Kentucky two-vehicle collision kills one, injures two others

Deputies at the Graves County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky reported a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Kentucky Route 339 North and Kentucky Route 121 North last Sunday, January 15. The accident, which occurred around 5:30 in the afternoon, resulted in the death of one individual and injured two others.

The deceased victim was identified as 52-year-old Mayfield, Wisconsin resident Kristie Wiggins. According to preliminary investigations, 60-year-old Mayfield resident Larry Wiggins was headed southbound on KY 121 North in a 2006 Buick when he collided with a 1991 Dodge pickup that was headed north on KY 339. The truck was driven by 50-year-old Patrick Wilson.

Kristie Wiggins, who was a passenger of the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while Larry Wiggins was hospitalized for the treatment of his injuries. Wilson, on the other hand, was ejected from his vehicle and had to be taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for the treatment of his critical injuries.

Measure to have malpractice lawsuits evaluated by panels introduced

The Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved Senate Bill 4 on Wednesday, January 4, which state Senator Ralph Alvarado sponsored. The bill seeks to have lawsuits against doctors or health care practitioners evaluated for merit by panels of medical providers before plaintiffs can file them under Kentucky courts.

After this hearing, Alvarado said, “I know of one Louisville law firm that has filed at least 100 nursing home lawsuits and settled most of them. To take that to court and fight it costs more than to just settle it. But now the legal climate in Kentucky has become so toxic that doctors practice defensive medicine just to protect themselves.”

Under SB 4, a four-member panel of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services will review written evidence related to the complaint of malpractice. The panel is expected to issue a decision regarding the complaint’s merits within six months of its receipt of the claim.

We at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC do our best to make sure that every client’s specific needs will be met and every concern will be addressed. If you need a personal injury accident lawyer for your accident case in Lexington or another area in Kentucky, call our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

One dies in Pike County two-vehicle collision

A two-vehicle collision that happened Tuesday, November 29 on Kentucky Route 194 near Kimper Elementary School in Pike County, Kentucky resulted in the death of one individual.

According to an interview of the Kentucky State Police with East Kentucky Broadcasting, a pickup truck had a head-on collision with a gravel truck along that expanse of road. The two people, who were ejected from both vehicles, were first taken to Pikeville Medical Center in Pikeville and were transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington. The Fayette County Coroner identified the person who eventually died because of the accident as 24-year-old Jerry Leedy, the driver of the pickup truck. Leedy appeared not to be wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

As state police continue to investigate the accident, the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC want to send condolences to those hurt by this accident and similar occurrences across Kentucky.

Two hurt in Lexington three-vehicle collision

A three-vehicle collision that transpired on Versailles Road, just before the intersection of Man O’ War in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, November 25, resulted in two people sustaining injuries of an unknown nature.

According to preliminary investigations made by the police, a chain reaction caused the pileup. Investigators said the victims were brought to area hospitals to receive immediate medical attention for their injuries of an unknown nature. Members of the Lexington Police Department are continuing further investigations to determine the definite details of the case, and to find out how the accident happened in the first place.

Our experienced and dedicated attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC give every personal injury accident case in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky the personalized attention it needs. We handle cases, such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, product liability, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Travelers encouraged to buckle up while travelling this Thanksgiving

With holidays fast approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is once again reminding Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up every time they travel in their respective vehicles in an effort to save lives.

According to raw data, there were 1,645 vehicular accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday in the state of Kentucky in 2015, which caused over 480 injuries and eight deaths. KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter, in a bid to encourage citizens to travel safely this holiday season, said, “As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we ask fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt. Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that proper seat belt usage lessens fatal injury risk to front-seat passengers by around 45% and the risk of passengers sustaining moderate to serious physical injuries by around 50%.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Lexington or another area of Kentucky due to the mistake of another person, we at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are fully prepared to help you. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

Louisville policeman killed in Lexington pedestrian accident

Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer and another pedestrian lost their lives in Lexington, Kentucky last Saturday, October 29. Their deaths occurred after the pedestrians were hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow along Upper Street.

Whitlow was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. According to preliminary investigations, Whitlow was handling her vehicle along Upper Street when she lost control of the steering wheel and proceeded to crash into Schweitzer and one other pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. Both people were taken to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their mortal injuries.

Schweitzer started his career in the Jefferson County Police Department as a police officer in 2001 and later became a detective for the Louisville Metro Police Department. News about the other victim will come after the victim’s family is notified about the accident.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear about this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

Tips for managing your ATV on an uphill drive

Sometimes, safely navigating your all-terrain vehicle up steep slopes may be too much for your vehicle. No matter how experienced you are, some hills are too steep to climb.

A tip for someone going uphill in an ATV, especially if one is having difficulty doing so, is for the driver to keep his or her feet firmly on the vehicle’s foot rests and make sure their weight is going uphill at all times. This technique will help you avoid the possibility of the vehicle losing momentum and sliding down.

If you do start to move backwards, it is important for the driver to remember to apply the brakes and step on the parking brakes. However, the driver should remember to apply the front brakes only, because applying pressure on the back brakes can cause the vehicle to flip over.

Pursuing a personal injury claim can be a difficult process, but with the legal help of our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC in Lexington, the process is made easier. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team and discuss your legal options.

Former NFL player Dennis Byrd dies in two-vehicle collision

Dennis Byrd, a former NFL defensive lineman for the New York Jets, lost his life on Saturday, October 15 during a two-vehicle collision. Byrd’s career was prematurely ended when he obtained a neck injury during a game on November 29, 1992 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 17-year-old Claremont youth was operating a 2000 Ford Explorer northbound along Oklahoma State Highway 88. His vehicle veered onto the oncoming lane, causing the collision with Byrd’s Hummer H2.

Tulsa’s athletic director Dr. Derrick Gragg expressed his condolences for Byrd’s family, saying, “We extend our sincerest condolences to Dennis’ wife, Angela, their children, and the entire Byrd family. Dennis exemplified true determination, tremendous heart, and humility throughout his life. He had a tremendous playing career at [the University of Tulsa] and professionally with the New York Jets. He overcame great personal adversity after a life-altering injury on the football field. We know that Dennis touched numerous lives and will be missed by many.”

Byrd was 51 years old when death claimed him.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones no longer allowed on American flights

Passengers and flight crew members will not be allowed to bring their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights within, from, or to the United States under an emergency order announced on Friday, October 14. The Department of Transportation made the order in response to reports of said devices spontaneously combusting and catching fire.

The order, which took effect on October 15, disallows passengers from carrying their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board or in checked bags. An initial announcement had passengers thinking they would be subjected to fines if they tried to smuggle their smartphones inside their carry-on luggage. However, the DoT clarified that these passengers will simply be barred from entering airplanes.

Samsung already issued a recall for 2.5 million units of said smartphones due to a battery manufacturing error. An incident of this battery issue includes the Jeep of a family in St. Petersburg, Florida catching fire because of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 left charging in the vehicle.

At Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, we are committed to pursuing financial compensation for victims of personal injury accidents in Lexington and other areas in Kentucky. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to schedule an initial consultation.

Alabama jury awards $1.725M to slip and fall victim in Dollar General

An Alabama jury awarded $1.725 million to a plaintiff on Wednesday, September 21 after she filed a lawsuit against the Alabama branch of Dollar General. The plaintiff ruled the store’s inadequate inspection policies directly caused the customer to sustain her injuries.

The accident happened at Dollar General Store No. 7853 in Mobile on July 9, 2012 when customer Deborah Revette, who was 60 years old when the incident occurred, slipped on clear liquid laundry detergent on the floor in the chemical aisle, incurring serious leg and shoulder fractures. Her injuries led to eight surgeries, 359 doctor visits, and more than $470,000 in medical expenses. During the hearing, Dollar General revealed its practice of conducting visual inspections for a mere 10 minutes of the day to ensure the whole store is safe.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Lexington and other areas of Kentucky. We handle personal injury accident cases such as premises liability and slip and fall accidents. Call our offices today at (800) 953-2373 to learn more about our services.