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Stringent rules regulate truck driver texting while driving

Truck driver texting rules are strict for a reason. Research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event increase by 23.2 times for truck drivers who text while driving when compared with their counterparts. Safety-critical events include crashes, near-crashes and unintentional lane deviations, which are all a danger to other travelers on the roadways.

Truck drivers who were texting while driving remove their eyes from the roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds, which, while traveling at 55 miles per hour, is the length of a football field. Traveling the length of a football field while not looking at the roadway is, of course, dangerous. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the trucking industry and restricts the use of hand-held cell phones and texting while driving. Texting includes manually entering a text or reading a text from an electronic device. The definition of texting is fairly broad.

Traumatic brain injury and emergency surgery

While not always the case, traumatic brain injuries are typically emergencies that require immediate medical treatment. Without this, symptoms can worsen and in the most severe cases, death can occur.

Upon presenting at a hospital with a suspected traumatic brain injury, your medical team will conduct a thorough examination while ordering a variety of imaging tests. This will quickly give them an overview of what's happening, thus ensuring fast treatment.

How much can a spinal cord injury cost Kentuckians?

A spinal cord injury can change the course of a person's life forever. Whether it is caused by a car accident, a sporting accident or some other act of negligence on the part of another, victims in Louisville who suffer spinal cord injuries will find their whole lives have been turned upside down.

Not only is recovery a lengthy process, if recovery is possible at all, but living with a spinal cord injury is prohibitively expensive.

Kentucky domestic violence victims may suffer from TBIs

The professional football season is well underway, meaning that many people in Kentucky are rooting for their favorite teams and hoping that their favorite players stay injury-free. This time of year also brings attention to an issue that is prevalent among football players: traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. It is understandable how playing a high-impact sport can lead to a TBI. However, there are many people who suffer TBIs at the hands of others, in acts of domestic violence.

According to some studies, as many as 90 percent of women who go to the emergency room following an act of domestic violence or seek help at area shelters have experienced a TBI. A TBI takes place when a person suffers a blow to the head that impacts the healthy functioning of their brain. A TBI can lead to loss of consciousness, memory and vision issues and muscle weakness.

What are some common birth injuries?

Expectant parents in Louisville are filled with excitement. Having a baby is one of the highlights of a person's life. Parents-to-be spend months planning for their upcoming bundle of joy. They decorate the nursery, pick out baby clothes, and dream about how their life will change.

Most of the time, a birth of a child goes as expected, but occasionally a birth injury occurs that changes a family's life forever.

A stroke misdiagnosis can be devastating

Seconds matter when a Louisville area resident is suffering from a stroke. A stroke can happen to anyone and if a person is not treated with urgency it can cause permanent injuries or even death. When a person is suffering from a stroke, they are generally brought to a hospital's emergency room. It is there that a patient needs the best care possible in order for the patient to have the best recovery possible.

A stroke is caused when blood flow to the brain is interrupted which causes death of brain cells due to a lack of oxygen. A stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. When a patient is brought to the emergency room the signs of stroke need to be recognized immediately. When a stroke goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed a patient can suffer from brain injury, paralysis, memory problems, loss of motor skills, seizures, and even death.

Avoiding commercial accidents: Keeping yourself safe on the job

As a driver for UPS, you're on the road many hours a day. You do what you can to stay safe, but the reality is that driving techniques of those coming from other states (and even within your own) can significantly increase the risk of getting into a crash.

You see people fail to use turn signals in Kentucky, people speeding and weaving in Ohio and drivers who can't keep up with others in Indiana. Needless to say, the combination of all three states' driving techniques and laws as people come to Louisville and the surrounding areas don't make for safe travel conditions.

Oldham County nursing home facing a second lawsuit claiming abuse

Many Louisville area families have had to make some agonizing decisions on the care for their elderly loved one. Many older people prefer to stay at home for as long as possible.

When they are no longer able to care for themselves, they have to rely on their family to find them adequate care. A skilled nursing facility is usually best equipped to care for the elderly and these facilities are the best choice for many families.

Two Louisville-area nursing homes have poor care records

When a family has to make the agonizing decision of placing their loved one in a nursing home, it isn't a decision that comes lightly. But for many Louisville area residents, nursing homes offer a safe place when a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are the same and occasionally nursing home abuse occurs.

According to a report from two U.S. Senators, Kentucky is home to six nursing homes with poor care records, including two in the Louisville area.

Woman charged with murder for multi-vehicle crash

Louisville area residents understand the importance of driving safely. When a person chooses to engage in dangerous driving behavior such as texting and driving, speeding, or driving under the influence, they risk their lives along with everyone they meet along the way. A recent tragic car crash near Lexington highlights the importance of safe driving.

A recent accident on Interstate 75 in Lexington killed three people with the driver who caused the crash facing multiple murder charges. The woman driver was being chased by law enforcement in Clark County when she did a u-turn and began driving the wrong way on I-75. She drove the wrong way on I-75 before her truck struck two other vehicles in Lexington. As the result of the crash, three Kentucky women died. The driver has now been charged with three counts of murder along with first degree assault and wanton endangerment. Prior to this crash she was convicted four times for drunk driving and also had prior convictions of prostitution, shoplifting, public intoxication, among others. She is currently being held in the Fayette County jail.

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