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How do you protect yourself against uninsured drivers?

The last thing you want to think about is the possibility of being involved in a car accident. But what do you do if it does happen? What if the person who hit you did not even have car insurance or not enough insurance coverage? What are your options? People drive around with no insurance every day or they are underinsured. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC), some estimated 30 million U.S. vehicle owners do not have car insurance. That is about 15%. The IRC is an organization paid for by the insurance companies.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU'RE INJURED AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK?

Many Kentuckians will spend at least one day this summer (and possibly many) at a theme park, fair, carnival, water park or other outdoor location where rides and other activities abound. We count on these rides and activities to be as safe as possible.

PROMS, GRADUATIONS BRING INCREASED DANGERS ON THE ROAD

This time of year, known by high schoolers across Kentucky as prom and graduation season, causes even more worry than usual for parents of teens. Both of these events are accompanied by all-night parties where alcohol is often supplied by other teens, older siblings or even adults.

Is any amount of asbestos exposure safe? Our white paper has answers

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of organs. Where and when did exposure occur? These are important questions that are often difficult to answer. It could have been occupational (in construction trades, manufacturing or power plants), secondary (laundering clothing covered in asbestos dust) or household (daily baby powder use) exposure.

It can take many decades for mesothelioma to develop. Occupational histories, interviews with former co-workers and research into company suppliers can provide initial clues. Often, there are numerous responsible parties, which makes litigation extremely complicated.

TIPS TO INCREASE PEDESTRIAN VISIBILITY AND SAFETY

Whether you are a runner or a walker, as a pedestrian you are one of the most vulnerable individuals on Kentucky roads. Devoid of the protection a metal car or even a bike helmet, pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries and even death.

CUSTODIANS, MAINTENANCE WORKERS AND ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

Asbestos, which has been linked to conditions like mesothelioma and other forms of cancer, isn't nearly as prevalent in our lives as it was during much of the last century. However, it was once present in homes, schools, office buildings and myriad other structures. It was used in floor and ceiling tiles, roofing materials, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, insulation and construction materials. It was valued for its strength and fire-resistant qualities.

THE TOP TYPES OF DANGEROUS CONDUCT BY U.S. DRIVERS

Every weekday you get in the car and drive to work. You know a decent portion of your day is spent on the roads, so you do your best to act responsibly and safely behind the wheel. However, your fate is not entirely in your own hands. Your safety out on the roads also depends on how other drivers act.

MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR AWARD IN TALCUM POWDER ASBESTOS SUIT

Attorneys openly wept in a courtroom earlier this month after jurors handed down an $80 million award in punitive damages for their client. The plaintiff, a 46-year-old investment banker, says that he developed lung cancer as the result of asbestos in his talcum powder. He sued the makers of the powder, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and the company that mined the talc -- Imerys SA. This brings the plaintiff's total award to $117 million.

SENATOR: AUTONOMOUS DRIVING TECHNOLOGY STILL NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Self-driving cars may well end up significantly reducing injuries and fatalities on the nation's roads. However, there are still issues that need to be worked out. Two recent fatal crashes involving autonomous vehicles have some consumers, manufacturers and legislators concerned.

Elderly people can be seriously harmed by unsafe conditions

As we get older, it's not uncommon to develop balance problems and limitations to our mobility. We also generally experience some vision and cognitive decline. For all of these reasons, elderly people may be more likely to fall than younger people.

Further, falls for elderly people can be more dangerous than for younger ones. Their bones tend to become more brittle as they age, so they may break easily. Broken bones and other injuries can take longer to heal and require more medical treatment and rehabilitation than they would for a younger person. Some elderly people never fully recover from a fall. They may require full-time care, either at home or in a nursing home.

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