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How many lives are lost to collisions with large animals?

Fatal motor vehicle collisions happen for many reasons. In some cases, lives are lost as a result of drunk driving, whole other fatal accidents happen because of ice on the roadway. However, it is important to keep in mind that other causes, which may not always have as much media coverage, can also prove fatal. For example, people lose their lives after colliding with large animals, such as deer. Regardless of the cause of a fatal accident, the loss can be devastating for families and drivers should always focus on preventing these collisions from occurring.

According to estimates provided by the Federal Highway Administration, around 300,000 traffic crashes involving large wildlife happen on an annual basis. Moreover, these estimates may be lower than the actual number of collisions that happen. Sadly, these accidents can not only claim the lives of wildlife, but people as well. Estimates show that around 200 people pass away as a result of colliding with wildlife while traveling in a vehicle every year. Moreover, roughly 26,000 injuries occur every year as a result of collisions with large animals.

How well do you see at night? It may lead to your arrest

Are you one of many Kentucky motorists whose license lists a vision restriction, perhaps stating that you must wear corrective lenses while you drive? You may also be among those who say they struggle to see clearly at night, especially if there is rainfall or streetlights causing a glare in front of them. You obviously need to see well to successfully and safely operate a motor vehicle.

If a police officer pulls you over for speeding and you claim you didn't see the posted speed limit sign, you may wind up getting a ticket. If you're lucky, perhaps the officer will issue a warning and release you without further repercussion. There are other vision issues, however, that can greatly impact the ultimate outcome of a traffic stop, especially if the officer thinks you've been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Workers' compensation: current outlook and common issues

Most Kentucky workers are familiar with the safety guidelines and procedures affiliated with employment -- at least, to some degree. When an accident occurs, however, few know the ins and outs of the workers' compensation process. Before diving into a case, employees may want to consider current changes in the state's system, as well as some of the common hiccups of this procedure.

Just yesterday, Insurance Journal reported that Kentucky would be proceeding with changes to its workers' compensation system. A side of state law that has not seen change in over 20 years, the state's workers' compensation program aims to contain costs and improve the process for workers altogether. Lawmakers hope that House Bill 2 will not only make improvements in medical expenses and benefits for workers, but also that these modifications will address the ongoing opioid crisis that continues to claim the lives of countless Americans.

What are "The Fatal Four?"

You have good reason to take pride in the work you do in the construction industry. The growth seen in communities like Richmond may be the direct result of the efforts given by you and your coworkers. Yet with the rewards that come from a career in construction also come increased risks to your safety. Construction is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, with countless participants sustaining injuries every year. Often, those injuries prove to be fatal. 

Typically, these injuries are the result of workplace accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has expended considerable resources to identify the most common workplace accidents in each industry (and thus promote increased awareness and preventative action). In the construction industry, four have been recognized as producing the most fatalities. Known as "The Fatal Four", these include: 

  • Falls
  • Being struck by objects
  • Electrocutions
  • Crushing accidents

Challenges that truck drivers face

The trucking industry has long been known for its vital role in the American economy. It has also been known to involve long and grueling hours. With Kentucky's truck drivers putting in impressive work hours each week, many may wonder when, exactly, employees get to rest. Although exhaustion is evident in countless lines of work, the trucking industry is currently grappling with burnout among its drivers, as well as issues involving employee health. 

Forbes spent time last August considering the challenges of the trucking industry, mentioning that many of the country's workers have turned to trucking as a second job. Whether a primary or secondary form of employment, the question remains: do truckers get adequate rest and food while on the job? According to Forbes, not only do truck drivers deal with a lonely environment; they also face limited meal options on the road and long hours of sitting down. Over time, these factors of the job can become exhausting and even harmful. However, the demand for workers in this industry, as Forbes shares, remains high, with an estimated expected need of 890,000 new drivers by 2025. 

How long do I have to file a car accident report?

The clock starts ticking the moment you have an accident in Kentucky, so it is important to understand the state’s traffic laws and regulations so you can protect your rights. The Bluegrass State limits your time to report an accident, as well as settlement limits and more.

FindLaw explains that you must report the accident within 10 days to the Kentucky State Police. The written report is required in cases of injury or death, or if you believe damages to your car will cost more than $500 to repair.

Does a heroin addiction have you facing criminal charges?

Growing up, most people learn in school, from their parents or in other ways that drugs can negatively affect them. At a young age, you may have believed that you would never have reason to even be around such substances, let alone use them. Of course, as time goes by, life and expectations change, and your younger self may not have correctly predicted your future.

You may have first come in contact with heroin in one of numerous ways. No matter how it happened, you may have found yourself addicted from the start. Suddenly, you no longer had control of your life, and this substance began dictating your every decision. Not only did you find yourself carrying out questionable actions, you likely also began experiencing negative health impacts after prolonged use.

The effects of divorce on the body and mind

Most Kentucky residents going through divorce are well aware that stress and separation often go hand in hand. Even when divorce is inevitable, the effects can ebb and flow for months, and even years, after a separation. There is no single answer to coping after divorce, but there some approaches that can help families pick up the pieces. 

Psych Central recognizes the myriad of challenges that divorce can bring to the table, stating that even the decision itself can present a world of stress. By talking with the partner involved, a friend and, if necessary, a therapist, those going through this tough time can better weigh the options. Sometimes, a separation is the better choice; in other situations, divorce may be the only answer. If divorce is well under way, Psych Central suggests coping options such as joining a support group, setting aside time for self-care and to avoid negative self-talk and ruminating on guilt. Even deep cleaning can distract an unsettled mind, as Psych Central shares a number of other coping strategies divorcees can use to move on. 

Crowded courts give rise to plea bargaining

It is generally known that courts in Kentucky and throughout the U.S. are overcrowded. In fact, it has led jurisdictions all over the country to institute night courts to handle preliminary legal proceedings and lesser charges, such as arraignments and traffic citations, to ensure time during the week for other business. Another result of having crowded dockets is the wide use of plea bargaining to resolve cases.

According to The Atlantic, plea bargains account for the way 97 percent of all federal cases are concluded, which mirrors the rates for individual states’ plea bargains in criminal cases. The practice took root following the Civil War, as displaced citizens and immigrants poured into cities and crime rates began to rise. It continued to be a common practice, one that was cemented with the federal government’s enactment of prohibition and the resulting number of cases that flooded the court system. The use of plea bargains in resolving cases in New York and Chicago rose to 88 percent and 85 percent, respectively.

Construction industry: Inherent dangers and benefits for workers

Due to natural hazards of the job, construction work can be particularly dangerous. These risks have long been recognized in America's construction industry, but nevertheless frequently threaten the safety of countless employees in the field. Kentucky, like other states, enforces laws meant to keep workers safe; yet do the natural dangers make these risks inevitable, and to what extent are workers in the state protected in the case of an accident? 

An article from CNN Money recognizes the dangers involved in construction work, noting the 17.4 fatality rate for every 100,000 workers. The very nature of the job, according to CNN, makes some risks inherent, including falls, electrical shock and falling objects. Using a data from Laborers Health & Safety Fund of North America, CNN notes that falls alone claim the lives of roughly 250 construction workers each year. One factor that plays a role in worker safety involves accident reporting. Organizations such as LHSNFA have encouraged those in the industry to always report accidents, as well as to spread awareness about construction worker hazards.

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