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How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?

Published on Apr 25, 2017 at 1:09 pm in General.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 70,000 pedestrian accidents happen every year in the United States.  Nearly 5,000 of these accidents are fatal.  Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a vehicle collision than a vehicle passenger.  Additionally, thousands of pedestrians are injured every year due to poor parking lot maintenance, sidewalk defects, and construction debris.

Whether the accident involves a vehicle or a property defect, injured pedestrians may recover damages if someone else’s negligence caused the accident to occur.  This money can be used to help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering.

What Types of Injuries Can I File a Personal Injury Claim For?

Published on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:02 am in General.
What Types of Injuries Can I File a Personal Injury Claim For?

Personal injury law allows an injured person to be financially compensated when someone else’s negligent or intentional behavior caused them harm.  There are many types of personal injury cases involving many types of injuries.  Here are a few of the most common:

Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents are the most common personal injury case in the United States.  This is because these accidents are often the result of an at fault driver who was not following the rules of the road or was driving recklessly.  Careless drivers legally can be held financially responsible for injuries that result from an accident that their behavior caused.

Protect Yourself with These 4 Bicyclist Safety Tips

Published on Mar 9, 2017 at 1:38 pm in General.
Protect Yourself with These 4 Bicyclist Safety Tips

Riding a bicycle is a fun and healthy form of transportation. It is a great way to get exercise and help the environment by reducing the amount of toxic motor vehicle emissions released into the air.  But riding a bicycle can be dangerous because there is nothing to protect you if you crash.  Practicing good habits when you ride can help make riding a bicycle a safe and enjoyable way for you to travel.

Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.  A helmet is your most important protection and best defense in an accident.  A properly fitted helmet can protect your brain from the dangerous impact of hitting the hard ground.  Bicycle helmets have been estimated to reduce the odds of head injury by 50 percent and the odds of head, face, and neck injury by 33 percent.  Should you find yourself in a crash, a helmet can sav

Why Are 18-Wheeler Trucks So Dangerous?

Published on Feb 22, 2017 at 11:30 am in General.
Why Are 18-Wheeler Trucks So Dangerous?

Simple physics dictates that a crash between a large object and small object will result in greater damage to the small object.  The size of semi trucks makes them extremely dangerous when they are involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle.  Big trucks are substantially heavier than cars.  The average passenger car weighs 3,500 pounds.  The average pickup truck weighs 8,500 pounds.  And the maximum weight in the United States is 80,000 pounds over 18 wheels.  That differential is often the difference between life and death in a crash between a car and a semi truck.

Semi trucks are also much longer than cars.  The length of an 18-wheeler means it takes longer for a passenger car to pass it, increasing the risk of accident.  Some even pull two trailers, further increasing their length and weight.  These double semi trucks have a 11 to 15% higher crash rate than single trailer semi trucks.

How Common Are Wrongful Death Claims?

Published on Feb 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm in General.
How Common Are Wrongful Death Claims?

Wrongful death law applies when the defendant’s actions have resulted in the death of the victim, leaving behind surviving family members and dependents whose lives will suffer because of the victim’s absence. The purpose of these laws is to compensate the survivors, not the deceased victim.

Early American courts did not acknowledge wrongful death law. Instead, they followed a rule that said when the victim died the right to bring a case died with them. Lawmakers have come to realize the injustice of this rule and wrongdoers can no longer escape liability simply because their actions were severe enough to cause death of the victim. All fifty states now have some form of wrongful death law.

Can Social Media Ruin My Personal Injury Claim?

Published on Jan 20, 2017 at 8:40 am in General.
Can Social Media Ruin My Personal Injury Claim?

Over the last decade, social media has transformed the way the world communicates.  According to the Pew Research Center, 79% of adults today have a social media profile.  Social media allows people to share thoughts, ideas, interests, and images on the internet with anyone they choose.

With people sharing so much personal information online, it would seem natural to post and share the details of a life changing accident.  But making this private information public in the months following an accident can be detrimental to a personal injury claim.

Individuals making personal injury claims are typically seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  They want to be financially compensated for the reduction in their quality of life.  The task for the prosecution is to prove that lingering pain is preventing the victim from doing activities that they would normally have been able to enjoy.

12 Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

Published on Jan 12, 2017 at 9:00 am in General.
12 Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

When we place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility, we can’t be expected to be there 100% of the time. This makes it difficult to find out how they are being treated and taken care of. Unfortunately, nursing home negligence and abuse both occur more often than we’d like to admit. Our loved ones aren’t guaranteed to be safe in these institutions.

It’s a fact that Kentucky nursing homes are generally understaffed. Understaffing can lead to staff member negligence on multiple levels when residents are not given the time they require. Failing to keep an eye on a wandering resident or not properly caring for bed sores, for example, can cause life-threatening injuries. In rare cases, employees may wrongfully handle or be abusive to residents thinking they will not get caught.

When Can I File a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Claim?

Published on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:26 am in General.
When Can I File a Nursing Home Wrongful Death Claim?

Wrongful death lawsuits can enable a grieving family to recover from a tragic loss that shouldn’t have happened in the first place. They can provide financial assistance to cover the deceased’s final medical bills, lost wages, companion/suffering costs, and more. In the case of a wrongful death claim filed on behalf of someone who was a resident at a nursing home, that compensation can go towards the same things, but the rules somewhat change.

In a nursing home wrongful death lawsuit, the claim is generally aimed toward the nursing home itself or a specific staff member that contributed to a loved one’s passing or allowed it to happen. Wrongful death claims aren’t criminal claims, but are instead civil. They require one or more of four circumstances to occur: negligence, carelessness, reckless behavior, or another type of wrongful behavior.

4 Things You May Not Know About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Published on Dec 8, 2016 at 8:00 am in General.
4 Things You May Not Know About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When a family loses a loved one due to a tragic accident that was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, that family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty party. At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we see a great deal of misinformation regarding wrongful death cases, how they work, and in what conditions they can be filed.

We’d like to put an end to some of that misinformation if possible. Here are 4 things you may not know about wrongful death lawsuits:

  1. Wrongful death cases are about negligence—not about breaking the law.

When someone breaks the law and a loved one dies, that’s when a criminal investigation generally begins. If no laws are broken and a loved one dies due to the negligent, careless, or reckless acts of another human being, that’s not a criminal matter necessarily, but it is one that can be considered a wrongful death.

5 Motorcycle Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

Published on Nov 3, 2016 at 11:00 am in General.
5 Motorcycle Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

Kentucky motorcyclists enjoy an immense amount of freedom on our state’s open highways and streets, but they do so with an understanding of the fact that riding a motorcycle alongside larger, heavier vehicles comes with a risk. Whenever a collision happens between a passenger car or truck and a motorcycle, the motorcyclist will generally always experience a more devastating impact. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries or even death.

Keeping this risk in mind, it’s important for motorcyclists to always prioritize safety. By doing so, they have a greater chance of avoiding an accident and can protect themselves better if an accident should happen. Here are 5 motorcycle tips that can save your life:

  1. Drive Defensively

This tip often gets mentioned, but what does it mean, exactly? For motorcyclists, it means that you should stay visible to other drivers as often as possible. Essentially, always assume that the driver next to you isn’t going to check their blind spot for you. By thinking this way, you’ll naturally get into the habit of driving forward and avoiding potentially troublesome blind spots. It also doesn’t hurt to make eye contact whenever you can with drivers around you before making turns or lane changes.

Additionally, get into the habit of driving in lanes that give you an easy “out” if a larger vehicle suddenly swerves in your direction. If there are cars in the right-hand lane, for example, stay in the left-hand lane. This is also sometimes referred to as a “blocking position.” If you’re on a 3-lane highway, stay near one of the edges. Finally, avoid driving between cars to pass them whenever possible.

  1. Wear Protective Gear

Helmets are not universally required in the state of Kentucky, but choosing to wear one can save your life. A traumatic brain injury can cause serious, lifelong complications. Your brain is extremely sensitive. Don’t task an unneeded risk!

Likewise, other protective gear such as gloves, protective clothing and shoes, and eye protection can lessen the damage any type of accident causes. Protective clothing also, of course, protects riders from harsh weather conditions that may crop up at any time.

  1. Prepare for Any Weather Conditions

Speaking of protective gear, don’t ever leave home without the basics. If your motorcycle has an area for stowing gear, keep extra gloves, eye gear, and an extra jacket on-hand if possible. You never know when a sudden windstorm may hit.

If the weather ever gets too rough while you’re on the road, don’t hesitate to take a detour and find a cozy restaurant or hotel to settle down in while the storm passes. You never want to take chances in harsh weather conditions—especially during nighttime hours.

  1. Don’t Ride a Motorcycle You’re Not Familiar With

While it’s always tempting to take your friend’s new ride out for a spin, remember that it can be difficult to control a motorcycle you’re not familiar with if you happen to spin out of control or slip on a wet road. Every bike is different and takes some practice to master. Respect that fact and stick to your own ride whenever possible.

  1. Check Your Motorcycle

Before you go out for a ride, make sure to check that your motorcycle has fuel, brakes properly, and is in working order. Get into the habit of doing a quick check to ensure everything—from your turn signals to your headlights—is working properly. If anything seems sluggish or doesn’t work right, don’t take an unnecessary risk.

By remembering to follow these quick tips, you can keep yourself safe on Kentucky roads while ensuing everyone around you knows you’re there and keeps an eye out for your motorcycle. The first step to accident prevention is always awareness. Prevention saves lives.

If you’ve been an unfortunate victim of a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to give the Law Office of Todd W. Burris a call. Todd W. Burris, Lexington, KY motorcycle accident lawyer, can help you get the compensation you need and deserve to get back on the road again.

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