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Kentucky motorcycle accidents: collision with truck kills rider

Adhering to traffic laws, following the speed limit, wearing safety restraints and not driving distracted are all ways Kentucky residents aim to avoid collisions. In addition, motorcyclists are well aware that wearing helmets can further their safety while riding a bike. It is well known when motorcycle accidents occur involving a bike and a larger vehicle, the motorcycle rider is at greater risk for serious injuries. Recently, one young motorcyclist lost his life following an accident despite wearing safety gear.

The 20-year-old man was traveling west on the road when the accident occurred. Reportedly, a 62-year-old male driver made a left turn on the same road the motorcyclist was traveling. The older man was driving a pickup truck, and initial investigation reports indicate he may be at fault.

Many types of jobs result in back pain

If you experience back pain as you do your job, you are far from alone. In fact, many jobs lend themselves to the type of repetitive work that leads to back pain and that can affect your sleeping, exercising and daily living patterns — not to mention your ability to work.

Of course, it is also possible to experience back pain at work from an easily identifiable incident. Whether your back pain arose from such a case or from months or years of work, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. To that end, here is a look at some jobs with high rates of back pain.

Elevator falls: Workers' compensation may be filed by injured

Reportedly, falls are the number one killer on construction sites in Kentucky and across the country. When falls do not result in death, they often result in serious injury for a construction worker. Fortunately for workers, employees are required to provide workers' compensation insurance to cover medical expenses when on-the-job injuries occur. Several workers will likely need to file insurance claims after injuries suffered due to a falling elevator on their construction site.

Apparently, an elevator at the construction site of a luxury apartment building crashed through seven stories. Inside of the elevator were 11 employees. Five workers were injured as a result of the fall, and a fractured foot was the apparently the most severe injury.

Car accidents: Police cruiser collides with pickup

Dealing with the aftermath of a car collision can be complicated. Victims of car accidents may have to deal with insurance companies, handle property damage and pay for expensive medical bills. Family members of deceased victims will additionally have to plan and finance an unexpected funeral. Recently, a pickup truck collided with a Kentucky State Police cruiser, and it resulted in a fatality.

The officer had been called to an accident involving an injury and was traveling on a busy state highway when the collision occurred. Witnesses reported that he was traveling northbound with his siren and lights on. As he traveled north, he passed several other vehicles on their left side. The pickup truck was also traveling north and was attempting to make a left turn onto another road when the cruiser struck the driver's side of the vehicle. The impact resulted in both vehicles coming to a stop in a nearby yard.

Understanding the impact of worker misclassification on workers' comp

The law is incredibly clear here in Kentucky as to the circumstances in which employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage: Whenever a business employs one or more employees, it must maintain coverage with no exceptions recognized for part-time, temporary or even family employees.

Indeed, the failure to carry work comp coverage can have major consequences, as state law dictates that non-compliant employers are subject to fines of $100 to $1,000 per employee -- with each day constituting a separate offense -- and may be held responsible for covering injured employees' income benefits (lost wages, medical expenses, etc.).

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