He was trying to direct traffic on Dixie Highway.
Allen was wearing all of the proper safety clothing like the reflecting vest and he was holding up a bright red stop sign.
He was struck by a truck that was heading North on Dixie.
Police say that is a very tragic accident and that this area is very dark. They also added that they don’t plan on filing any charges in the case.
This is all we know now. I am wondering what the truck was doing that he didn’t see Allen with his reflecting vest and stop sign that would have made him hit him. Was there something that they are not telling us? Was there alcohol involved? Texting? Who knows. All we know is that one man is dead today because of it.
My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Bernie Allen.
Although this should have never happened this is another reason that we must keep our eyes open wherever we are and whatever we are doing. From what we know from the news Allen wasn’t doing anything wrong and from what we know from the news the truck wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Being a driver in the Louisville and surrounding areas, I know the frustration construction can cause when you are driving. It seems that there is a new construction project going on every day. But because of construction you have to keep your third eye, as I say, open.
Be safe while driving Kentucky.]]>
Last night around midnight two Bullitt County teens were killed in a crash on Highway 421 in Woodford County.
These girls collided with a pick up truck coming from the opposite direction. There were three girls in the car. Destinee Barr age 18, the driver of the car, and Marissa Elmore age 19 were both killed from the crash. The third passenger was taken to the hospital. The truck driver was not hurt.
It is sad when we hear about accidents like this. I don’t know the cause of the accident but regardless of the cause it is still a tragedy.
Halloween in many subdivisions have been moved to tonight due to the storms in Louisville last night so I wanted to take this time to say if you are driving tonight make sure that you keep your eyes on the road at all times. There are going to be some crazy drivers out there and kids trick-or-treating. We don’t want any accidents to occur tonight.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!]]>
About 7,134 units of Building Toy Playsets are now being recalled. The recalled products include the Super Safari Set Model #30025 and the Deluxe Circus Train Set Model #30040.The model number of the playsets can be seen on the back of the box in the lower right corner. The sets are placed in a white box with “Softimals. Build, Play, Repeat” and “Ages 1 ½ to 5” printed in a colorful font on the front and back of the package.
The cause of the safety recall was because of the plastic hats found on playset figures which pose a choking and aspiration hazard for children. There has been one incident in which an 18-month-old child put a hat in his mouth that caused him to choke. Fortunately, the toy was removed. Besides this incident, no injuries have been reported.
The Toy Sets were manufactured in Italy and imported by Infinitoy, Inc. San Mateo, California. These were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Mindware.com from September 2012 to September 2013. The sets cost about $25 and $40.
Consumers are advised to immediately remove the plastic hat from the playsets and contact the company to exchange the hat for a free replacement figure. Infinitoy, Inc. can be reached at (888) 558-0933 toll-free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.infinitoy.com. For more information, click on Safety/Recall at the bottom page.]]>
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Kim Wesley identified the victim as Peter Ransome who died of multiple blunt force injuries. Ransome was not wearing a helmet during the accident, police said.
I would like to send my sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mr. Ransome.
It’s unfortunate, but there are many bicyclists that are injured, and sometimes even killed, every year. When biking in Louisville or anywhere in Kentucky, please always be careful and wear a helmet at all times.
The statistics are pretty alarming on a lot of levels and there are things bicyclists can do something to improve their safety.
While bicyclists have rights, they are still subject to the rules of the road. Kentucky law provides bicycle safety regulations and standards. Among those are the following:
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I always encourage bicyclists to wear helmets every time they ride and equip their vehicles with the proper gears. Your helmet can definitely protect you from any damage as it prevents head injury in a bicycle crash. It is also important that you increase your visibility on the road. It may be through your clothing or by using reflectors especially when riding at night.
Bicycle accidents are distinct from other traffic accidents as riders are only minimally protected. And in case you you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is recommended to seek medical attention right away and contact a Kentucky Bicycle Accident Attorney.]]>
Lexington police has recorded more than 500 collisions, all due to distracted driving, within a three-month period last year. Officers say they have come up with a plan to get people off their phones while driving.
Leading the way to safer roads
High school teachers have also taken the initiative to teach students the dangers of distracted driving through digital demonstrations.
At Bryan Station High School, student Lena Muhammad spent part of the Tuesday afternoon behind the wheel of a simulator. She said she hit a person, and kept veering off into the median on the road while trying to type in a number.
The experience, Muhammad adds, just doesn`t make one want to text at all.
Instructor Sabina Massy says that students learn from experiences that are as close to real ones without them having to drive a real car, and text while driving.
Lexington Police is highly supportive of the said lessons provided in schools. They, as well, have their way of cracking down drivers who are texting while behind the wheel.
Grants Coordinator Alvin Cook shared that The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety awarded them a distracted driving grant, which consists of additional $20,000 to pay officers who will be searching for law violators.
Two officers shall be assigned on one unit. One will drive while the other will spot people texting while driving or are committing other violations using their cell phones.
The said initiative will roll out on September 30, and will last until December 31.
Challenges that lie ahead
In December 2010, just before the year ended, LMPD talked about the status of distracted driving due to texting in their area.
Two people died while 62 were injured, all because the driers were using cell phones while behind the wheel.
The Louisville police knows there’s a problem, but admits addressing it can be hard. Officers, for one, are having difficulties proving a driver is indeed texting. They will have to monitor and follow the driver first. Drivers will have to be caught in the act of texting for them to be issued tickets.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to emphasize that prevention is the best way to reducing number of vehicle collisions. As drivers, we should pay attention on the road and the steering wheel.
Efforts of concerned individuals are worthless if we will not apply what we’re taught. Let’s be responsible drivers for our loved ones.]]>
Teens now comprise half of all fatal pedestrian cases among children age 19 and below.
President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide Kate Carr said they already suspected that the increase was due to distraction by mobile devices. Problem is, they did not have sufficient data to support the said conclusion.
To connect the dots, the organization mobilized their network to observe 34,000 students crossing in areas where they walk the most – school zones.
Then came the results of the study. Thirty-nine percent of students crossing the street distracted were typing on a cell phone, and another 39 percent are glued to their headphones. Twenty percent are talking on the phone while 2 percent are using another electronic device such as a game or tablet.
Aside from the observational study, results of discussions with over 2,400 students were also released. Forty-nine percent admit they use cell phone while four out of 10 confess listening to music while walking to school.
Despite that teens run the most risk for pedestrian crashes, only 22 percent of the students believe that kids their age are most likely to be hit while walking.
What adults can do to help
To drivers, stay alert for pedestrians – from bikers, walkers to runners – who might suddenly cross the street. Take the initiative to eliminate or reduce noise in your car so you can pay attention to your surroundings.
And since we’ve heard about students using smart phones and other gadgets while walking, let us be extra cautious when driving around school zones and residential areas.
To parents, be the role model and put down devices when you’re driving or walking, especially when crossing the street. This will help in conversations with your kids about walking around cars and crossing the street safely easier.
Emphasize the importance of not only looking to their left and right, but as well looking up, listening and making eye contact.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney advocating for safer roads, let me share this alarming information from a traffic safety fact sheet released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2011, 69,000 pedestrians are hurt in 2011, and 11,000 of whom are below 14 years old. Around 4,400 injuries account for fatal cases.
Using smart phones and devices isn’t wrong. Excessive, irresponsible use is. Let‘s not grow tired reminding kids to put down their gadgets when walking around vehicles.]]>
Makes sense. Those few seconds your attention deviates to something else while you’re behind the wheel may cost you your life.
Taking toll on us
Driver inattention or distracted driving is cited by recent studies as the number one factor in majority of crashes and near-crashes. The same findings show that almost 80% of all crashes and 65% of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within, take note, three seconds before the incident.
In Kentucky last year, there were over 61,000 cases of crashes where driver distraction was said to be a factor. These collisions caused more than 174 fatalities and 14,500 injuries. These figures represent 49% of the total crashes and 23% of the total fatal crashes that took place on Kentucky roads in 2012.
While statistics for total crashes in 2012 saw a 25% decrease from 2011, still, this isn’t a reason for us, Kentucky people, to be glad. Any moment, our loved ones may be the next victims
Prevention as best cure
Distracted driving comes in several forms. You may not realize it but there are instances when you engage in one. Common causes of driver inattention are typical activities as well that people do – from talking to passengers, eating and drinking, adjusting the radio, to using cell phones.
Let’s talk further about these distractions and how we can prevent ourselves from engaging in them while driving.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to remind everyone to please keep your full attention on the wheel and on the road while you’re driving. Distracted driving isn’t something we can just ignore. It steals lives.]]>
It started off with Willie talking on his cell phone with his brother Jase. He then got into the car and started in, then you can hear a big crash. You then see his Uncle Si getting out of his truck screaming that Willie ruined his truck. When the camera goes down to Si’s bumper guard there is not damage that appears to have been made. Si told Willie that he needed to replace it but Willie refused.
The next day Willie was talking to the other Duck Commander workers when his wife comes in and says that there was a man here that said he needed to deliver Si. I know when I was watching this I had no clue what he would do, there have been so many idiotic things that he has done. He comes out on this automatic scooter saying that he went to the doctor and they said that because of the accident he had residual nerve damage. Now nobody believed that Si had any actual damage due to the accident.
So it went on for a day that Si was riding around in his scooter claiming he was injured. It even got to the point that Si ran away from work because nobody believed that he was actually hurt. Willie and the rest of the workers went out looking for him. When they found him he was riding down the side of the street talking to himself. Willie tells him that he needs to stop this and Si didn’t give up so Willie agrees to replace SI’s bumper, keep the scooter for a two day rental, and lunch.
So what I meant when I said that there was something that needed to be talked about. Sometimes when you are in an auto accident and you are the one who caused it, the victim will go above and beyond to try and get everything out of you. People lie all of the time in accident cases to get more for their accident. It turns out that Si was lying the whole time. Willie called the doctor and the doc said that nothing was wrong with him.
Make sure when you are in an accident that you document everything that happened. You don’t want people to take advantage of you.
If you have any more questions, contact me anytime.]]>
So, what are some of the models that wont be returning to the car lots come this year and next?
Some of the models have been fading away over the years, like certain fashion statements. They fade away for a numerous amount of reasons, but the number one reason according to Alexander Edwards of consultants Strategic Visions, the cars can’t lure them away from buying from another brand’s. If you think about it, there are a ton of car lots here in Louisville alone so you have to know what the buyers want, and sometimes there aren’t enough in the current models to pull customers. So, with that being said, what cars have been around but it is just their time to say goodbye? Well…
Why these cars? The Chevy Avalanche is being waved goodbye because when Chevy came up with their new heavy duty pick-up the Avalanche got buried in that process. The Jeep Liberty SUV has been shown to have a huge gap in Jeep sales as well.
So unfortunately, some of our favorite models will be retiring this coming year. Some people will be happy, while others will be sad about this. Personally my wife has a Jeep Liberty and that car can be very dangerous. She has flipped it multiple times and it’s just because she slightly redirected the car. Just be mindful of what you buy.
Most people who buy a pick- up need heavy things hauled and need a good reliable truck that will last them. They have to haul heavy objects such as machines, horse with trailers, race cars. The thing that amazes me most about the GM pick-up trucks just in general is that fact that they can pull so much weight. They can pull at least 19,600 lbs, and that is including going up hill. Amazing, I can not imagine hooking up a trailer to my Pacifica and trying to haul something of that weight up a hill. Craziness.
How are they able to do this you ask? Well, install a special frame mounted in the rear of the truck to make sure that the back of the truck doesn’t come flying off.
Chrysler Ram series says that they can pull around 30,000 pounds with the fifth wheel set up. GM fifth wheel set up can only pull around 23,200 pounds.
Even though GM didn’t give prices for the new trucks, you can imagine they will be around the $30,000-$70,000 price range because that is what they are now.
This is a great new truck that is going to be coming out on the market, but it is just another moment to reiterate that the trailers need to be double checked when attached. You don’t want a run away trailer. There is a lot of trucks and trailers here in Kentucky especially since the state fair was a couple of weeks ago.
To all my fellow drivers out there be mindful of trucks with trailers, they need more space to turn and you never know what is in the trailer. Well, unless you can see through the trailer.]]>