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E. coli recall draws attention to dangerous strain

Kentucky is an interesting place to live. In some respects, it's beautiful and has a lot of fresh, open areas. In other places, cities are tight and congested. No matter where you travel in the state, one thing you'll find is the possibility of recalls.

One such recall happened just a few days ago on June 11 when Kroger recalled beef products sold throughout the state. The company announced that it had several beef products that it believed had been contaminated with E. coli. As a result, some beef products sold throughout northern Kentucky were recalled.

Which cars have the most recalls?

When you buy a new car in Kentucky, you naturally expect that you can safely drive and operate it. You do not expect that it will have life-threatening defects. Nor do you expect that your new vehicle will be recalled. Unfortunately, however, reality may well not live up to your expectations.

Per a CBS News report, a high recall rate can and usually does indicate the likelihood of a car’s overall reliability problems. Therefore, knowing a specific make and model’s recall rate, especially over time, can greatly help you when you go car shopping.

Ford recall is an example of how vehicle defects cause crashes

Your car is the way that you travel safely from place to place. You probably take every step you can think of to keep yourself and the people you ride with safe on the road. Unfortunately, there are things that are beyond your control.

You have no power over how other drivers behave before or during their time behind the wheel. You also have no control over mechanical issues or defects in your car that have yet to present any warning signs. This is particularly true for owners of newly purchased or leased late-model vehicles.

Drunk driver responsible for death of couple

When people choose to get behind the wheel after drinking, the results can be catastrophic. Although people may feel as though they are able to drive, the effects of alcohol may cause altered perceptions, reduced response times and delayed reactions that could cause a major car accident. The legal blood alcohol content level in Kentucky is 0.08%; however, alcohol can have an effect at 0.05% BAC and lower. Even drivers who are below the legal limit run the risk of causing a deadly car accident. Drinking and driving can be even more deadly at night. Reduced light sources in itself can cause driving hazards, including vision problems and difficulty determining the speed and distance of oncoming vehicles.

Both factors played a role in the death of two people in Kentucky near Burkesville. A 67-year old woman driver and a 74-year old passenger were both pronouced dead on the scene when their vehicle was hit head on by a drunk driver. The driver, a 28-year-old male, was driving east and crossed over into west-bound traffic. The couple did not have a chance to get out of the way before they were hit and killed. The young drunk driver was treated for minor injuries.

What are your chances of a crash with an uninsured driver?

You pay your car insurance on time like your other bills, and so you probably take for granted the idea that you will have coverage if you ever get into a crash. Unfortunately, your protections rely a lot more on whether the other person has insurance than your own policy.

Unless you have a special rider on your motor vehicle policy that extends coverage to you in the event of an uninsured or an underinsured driver, you can find yourself stuck with the bill after someone else causes a crash and then turns out to not have insurance on their vehicle.

Is hands-free cellphone usage really safe?

If you are like most Kentucky residents, you probably have hands-free technology in your car or truck that allows you to use your cellphone while driving without having to touch it. This probably gives you the illusion that you are driving safely even though you are talking or texting on your phone while doing it.

Unfortunately, your illusion is just that: an illusion. The National Safety Council advises that of the nearly 100 people who die every day in a distracted driving crash, most of the distractions involve cellphone usage while driving, including the hands-free type.

Lawsuits prompt drug company to report opioid deaths to FDA

The opioid epidemic has hit Kentucky and several neighboring states hard, and between civil lawsuits and criminal arrests of executives, both the citizenry and the government are taking steps to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers responsible for the role they have played in the crisis.

Even with the increased awareness, however, a senior scientist with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices says that when it comes to monitoring deaths related to therapeutic drugs, the United States does a poor job. The law does not require drug manufacturers to actively check for adverse effects related to medications, although it does require them to report any adverse effects that they do become aware of to the Food and Drug Administration.

Delayed pain injuries pose a threat after a car accident

Car accidents can harm victims in many ways, including physically, emotionally and financially. Unfortunately, some of the most dangerous results of car accidents are not apparent right away. Many victims suffer needless harm for months or even years afterward.

When a car accident occurs, the drivers and passengers involved probably experience a rush of adrenaline and panic, and may breathe a sigh of relief if they walk away from the collision with only light scrapes and bruises. The adrenaline rush that accompanies the experience can easily distract victims from injuries that are not visible. Without immediate medial care, victims may not realize that they sustained injuries that do not cause immediate pain.

Popular ice cream recalled due to potential nut issues

Food allergies are a serious concern for those who suffer from them and for those who provide care for older adults with children who have them. Thankfully, advances in labeling laws have made it easier for people to avoid items that contain ingredients to which they have an allergy.

In fact, some allergies are so severe that companies must now label whether their products come out of a facility that manufactures other products with certain ingredients.

Chronic sleep problems and driver fatigue

When someone has trouble falling asleep at night or staying asleep, their life may be adversely affected in a multitude of ways. They may experience challenges in the workplace because they are so tired, or they could face health problems due to a lack of sleep. However, sleep problems can be especially concerning when it comes to auto accidents since driver fatigue is responsible for many of the collisions that take place. Sadly, fatigued drivers place many lives at risk when they get behind the wheel.

When a driver is excessively tired, they may make mistakes on the road, such as driving through a stop sign, failing to use signals when necessary, driving over the speed limit or even falling asleep while behind the wheel. This can cause a driver to collide with another vehicle, and the outcome can be devastating. If you were hit by someone who appeared to be very tired when the accident took place, this factor should not be overlooked if you decide to move ahead with a lawsuit.

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