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Russell County, Kentucky Car Crash Kills Two Thursday Morning

April 17, 2014

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A tragic auto accident occurred Thursday morning around 6:30 a.m. in Russell County, Kentucky. This was a two vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 80 near Russell Springs. The drivers of both vehicles died from the injuries sustained from the crash. Accident re-constructionists are on the scene trying to determine the cause of the wreck and what happened.

Once fault is determined, the family of the not-at-fault driver will be able to levy a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim against the at-fault driver's estate and the insurance company which insured the at-fault vehicle. In serious auto accidents it's important to take legal action quickly in order to preserve evidence related to the crash, including subpoenaing the cell phone records of the at-fault driver to determine if usage of texting or phone calls were a cause in the accident. To subpoena records, a formal lawsuit must be filed to empower such a subpoena to be issued. Most cell phone companies only retain cell phone and text records for a very brief time. As such time is a factor in filing litigation quickly in order to obtain such records before they get deleted/destroyed.

It is illegal in Kentucky to text and drive. If a driver involved in an accident is found to have been texting at the time of the accident, then that driver would be legally per se negligent in causing the accident, and such a legal finding substantially helps the victims or their families pursue civil justice.

The Ackerson Law Offices (www.kyfirm.com) help victims and their families with the legalities involved in pursuing legal claims against at-fault drivers who cause Kentucky auto accidents.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Bayleigh Smith and 2 Teenage Passengers Injured in Trimble County, Kentucky Accident

January 24, 2014

Reports indicate that Bayleigh Smith, age 18, of Bedford, Kentucky was driving a F-150 westbound on Highway 42, with 2 passengers, when she attempted to pass two vehicles in front of her. While Bayleigh was passing the vehicles, another vehicle pulled out in an attempt to pass one of the vehicle's Bayleigh was attempting to pass. This resulted in the second vehicle, driven by Susan Jones, of Milton, Kentucky, hitting the F-150 and forcing it from the roadway. The F-150, after being forced off the road, struck a tree and injured Bayleigh Smith and two passengers in the F-150. All three persons in the F-150 were flown to Louisville hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

Under Kentucky Motor Vehicle Laws, Bayleigh Smith and the two passengers of the vehicle will all have Kentucky Personal Injury Claims (Link to Inury Damages Claims) against Ms. Jones, as a result of this accident. As such, these Kentucky car crash victims will be able to make legal claims to recover their medical bills and be compensated for their injuries, including for their pain & suffering. In cases like this where the injuries are severe enough to require being airlifted to the hospital, its important that the victims quickly take action to enforce their legal rights and preserve/reserve all insurance payments available until they are fully recovered and finished with medical treatment. This will enable them to stretch the insurance coverage dollars to help reduce the medical bills from the accident.

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London, Kentucky Laurel County Accident Severely Injures Five

December 2, 2013

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A Kentucky car accident last Wednesday sent 5 people to the Hospital. Most of the victims had to be airlifted via helicopter. The crash happened Wednesday around 8:00 p.m. when a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix traveling eastbound on Ky 80 crossed the center line of the roadway and struck a 2006 Honda CRV head-on. The Pontiac was occupied by its driver and 2 passengers, both daughters of the driver. The CRV was occupied by Stanley Woods and Darlene Woods, of London. All five people had t be extracted from their vehicles, and suffered severe injuries.

In serious automobile accidents like this, it's important that the injured persons obtain legal counsel quickly and preserve the evidence from the crash and reserve insurance coverage payments until such time that the full extent of the expenses can be determined. While no one intends for an accident like this to happen, legally persons are still responsible for driving negligence that injures others. As such injured persons need to protect their rights of recovery and compensation for their injuries, medical bills, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and suffering. These are referred to as Kentucky legal damages (Link to further explanation of legal damages that injured persons are entitled to under the law).

Information about legal rights and compensation under the law for Kentucky auto accident victims can be found by contacting the Ackerson Law Offices (502) 882-5176 for a free consult. Information can also be found at www.kyfirm.com.

Four Car Accident On Hardwicks Creek Road In Powell County, Kentucky

November 15, 2013

This Powell County, Kentucky motor vehicle accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Hardwicks Creek Road about a mile south of Clay City. Four vehicles were involved in the crash. The jaws of life were used to rescue some of the victims. Two people were airlifted to UK Hospital with life threatening injuries, and five others were transported by ambulance to the Hospital, with minor to serious injuries.

Reports at the moment are conflicting as to who and what was the cause of this tragic Powell County, Kentucky car crash. Speed has been indicated as a possible factor. A white mustang with three teenagers was caused to be spun into another vehicle upon impact with a truck/trailer. The mixed reports involve whether the mustang crossed the center lines catching a truck/trailer and then spinning out of control or whether the truck/trailer crossed the center lines catching the mustang.

This is a situation where someone was negligent in crossing the center lines, either the driver of the mustang or the driver of the truck. However, there are five other victims to this accident that clearly are not at fault, and whom now have incurred injuries, medical bills, other expenses, possible lost wages, and suffering. As such, Kentucky law will afford these victims legal civil recourse to attempt to recover their expenses and provide compensation for their injuries and suffering. An explanation of the legal damages these accident injury victims can attempt to recover can be found at the following link to the Ackerson Law Offices webpage on accidents and injuries (LINK to Legal damages). Because there are multiple vehicles involved, the insurance coverage for each victim will vary based upon the injuries and facts specific to each victim.

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Two Men Are In Critical/Serious Condition After Head-On Crash On US 127 Bypass

October 31, 2013

This tragic Kentucky automobile crash happened as 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on the US 127 Bypass. A major factor in this accident was extremely thick fog that hampered visibility.

Dylan Tucker was driving his Chevy S10 southbound when Michael Devine turned left off of US 62 into the wrong lane of traffic on the US 127 Bypass. Mr. Devine drove northbound in the southbound lane of the Bypass and hit Mr. Tucker's vehicle head-on. Emergency crews had to cut/extract each of the men from their vehicles due to the damage and severity of the crash. Both men were taken to University of Kentucky Hospital to be treated for the injuries, which are listed as critical and severe.

This a tragic accident that was not intended, but points to the reality that even when weather such as fog is severe, drivers have to take precautions to avoid accidents and control their vehicles properly, including potentially not driving at all until the weather clears. Even in severe weather, drivers in Kentucky owe a legal duty to others to maintain control of their vehicles, which would include not driving in the wrong lane of traffic. Mr. Tucker was in control of his vehicle, traveling the proper lane of traffic. Mr. Devine was not. Even though Mr. Devine did not intend for this accident to happen, and fog impaired his visibility and judgment, he is still legally responsible for the accident. Mr. Tucker is an innocent party who is suffering, incurring medical bills, and whose future is uncertain at this point. As such, under Kentucky motor vehicle laws, Mr. Devine and his auto insurance carrier should be held legally responsible to Dylan Tucker and his family for the legal damages resulting from this accident, including compensation for their suffering. (Click here for a LINK to further explanation of Kentucky legal damages).

While everyone involved is hopeful for a full and speedy recovery for both men, Mr. Tucker and his family have legal right that they need to protect from this tragedy. Information about the legal rights of persons and family tragically impacted by Kentucky motor vehicle accidents can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices website. (www.kyfirm.com)

Madison Co. Kentucky Crash Kills One Woman & Injures Another

October 29, 2013

Around 5:30 this morning a two vehicle crash occurred in Madison County, Kentucky. This was a head-on collision that happened on Battlefield Memorial Highway (Hwy 421). There were no passengers in the vehicles involved, and tragically one female driver is deceased and the other female driver is injured. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but early reports indicate that fog may have been a factor.