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Laurel County, Kentucky Car Crash

April 16, 2014

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Tuesday Night in Laurel County, Kentucky a single vehicle accident occurred and seriously injured two young men. The accident occurred along Wyan Road, west of London, Kentucky. The vehicle was a Nissan 300Z, driven by Cameron Harville, age 23. The car reportedly went off the road, traveling nearly 40 feet and crashed head-on with a tree. Both the driver and the passenger, Michael Cornett, age 23, were airlifted to UK hospital to be treated for their injuries.

While it is unclear what caused this auto accident, under Kentucky law, drivers of motor vehicles owe a duty to others, including their passengers, to remain in control of their vehicles and to avoid causing injury to others, including passengers in the vehicles. As such, the passenger, Mr. Cornett, has a Kentucky personal injury claim (click here for a link to information related to legal damages that are recoverable and compensable under Kentucky law) against the driver of this vehicle and the insurance company which insured it. He can seek legal damages to cover his medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering from this accident.

Graves County Kentucky Accident Injures 5 People

April 14, 2014

A two vehicle Kentucky auto accident occurred Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m. in Graves County, Kentucky, at an intersection between Wingo, Kentucky and Sedakia, Kentucky. Based upon the reports available, the accident occurred due to driving negligence of 21 year old Ashley Nadvornik, who was driving on Ky 1748 and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Ky 339. In doing so, Ms. Nadvornik pulled out in front of and in the pathway of a vehicle driven by 72 year old Marvin Myatt, who was traveling eastbound on Ky 339. As a result of this accident, Mr. Myatt and his passenger Kathy Myatt both received injuries. Ms. Nadvornik and her two passengers all were transported to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for treatment for their injuries.

As such, due to the negligent driving of Ms. Nadvornik, the Myatt's and the passengers in Ms. Nadvornik's vehicle will all have Kentucky Personal Injury Claims against Ms. Nadvornik and her auto insurance carrier. Passengers of vehicles, even passengers in the vehicle of the at-fault driver, are entitled to civil injury protection under Kentucky law.

Five Year Old Killed In Graves County, Kentucky Head-On Car Crash

April 11, 2014

A two vehicle Kentucky motor vehicle accident Thursday night has injured two adults and caused the death of a 5 year old. The car crash happened around 7:00 p.m. in Mayfield on North Sutton Lane. This accident was a head-on collision. Corinne Nichy, age 24, was the driver of one of the vehicles. The other vehicle was driven by April Faulkner, age 34. Jalyn Clark, age 5, was a passenger in Ms. Faulkner's vehicle. All parties were taken to Jackson Purchase Medical Center. The 5 year old was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tragically, Jalyn Clark died from the injuries sustained in the crash.

Information about protecting the legal rights of accident victims and the legal rights of families who have lost a loved one in a Kentucky motor vehicle accident can be sought from the Ackerson Law Offices (click here to go to Attorney Ackerson's website, www.kyfirm.com). Information about Kentucky Personal Injury Claims and Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims can be found from that website.

Hopkins County, Kentucky Single Vehicle Crash Kills Driver And Injures Two Passengers

April 10, 2014

This tragic Kentucky car crash occurred early Wednesday morning on the Pennyrile Parkway shortly after the 53 mile-maker in Hopkins County, Kentucky. The driver of the vehicle lost control of the car and went into the median, and then the vehicle flipped over two lanes of traffic. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries. One passenger, Thomas Hawkins, of Hanson, was also thrown from the vehicle. Another passenger, Amber Harrison, of Henderson, was wearing her seat belt and remained in the vehicle. Both passengers survived the crash but are suffering severe injuries from the crash. They, as passengers in this vehcile, may be entitled to legal compensation for their injuries from this crash. (Legal Damages)

Police reports suspect that alcohol may nave been a factor in this tragic crash.

Information on the legal rights of persons injured from alcohol related auto accident can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices' website (www.kyfirm.com).

Late Night Warren County, Kentucky Crash Kills Two And Injures One

April 9, 2014

Around 3:00 a.m. Saturday two vehicles in warren County, Kentucky collided at the intersection of Porter Pike Road and Petty Road. One vehicle driven by, Linda Cowles, was traveling on Porter Pike Road when another vehicle driven by Jonathan Elmore attempted to cross Porter Pike Road, traveling on Petty Road. This resulted in the collision. The accident resulted in serious injury to Ms. Cowles and the death of Mr. Elmore and his passenger Craig Armstrong. As such the factors that lead to this accident will determine who is at-fault for the crash that has created a potential Kentucky Personal Injury Claim and two potential Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims.

Information about Kentucky Personal Injury Claims, Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims, and the civil legal damages that can stem from these types of accidents can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices' website at www.kyfirm.com.

Pike County, Kentucky Crash Injures Three And Causes The Death Of Another

April 9, 2014

This auto accident happened Thursday in Pike County, Kentucky on U.S. 460. The driver of a vehicle traveling westbound on U.S. 460 crossed the center line of traffic to avoid a stopped vehicle in that lane of traffic. In doing so that vehicle struck a vehicle traveling eastbound, driven by Debra Fouts of Virgie, Kentucky. The accident caused serious injury to Ms. Fouts and two passengers in her vehicle. One of the passengers, Kyla Fouts, was airlifted to the hospital due to the severity of her injuries. Tragically, Kyla Fouts, died Friday morning at Johnson City Medical Center due to the injuries from the crash.

This Kentucky auto accident has legally given rise to both Kentucky Personal Injury Claims and a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim. The two survivors from the Fouts vehicle will have civil legal claims for damages from the accident, and the Fouts family will be able to legally bring a Wrongful Death claim related to the loss of Kyla's life.

The driver who crossed the center line was also injured, and depending upon the circumstance may have legal claims against the stopped vehicle in the roadway. The Fouts family's legal claims will be primarily against the driver who crossed the center line. Based upon the severity of the injuries and the death involved in this accident, adequate insurance coverage will be a legal issue to contend with. As such, in severe accidents, knowledge of insurance laws and coverage available is important, including the possibility of utilizing under insured and/or uninsured motorist coverage.

Information about the legal rights of victims of Kentucky auto accidents can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices website (www.kyfirm.com) and from Kentucky attorney Brent T. Ackerson.

Head-On DUI Crash On Tennessee River Bridge Results In Injures And A DUI

March 24, 2014

A Kentucky Drunk Driving Accident injures innocent driver. George Ryan, age 64, has been criminally charged with DUI 1st Offense, Assault 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, & Failure to maintain auto insurance, after he drove intoxicated in the wrong direction of traffic on US Highway 60/Tennessee River Bridge. Mr. Ryan's vehicle crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by 28 year old Jackee Duncan, of Ledbetter, Kentucky, who was taken to the hospital for injuries.

A major legal concern from this accident is the civil liability owed by Mr. Ryan to his innocent victim. Because Mr. Ryan failed to maintain his automobile insurance, the civil legal damages sustained by Jackee Duncan may go without compensation. In cases where the at-fault party has no insurance, it's important that the victim carry uninsured motorist coverage on the vehicle they are in. Uninsured motorist coverage insures drivers against legal damages caused by drivers who do not have insurance. In cases that involve drinking and driving, another potential source for civil legal recovery and compensation for innocent victims is possibly from the bar or restaurant that last served the alcohol to the drunk driver that caused the accident. Under Kentucky law this type of legal action against bar/restaurant owners who over serve alcohol to drivers is known as a 3rd party Kentucky Dram Shop Action, and involves claims of negligent alcohol service to at-fault drivers. The difficult part in cases of over service is acquiring the knowledge of where the at-fault driver last was served alcohol. As such, immediate legal action against the driver may be the only means of forcing information about where the person had been drinking prior to the accident.

Information about the legal rights of persons hurt or killed by DUI accidents in Kentucky can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices. (www.kyfirm.com).

Two Christian County Kentucky Teens Killed In Anderson County Crash

March 24, 2014

A tragic and fatal accident occurred in Anderson County, Kentucky, as four teenagers were traveling home to Christian County, Kentucky, after watching a high school basketball game. The four high school students were traveling in a 2010 Nissan pickup truck which collided with the back end of a semi tractor trailer that had parked in an emergency lane. Two of the teenagers were seriously injured. One teenage, Dequavius Weaver, age 16, died at the scene of the crash, and another teenager, 17 year old Jacob Blankenship, was transported to UK Hospital where he died there from the injuries sustained in the accident. Josh Harbold, age 16, and Dendrick Holmes, are hospitalized due to their injuries.

In a case such as this, where two are killed and 2 others seriously injured, the primary concern from a legal perspective is will there be enough insurance coverage to afford justice to those injured and the families of the killed. It becomes complicated and ever insurance policy, including many that most would not consider as possibly affording coverage must be examined to insure that the victims get the fullest amount of justice afforded under the law.

The legal claims from this accident will be both Kentucky Personal Injury Claims and Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims. The damages will vary form victim to victim based upon the facts specific to each victim. Information about the legal rights of persons injured in Kentucky auto accidents and the legal rights of families who have lost a loved one in a Kentucky auto accident can be found from the Ackerson Law Offices. (www.kyfirm.com)

Greenup, Kentucky Car Crash Kills 3 & Injures 1

March 17, 2014

A Greenup, Kentucky car accident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 23. It involved two vehicles. The crash has tragically taken the lives of three people, Tracie Howard, of Portsmouth, Ruby Brown, of South Shore, and Jamond Buford, of Ashland. Joshua Bowling, age 33, of Flatwoods was taken to King's Daughters' Medical Center for medical treatment. His condition is listed as serious.

Details related to the cause of the crash are still pending. Under Kentucky motor vehicle laws, the parties responsible for the accident can be held legally liable for the accident, injuries, and deaths, related to the accident. Persons who are injured in Kentucky auto accidents can bring Kentucky Personal Injury Claims. The families of persons killed in Kentucky auto accidents can bring Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims. Depending upon the facts surrounding the accident and matters specific to each individual, the legal claims can and will vary.

Lexington Woman, Felecia Burton, Killed In Louisville Pedestrian Accident

March 10, 2014

Felecia Burton, age 40, of Lexington, Kentucky, was killed Sunday morning after being struck by a van. This tragic accident happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Burton and friends had left a bar and were walking along the roadway in Okolona neighborhood area when for unknown reasons Burton stumbled into the roadway and was struck by a van. Police reports indicate that alcohol may have been a factor in causing this accident. If alcohol is determined to be a factor, Burton's family may have a claim against the bar that over served the alcohol that lead to this accident. This type of legal action is generally known as a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim and more specifically known as a Dram Shop Action, in cases of over serving of alcohol. Dram Shop actions, depending upon the parties involved, can be either 1st party claims or 3rd party claims.

Under the legal causes of action for both a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim and a Kentucky Dram Shop Action, the family of Ms. Burton can seek legal civil damages under Kentucky Law.

Graves County Kentucky Crash Results In 19 Year Old Being Airlifted To Vanderbilt Hospital

March 10, 2014

A motor vehicle crash in Graves County, Kentucky occurred Sunday at the intersection of Ky 80 and Ky 97 when a vehicle failed to yield the right-of-way while attempting to turn onto Ky 80. the accident resulted in injuries to both drivers. A passenger, 17 year old Kelsey Gibson, of Murray, Kentucky, was severely injured and airlifted to Vanderbilt hospital to be treated for her injuries.

Ms. Gibson, a passenger cannot be liable for this accident, and as such Kentucky law will afford her and her family the right to seek Kentucky civil law damages. Anytime a person is airlifted to the hospital the medial expenses, including the stat flight, will be substantial. As such, knowledge of insurance laws and avenues of coverage flexibility are important to consider early in the process of seeking treatment and protecting the legal rights of the innocent injured person.

Boyd County Kentucky Crash Causes Death Of 17 Year Old

March 10, 2014

This accident happened last Thursday night on U.S. 60 near the intersection of Ky 5. The Accident was caused by a westbound vehicle crossing the center line of the roadway and crashing into a Chevy Blazer. This accident resulted in multiple persons being sent to hospital and the death of 17 year old Alexandra "Paige" Bush.

While clearly the accident appears to be the fault of the vehicle crossing into the path of on-coming traffic, the greater unanswered questions are what caused the vehicle to cross into the other lane. The reasons can range from mere driver inattentiveness to other acts such as cell phone usage.

Kentucky law affords the families of victims who are killed in motor vehicle accidents to use Kentucky civil laws to seek justice in cases where someone is killed. Such legal action is referred to as a Kentucky Wrongful Death Suit and affords families the right to use the legal system to seek redress and answers to what caused the accident. Often these types of lawsuits are not only about seeking to punish the wrong doers financially, but often through the legal discovery process and the taking of depositions, the witnesses are forced to testify and provide answers about what truly happened.

Civil justice in cases where people die can afford financial recoveries to help with the loss suffered by the families, serves as a form of punishment for the wrong doers, and can afford families piece of mind as to the hows and whys that caused the tragedy.

Casey County, Kentucky Crash Tragically Takes The Life Of A 26 Year Old

February 3, 2014

A fatal cross-over accident occurred on US 127 in Casey County, Kentucky around 6:30 p.m. last Friday. This accident involved a vehicle crossing the center line of traffic and crashing into another vehicle traveling the opposite direction. Michael Beal, age 26, was tragically killed in this accident.

Kentucky civil laws related to tragic auto accident are not as compassionate as one would hope. They do not afford justice fully to a family who has lost a loved one. Often the legal damages that can be claimed in Kentucky Wrongful Death lawsuits is limited solely to the lost earning potential of the victims, and do not afford family members, other than spouses or younger children, compensation for the bereavement and emotional distress suffered.

Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims are very fact specific to the circumstances of the accident and the circumstances of the deceased victim's life. The families of younger victims are compensated much more than the families of victims who are much older. As a result the laws can seem to disproportionately place a greater value on life at a younger age than an older age. The reality however is that the law is merely affording compensation for the lifetime of lost earning potentials, and a person who is young has lost more years of earning capacity than a person who is of the age of retirement.

It is this lack of compassion that causes families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others to feel that the legal system has failed them. Good legal representation is important, as it affords the family an objective and legally knowledgeable person who knows the laws and understands the limitations it can afford. As such, the families can focus on their grief and healing, while their lawyer can focus on the legalities and take that stress off of the families.

More information about Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims and the legal remedies afforded the families of victims can be found at www.kyfirm.com.

Harrison County, Kentucky Crash Kills One & Injuries Two

February 3, 2014

A single vehicle accident in Harrison County, Kentucky last Friday has resulted in the death of one passenger and the serious injury of the driver and another passenger. Joshua Frank Fryman, age 21, died from the injuries he sustained in this crash. The driver of the vehicle and another passenger were air lifted to UK Hospital due to their injuries. This accident occurred at 1:30 a.m. on Williamstown Road. Reports indicate that the vehicle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed and struck a utility pole.

The injured passenger and the family of Mr. Fryman will both have legal claims against the driver of the vehicle. The Fryman family will have a Kentucky Wrongful Death claim whereby they can seek compensation for the loss of Joshua's life. The other passenger in the vehicle will have a Kentucky Personal Injury claim whereby compensation for medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and pain & suffering, can be sought.

Due to the severity and tragic nature of this accident, it is important to know each and every insurance policy available to afford coverage, including policies that most would not think to consider, including policies of the victims and policies of persons who lived with the victims. Knowledge of insurance laws help victims and there families obtain the maximum amount of coverage available to compensate them for their losses.

Often it is important to look at where the vehicle involved in the crash was coming from. If alcohol was a contributing factor to an accident, a bar or restaurant may bear some of the fault for the crash. If such is the case, then that business's insurance will also need to be put on notice about the legal claims.

Information about the legal rights of persons injured in Kentucky motor vehicle crashes and the legal rights of families who have lost a loved one in a Kentucky motor vehicle crash, can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices' website. (www.kyfirm.com)
-- Kentucky Injury & Death Attorney Brent T. Ackerson
(502) 882-5176

Stanetta Doss & Tamara Berry Hurt In Danville, Kentucky Car Crash

February 3, 2014

Reports indicate that an accident in Danville, Kentucky has severely injured three people, one of which was pregnant. This Kentucky Car Accident happened around 6:00 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of US 127 and 2168. Stanetta Doss was driving west on 2168 when her car was struck by a vehicle driving north on US 127. The vehicle that struck Ms. Doss' vehicle had a pregnant passenger in it. All three individuals were taken to Ephraim McDowell Hospital for their injuries.

Ms. Doss and Tamara Berry, the pregnant passenger, both can make Kentucky personal injury claim (here is a link to more explanation about these types of claims) related to this accident for which they were not at fault for. These types of claims legally allow injured auto accident victims the right to recovery their costs for medical treatments, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering.

In cases of serious injury, accident victims should have their legal representative contact the insurance companies and reserve all payments of medical expenses until such time that it is determined the extent of the injuries, the extent of the medical treatment needed, and the determination of what income will be lost as result of the accident. By reserving insurance proceeds, such as PIP coverage, that money can be directed to specific providers or used to cover lost wages/income more quickly than through the standard injury legal claims process.

More information about reserving PIP coverage after a motor vehicle accident can be found from the Ackerson Law Offices website. (www.kyfirm.com)