Personal Injury Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

Personal Injury Trends to Watch Out for in 2020

2020 is a brand-new year full of possibilities, including, unfortunately, opportunities to become injured in accidents. Many individuals want to know what to watch out for so they can help prevent serious injuries. While it’s not within your control to prevent anything from happening to you throughout your life, awareness and knowledge of emerging personal injury trends can help you prepare for an accident and know how to respond if you’re ever in one.

It’s important to know that the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Kentucky is one year. If you’ve been injured as a result of another’s negligence, you must act quickly to not miss your chance to achieve compensation for your pain and suffering.

Increasing Concern for Pedestrians in Kentucky

In Kentucky and around the country, there has been a rise in pedestrian accidents that have brought up a cause for concern. This increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including the rise in texting while driving, as well as texting while walking. The Governors Highway Safety Association found in 2018 that American drivers killed 5,977 walkers and cyclists the year before.

To reduce your chances of being hit as a pedestrian, it’s important that you’re not distracted. Use the designated crosswalks, look both ways, and wait to take out your phone until you’ve made it safely across.

Kentucky Coal Mining Diseases

In July 2019, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published a report that revealed a continuous increase in progressive massive fibrosis cases in coal minors in the Appalachia area, which includes states like Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would put a tax on coal in order to support the federal Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Research showed that one in every five miners in Appalachia is affected by black lung. If you’ve become ill due to coal mining, it’s crucial for your health and future that you call our personal injury lawyers to help you file a claim.

Increase in Ride-Sharing Accidents

With more and more commuters turning to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft in 2020, there will also be an increase in the number of ride-sharing accidents on the road. Research data from 2019 involving the University of Kentucky connected the rise in alternative transportation apps to the increased number of car accidents caused by road congestion.

As Informative as We Are Experienced

At Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC, we do much more than handle personal injury claim paperwork and argue in court – our relationship with our clients is our number one priority, which is why we’re dedicated to building mutual trust through frequent face-to-face interactions. We want our clients to be able to make informed decisions, because it’s their future we’re working with, which is why we educate clients on each step of the legal process. By having a working knowledge of your options and next steps, you can move through your case with confidence.

Call Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC at (859) 534-9327, or contact us online if you’ve been injured in an accident. Whether you were hurt in a construction accident or as a result of medical malpractice, you and your rights deserve to be defended by a legal team you can trust.

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