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Drunk driver kills family of five on I-75

In early January, a family of five returning to Michigan from a vacation in Florida was killed by a wrong way driver on I-75 near Lexington. The wrong way driver, who was also killed in the crash, is believed to have been intoxicated. The collision happened around 2:30 AM in the northbound lanes. The SUV the family was riding in burst into flames at the time of impact.

Many people underestimate the consequences of drunk driving in the United States, but drunk driving causes 10,000 fatalities each year. Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only dangerous, it’s also a serious criminal offense.

Semitruck crash causes are important in compensation claims

Semitruck crashes can lead to very devastating injuries for the victims. When they happen, the person who is injured might choose to seek compensation. In order to do this, they have to determine who is at fault for the wreck. This isn't always easy, but going through the evidence might provide clues. From there, they can determine the root cause or causes of the incident.

Safety protocol for these big rigs has to start before the truck is ever put into service for a haul. Proper maintenance must occur. The people who work on these vehicles must ensure that parts are properly installed and able to handle the demands. There are times when crashes might be caused by improper maintenance or defective components.

New Year's Eve in Kentucky: Free ride shares possible

Kentucky is in the midst of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which will run in full force through Jan. 1, 2019. The increased enforcement is aimed at getting impaired drivers off the road and putting a stop to the drunk driving crashes that are fully preventable. This campaign is said to reduce fatalities caused by drunk driving by up to 20 percent.

In the past five years, there have been 23 drunk driving deaths during New Year's and Christmas. The only way to prevent this from happening, as well as preventing the possibility of a drunk driving criminal case, is making plans to get home if you are going to go out drinking.

Medical malpractice panels eliminated

The state Supreme Court recently ruled that those seeking medical malpractice lawsuits need not go before a medical review panel. This overturns the 2017 law that required panel approval before a case was allowed to proceed to trial.

The opinion was written by Chief Justice John Minton, who wrote: "All courts shall be open and every person for an injury done to him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay." According to local reports, the court’s other justices all agreed with the findings, but three signed concurring opinions that added additional reasons for the overturn.

Should you get a prenuptial agreement?

The idea of signing a pre-nuptial agreement has always had a stigma attached to it. Some people believe that maybe one person has doubt about the marriage or that the person has more interest in their personal possessions than they do their spouse. These assumptions are usually not true and as a matter of fact, prenuptial agreements have been on the rise

Pay attention to your workers' compensation claim

All workers deserve a safe place to work, and the employers are the ones who are charged with ensuring this happens. When there are unsafe working conditions, there is a chance that a worker will suffer an injury or illness. This means that they will need medical care and may have to miss work. Naturally, a workplace injury can impact the worker's finances. Workers' compensation is one way that an injured worker might be able to minimize the impact that injuries can have on their finances.

We know that you might not want to have to file a workers' compensation claim, but employers pay for this coverage so that it is in place if a worker needs it. If you try to continue working after an injury or while you are ill, there is a chance that you will exacerbate your condition. Instead, you need to seek medical care right away so you can find out what you are facing in terms of recovery.

What do Electronic Logging Devices mean for truck accidents?

It can be scary enough to drive past a large semi-truck while you are out on the road. Getting into an accident with one can be terrifying. With more weight behind the collision, a semi can do a lot more damage, no matter what kind of car you are driving.

Getting into an accident with a semi used to mean going through paper log books that may or may not have accurate records of how driving the driver has done. More recently, most drivers have changed over to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) that are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), but all will have to make the change by the end of 2019.

Tips for holiday happiness during divorce

The holidays are a time when families gather together. While you were married, you and your ex likely did things together. Now that you are going through a divorce, you might find that things are changing. You will need to find ways to make it through it all.

Try to be flexible with your plans. Many events are going to require that you RSVP ahead of time. Even in these cases, you can always opt to not go to an event if you aren't up for it. You might be shocked at some of the things that are going to trigger volatile emotions. You may need to spend some time alone. Don't stress yourself out by doing too much.

Why you should consider having your criminal record expunged

Having a criminal charge on your record can be devastating. Years after you committed the crime, your record can be accessible to potential employers, landlords and members of the public. However, there is a way to remove this information from public eye: expungement.

Expungement of a criminal record keeps the information from being publicly accessible. There are two ways this can happen, depending on the jurisdiction or the laws in your state. First, an expungement can destroy your criminal record completely, leaving no evidence the crime ever happened. Second, while the crime stays on your record, no one will have public access to it.

Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days for DUI

November has arrived, and it will soon be Thanksgiving. People throughout Kentucky love the holiday for its celebration of family and gratitude. It is a wonderful day to gather friends and relatives together, give thanks and cook a huge feast.

But the holiday is also a dangerous day on the roads. Thanksgiving sees a much higher rate of drinking and driving than other holidays. This also means an increased risk of being pulled over, arrested and charged with DUI.

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