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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.

Why is it riskier to drive at night?

Even when the sun sets in Kentucky, cars, tractor trailers and motorcycles still fill the roadways. Whether you are rushing home from work or are just going out to spend the evening with friends, driving at night can be more dangerous than driving during daylight hours. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that your chances of being involved in a fatal car accident are three times greater at night than they are during the day.

One reason why a deadly car accident is more common at night is due to the lack of natural light. You experience limited visibility once the sun goes down, especially when the roads are not lit properly. This is exaggerated in people who have eye conditions, such as cataracts. For instance, it is harder to determine the speed and distance of an oncoming vehicle at night than in full light. You may inadvertently pull out in front a vehicle traveling at a greater speed than you thought. People who are over the age of 50 often need twice the amount of light to see than a 30-year-old driver. It is best to always have your eyesight checked routinely to ensure you are okay to drive.

Looking back at major recalls in February 2019

Auto recall notices are relatively common. These official alerts are the result of investigations into automotive parts problems. As such, corroborated with specialized testimony, they may become essential articles in various types of Kentucky auto-related injury cases.

For those interested in finding out whether their vehicle was subject to a recall, there is a simple tool available. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a quick vehicle identification number search. One could simply enter the 17-character Vin of a vehicle and find out any safety recalls that happened over the past 15 years, including those that pertain to motorcycles.

Fire hazard leads to recall of 200,000 Honda generators

When a storm hits Kentucky, you worry about a long-term power outage. While you don't plan to go off the grid and set up your own power system entirely, you do want something to help until they get the lines back up again. So, you go out and you buy a generator.

If you chose a specific Honda generator, you may have just put yourself in far more danger than if you had simply lived with no power for a while. The company just had to recall around 200,000 units on the grounds that they can catch on fire.

Manual transmission, inexperience and the risk of a crash

In recent years, vehicles with automatic transmission have become increasingly common. Many drivers prefer the convenience associated with these types of vehicles and would rather avoid some of the tasks that come with driving a stick shift. However, there are many vehicles with manual transmission on the road, and some people may not have very much familiarity with driving these vehicles. Unfortunately, this could increase the chances of something going wrong, especially if a driver is completely clueless with respect to driving a stick shift.

Inexperienced drivers can endanger the safety of others on the road in many ways. Whether they do not have much familiarity with certain road conditions, such as ice and snow, or they simply have not spent much time behind the wheel and do not respond appropriately in certain situations. Someone who has never driven a stick shift may take their mental focus and eyes off of the road to switch gears or try to figure out how to use the clutch, for example. Moreover, operating a vehicle improperly can be concerning as well.

Vehicle recalls-ignore or take seriously?

If you receive a recall notice about your vehicle, you may be like other car owners in Kansas and throughout the country and ignore it. Manufacturers send out recall notices about safety concerns of a particular vehicle so the owners can fix the problem at no charge to them. Because recalls typically relate to safety issues, it is important to schedule an appointment for repair as soon as possible. Even if it seems like a small, non-safety related issue you should take care of it so it does not become a bigger problem later.

According to the Providence Journal, many vehicle owners ignore recall notices, which can put them in danger as well as others on the road. Some of the recalls that deserve immediate action due to the interference with safety include issues related to

  • Steering
  • Airbags
  • Suspension
  • Fuel system
  • Tires susceptible to cracking
  • Wiring system

These 3 accident causes are common throughout America

There are dozens of reasons that car crashes could happen ranging from mechanical errors to drivers' mistakes. As a victim of a crash, knowing the cause can be important. Even if you made a minor error, a more serious mistake, like driving while drunk or distracted, could mean that the other driver is liable for the collision.

Of the dozens of reasons for crashes, there are three prominent causes. One is speeding. Another is driving while intoxicated. The third is being distracted when you should be paying attention to the road.

These are some of the most dangerous roads in Kentucky

There are many areas of Kentucky that are more dangerous than others when it comes to driving. For example, Interstate 264 in Louisville has more collisions than any other in the city limits, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Other roads are problematic too, such as Kentucky Highway 44, which runs through Bullitt County.

What makes these roads dangerous is not only factors like how they are rural roads or two-lane roads with narrow lanes. The truth is that they're dangerous because of the traffic that has to pass through the area being too great for the space on the roadway. For example, Kentucky Highway 44 is narrow, but it's the large amount of traffic that has to use the highway that makes it so dangerous. Between 2013 and 2015, that road was the scene of 6,830 accidents.

Manufacturer knew baby powder contained cancer-causing substance

Many women across Kentucky and the United States have used baby powder in their personal hygiene routines for years, but a recent investigation into the product long rumored to cause cancer has revealed some new and troubling information. The investigation revealed that, not only does baby powder contain trace amounts of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen, but that the baby powder manufacturer knew this, but neglected to inform the public. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we recognize that the manufacturer’s failure to inform the public of product risks placed thousands of Americans at risk, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of defective or dangerous products seek recourse.

According to USA Today, the manufacturer of the talc powder in question had knowledge that its product contained trace amounts of asbestos since at least as far back as 1971. However, none of the company executives, scientists, mine managers or others who had this knowledge found it necessary to inform the public about the presence of asbestos, thereby stripping away consumers’ opportunities to make informed decisions about whether to use the product.

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