Kentucky Pedestrian Laws and Pedestrian Accidents
As the weather becomes a little cooler in Northern Kentucky and the vistas become even more enjoyable to view, spending time outside becomes something of a priority. Walking is great exercise and can be an extremely pleasurable, relaxing Fall activity, but it can also be hazardous when sharing the road with vehicles. With the alarming increase in serious injuries and fatalities for pedestrians, several states have enacted tougher legislation to curb the trend. The laws in Kentucky include the following:
- When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, the driver of a vehicle must yield right-of-way when he or she is in the same half of the roadway as the driver.
- Drivers must also yield right-of-way when a pedestrian is approaching from the opposite side of the road in a manner close enough to present a danger if the vehicle did not stop.
- Kentucky law does not permit pedestrians to suddenly step off a curb and enter a crosswalk in the direct path of an oncoming vehicle if it would create an immediate hazard.
- When crossing in an unmarked crosswalk or outside the bounds of a marked crosswalk, a pedestrian must allow vehicles to pass first and then cross the street when it is safe to do so.
- At intersections controlled by a traffic light, people on foot can only cross an intersection diagonally if allowed by the device. Additionally, pedestrians may only cross two adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk.
Unfortunately, drivers who strike a pedestrian often try to blame that person for his or her own injuries. The driver may say something like the pedestrian wasn’t looking or wore dark clothes. He or she may even completely fabricate a story about what happened, such as that the pedestrian darted out in front of oncoming traffic.
If you have sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, whether by a personal vehicle, commercial vehicle, or bicycle, it’s in your best interest to retain an experienced Kentucky pedestrian accident attorney to determine liability. Even if you feel you could share some of the blame, we advise injured people to never accept responsibility before we complete a thorough accident investigation.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
The cause of many pedestrian accidents is often traceable to negligent actions by drivers. Some of the most typical reasons for this type of accident include:
- Speeding or failing to stop for a traffic light or stop sign in enough time to avoid striking a pedestrian
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Drivers who forget that they share the road with people on foot and fail to watch for them crossing the road
- Distracted driving, including a driver texting or using a cell phone, eating, changing the radio station, talking to passengers, and paying too much attention to other common distractions
- Drivers making turns before the pedestrian has safely reached the other side of the road
The impact of a vehicle striking a person can be instantly fatal or cause severe, lifelong injuries such as traumatic brain injury or paralysis. A person is simply no match for several thousand pounds of metal striking them. While some drivers stop and try to assist the person they struck, others immediately leave the scene. This makes things even more complicated when it comes to collecting compensation for your severe injuries.
Speak with an Experienced Kentucky Personal Injury Attorney Today
Lanna Martin Kilgore is an skilled and compassionate Kentucky injury attorney and has represented the interests of injured people in Bowling Green, Kentucky and the surrounding communities for more than 25 years. She works tirelessly to uncover the evidence in your case so you can receive the financial compensation you deserve. With a successful personal injury lawsuit, you could potentially receive payment for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning power, and several types of non-economic damages. These can include compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, property damage, and changes to your relationship with your spouse.
Please contact Lanna Martin Kilgore, Attorney at Law at your convenience to schedule your free initial consultation. You pay no legal fees unless she procures a settlement on your behalf. Contact our office at (270) 846-3700 or contact us online.