January 2013 Archives

Car Hits Ambulance In Meade County, Kentucky, EMTs Injured

January 25, 2013

Initial reports by the Kentucky State Police indicate that a 2008 Pontiac driven by a Sarah Hottell failed to stop at an intersection and struck and ambulance and then hit a Volkswagen. This Kentucky auto accident occurred in Meade County on KY 313 and KY 333. Ms. Hottell died at the scene from the accident injuries and her 10 month old infant was transported to Kosair Children's Hospital with minor injuries.

The EMTs in the ambulance, Todd Flory and Michael Wise, were ejected from their vehicle and suffered severe injuries. They were taken to University of Louisville Hospital. The driver of the Volkswagen that was hit, Maria Williams, was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital. From the reports, this appears to be an automobile accident caused by the fault of Ms. Hottell. As such she and her automobile insurance carrier will be responsible for the damages caused by this car crash. Ms. Williams, Mr. Flory, and Mr. Wise, will all have claims against Ms. Hottell, due to her negligence. Mr. Flory and Mr. Wise, in addition to a workers compensation claim, will be able to make a 3rd party negligence claim against Ms. Hottell's estate and insurance coverage.

The potential problem with this accident and the chance for the victims to seek justice is that there may not be enough insurance coverage to cover all the damages. Fortunately the workers comp will help to provide coverage and there may also be additional coverage from other policies available. This is an instance where every possible policy needs to be considered, including the policies of the victims for uninsured and/or underinsured coverage.

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Vaughn Family Injured In Corbin Kentucky Auto Accident

January 16, 2013

A two car accident in Corbin, Kentucky has left at least two people injured and sent them to the hospital with injuries. Susan Vaughn, of Corbin, was a passenger in a Ford Probe driven by her husband, Michael Vaughn, also of Corbin. As they were driving toward Corbin on Hwy. 25W, a Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Wilma Jean Hoskins, of Lily, attempted to make a left turn, according to Michael Vaughn. Instead, Hoskins drove into the path of the Vaughn's vehicle and caused the crash, according to Vaughn. The crash happened in front of the So-P-J Car Wash.

Persons injured in Kentucky car crashes are entitled to compensation and justice under Kentucky Law for the economical losses and physical injures related to accidents.

Both of the Vaughn's were reportedly wearing seatbelts and their airbag deployed in the crash. Still, Susan Vaughn suffered injuries to her right arm and face, and was placed in a neck brace at the scene. For treatment of her injuries, she was transported to Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin.

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George Tunstall III of Louisville, KY Killed Crossing Bardstown Road

January 14, 2013

George Tunstall III, age 67, was killed while crossing Bardstown Road in Louisville, Kentucky. Tunstall was a pedestrian and trying to walk across Bardstown Road, just south of Fegenbush Lane when he was struck a vehicle traveling northbound. The accident happened at 6:30 p.m. last Friday. Tunstall was taken from the scene of the accident to University of Louisville Hospital where he died at 8:15 p.m. Tunstall lived in the Highlands. Initial reports state that Tunstall was not crossing the road at a crosswalk.

Even though reports indicate that Tunstall was not crossing at a designated crosswalk, his family and Estate should retain legal counsel to look into what happened at this accident and what factors may have contributed to it. To the common person, it would appear initially that this accident was Mr. Tunstall's fault. However, Kentucky is a comparative fault state, which means that even if a person were 99% at fault for an accident, they can still recover legal damages for the 1% that was not their fault. The percentages can very up to 100%.

Our firm has represented persons and gotten legal financial recoveries for injuries and deaths related to people crossing roadways outside of crosswalks and/or designated crossing areas. In cases involving pedestrian accidents, it is important to look at why the victim was crossing where he/she was and what was the driver was doing at the time of the accident. Where the victim was coming from and going to is also an important factor. In any accident or death case, it's important to immediately have legal counsel gather and preserve the evidence related to the case. Cases involving deaths are referred to as Wrongful Death Claims.

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