E-scooters are certainly growing on Louisville locals. It’s now estimated Derby City denizens have taken 400,000 rides on these shareable devices from August of 2018 through November of 2019.
Although Louisville leaders seem pleased with the overall performance of rentable e-scooters, they also believe there’s room for improvement. That’s why members of the Public Works Department recently announced new restrictions on where and when e-scooter riders could scoot around town.
To help prevent potential crashes, Louisville has designated certain areas as “reduced speed” areas.
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Just weeks after the city welcomed 360 new Lime e-scooters, Lexington already has its first e-scooter-related fatality.
According to The Lexington Herald Leader, this tragic accident occurred between Richmond Road and Lakeshore Drive late on November 4, 2019. Allegedly, a young male riding a Lime e-scooter lost control of his vehicle and fell into oncoming traffic.
First responders immediately transported this man to a local hospital. Sadly, doctors soon confirmed the crash victim had died from his injuries.
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In an attempt to offer locals more affordable transportation options, Lexington’s city leaders recently granted two California-based companies e-scooter licenses. In a nutshell, this means the companies Lime and Spin are now allowed to plant up to 400 e-scooters each throughout Kentucky’s “Horse Capital.”
Both Lime and Spin began dropping off rentable e-scooters in Lexington near the end of October 2019. Executives from Lime have also been leading safety demonstrations around the city to ensure locals know how to operate their devices correctly.
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Several factors influence dog bite settlements and verdicts in Kentucky. The general rule is that pursuant to section 258.235(4), of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Kentucky is a strict liability dog bite state. The statute states as follows: “Any owner whose dog is found to have caused damage to a person, livestock or other property, shall be responsible for that damage.” The word “shall in the preceding sentence actually means “might” though. Regardless of the fact that section 258.235 has been characterized as a strict liability statute,
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On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Lime dropped 360 electric ride-share scooters around the city. The launch of the program followed an agreement with city leaders who hope the plan will help with the city’s green energy and alternative transportation goals.
Safety was the primary concern of the city council as they also adopted a new ordinance aimed at preventing accidents. These new rules prohibit riding e-scooters on sidewalks, obeying existing traffic laws and only parking in designated e-scooter parking spots.
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Dogs are popular pets in the United States, especially in Kentucky, but sometimes they turn on humans and bite. A dog bite can tear through skin, muscle and nerves, and cause permanent damage, especially if a child is the victim. So far in 2019, a two-year-old boy and a 46-year-old man died from injuries suffered in Kentucky dog attacks.
Section 258.235(4) of the Kentucky Revised Statutes controls dog bites in the state. It’s a strict liability statute. It says that “Any owner whose dog is found to have caused damage to a person, Read the rest » Can I Sue for a Dog Bite in Kentucky?
We love dogs, however, sometimes dogs attack. Dog bite cases are civil personal injury cases. Each dog bite case is different, especially in the context of liability and damages. Given that fact, much depends on the strategy that an injured claimant or their attorneys take. Without an attorney representing the claimant, attempts to obtain a satisfactory disposition are going to take longer, and the likelihood of a satisfactory disposition decrease drastically.
The Statute of Limitations:
Kentucky law allows an injured claimant one year from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
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The last thing anyone wants to think about after they lost a loved one is money. Unfortunately, there are often fairly substantial costs that come with losing someone important in your life, and our system of civil justice only allows the monetary compensation to make up for the loss.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we have seen the grief, pain and uncertainty that comes with a wrongful death, and we are passionate about helping the surviving family seek justice for their loss.
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A wrongful death claim is a personal injury that ended with the death of the victim. So long as the injured person is alive, he or she can file a personal injury claim based on injuries received because of another’s negligence.
Wrongful Death Claim Based on Negligence
To be able to get compensation in any personal injury claim, the victim must prove that the at-fault person acted negligently and caused the injuries. If those injuries resulted in death, then the proper claim to file is a wrongful death.
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Both Kentucky and the federal government tax income received by Kentucky tax payers. So, what happens when you get money from a wrongful death? Is it taxable?
The simple answer is, all “income” and punitive damages are taxable, all others are not. It’s safe to say that the vast majority of all settlements and trial judgments are not taxable, but that leaves the rest to be taxed.
Compensatory Damages not Taxable
Compensatory damages are those meant to compensate someone directly for their loss.
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