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Pedestrian Ryann Tewell Struck & Killed By Truck

June 13, 2014

24 year old Ryann Tewell, an employee of Humana and resident of Louisville, was struck and killed by a cement truck Thursday morning as she was crossing Main Street. This tragic accident happened around 7:45 a.m. as Ms. Tewell was crossing Main Street and an Advanced Ready Mix cement truck, traveling westbound on Main Street, was attempting to make a right turn onto the Clark Memorial Bridge. Ms. Tewell was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.

Pedestrians have legal rights when it comes to crossing roadways, and drivers of vehicles owe pedestrians a duty to be on the look out for them as they operate their motor vehicles. Ms. Tewell's family will be able to bring a Kentucky Wrongful Death claim related to this tragic accident, wherein the family and the Estate of Ryann Tewell can seek civil legal damages related to this accident, which can help the family with their loss and seek to punish any persons who bear some fault for this tragedy occurring.

Information about Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims can be obtained from the Ackerson Law Offices. (

Megan Williams Killed In Semi Accident Near Somerset, Kentucky

March 13, 2014

A tragic accident near Somerset, Kentucky has taken the life of Megan Williams, age 30. The accident happened Wednesday morning just after midnight on Ky. 39, a few miles north of Somerset. The cause of the accident is related to a semi truck attempting to turn off of Ky. 39 onto a narrow road when one of its wheels went into a ditch and part of the truck was squeezing up against a utility pole. The semi was blocking Ky. 39 when Ms. William's vehicle collided with the semi. She died at the scene of the accident.

Kentucky semi truck accidents are serious matters and are riddled with legal complexities, which include legally preserving evidence related to the crash, which include trucking ledgers and logs related to where the truck had been, how long the truck had been on the road, and verifying the truck had been in full compliance with federal trucking regulations. In cases where people are killed due to semi truck accidents, Kentucky law affords the family of those innocent victims killed a legal remedy to seek civil justice related to the death of their loved one. These types of legal claims are called Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims.

Information about the legal rights of families who have lost a loved one in a Kentucky trucking accident can be found from the Ackerson Law Offices. (

Semi Truck Accident In Danville Kentucky

March 13, 2014

A four vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Danville, Kentucky has sent one person to the hospital. The Accident happened shortly before 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Ky. 2168 and Ky. 34. The accident occurred as a semi truck was heading east on Ky. 2168 when it hit two cars which then hit a pickup truck. The driver of the semi truck told police that the sun was in his eyes and he could not see the red light.

Accidents involving semi truck have extra ordinary legal complications, and when persons are injured in semi truck accidents they need to obtain legal counsel quickly in order to preserve important evidence such as trucking logs and ledgers, which under federal laws can be destroyed after a period of time. Evidence, such as trucking lodgers, can be helpful in establishing whether drivers were already breaking the law by traveling too great of a distance or for too long.

Persons injured in semi truck accidents are entitled to legal compensation from these type of serious accidents.

More information about semi truck accident liability and protecting the legal rights of persons hurt in semi truck accidents can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices. (

Semi Rear-Ends Lawrenceburg Vehicle, Injuring A Woman & Her Grandson

November 13, 2013

On Tuesday, a semi tractor-trailer rear-ended a vehicle on U.S. 127 in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The crash occurred just before noon in front of the Walmart. Margie Wolverton, of Lawrenceburg, was driving a black Ford Fusion south on the bypass when a tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of her car. The crash sent her car down an embankment. Ms. Wolverton and her 17 year old grandson, who was also in the vehicle, were seriously hurt.

Kentucky Semi Accidents are serious matters. When a person is involved in a semi tractor-trailer accident they are advised to seek legal assistance quickly, as legal actions, letters, and notices, need to be sent out quickly to the trucking companies requiring them to preserve the trucking log/ledger information and other important documents and data that are otherwise legally allowed to be destroyed after a short period of time. The preservation of evidence is often the difference between proving complete liability in such cases and is often the difference when it comes to ensuring that the maximum amount of legal damages and compensation is awarded to the injured victims.

Both Ms. Wolverton and her grandson will have Kentucky Person Injury Claims, whereby they can seek legal damages to compensate them for their medical bills, pain & suffering, and oter expenses incurred from this accident.

Information about the rights of persons injured in semi accidents and the important steps that need to be taken legally to protect those rights can be found at and the Ackerson Law Offices.

Vernon Johnson Killed While Changing Tire & Struck By Tractor-Trailer Truck

October 16, 2013

Vernon Johnson, age 39, of Louisville, Kentucky was changing a flat tire in the emergency lane of I-65 when he was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer truck. This tragic Kentucky accident happened around 11:30 p.m. along the northbound lane of I-65 near the Grade Lane exit and airport.

Accidents involving semis and tractor-trailer truck are serious legal matters in that often truck driver's errors and negligence is importantly evidenced by the truck log books, which under federal law can be destroyed every 6 months. As such, people who are injured or the families of people who are killed in these types of accidents need to obtain an attorney immediately in order to have legal steps taken to preserve the evidence from these types of accidents, including the truck log books. Kentucky trucking accidents are often severe in that the size and weight of the vehicles can cause serious accidents and severe injuries. Trucking companies usually carry large insurance policies due to the possible severity if trucking accidents. People who are injured in trucking accidents have a legal right under Kentucky Law to file claims for compensation for these types of accidents. A link to the Ackerson Law Offices website ( has more information on legal damages that injury victims can claim under Kentucky law.

In cases of a death, due to a trucking accident, even one where the victim was a pedestrian or as in Mr. Johnson's case, outside his vehicle at the time of the collision, are classified as Kentucky Wrongful Death claims (link to Kentucky Wrongful Death Claims). In cases of a wrongful death claim, the family, through legal representation, can establish an Estate through the Probate Court in the County where the deceased resided, and then proceed with legal action against the responsible parties whose actions caused the death. Wrongful death claims can be substantial in the amount of damages that can be claimed, which include a calculation of the deceased lifetime earning capacity from time of death through the average life expectancy of a person in similar situations. Under Kentucky statute, KRS 411.130, the compensation/claim received by the Estate of the deceased is then disbursed to the family of the person killed.

More information on legal claims related to accident injuries and deaths can be found at the Ackerson Law Offices website. (Link to the home page of the Ackerson Law Offices).

Johnson County, Kentucky Truck Crash Involving Coal Truck Kills Maranda Martin And Injures Four Others.

May 30, 2013

A tragic Kentucky Semi Accident has occurred in Johnson County, Kentucky. A Chevy pickup truck hauling wood had 3 passengers in the cab of the pickup and two passengers in the bed of the pickup when it turned onto US 23 southbound from KY 201. That vehicle was then struck in the rear by a semi tractor trailer, a coal truck. The driver of the coal truck was not injured. The driver of the pickup and the two passengers in the cab, were injured and taken by EMS to the hospital. A male passenger riding in the bed of the pickup was thrown from the truck and airlifted to the Hospital with severe injuries. 36 year old Maranda Martin, who was also riding in the bed of the pickup, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene of the crash.

Those injured in this crash has legal rights and under Kentucky law can seek to be compensated for what has happened to them. (Here is a link to the Ackerson Law Offices' website explaining Kentucky Personal Injury Claims and damages that victims can claim.)
The family of Maranda Martin will be able to establish a legal Estate for her, which will then grant authority for a representative of that Estate to seek a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim. (Here is a link to the Ackerson Law Office's Wrongful Death Claim webpage).

In accident cases involving semi tractor trailer trucks, its important for injured parties and Estate's of deceased persons to act quickly in preserving evidence from the accident, including preserving the semi's driver's logs and ledgers. This sort of evidence is very important in determining whether certain damages can be sought against the trucking company.

Questions about the legal rights of victims can be submitted through the Ackerson Law Offices' webpage (Link) or there is a telephone number on that page that can be used to contact Attorney Brent T. Ackerson.

Carlos Adams Of Rockcastle County, Kentucky Killed In Car Crash With Semi In Danville, Kentucky

September 16, 2011

Carlos Adams, age 74, of Brodhead, Kentucky, which is in Rockcastle County, was killed in an automobile accident which involved a semi truck. The crash occurred at the intersection of the South Danville Bypass and Daniel Drive, in Danville, Kentucky. Initial reports indicate that Mr. Adams attempted to turn left off the South Danville Bypass onto Daniel Drive, when his car was hit on its passenger side by a semi truck. The accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Mr. Adams was transported to UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, where he died from his injuries around 4:15 a.m.

This is a case where the Adams family needs to act quickly in having an accident re-constructionist examine the scene of the crash. Additionally, semi truck drivers and their employers are only required to maintain their log books for a short period of time. It will be important to obtain a copy of this log book to preserve the evidence related to this accident. On its initial face, it would appear that Mr. Adams is at fault for this accident due to turning in front of the semi's path. However, upon a more thorough examination, such may not be the case, and there may be other factors that caused this fatal crash. Such factors could include speed of the semi, semi driver fatigue, or use of a cell phone or other devise that may have caused a distraction to the semi driver. If it is found that that the semi driver has any fault in this accident, then the Adams family can seek legal recourse to recover the legal damages they are entitled to from the death of Mr. Adams.

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Two Men Died Tuesday In Shelby County, Kentucky In Separate Auto Accidents

September 7, 2011

Randall Thornton, age 50, was killed in a single vehicle accident involving the tractor-trailer truck he was driving. Mr. Thornton's truck was reportedly traveling on I-64 west of the Simpsonville Exit when it struck an abandoned vehicle that was in the emergency lane. The collision caused Mr. Thornton's truck to leave the roadway, striking several trees, and coming to rest on its side. Randall Thornton was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred at approximately 5:00 a.m. Mr. Thornton's family will have a workers compensation legal claim from the events that lead to his death. Additionally, examination of the circumstances surrounding the abandoned vehicle may lead to a potential wrongful death claim related to the truck crash.

George W. Downs, age 74, was killed in an auto accident that also occurred Tuesday in Shelby County, Kentucky. Mr. Downs' vehicle crossed the center line on Elmsburg Road and struck two pickups. Mr. Downs was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Bruce Pavero, age 47, of Bagdad, Kentucky was injured in this accident and transported to Frankfort Regional Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Madison County, Kentucky Head-on Car Crash Injures Two Men & Kills A Somerset, Kentucky Woman

June 30, 2011

Christy Dick of Somerset, Kentucky was killed and two others were injured in a head-on motor vehicle collision on Tuesday. The fatal car crash happened in Madison County, Kentucky on Ky 1016. Ms. Dick was a passenger in a Chevy Blazer driven by Elvis Isaacs, of Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Isaacs' vehicle was traveling southbound on Ky 1016 when he was forced to swerve his vehicle to avoid a collision with another vehicle that pulled out onto the highway from West Barker Lane. Mr. Isaac's Blazer then collided head-on with a Mack Truck, being driven by James Seals, also of Richmond, Kentucky. Mr. Seals and Mr. Isaacs were both injured, but Ms. Dick was airlifted to UK Medical Center, where she later died. This car accident is a tragedy for many families, and will raise all sorts of questions of what happened, could the accident have been avoided, and who is to blame for this tragedy.

This is not a clear case of 100% liability on anyone's fault and fault in this accident will likely be shared between Mr. Isaacs and the unknown driver that pulled out in front of his Blazer from West Baker Lane. There may even be attempts to place some fault on Mr. Seals. Clearly Ms. Dick's family and her Estate will not be at fault and will be entitled to a full recovery for this wrongful death claim. Mr. Seals and Mr. Isaac will also be entitled to recovery for their damages and injuries. The major legal problem with this case will be apportionment of fault. The various parties' insurance companies will point fingers at everyone else and attempt to have as much fault shared by others as possible.

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Two Auto Accidents On Expressways In Louisville, Kentucky This Morning: Injuries Reported

May 18, 2011

bildeCA7EQKTQ.jpg There were two motor vehicle wrecks this morning in Louisville, Kentucky. One on I-71 near Zorn Avenue involved a multi car accident that shut down one of the southbound lanes. The other accident involved a car and a semi truck on I-64 westbound near the Watterson Expressway. Injuries were reported. Rain and wet roads may be a factor in these accidents.

Garrard County, Kentucky: Worker's Personal Injury Lawsuit

March 5, 2011

Thumbnail image for 952313_gavel.jpgA Rockcastle man who was doing construction work in Garrard County, Kentucky has filed a lawsuit after being injured while working road construction. At the time of the accident, the man was operating a blacktop paver when the paver was struck by a dump truck driver. The man was thrown from the paver over a guardrail and suffered serious injuries. The dump truck went on to hit and injury two other workers. The Kentucky State Police have cited unsafe speed, road conditions and driver unfamiliarity with the area as causes of the accident.

In cases where people are injured while working by a person not employed by the same employer or business, the injured people have both a workers compensation claim and a third party negligence claim to recover their lost wages, medical bills, and pain & suffering. Many times workers compensation does not afford a full recovery for the injured worker. In cases like the above, the worker can sue the driver of the dump truck and the business that owned the dump truck to recovery the full amount of monetary compensation and reimbursement he or she is owed. These are referred to as third party claims and they seek to make sure that the injured person is granted full justice and a full financial recovery.

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Kentucky Semi Accident On I-65 Kills 3 & Injures 4 Others

February 24, 2011

A fatal accident on I-65 near Elizabethtown, Kentucky has killed three people and sent four others to the hospital with injuries. The accident involved a FedEx semi-tractor trailer truck and a SUV. The reports indicate that the semi bumped the rear end of the SUV and sent the SUV out of control, eventually flipping over. The FedEx driver was not injured, but the other people injured and killed were all in the SUV. The three people killed were ejected from the SUV. The SUV's driver and another adult passenger were taken to University Hospital with injuries and two children were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

The SUV was traveling with a family from Chicago, who was returning from a wedding in Florida. What caused the semi to bump the rear end of the SUV is still being investigated. This is a tragedy for the family involved. This family, including the Estates of the three deceased family members, will be able to make legal claims against FedEx for the injuries and deaths that resulted from this accident. Justice will require that their medical bills be paid, lost wages be reimbursed, compensation be given for their pain & suffering, and in the cases of the deceased family members, Kentucky law will allow for their Estates to recovery the lifetime of lost earning potentials, which will be substantial.

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Semi Rear Ends JCPS Kentucky School Bus & Injures Bus Passengers

February 23, 2011

A Jefferson County Kentucky school bus was rear ended on I-65 northbound near the Watterson Expressway. The accident injured seven children, who were transported to Kosair Children's Hospital, and the bus driver, who was taken to Norton Hospital Downtown. Sixteen children were on the bus at the time and the nine that were not injured were transported to school on another bus.

This appears to have been a situation of stop and go traffic on the expressway, in which the driver of the semi failed to pay attention to the traffic. This sort of negligence on the part of the semi driver, will result in his, his employer and the semi's insurance company being responsible for the children's medical bills and compensation for other injuries the kids suffered. Inattentiveness while driving can result in tragic accidents.

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Kentucky Pedestrian Killed While On Expressway After Car Breaks Down

January 27, 2011

1308588_motorway_at_twilight.jpgThe Victim, age 56, of Louisville, Kentucky died Monday night due to injuries he sustained after his car broke down on the expressway, and he was attempting to flag down help. The Victim was stuck by another vehicle on the ramp from Phillips Lane and Louisville Airport. While no charges have been pressed against the other driver, fault in this case is still undetermined. The Victim leaves behind a wife and children. Vandeveer's family has suffered a huge lose, for which the Kentucky Courts will allow an avenue for recovery.

The Victim's family will need to setup an Estate through Probate, which will empower them to handle wrapping up his affairs and transferring his assets to his wife and children. Additionally, the Estate will be in a position to seek recovery of medical bills, funeral bills, loss of consortium claims, and a claim for a lifetime of lost wages/earning potential from both the other driver & the other driver's insurance company and from the Victim's own insurance company. This type of action is known as a wrongful death claim. While the legal system cannot bring the Victim back or lessen the pain his family is experiencing, it can provide a recovery financially for the family so they can be assisted in moving their lives forward and provide the money that they have lost as a result of this tragedy and the money that the Victim would have earned for the family over his lifetime.

Fault isn't an issue at this time, and unless a person is 100% at fault, Kentucky law allows for a recovery of damages on a percentage basis. This is known as comparative fault under Kentucky Law. For example, under comparative fault and Kentucky law, a person injured or killed could bear 80% fault for an accident and the other party only bear 20%, and the party injured or killed who bore 80% fault could seek recovery of the 20% from the other party and their insurance company. Under such a theory, if the damages were calculated at $500,000.00 from an accident where a person was injured or killed, the recovery allowed under such an 80/20 split of fault would allow the injured or killed party to recovery $100,000.00.

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Jefferson County Kentucky Prosecutors Appealing Ruling In DUI Case: DUIs Cause Serious Injures & Deaths Everyday Across Our Country.

January 23, 2011

1038828_u_s__supreme_court_2.jpgAt 5:00 a.m. in January 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky, police were called to the scene of a parking lot where a man was passed out asleep in his truck. The keys were in the ignition, the truck was running, the man's foot was on the accelerator, one hand was on the steering wheel, the other hand was on the gear shift, and the man was unconscious. The police officers reported hearing the engine running loudly from more than a block away, due to the truck being in park but having the gas pedal stepped on by the unconscious man. At the scene, the police had to break out the window because the man would not wake up and respond to the officers, and officers were afraid the vehicle would either caught on fire or jump into gear and propel itself through the parking lot.

The man admitted to police that he had been drinking at 4th Street Live and the breathalyzer given at the scene showed the man was nearly 3 times the legal limit of impairment. He was dangerous and could have injured or killed someone in the state he was in and driving a car.

However, in October 2010, the Jefferson District Court Judge ruled that the man should not have been charged with DUI, because he was asleep and did not have physical control of the vehicle.

Judges in Kentucky have relied upon a 1986 Kentucky Court of Appeals Case when dealing with DUIs and facts similar to this case. In that Court ruling, the Appeals Court stated that there are four factors to consider when the intoxicated person is asleep in the vehicle, as to where a DUI has been committed. The factors to consider if the person should be charged with DUI are:
(1) Whether the suspect in the vehicle was awake or asleep;
(2) Whether the engine of the suspects vehicle was running;
(3) The vehicle's location and all circumstances explaining how the vehicle got there; and
(4) The intent of the person behind the wheel.

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