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Car accidents: Man shatters femur in collision

The aftermath of any accident is overwhelming for anyone involved. Families of victims also often feel the impact even if they were not directly injured or involved. A family of a victim may experience worry over a loved one's health, the expense of medical bills or be required to miss work to care for an injured loved one. The aftermath of car accidents can easily impact many different people. Unfortunately, some Kentucky families have recently discovered the ripple effect that can result from a bad accident.

Early one recent morning, two women were in a vehicle going the wrong way on a parkway. An unsuspecting truck driver traveling in the correct direction did not see the women's vehicle, and a head-on collision followed. The impact of the collision resulted in the truck flipping over.

Workers' compensation: Benefits may be avaiable for families

Working in a coal mine is difficult work. Coal mining work has historically been dangerous due to the instability that the mining can sometimes cause. Sadly, another coal miner has died in a tragic accident while on the job. Other Kentucky families who have lost a loved one in a similar type of accident may wish to understand their options for workers' compensation death benefits.  

Sadly, the miner was just 29 years old when he suffered fatal injuries. The worker was on a late shift completing maintenance on a conveyor belt when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, the conveyor belt started working in the middle of the maintenance work, causing the worker's death.

Workers' compensation: Man loses legs at work

Workplaces, like foundries, have multiple dangers and hazards for employees. When safety protocols and procedures are in place, employees typically can remain safe while performing their duties.  Kentucky employees who may need to consider filing a workers' compensation claim may be interested in another worker's unfortunate injury while on-the-job.

The employee worked at a foundry, which often works to cast various types of metal. A 38-foot-long auger screw was blocked, and two workers were working to unblock and clean it. For safety purposes, the equipment should have been locked out or denergized to prevent a worker injury while performing the work, but it was not.

Workers' compensation: DOT worker injured by driver

Kentucky motor vehicle operators may see an increase in road construction in the near future as the weather warms and the roads receive needed repair before the summer travel season begins. Unfortunately, construction zones on roadways are a hazard for workers, as some motorists do not adhere to the slowed traffic requests or leave a safe distance between workers and a vehicle. Construction workers who need to file a workers' compensation claim may be interested in understanding the circumstances of one man's accident in another state.

The worker was filling potholes on a highway with the Department of Transportation crew when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, a motor vehicle struck him as he worked. In addition, the vehicle struck the nearby DOT vehicle.

Mulitple car accidents result in 2 deaths, many injured

Recently, authorities responded to a non-urgent accident report on a Kentucky interstate. A simple accident with no reported injuries quickly multiplied into several car accidents. Not only were multiple vehicles involved, but many were injured and two deaths occurred.

As traffic is typically affected by incidents on the roadway, vehicles had come to a stop and backed up about a mile as authorities attended to the accident that reportedly involved no injuries. As a tractor-trailer approached the stopped traffic, the driver was unable to bring the truck to a stop. In the process, it collided with a pickup truck. The resulting impact also resulted in the driver swerving and colliding with multiple other vehicles. At least two of the vehicles caught on fire and were engulfed after the occupants were removed.

Kentucky car accidents: DUI factor in tragedy

Being notified of the unexpected death of a loved one is understandably an emotional shock. Loved ones are likely to experience a myriad of emotions, including anger if it is suspected that the negligent actions of another person may have caused the loss. Car accidents can often result in unexpected tragedy due to the negligence of another person, including speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence and/or other means of negligent driving. Sadly, one Kentucky family was recently notified of their loved one's death following her tragic collision.

The 24-year-old victim was stopped at a traffic light when the accident occurred. Unknown to her, a woman apparently driving under the influence approached the same intersection and did not come to stop. The other 47-year-old woman rear-ended the younger woman's vehicle, and the impact propelled both vehicles into the middle of the intersection.

What not to say after a car accident

Drivers in Kentucky need to be aware of others on the road. In 2014, there were over 127,000 accidents on the state's roadways, and over 22,000 of those accidents resulted in non-fatal injuries. This data comes from the Kentucky State Police

There are plenty of things you need to do immediately following a motor vehicle accident to ensure your insurance covers the vehicle damage and any injuries you sustained. However, there are plenty of things you definitely do not want to do after a collision. Saying the wrong thing could seriously jeopardize your claim, so here are a few phrases to avoid uttering:

Workers' compensation: man trapped and killed on job site

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a government agency that exists in Kentucky and across the country to ensure the safety of men and women in the workplace through various methods. One of the ways they strive to improve safety is by investigation or work accidents. Results of investigations may reveal areas of needed improvement, may help to enforce safety measures and may lead to new safety standards. In addition to an agency that strives to improve safety for workers, most employers are also required to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits in the event of an unfortunate work-related accident. Sadly, a family in another state may be discovering if they qualify for the insurance benefits after losing their loved one in a tragic accident.

The 27-year-old worker was on the job site working on the foundation of one of the company's projects. Apparently, the man was working alone. The company was digging out the foundation under a cottage with an excavator, and the cottage was stabilized and lifted up on multiple I-beams.

Workers' compensation: Man falls to his death while working

Far too many Kentucky families have had to mourn the loss of a loved one after a construction accident. Some families qualify and receive workers' compensation death benefits when an on-the-job tragedy occurs. One daughter in another state may sadly be eligible for the insurance benefits following the death of her father in a workplace accident.

The 23-year-old father was employed by a subcontractor to install rebar at a school dormitory. At some point, he released his required tether and attempted to walk on plywood board throughout the site. It is possible that one of the plywood boards over an unfinished elevator shaft was not secure and gave way, resulting in his fall. He suffered serious injuries and did not survive. The state is currently investigating the accident.

Workers' compensation: Families may quailify for death benefits

Because of the equipment, chemicals and conditions in industrial plants, accidents can result in serious injuries. An unfortunate industrial work accident in a Kentucky automotive plant has left the family of a worker planning a funeral. Families like this one typically qualify for workers' compensation death benefits to assist with the burial expenses and other financial issues.

The tragic accident occurred at the Kentucky Ford Truck Plant, resulting in the death of a 41-year-old man. He was an electrician at the plant. Rumors began to circulate that his death was a result of an electrocution, but the plant has denied those claims.

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