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What are the top 3 causes of large truck collisions?

If you've ever set out on I-65, only to find yourself in a white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel as your passenger vehicle gets buffeted about by the big rigs on the interstate, you truly know the meaning of fear.

It's indisputable that occupants of smaller trucks and passenger cars are at great risk of serious, disabling injuries or death if a collision occurs with a semi or other large truck. But what causes most of the dangerous accidents involving this highway behemoths?

Know the points to consider if you might enter into a plea deal

We recently discussed how plea deals can impact your defense. If you are willing to think about one of these deals, you need to make sure that you understand exactly what it means. One important point to remember is that you will have to plead no contest or guilty to the charges that are placed against you. There are marked differences between these two plea types, so make sure you know which you are willing to agree to.

When you plead guilty, you are acknowledging that you did the crime of which you are accused. You shouldn't ever plead guilty if you didn't actually commit the crime.

You may feel fine after a car crash, but you need a doctor

Injuries can happen even if the cars involved in an accident were only traveling at slow speeds. If you are the victim, you might feel fine. You check yourself out and there is not even a scratch. Your spouse or friend suggests you go for a medical evaluation, but why?

Anyone involved in a traffic accident, even just a fender-bender, should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. It is not only about health, it is also about insurance companies and compensation.

Should you agree to a plea bargain?

Defendants sometimes dither over whether to seek out or accept a plea bargain to the charges they face. The legal system in the United States depends upon plea bargains to keep it chugging along. Otherwise, it would get hopelessly bogged down with all court cases being taken to trial.

The fact is that 90 percent of criminal cases get plea bargained. Plea bargains can be an effective resolution when a case appears destined to end in a conviction. They allow defendants the opportunity to plead guilty to less serious offenses, and sometimes to receive more lenient consequences, like probation, instead of jail time.

Driver accused of falling asleep called drunk by media

Drunk driving has the potential to put your life and the lives of others at risk. Sometimes, when someone is accused of drunk driving, that might not be the whole story, though. For instance, take this news article about an accident involving an alleged drunk driver.

The allegedly drunk driver was behind the wheel at around 1:00 a.m., when she collided with a group of cows. The cows had wandered onto the road prior to the incident, and a sheriff's deputy was helping to lead them off the highway when the vehicle struck them.

How can I tell if a settlement offer is fair?

Auto accidents can rend the fabric of victims' lives, causing injuries, job losses, economic instability and sometimes even death. With all of those hardships to cope with, it's particularly distressing when insurance companies balk at offering fair settlements to their claimants.

Anyone who has ever watched a commercial for a major insurance company has seen dramatic scenarios where the insurance agent arrives on scene like a white knight to save the day. That might make for good television, but is not rooted in reality.

You can fight for grandparent visitation in Kentucky

Grandparents in Kentucky enjoy more liberal visitation rights than their counterparts in many other states. Kentucky alllows "reasonable visitation rights" to grandparents if the judge decides that it's in the children's best interests.

Kentucky even permits grandparents to petition the court for visitation when their grandchildren are living with both parents. Additionally, even if one or both parents' rights get terminated, the grandparents may still retain their visitation rights under some circumstances.

Lincoln Country truck wreck kills 1, leaves baby critical

A two-vehicle collision last month in Lincoln County killed a 29-year-old man and left a 6-month-old infant in critical condition fighting for his life.

According to reports from local media station WKYT, the wreck occurred on Memorial Day shortly before 8 p.m., in the vicinity of Tin Man Manufacturing on U.S. 150.

4 easy ways to become more visible on your motorcycle

If you love getting out on your motorcycle, you need to be alert at all times and think about the aspect of danger. Motorists are not looking for you; they are concentrating on the road ahead and the cars weaving in and out on a crowded highway. It is up to you to make yourself be seen.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 92,000 people suffered injuries in motorcycle crashes in 2014, and 4,586 people were killed that year. The last thing you want is to become a statistic, so the first thing you should do is to become a more visible motorcycle rider. Here are four easy ways to do just that.

Stopped for DUI? Avoid Tiger Woods' mistakes

By now, most Kentucky residents have seen the photos of former golfing champion Tiger Woods' mugshot on television, in newspapers and all over social media after his recent arrest in Florida on charges of driving under the influence.

One attorney and legal analyst for CNN opines on the mistakes Woods already made that may come back to haunt him later in court.

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