West Virginia And Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Serious injuries can occur in motor vehicle accidents

In West Virginia and Kentucky, car accidents are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Everyday so-called "fender benders" occur, as do more serious accidents that can cause severe injuries. Even fatalities occur on an all too frequent basis. When serious injuries result from a car accident, the injured victims need to know what the possible injuries are and how they might need to proceed with a possible legal claim.

Head and back injuries are some of the most common, and most serious, injuries that can occur in a car accident. Spinal cord injuries can result in lasting pain for a victim, as well as causing severe limitation in the person's ability to function on a daily basis. Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries - commonly referred to as "TBIs" - can alter a person's life completely, leaving them unable to complete even the most basic tasks and in need of constant medical treatment or monitoring.

The "gray divorce" trend in America

Divorce is an issue that touches Americans no matter where they live, how old they are or how long they have been married. The old refrain was that half of all marriages ended in divorce, but that likely isn't the case anymore, if it ever was true. However, certain trends are observable in society. For example, our readers may have heard that the overall divorce rate in America is dropping, as more people wait longer to get married to begin with and are more selective, it seems, about who they do, in fact, marry. Our readers may have also heard of another trend that is making headlines: the so-called "gray" divorce trend.

As a recent news article noted, a "gray" divorce is one that includes spouses who are over the age of 50. Recent statistics have shown that the rate of gray divorce in America is on the rise, with the recent article noting that the rate of divorce among this category of individuals has risen much more dramatically when compared to individuals under the age of 50 who get a divorce.

How can witness testimony impact a motor vehicle accident case?

When West Virginia and Kentucky residents are involved in motor vehicle accidents, their primary concern is, rightfully, on getting the medical attention they need. However, as the weeks and months from there drop off the calendar, those who face the need for extensive medical treatment will also start to face medical bills that pile up. If a personal injury lawsuit is needed, the case may very well proceed all the way to a jury trial.

If a personal injury lawsuit does proceed to a jury trial, witness testimony could be crucial. But, just how exactly can witness testimony impact a motor vehicle accident case?

Did someone's negligent driving result in your injury?

There is really no way to know whether you'll safely arrive to your destination when you get behind the wheel to drive Kentucky's roadways. However, if you adhere to traffic and safety regulations, your chances of remaining unscathed during travel definitely increase. You can also reasonably expect all other drivers nearby to do the same. The problem is that, there is a chance that some motorist with whom you're sharing a roadway will be distracted, reckless or otherwise negligent.

Witnessing certain driving behaviors should definitely cause you concern, such as if a car is weaving in and out of its lane. Then again, a collision can occur so suddenly and unexpectedly that have zero time to safely react to avoid it. If that happens, you might be the one who suffers injury. That's why it's so important to know ahead of time where to seek support if a problem arises.

Where you start in a divorce case makes a difference

West Virginia and Kentucky residents who are contemplating moving forward with a divorce probably have a lot of questions that they feel they need answers to first. A deliberate approach is a good idea when it comes to divorce, as there are few other lifetime events that can have such a significant impact on you and your family. Where you start in a divorce case makes a difference.

In the beginning of a divorce case, you'll need to figure out what your ultimate goals are in the case. For example, for many people who are going through a divorce that involves minor children, the custody of those children is paramount, as is obtaining an order for child support. On the other hand, for those who do not have children, the primary concern in a divorce case is usually the division of assets and debts, as well as alimony.

The right defense approach to DUI charges

Being arrested on a drunk driving charge can be a scary situation for Kentucky and West Virginia residents. Local law enforcement officials take DUI charges quite seriously, as they know the danger that drunk driving presents to others on the roadways. However, a charge is not the same as a conviction. Every criminal defendant in America is entitled to the presumption of innocence, until and unless proven guilty.

That presumption is the bedrock of every criminal defendant's defense strategy, but there is more that must be done. Any given case will have a different approach to the best way for the defendant to present a case against conviction or, in some cases, to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution. Deciding on the right defense approach to DUI charges can have life-long implications.

The basics of a medical malpractice claim

Our readers in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky may know already that medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult to pursue. But, that doesn't mean that such claims shouldn't be aggressively pursued when a victim's life has been turned upside down by the negligent or reckless conduct of a medical professional. Our readers may benefit from understanding some of the basics of a medical malpractice claim.

Although the facts and details of a medical malpractice case can be considerably more complicated due to the various medical terms involved and the need for expert witnesses, the fact is that the basic structure of a medical malpractice claim is very similar to other personal injury claims. Victims must prove the following elements: "duty"; "breach"; "cause"; and "damages." Those four words will be heard over and over again in any personal injury lawsuit, including medical malpractice cases.

Six-vehicle crash leads to injuries and shuts down interstate

Our readers may have seen reports about a car accident scene on Interstate 64 that occurred recently and which had a large-scale impact on traffic in the westbound lanes. According to the reports, the accident occurred on September 19 during the evening commute hours in Kanawha County.

The reports indicate that law enforcement officials who investigated the crash scene determined that the chain reaction accident scene was caused by a driver who was reportedly speeding and driving erratically, and who "cut across" traffic. It appears that up to 10 vehicles were involved in the ensuing calamity, with the accident scene shutting down traffic and backing other cars up for almost four miles. When it was all said and done, the reports indicate that three vehicles involved in the collision had to be towed away from the accident scene and two people were transported for medical care due to injuries suffered in the collision. The initial reports did not include any details about the severity of the injuries.

West Virginia sees big decrease in drunk driving fatalities

These days, our readers are probably used to seeing more news articles about distracted driving and the impact that behavior is having on our country's roads than they are used to seeing news articles about drunk driving. And, there may be some valid reasons for that - distracted driving is seemingly on the rise throughout the entire country. However, according to one recent report, the number of drunk driving fatalities is decreasing in some states, including West Virginia.

According to the recent report, West Virginia is the state that has seen the second biggest decrease in the number of drunk driving fatalities over a 17-year span from 2000 to 2017, just behind Minnesota, which saw the largest decrease. The report states that in 2000 there were 159 fatalities caused by drunk driving in West Virginia. In 2017, that number had dropped all the way to 72, representing a nearly 55 percent drop.

What are the most likely car accident injuries?

A car accident has the potential to completely change a person's life. Besides the damage done to a vehicle, it could result in an injury that lasts for the rest of a person's life. The injury could impact the person's health, finances and career.

If you've been hurt in a car accident in West Virginia or Kentucky, you may know all too well what kinds of injury may result. There are several common injuries a person can get in a car crash. They each carry different levels of risk and recovery.

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Jon has received several honors for his work by his peers and the legal community.

One Of America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys: In 2019, Jon D. Hoover was selected among America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys. Attorneys must be invited for selection. Invitations are reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional litigators for high-value personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, and medical malpractice matters. With high standards for selection, less than 0.5 percent of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

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  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • National academy of family law attorneys | NAFLA
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated For High Professional Achievement
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