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Why You Should Take a Motorcycle Safety Class in Kentucky

Published on Oct 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm in Motorcycle Accident.

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in traumatic injuries and fatalities to the motorcyclist than the driver of an automobile or truck involved in the collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in Kentucky alone, there were more than 1,100 fatalities as a result of motorcycle crashes in 2009. As motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road and provide almost no protection in a crash, it is imperative that safety while riding a motorcycle is a rider’s first priority. An excellent way to learn motorcycle safety information is to attend a motorcycle safety course, which is intended to make new and experienced motorcyclists safer on the road and help prevent dangerous accidents.

For example, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) which works to improve motorcyclist safety offers classes for both novice and more experienced bikers and is available in training locations across Kentucky. In the Basic Ridercourse that teaches essential information for beginners, you will learn a variety of things, including:

I-64 School Bus Accident in Kentucky Sends Two to Hospital

Published on Sep 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm in Bus Accident.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that two students were injured in a school bus accident on Interstate 64 on the morning of Wednesday, September 8th. The bus driver had to make a hard stop at westbound I-64 at Ninth Street, injuring the two students, with one falling to the floor. The bus was traveling to an elementary school on Vermont Avenue at the time. An EMS unit was traveling nearby, so emergency medical personnel immediately transported the injured students to a local medical facility.

Although these students sustained minor injuries, this accident is a reminder that school buses are not always a safe place for children. Bus drivers have to keep their eyes on the road and contend with traffic, detours, and construction obstacles. They cannot provide constant supervision for children riding the bus. Older school buses do not have seatbelts, which puts kids at risk during an accident, and while newer models have restraint systems, it’s difficult to ensure that every student wears a seatbelt.

Pool Accidents Don’t End When Summer is Over

Published on Sep 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm in Child Injury.

Many caregivers mistakenly assume that there is no risk of accidental drowning in swimming pools once the summer ends. Unfortunately, indoor pools also pose a threat for children of all ages. Children that take swim classes, participate in school-mandated swimming activities and use the indoor pools of hotels and resorts are at just as much risk as children in the summer. These are just some of the risks of using indoor swimming pools:

  • Slips and falls caused by walking and running on wet surfaces;
  • Head injuries caused by diving accidents and falls on hard surfaces;
  • Spinal cord injuries caused by diving accidents; and
  • Accidental drowning.

Tips for Preventing Abuse in Louisville Nursing Homes

Published on Sep 19, 2011 at 5:51 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

In a perfect world, elderly nursing home residents would be treated with respect and compassion at all times. Unfortunately, some nursing home employees neglect or outright abuse vulnerable residents. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, you need to watch carefully for signs of abuse or neglect.

  • Visit your loved one regularly. Regular visits make it easier to determine if something is off about your loved one’s care.
  • Watch for signs of physical abuse: bruises, cuts, scrapes, bite marks and other injuries.

Kentucky Highway Patrol Participated in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” to Help Prevent Accidents

Published on Sep 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm in Auto Accident.

In honor of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in preparation for Labor Day weekend, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) hosted two press conferences: one in northern Kentucky on Aug. 17 and another in central Kentucky on Aug. 18 at the Kentucky State Fair. Moreover, media was emphasized in the 25 counties with higher-than-average impaired driving crash rates.

DUI-related accidents cause one death every 23 minutes between the hours of midnight and 3 AM, according to the NHTSA. That statistic, along with the number of injuries and crashes caused by impaired driving, spurred law enforcement officials to develop this program. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other groups support the crackdown.