Articles Posted in Crosswalk Accidents

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This tragic Kentucky Pedestrian Accident happened Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m. on Ky 80, near Elkhorn City, in Pike County, Kentucky. Samantha Bennett, age 21, was walking along Ky 80 when she was struck by an SUV driven along the roadway. Ms. Bennett died from the injuries she sustained in the accident.

Under Kentucky law, motorists owe a duty to be mindful of their surroundings and avoid collisions with others, including pedestrians along the roadways. As such, until all the facts are discovered about this accident and the cause of such, it must be presumed that the driver of the vehicle was negligent in some manner and at-fault to some degree in relation to this tragic fatal accident. The family of Samantha Bennett, based upon the facts and legalities of this accident may have a Kentucky Wrongful Death case against the driver of the SUV who hit her.

As with most pedestrian accidents, the drivers of the vehicles involved, their legal defense teams, and insurance companies, attempt to seek out reasons to put fault upon the pedestrian. As such these types of legal claims become complicated by legal factual discovery and arguments of who did what, who should have done what, and what extraordinary facts contributed to the cause of the accident. These legal arguments and battles are due to Kentucky negligence law being a comparative fault analysis.

Comparative fault, under our laws, allows for percentages of fault to be assigned to different persons involved in an accident, and thus can legally reduce the legal compensatory damages that an injured party or the family of a deceased victim can recover under the law.

More information about Kentucky comparative fault laws and the legal rights of accident victims can be found from the Ackerson Law Offices’ website, www.kyfirm.com.

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Monday morning a Rowan County, Kentucky high school student was dropped off at school by her parents. Upon exiting the vehicle, the student properly used the crosswalk to cross the road when an elderly driver hit the student. The 15 year old was thrown over the vehicle and landed approximately 25 feet from the point of impact. She suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

This is a clear case of negligence on the driver of the vehicle that struck the young girl. Her parents, on her behalf, will have a Kentucky pedestrian accident legal claim against the driver of the vehicle that hit their daughter. Under such a claim they have a legal right to damages which include medical bill reimbursement, both past and future bills related to the accident, and the girl will be entitled to monetary compensation for pain & suffering related to this accident.

Information about pedestrian and crosswalk accidents can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices’ website. (www.kyfirm.com).

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This Kentucky Pedestrian Auto Accident happened Saturday around 4:40 p.m. at the Easy Stop Gas Station in Clay City, Kentucky. The reports indicate that three men, ages 19, 25, and 24, were causing a disturbance at the gas station, and were asked to leave. The 19 year old, Jarrod Fugate, drove a vehicle an accelerated rate of speed leaving the parking lot and struck Tammy Curtis. Upon hitting Ms. Curtis, Fugate changed directions and then struck two other persons, 23 year old Kayla Rivera and 84 year old Virgil “Ben” Barnett. Alcohol is a suspected factor in this incident. The three men in the vehicle were arrested and the driver is facing numerous criminal charges.

Mr. Barnett was treated at the scene of the incident, and Ms. Curtis and Ms. Rivera were both hospitalized with injuries.

Ms. Curtis and Ms. Rivera both have Kentucky Personal Injury claims against the driver of the vehicle and the insurance company that insured the vehicle. Under Kentucky Law, the injured persons have a legal right to seek to be compensated for the medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and suffering, related to this hit and attempted run pedestrian auto accident. Further information on legally claimed damages for pedestrian accident victims can be found at the Ackerson law Offices website (Link to Kentucky Legal Damages page).
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Linda Wilhoite, age 50, was walking in Nicholasville, Kentucky when she was struck by a hit and run driver. This fatal Kentucky Pedestrian Accident happened at Southview Drive and Edgewood Drive in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The driver who fled the scene is suspected of traveling west on Edgewood Drive after hitting Ms. Wilhoite. Anyone with information about this accident or the person responsible for hitting this woman should contact the Nicholasville Police Department at (859) 885-9468.

When pedestrians suffer from hit and run accidents involving motor vehicles, there are still possible insurance protections afforded them to help them or their families with the costs involved in these types of accidents. This financial protection and coverage, which can help with funeral bills and other expenses, is also potentially available in cases involving a death of the pedestrian. Coverage issues are determined by the facts of a particular case and the potential policies.

Information and answers to insurance coverage for victims of pedestrian accidents, including fatalities, can be sought from the Ackerson Law Offices website, www.kyfirm.com, or from Attorney Brent T. Ackerson, (502) 882-5176.

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A woman in her 30s was killed while crossing Westport Road at Langdon Drive. This pedestrian accident happened around 9:00 p.m. in not well lighted area of the roadway and the pedestrian was reported to be wearing dark clothing. She was struck by a red jeep as she crossed the roadway.

Pedestrian injuries and deaths can be difficult cases under Kentucky Law, and when examining legal fault for these types of accidents the factors of the road, lighting, and other matters must be thoroughly examined to determine what happened and whether such tragedies could be avoided.

More information about Pedestrian rights and accidents related to persons walking can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices website www.kyfirm.com or by using this link (LINK).

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Jamie Delany, of Tennessee, age 18, was a pedestrian when he was hit just before noon Monday on Murray State Campus while crossing Chestnut Street. The driver of the vehicle that struck him was Alicia Woods, age 28. Auto accidents that involve pedestrians can be complicated when it comes to insurance coverage afforded to the victims. Because many times injuries that involve pedestrians being hit by motor vehicles can severe, pedestrians need to be aware of their right under various insurance policies and utilize those rights to the fullest to afford the maximum amount of protection and coverage.

Information on the rights of Kentucky Pedestrian and Crosswalk injuries can be found at the following Ackerson Law Offices website links. (Injury Damages) ( Pedestrian/Crosswalk Cases).

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Loretta Wallace, age 22, of Georgetown, Kentucky was killed Thursday morning while walking along West Main Street in Georgetown, Kentucky. This tragic Kentucky pedestrian accident occurred around 4:20 a.m. along a poorly lit portion of the roadway where there are no sidewalks. Ms. Wallace was walking the same direction as the motor vehicle that struck her was traveling.

Driver in Kentucky share the roadway with pedestrians and owe a duty under Kentucky law to be mindful of pedestrians, even in areas of the roadway where there are not sidewalks or lighting is poor. As such, the families of people killed while walking along roadways have legal rights under Kentucky Law to pursue Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims when their loved ones are killed in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles.

Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims are civil legal actions whereby an Estate representing the deceased is established through the District Probate Court to represent the person killed, and seek civil legal damages, which under Kentucky law amount to monetary compensation for the accident and the results from it. These Kentucky civil legal damages can include medical bills incurred, if any, potential pain and suffering claims, depending upon the time from the accident until the time of death, funeral expenses, and lost earning potential of the decedent. Additional if the person killed was married and/or had children, the spouses and children will have loss of consortium civil legal claims separate from the legal claims of the Estate.
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Ann Duncan, age 33, of Waterford Township, Michigan was struck and killed by a motor vehicle while walking on Gose Pike, in Boyle County, Kentucky. This hit and run accident involving a pedestrian is being investigated by Danville, Kentucky Police. Mrs. Duncan is survived by a husband and two children.

The Duncan family can punish the driver of the car that hit Mrs. Duncan by both having criminal charges pursued, and filing a civil Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim.

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Lexington, Kentucky Police have reported that a person was hit crossing the road at the intersection of Nicholasville Road & Malabu Drive. Reports indicate the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when the accident happened. The walker was taken to the hospital with severe injuries. As a pedestrian, drivers owe a duty of extra care and precaution to not injure walkers. When pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles, they can seek to be legally compensated for their injuries and financial losses.

Even when a walker/pedestrian is hit crossing the road while not in the designated crosswalk area, they may still be able to seek legal compensation for their injuries. Every accident involving a pedestrian requires a full examination of the facts and circumstances surrounding it in order to determine who is legally at fault and for what percentage of the accident. Insurance companies immediately begin their investigations and preservation of their evidence related to pedestrian accidents the moment that they learn of such. It is important that injured victims also get prompt protection of their legal rights and legal advice related to their situation.

The Ackerson law Offices (www.kyfirm.com), headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, are experienced in protecting the legal rights of pedestrians hit by motor vehicles and maximizing compensation to our clients/victims.

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The accident happened around 10:00 a.m. Eric McCrary, age 33, was working a warning flagger for vehicles along US 25 to notify them to be cautious of tree trimming occurring along the roadway. Mr. McCrary was wearing proper attire and had his flag in hand when he was truck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. McCrary told witnesses that she didn’t see him in the roadway. The river of the vehicle has been reported to have an infant in the rear seat of the vehicle, which may have been a cause of detraction for her. Drivers owe a duty to other drivers and pedestrians on the roadways to be safely in control of their vehicles and mindful of their surroundings, which would include Mr. McCrary.

No one believes that the driver of the vehicle intended to hit Mr. McCrary, but it did happen. As an accident, it will be claimed that there was negligence on the part of the driver to not have seen Mr. McCrary and taken action to avoid hitting him. It is this very negligence that leads to accidents, which Kentucky Personal Injury Legal Claims are designed to address. They type of claims afford legal compensation to victims.

Mr. McCrary will have both a workers compensation claim to help him cover his medical bills and lost wages, and he will have a “Third Party Negligence” claim against the driver of the vehicle that hit him. The “Third Party Negligence” claim will afford Mr. McCrary an opportunity to seek compensation for his pain & suffering, which will not be covered by his workers comp claim.

For more information on the legal rights of victims of accidents in Kentucky, visit the Ackerson Law Offices website. (Here is a LINK to that webpage).