Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

Toyota’s Deadly Secrets?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

MSN Money has an informative article on the recent spate of recalls by Toyota Motor Company, including regulator’s doubts of Toyota’s commitment to addressing safety defects.  According to MSN:

On Jan. 19, in a closed-door meeting in Washington, D.C., two top executives from Toyota Motor gave American regulators surprising news.

Evidence had been mounting for years that Toyota cars could speed up suddenly, a factor suspected in crashes causing more than a dozen deaths. Toyota had blamed the problem on floor mats pinning the gas pedal. Now, the two Toyota men revealed they knew of a problem in its gas pedals.

The article goes on to chronicle the tension between Toyota and federal regulators governed with overseeing the safety of cars.  You can read the entire article here.

CNBC also reported on Toyota’s problems in a video titled “More Trouble for Toyota”.  Click to play.

Kentucky Accident Information is Now Available on Your iPhone.

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Access Accident Information Directly from Your iPhone.

Access Accident Information Directly from Your iPhone.

You can now directly access Kentucky Accident Information directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Simply type “kyaccidentinfo.com” into your mobile phone web browser.  A new easy to use mobile version of Kentucky Accident Information will appear.  Access information regarding your car, truck, or motorcycle accident, post comments or questions, or contact The Brutscher Law Office about your accident from your mobile phone.

Don’t Loan A Car–Not Even To Tiger.

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Should You Loan Your Car?

Should You Loan Your Car?

MSN Money has a great article on the consequences of loaning a car to someone who is involved in an accident. Although the article takes a tongue and cheek look at the accident involving Tiger Woods, it provides helpful insight into what you can expect if you loan your car, and it is involved in an accident.

Perhaps most insightful is what happens if you loan your car to an uninsured driver.  If the uninsured driver who borrows your car causes the accident, your insurance will be 100% responsible for covering damages, including any injuries that occur.  If your uninsured friend is not responsible for the accident, but is injured, the other person’s insurance company will usually pay.  But what happens if the other driver is uninsured or carries too little insurance?

If you have uninsured (UM) or underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage on your car, your insurance company will pay for your friend’s bodily injury.  In these cases, your friend is treated as an insured under the policy, just as you would be.  He would be entitled to the same benefits as you.

What happens if you don’t carry insurance?  If you loan your car to someone who doesn’t have insurance, you have created a worst case scenario.  Not only are you violating Kentucky law, you’re setting yourself up to be personally responsible and criminally liable for the damages caused by your uninsured friend, including repayment of some benefits, like PIP, that do not depend on fault.

If you must loan your car to someone, at least understand the consequences if your car is later involved in an accident.  Make sure that you carry sufficient insurance to protect you and your friend.  Under no circumstance should you drive or allow someone else to drive your car without insurance.

Crash Test: ‘59 Chevy vs. ‘09 Chevy. Who Wins?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Statistics Reveal Men Are Worse Drivers Than Women.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
Men Worse Drivers Than Women?

Men Worse Drivers Than Women?

MSN Money posted an interesting article on the topic of which gender made for the worse driver.  According to government and insurance industry statistics men are more likely than women to break traffic laws, drive under the influence, and be involved in accidents, including fatal ones.  Unfortunately, it’s not all good news for women drivers.  One statistic in which they led men was the percentage of women who received a DUI.  While men typically had more DUIs than women, the percentage of women receiving DUIs was actually increasing, while the percentage of men receiving them actually declined.

While these general assumptions might determine which gender was the worst drivers, they didn’t necessarily transfer into lower insurance premiums for women.  Those were based on more specific factors, including an individual’s driving record and the insurance company.

You can read the entire article here.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

The Brutscher Law Office would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Two Pedestrians, Including One Teen, Killed While Crossing Streets

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
Pedestrians At Risk

Pedestrians At Risk

Two pedestrians, including one teen, were struck and killed by separate cars in Lexington, Kentucky.  It appears that both accidents may have happened at night or at times of low visibility.  No information existed on whether the accidents occurred at intersections or crosswalks or in low lighted areas.  One of the drivers faces pending criminal charges for hit and run.  No criminal charges were reported in the other accident.

I recently reported on the Louisville area’s poor ranking for pedestrian accidents.  These recent accidents show that pedestrian fatalities continue to be a concern.  However, the most striking result of the Courier Journal’s article is not the discussion on ways to improve the situation, but instead the discussion on who was to blame for the accidents.  I heard many comment that since they had observed pedestrians crossing traffic illegally at one time or the other, the pedestrians were to blame.  This argument is similar to comments I hear when the subject of bicycle fatalities arises.

Blaming the victims of these terrible accidents does nothing to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence.  Each accident is different and when it comes to blame, experience tells me there is plenty to go around.  While the lack of a citation may evidence a lack of criminal responsibility, it does not mean the accident was the pedestrian’s fault.  In fact, the driver may still face civil liability for the accident.

We have all experienced a situation where a pedestrian did not exercise the best judgment concerning where to cross, the type of clothing to wear, or the proper respect to show an oncoming car.  However, that fact alone does not excuse drivers from exercising caution or doing their best to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians.  This is true whether or not the pedestrian is exercising judgment for their own safety.  Ultimately, nothing will reduce these accidents, if pedestrians and drivers fail to respect each other’s right to use the roadway.

Weather and Rush Hour Traffic Cause Two More Accidents

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Weather a Big Contributor of Accidents

Weather a Big Contributor of Accidents

I came across two more accidents this morning involving rush hour traffic and tractor trailers. This time, however, weather also appears to be a factor. The first accident happened when a car turned left in front of another on Taylor Blvd. The second was reported by the Courier Journal and involved a tractor trailer and SUV on I-65 at hospital curve earlier this morning.

Both occurred during rush hour traffic, when traffic is at its heaviest. One involved a tractor trailer on the Interstate. Weather most likely contributed to both. Anyone driving long enough has at one time or the other noticed the difficulty in driving when weather conditions are bad. Rain, sleet, snow, and other moisture impair visibility, reduce tire traction, and decrease reaction time. It’s not too surprising that given today’s conditions that several accidents happened.

Be sure when driving during rush hour traffic that you drive defensively and take into consideration the amount and flow of traffic. Most drivers know that driving fast or being impatient does nothing to decrease the time they spend in rush hour traffic. When weather conditions are bad, particularly during rush hour, even more caution should be used. Be sure that the path is clear and that visibility is not impaired before assuming it’s safe to turn or enter traffic. Give yourself more time to make maneuvers because roads and other surfaces are slick. Reduce your speed and exercise even more caution. The few extra seconds you spend beats the time, money, and injuries incurred in an accident.

Remember, if you’ve been injured due to someone’s failure to exercise care in bad weather conditions, you have a right to compensation for your injuries. If so, you should seek the services of a qualified Kentucky Accident Attorney.

Fatigue Blamed in I-71 Accident Involving Tractor-Trailer

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Fatigue Common Cause of Accident

Fatigue Common Cause of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Police have determined that the driver of a semi-tractor trailer involved in a one truck accident on I-71 in Carrolton fell asleep immediately prior to the accident.  The accident shutdown the northbound lanes for eight hours.  The driver suffered only minor injuries.  The Courier Journal has the specifics, here.

Of course, the driver and other cars using the roadway were fortunate only the tractor trailer was involed.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that truck driver fatigue may be a factor in over 1/3 of large truck accidents.  If you are driving on the Interstates or large highways where tractor trailers are common there is a good chance you may be involved in an accident resulting from driver fatigue.  If you are involved in such an accident and need an attorney, make sure you retain one experienced in handling these types of cases and the companies who defend them.

Exercise Caution and Common Sense When Approaching an Accident.

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Exercise Caution at Accident Scenes

Exercise Caution at Accident Scenes

Rush hour traffic is always a nightmare.  Whether it’s during the morning when the roads are full of school buses or in the afternoon when the roads are full of commuters, rush hour can be the most stressful and also the most dangerous time for accidents.  However, it is during this time that drivers must exercise the most caution and common sense.

This morning I witnessed an accident on a heavily traveled two lane road.  One car had been driven into a deep ditch on one side, while the other car was stopped in the middle of the road.  The car in the middle of the road did not have on its hazard lights and it was difficult to see that an accident had occurred.  The good news is that both driver’s appeared uninjured.

Unfortunately, cars on the side of the road where the accident occurred continued driving between the two cars in the accident.  This created an even more dangerous situation.  Cars trying to go through the accident scene endangered not only those persons involved in the accident, but endangered other drivers on the roadway.  They also increased the chance that another, more serious accident, was going to happen.  Fortunately, a police officer was only a few cars away approaching the scene.

There is no doubt that the fact it was rush hour and drivers were in a hurry contributed to the lack of caution.  If you approach an accident scene please be sure to exercise extreme caution, but most importantly common sense.  If you approach an accident and have time to plan, use a different route.  If you can go around the accident without endangering yourself or others, do so.  However, you should never travel through an accident scene.  If you must stop your vehicle to avoid going through the accident scene, do so.  Causing a second accident or injuring those in the first is not worth the extra time it takes waiting for emergency assistance or for the drivers to clear the road.  If you approach an accident treat it with extreme caution and exercise common sense to avoid making a bad situation worse.  Don’t forget, if you are in an noninjury accident, move your vehicle from the road to avoid creating a dangerous situation.