Archive for April, 2012


Kentucky Drunk Driver Facing More Charges Two Months After Crash

April 26, 2012

It was reported this morning that a second man has died as a result of a Spottsville, Kentucky, crash on Valentine’s Day. According to Channel 14 News, the accident happened on Highway 60 around 5:30 p.m.

Police say that a 58-year-old intoxicated driver was heading west along the highway when he veered off the road. The driver then overcorrected and jerked the vehicle into the oncoming lanes of traffic where it collided with a pickup truck nearly head-on.

The 23-year-old man driving the pickup truck died at the scene. The 56-year-old man who was a passenger in the drunk driver’s vehicle was critically injured and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he died from complications stemming from his injuries just a little more than two-months after the crash.

While the intoxicated driver already faces driving under the influence charges stemming from the incident, the county attorney is working to determine if a murder charge of some kind can be brought against the man since the passenger who was in his vehicle died earlier this week.

The Kentucky DUI Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers say that at current fatality rates, a person will die every 50 minutes from an alcohol-related crash, making up more than one-third of all traffic fatalities per year. Do your part to prevent these accidents by never getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol.

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Indiana Law Enforcement To Begin Seat Belt Campaign Friday

April 19, 2012

Research has shown that a disproportionate number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in Indiana happen on rural roads. In an effort to curb these numbers, law enforcement statewide will begin seat belt patrols starting this Friday in rural counties where around 64 percent of these accidents occur, such as Gibson County.

According to Channel 14 News, more than 25 local and state law enforcement agencies will participate in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which will run through May 17. During that time, officers will be on the lookout for anyone not buckled up in a moving vehicle as required by state law. If caught, an offender and the person driving could both face tickets and fines.

During a similar ticket blitz that occurred last year, law enforcement issued tickets to approximately 18,000 motorists for not wearing their seat belts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every 15 seconds, a person is injured in a car accident and that someone is killed in a motor vehicle crash every 13 minutes. It also says that your chances of survival in a crash can be increased as much as ten times by simply fastening a seatbelt. In fact, seatbelts can potentially save 11,000 lives per year.

That’s why the Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers would like to remind motorists to always fasten their seat belts before the vehicle goes anywhere.

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FDA Issues Recall For HeartMate Pump

April 12, 2012

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an official recall on all HeartMate II® Left Ventricular Assist Systems (HM II LVAS) having Catalog No. 104692, 103393, 104911, or 104912. According to a press release from the agency, the recall is due to reports of the sealed graft bend relief not being properly connected to the device.

The FDA added that the defect should only be found in less than 1 percent of all existing devices and that 24 of the 29 incidents reported so far were only found by X-ray or during an unrelated operational procedure. The bend relief is used to prevent kinking of the outflow conduit that connects the HeartMate II pump to the ascending aorta. If the bend disconnects from the outflow graft, a patient may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Low pump flow
  • Hemolysis
  • Fluctuations in pump flow, speed, and/or power
  • Worsening symptoms of heart failure

Doctors at the 226 hospitals and offices who have purchased the devices have been given new instructions on how to implant the devices into patients in order to prevent the problem in the future. Any patient currently using the device who has experienced problems has been instructed to seek medical advice from their doctor immediately.

The Kentucky Defective Medical Device Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers want to help if your failed medical device has led to you suffering serious health complications.

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Kentucky Crash Kills Man and Injures Child

April 5, 2012

Not wearing seatbelts and speed are to blame for an accident that left a 26-year-old Dawson Springs, Kentucky, man dead and his 4-year-old daughter seriously injured. According to Channel 14 News, the crash happened at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on KY-70.

Deputies with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department, who conducted an investigation of the crash, stated that the man was driving at a high rate of speed with his daughter in a booster seat when he entered a turn on the road. He failed to negotiate the curb because of his speeding and veered off the roadway just seconds before slamming into a tree. Deputies added that the man was not properly restrained by a seatbelt at the time of the crash and died as a result of his injuries.

The man’s daughter, who survived the crash thanks to her safety seat, was taken to Regional Medical Center in Madisonville for treatment for her injuries. She is expected to make a full recovery.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed and a lack of seat belts are the two major contributing factors in fatal accidents in the United States besides alcohol.

The Kentucky Auto Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers would like to remind motorists that the best way to stay safe in a car is to always buckle up and obey the posted speed limit of the road.

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