor, thinking something serious may be wrong. You think it could even be cancer. You're nervous, you've been reading far too much on the internet, and you want some answers.

In the office, though, the doctor doesn't even seem to be listening. This is so important -- perhaps the most important conversation you've ever had. You're crushed. You don't trust the doctor, and you're worried about a delayed or incorrect diagnosis.

What factors led to devastating car accident here in Kentucky?

In some Kentucky motor vehicle crashes, the factors that caused it are readily known. In others, however, understanding what happened may be a challenge. Further investigation may be required in an attempt to understand the factors that caused a devastating car accident, especially if the driver deemed responsible for it died in the collision.

This is the case in a wreck that took place on a recent Monday morning at approximately 11:34 a.m. The driver believed responsible for the crash died at the scene. It may never be known what caused the deceased driver to veer into the oncoming lane of traffic into the path of the other vehicle involved.

Drunk driving blamed for devastating car accident

Kentucky drivers know the dangers of driving under the influence, but that does not keep some people from getting behind the wheel anyway. Other drivers do what they can to keep an eye out for impaired drivers in an attempt to keep themselves safe. Sadly, those efforts are not always enough to avoid a devastating car accident that could result in severe or fatal injuries.

There is no guarantee that a motorcycle rider and passenger involved in a recent crash could have anticipated the actions of another driver with whom they were sharing the road. As the 44-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman rode through an intersection, the driver of a minivan failed to stop at the red light. The minivan came into the motorcycle's path, causing a collision.

Kentucky motorcycle racers Nicky Hayden dies following bicycle accident

Driving a motor vehicle certainly comes with a certain amount of risk. We all know that motor vehicle accidents can be serious, even catastrophic or fatal, but sometimes it takes a serious accident to remind us. Readers may have heard that Kentucky native Nicky Hayden—nicknamed “The Kentucky Kid” in his time as a professional motorcycle racer—died last month due to injuries he received in a bicycle accident in Italy.

Hayden had been in Italy for a race several days before the accident occurred. According to news reports, he suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash, which ended up taking his life. Some reports say Hayden had been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, though it isn’t known exactly who is at fault. Hayden was apparently T-boned by a vehicle, though investigators were apparently not clear about the cause of the crash—whether the driver or Hayden failed to give proper attention to the road. 

Will federal regulators pass stricter requirements for truck underride guards?

Any accident involving any two vehicles can result in serious injuries and death for those involved. Car accidents involving large trucks are particularly dangerous for drivers of smaller vehicles, though, not only because of the sheer weight and size difference in the vehicles, but also because of the risk of the smaller vehicle being pinned underneath and crushed by the truck.

The risk of being pinned underneath a large truck in a rear-end collision prompted federal regulators years ago to require all trucks meeting a set weight specification to be fitted with rear impact protection, or underride guards. Federal law specifies that these guards meet certain width, height, surface, and installation requirements. Truck drivers and trucking employers who fail to equip their vehicles with these guards can face penalties. 

Here are some top causes of industrial workplace accidents

Industrial accidents happen from time to time. Even when employees and employers are doing whatever they can to prevent trouble, there is always the potential of something bad happening.

For example, one employee may act in a negligent manner, thus putting many others in a bad position. There are also times when defective equipment is used, meaning that anyone in contact with it could suffer a serious injury.

Failure to treat or erroneous treatment can be fatal

It goes without saying that most people put a high level of trust in their medical team. From nurses to doctors to pharmacists, they trust these people to provide high quality care and medical advice.

But what happens if something goes wrong? Is it possible that a medical professional could make a mistake?

Work with experienced attorney to make best possible use of crash investigation reports

Last time, we looked briefly at a report by the National Safety Council which found that many states don’t do enough to collect important information about motor vehicle crashes. As we noted last time, the report found that the state of Kentucky uses standardized crash report forms which only account for five of the 23 factors examined by the nonprofit.

Crash report forms, despite their current limitations in many states, can potentially be a useful tool for plaintiffs in motor vehicle accident cases. To be clear, they cannot be used as evidence in court, as they are generally fall within the category of inadmissible hearsay. A plaintiff could, however, use the law enforcement officers, agents or officials who conducted the crash investigation for testimony in their case. 

Report highlights states’ failure to gather important crash data

Motor vehicle accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, some of them within the control of drivers, and some of them not so much in drivers’ control. Whenever an accident occurs, law enforcement is one of the first to be on the scene and to begin gathering information. Law enforcement officers use standard procedures and standard forms to gather crash information, and this information is valuable for crash victims who later seek compensation for injuries and fatalities.

Unfortunately, law enforcement doesn’t always gather the type or extent of information that really allows the public in general, and crash victims in particular, to understand why accidents occur. According to a new report by the nonprofit National Safety Council, some of the most common preventable causes of accidents—fatigue, intoxication, drug use, and distraction—are not adequately accounted for in crash reports. 

When you need help after an injury or accident, talk to the attorneys at Morris & Player PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky.

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