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Want to Rent an Electric Scooter?  First, Know the Rules!

Want to Rent an Electric Scooter? First, Know the Rules!

Those who are riding a scooter in Lexington, Kentucky are required to obey all applicable traffic laws. A Lexington, KY bicycle and scooter ordinance requires scooter riders to travel at 15 mph or less when operated and to follow the same set of road rules that apply to bicyclists on the roads. Similarly to riding a bike, when riding a scooter one is not required to wear a helmet but every rider should since doing so has been proven to prevent terrible head injuries when there is an accident, as concluded by the Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways report released last month by the National Transportation Safety Board.nnScooters made available to rent are called rideshare scooters or dockless scooters, and they are being used as convenient, clean energy transportation alternatives in cities throughout our nation. Currently in Lexington, Neutron Holdings, Inc. rents “Lime” scooters and Skinny Labs Inc., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, is renting out “Spin” scooters to the public.nnScooters are very popular for those who are looking for a clean, convenient transportation fix within city limits, but they can cause serious traffic accidents when a scooter rider is not wearing their helmet and they get hit by a car. This often happens when the person who rented the scooter did not take the time to review the Lexington scooter riding rules or maybe the rider is riding a scooter while drunk, but a serious injury can occur even if the rider was obeying all of the traffic rules and statutes. These injuries are so severe because, for some unknown reason, there is legal no requirement for riders to wear helmets while riding a scooter they rented in Lexington, KY. For this reason, one of the most common injuries are brain injuries and concussions. If you’ve experienced a head injury from a scooter accident or any other car accident then you should be aware of the signs of a traumatic brain injury after an accident so you may treat your injury properly and in a timely manner so you do not permanently lose your cognitive function abilities.nnIf you have hit your head in a scooter or car accident then it’s very important you obtain treatment and professional supervision for 24 hours after your head injury. You may need immediate treatment or you may not display symptoms initially and begin to display serious symptoms within the first 24 hours that were not evident upon your initial examination. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disabilities in children and young adults in the United States; don’t risk leaving your head injury untreated.nnIf the insurance company will not cover your medical bills after a head injury then contact the Lexington, Kentucky personal injury lawyer who works every day to help injured Kentuckians recover from serious brain injuries. Call or Text 859-358-0300 to determine whether or not you need your own personal injury attorney after your head injury.

I Was a Pedestrian Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver. What Should I Do?

I Was a Pedestrian Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver. What Should I Do?

When pedestrians are hit by a vehicle, the consequences are enormous for the person on foot. With very little protection, pedestrians don’t stand much of a chance when hit with a two-ton vehicle. In the best of circumstances, the pedestrian will often have a very good chance of claiming compensation to help with the expenses associated with the accident. This becomes much more difficult, though, if the driver flees the scene. So, what can pedestrians do in the case of a hit-and-run accident? Seeking medical treatment is the first course of action a pedestrian should take. Pedestrian accidents result in the worst kinds of injuries, and the most important thing is that the pedestrian gets back to their best health and best life as soon as possible. After getting any necessary medical treatment, there are a few things the pedestrian can do to help with their injuries further down the road. Report the Accident to the Police A pedestrian isn’t going to find the person that hit them on their own. This is why it’s so important to report the accident to the police. Try to remember the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the license plate number. The vehicle is also likely going to sustain some damage during a hit and run – knowing which part of the vehicle was most involved in the accident can help police look for the damaged vehicle and identify it. The only way a pedestrian can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit is if the hit-and-run driver is caught. However, there are other methods of claiming benefits that can help with the cost of recovery as well. Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company Kentucky is a no-fault auto insurance state. Due to this, if a pedestrian has a vehicle, they can often report the accident to their own insurance company and receive accident benefits this way. It’s important to contact the insurance company as soon as possible to get a claim started so you can cover your medical bills, get lost wage compensation, and have your out-of-pocket expenses caused by your injury. Oftentimes, insurance companies are even more hesitant to pay claims involving hit and run drivers than if the accident involved two vehicles. Not only are you entitled to PIP insurance through your own insurance company, you may be entitled to receive a claim payment through your uninsured motorist insurance policy if you purchased it. Speak to Kentucky’s Injury Lawyer A lawyer can help in the case that the hit-and-run driver is found and the injured individual wishes to file a lawsuit. Pedestrians in a hit and run often have a very good chance of success if the driver is found. Under Kentucky Revised Statutes 189.580, all drivers must stop at the scene of the accident and provide reasonable assistance. When they fail to do so, it is easier to prove they were negligent, tipping the odds in favor of the pedestrian. Even if the hit-and-run driver can’t be found, a personal injury lawyer can still help. An attorney can speak to the insurance company on the injured party’s behalf and ensure that the pedestrian gets the full amount of accident benefits they are entitled to, from each and every applicable insurance policy. Involved in a Hit and Run? Contact a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Who Can Help No one ever wants to think that they’ll be involved in a hit-and-run accident. Unfortunately, these accidents happen more often than people think. Injured parties don’t often realize they may still be entitled to compensation after a hit and run, which is why they need to speak to a Kentucky personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you have been the victim of a hit and run, or any other type of pedestrian accident, call or text the Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300. You may qualify for our no up-front cost representation. We want to help you get back to your best life as soon as possible.

What Are Common Causes of Injuries on Public Bus Transportation?

What Are Common Causes of Injuries on Public Bus Transportation?

Hundreds of thousands of people use the public transportation systems in Kentucky every year. When getting on board a bus, these passengers expect to get to their destinations safely. For many, this is their main reason for taking a bus instead of driving themselves. Unfortunately, these bus rides don’t always end safely. Vehicles used for public transportation are no more immune to accidents on the road than others, and they do sometimes happen. Not all public transportation accidents involve any other vehicles, either. People get hurt while standing on buses, and while boarding and disembarking. These entities have insurance that will cover medical bills and other expenses if you are injured on, getting on, or getting off of one of their buses. So, what can Kentuckians do if they are injured on public transportation? And what kind of injuries should passengers report to the authorities? Common Causes of Public Transportation Injuries When many people consider injuries resulting from an accident on public transportation, they often only consider accidents that involve other vehicles. However, most of the injuries sustained on public transpiration don’t involve a collision with other vehicles. The majority of public transportation injuries come from a person simply being on the bus, which is riskier than it sounds. Some of the most common causes of these injuries include: Slip and falls due to wet platforms and wet floors, particularly in the winter when snow is carried on by passenger’s shoes; Drivers who are distracted while talking to other passengers; Overloaded buses that cause more slip and falls; Sudden starts and stops, which could cause a person to fall, hit their head, or get whiplash; and Loose items inside the bus, such as bags and phones that hit other passengers in the event of a sudden stop. It may seem as though the injuries sustained on a bus are not that severe, but that’s not always true. For example, if a passenger hits their head on the window or twists their knee during a sudden stop or jolt forward, they could sustain a concussion, traumatic brain injury, or torn ACL or meniscus, which are all very serious injuries that will require extensive medical care. When passengers are seriously hurt on a bus, it’s important they report the injury to the driver, even though it is embarrassing, and fill out an incident report immediately Filing an Incident Report and Filing a Claim Whether you have an injury from riding the Trans Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville, Transit Authority of Lexington (Lextran), the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK), or even private transportation like a Greyhound in Kentucky, what you do immediately after your injury can help you recover or, if you do nothing, then it can prevent you from recovering needed funds for necessary medical care. Regardless of the type of bus transportation, private or public, the first step if you have been injured while riding a bus in Kentucky is to file an incident report. If the bus driver tries to prevent you from filing an incident report then ask the driver for his or her name, and tell them if they do not file the incident report that you will call their company and insist a report be filed. Drivers will sometimes try to avoid filing a report for reasons such as they don’t want to stop on their route to wait for medical care to arrive or the driver may not wish to have any blemishes on their driving record. When passengers are injured on public transportation, they can often file a claim against the government entity that operates and manages that transportation. This is not the same as filing a personal injury claim in Kentucky, as government entities have certain immunities and the process is quite different. In order to file a claim against the government in Kentucky, injured individuals must file a claim with their city or county attorney. When filing the claim, it’s helpful if the injured person includes the details of the injury, why they believe a public employee is at fault, any medical bills incurred, and other supporting evidence. Those hurt on public transportation have only one year from the date of the accident to file this claim. Waiting any longer will likely mean the claim is no longer valid, and the injured individual is barred from receiving any type of compensation for their injuries. In claims against the government, that compensation is also capped at $200,000. Think You Have a Claim? Speak to a Kentucky Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney It is possible to file a claim against a government entity in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Anyone hurt on public transportation, or anywhere else on government property should speak to a personal injury lawyer in Richmond who can help. If you’re hurt, contact the Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300. We know how to hold entities responsible for causing an accident that resulted in injury, and that includes government entities. These are some of the most complicated cases to pursue, so you don’t want to attempt it on your own. Call or text us today or fill out our online form for your free case evaluation to learn more about how we can help you.

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