Personal Injury

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Automobile accidents happen on Kentucky’s roads and highways all the time. In fact, 147,838 car accidents that resulted in 36,579 injuries were reported in our state in 2012 alone. After being involved in a car accident that causes an injury or property damage, you may need to take action against the responsible parties or an insurance company for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our auto accident lawyers at White Peck Carrington, LLP have the knowledge, and leverage their more than 100 combined years of experience practicing law, to help your case succeed.

Automobile Accidents

Various types of automobile accidents in Kentucky

Our auto accident lawyers work with many people dealing with the effects of serious crashes. These are the most common types of motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky:

  • Rear-end collisions. A rear-end collision occurs when a vehicle collides with another one in front of it. This commonly occurs due to driver inattention, unexpected stops and tailgating.
  • Side-impact collisions. A side-impact collision, sometimes called a T-bone collision, happens when one vehicle crashes into and impacts the side of another one. This type of collision often occurs in parking lots or at intersections.
  • Head-on collisions. A head-on collision occurs when the front end of one car collides with the front end of another. This type of collision is often serious, sometimes resulting in fatalities or other serious injuries. Some common causes of head-on collisions include a driver going the wrong way on a one-way street, swerving into oncoming traffic, or failing to see or pay attention to traffic signs.
  • Multi-vehicle pileups. This type of accident involves many vehicles and often occurs on freeways or highways. The consequences of such a crash can be devastating and result in serious personal injuries or death.
  • Sideswipe collisions. A sideswipe collision happens when two parallel vehicles touch or scrape their sides together. If this happens when the vehicles are traveling at high rates of speed, it can cause the drivers to lose control.
  • Hit-and-run accidents. A hit-and-run collision occurs when one vehicle collides with another person or vehicle and the driver fails to stop and exchange information. This most commonly occurs in parking lots, such as when a motorist hits a parked car and simply drives away.

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents

Automobile technology has improved drastically in recent years, doing wonders to increase driver and passenger safety. However, accidents may still occur due to a number of different factors, and some causes are much more common than others, such as distracted driving (looking at the scenery or a cell phone, adjusting the radio, etc.), driver fatigue, drunk driving, speeding, aggressive driving (tailgating, verbal abuse, disregarding traffic signals, etc.), and inclement weather.

Our dedicated Mount Sterling automobile accident lawyers are fully prepared to assist you

To explore your options for seeking compensation after a motor vehicle accident in Kentucky, call our legal team at White Peck Carrington, LLP at 859.498.2872 or contact us online. Set up a meeting and inquire about a consultation. Our office is located in Mount Sterling, right next to the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Product Liability

Mount Sterling, KY Products Liability Attorneys help you file effective claims

Defective products harm millions of people across the United States each year, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission identifying toys, recreational vehicles, household goods, home maintenance equipment and appliances as some of the most common items to cause this type of injury. If a dangerous or defective product harms you or a loved one, you may need to hold the manufacturer accountable for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other issues. Our skilled products liability attorneys at White Peck Carrington, LLP are experienced legal professionals, and attorney Carrington is a distinguished member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Dangerous products can seriously injure consumers

When a product contains some sort of defect or design flaw, it can cause serious injuries to consumers. Generally, these defects fall into three different categories:

  • Manufacturing defects — If a mistake occurs in the production process, such as improper assembly, a manufacturing defect may be at fault. An example of a defectively manufactured product is a bike with missing brake pads or a swing set with a damaged chain.
  • Design defects — This type of defect is also known as an “inherent” defect and is the result of a flaw in the product’s original design. An example of a defectively designed product is an SUV that flips over too easily when making a sharp turn or a pair of sunglasses that do not protect the wearer’s eyes from ultraviolet rays.
  • Failure to warn or instruct​​ —  Also known as a marketing defect, this occurs when the way in which a product is sold or marketed makes it dangerous to use. For example, medication may be sold without a proper label describing its potential side effects. In other situations, a public pool may fail to post warnings about diving into shallow areas, and this results in a swimming pool accident.

Auto accidents that qualify for a products liability case

Defective products in cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles and other vehicles are sometimes responsible for auto accidents. If you have been involved in a vehicle crash involving a defective automobile, you may have grounds for a products liability claim.

There are two main types of these claims:

  • Defectively manufactured vehicles or vehicle parts — This type of liability claim involves vehicles or parts that have been defectively produced — often the result of an error at the manufacturing facility or a problem with the shipping.
  • Vehicles with an unreasonably dangerous design — In some situations, parts may be perfectly manufactured, but the design of the vehicle is inherently dangerous. These cases tend to involve vehicles or parts that have been on the market for some time before it's discovered that their design is dangerous, leading to product recalls.

Contact our dedicated Mount Sterling law firm for products liability issues

To inquire about a initial consultation with a respected Kentucky law firm, call our legal team at White Peck Carrington, LLP today at 859.498.2872 or contact us online. Work with a legacy law firm that has been operating in Montgomery County since 1862. Our office is located next to the courthouse in Mount Sterling.

Swimming Pool Injuries

Mount Sterling Attorneys offer sound legal guidance after a swimming pool injury

Swimming pools provide hours of summertime fun for families throughout northeastern Kentucky, but they can also be extremely dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 190,000 swimming pool injuries nationwide in 2012, with children ages 5 to 14 being the most likely to experience them. If an accident like this has happened in your family, consult with one of our premises liability lawyers at White Peck Carrington, LLP. Our friendly team of legal professionals serves people throughout the Mount Sterling area, providing personal attention and setting realistic expectations for your case.

Common types of swimming pool injuries

While swimming pools are a lot of fun and a welcome relief from humid Kentucky summers, a number of injuries commly occur, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents — The wet ground near swimming pools makes it a common place for swimmers, especially children, to slip and fall. Pool owners are responsible for doing everything within their power to ensure this area remains safe for guests.
  • Drowning — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day in the United States. These accidents are often the result of a lack of barriers or adequate supervision.
  • Diving board injuries — Diving board accidents may cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures and more. This type of injury can result from inadequate railings, faulty parts, or a lack of nonskid material on steps or the board itself.

Why swimming pool injuries occur

Swimming poll accidents may occur for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are related to these issues:

  • Poor design — Defective design elements include diving boards place at a spot where the pool is too shallow, faulty boards, improperly constructed slides, and improperly designed or installed drains.
  • Improper maintenance — There are many parts of a pool that must be properly maintained to keep swimmers safe. Failure to maintain ladders, clear out debris or keep water clean (not murky) can result in serious injuries or illnesses.
  • Negligent pool owners — Pool owners are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe swimming environment. If there are unsafe conditions that result from poor security or evidence suggests that the pool owner was aware of other unsafe conditions and did not take any steps to fix them, the owner may be considered negligent and at fault.

Speak with out skilled pool injury lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident, work with our dedicated lawyers at White Peck Carrington, LLP. Inquire today about a consultation by calling 859.498.2872 or by contacting us online. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Mount Sterling, right next to the Montgomery County Courthouse.