If you were hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian in Kentucky, chances are you’ve been seriously hurt. You may even be the loved one who has been tragically left behind to deal with the aftermath after a careless driver took the life of a family member. As we try to take better care of ourselves in the Bluegrass state by spending more time outdoors, these activities aren’t without their risks. Each year, nearly 1,000 pedestrians are hit by cars and injured in Kentucky, and as many as 100 lose their lives. If you or someone you care about have become one of these statistics, you have the right to make a claim for damages against the parties responsible for your harm.
Who is Most at Risk in Kentucky Pedestrian Accidents?
It’s an unfortunate fact that our most physically vulnerable citizens are the ones who are most at risk for being pedestrian accident victims. Nationwide, as well as in Kentucky, the people who are most likely to be hit by a car are the elderly and our children. Older adults don’t have the same reflexes as people in a younger generation, and they may also suffer from impaired sight or hearing. Children have the highest risk of being killed in pedestrian accidents, sometimes because they don’t know the rules and they are also more difficult to spot.
Just because these groups have a greater risk of being hit by a vehicle, that does not mean that they have done anything wrong. For the most part, pedestrians are given the right of way even when it’s not legally theirs. Not following the rules or making a poor choice does not give a driver the right to harm someone. The devastating reality of pedestrian accidents is that it doesn’t take much contact at all to cause serious and life-changing injuries.
Are You Suffering from One of These Serious Injuries?
We are all pedestrians at some point, and it can be nerve-wracking to realize that you are on the street completely unprotected from a vehicle that has an average weight of 4,000 pounds. Since the odds aren’t even, it only takes the nudge of a bumper to cause some significant injuries such as a blown knee or hip. Other common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken and fracture bones
- Internal injuries
- Lacerations and scarring
If you have suffered any of these injuries, you may need extensive medical care and could lose time from work. Pedestrian accidents can be so traumatizing that you may also find that you have become anxious, depressed, or suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.
Unless you have a compelling case against the driver of the vehicle, you will need to negotiate with the insurance company and fight for the compensation you need to cover your losses. Insurance companies don’t make these payments voluntarily since they would prefer to minimize their losses. Your personal injury attorney can handle these negotiations on your behalf, so you can achieve the best case outcome.
Dealing with Wrongful Death in a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident
The force of a car hitting a pedestrian, even at a low speed, is enough to cause devastating consequences. Pedestrians are almost twice as likely to lose their lives in a traffic crash than the occupants of a motor vehicle.
If you have lost a loved one who was struck by a car or truck, you may have a wrongful death case. Your family may have to deal with unpaid bills for medical care, lost earning capacity for a primary breadwinner, and funeral expenses. A skilled attorney can hold the responsible parties accountable and pursue the compensation you deserve for your losses.
How Drivers May Be Responsible for Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers are always responsible for yielding to a pedestrian in the roadway, and they are often negligent in pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian may share some of the fault if they were under the influence of drugs, distracted, or darted into the road, but these cases are not the norm. In most cases, the driver of a vehicle was at fault in the accident for one or more of the following reasons:
- The driver was speeding,
- The driver was distracted,
- The driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- The driver made a turn and didn’t check for pedestrians,
- The driver failed to obey traffic signals or rules, or
- The driver drove onto a sidewalk or median.
What Happens with Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accidents?
Since you were on foot when the accident happened, it’s not uncommon for the driver who caused the crash to think that they can get away with fleeing the scene. Not only is this considered reckless behavior, but it is also illegal. Getting compensation for your losses after a hit and run pedestrian accident in Kentucky may be a challenge, but it’s not impossible.
Police can continue to investigate your case so that they can identify the driver. In the meantime, your personal injury attorney can help you make a claim under your underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage (UIM) if you have this. If your insurer resists paying your claim, we will fight to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
How a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or someone you love has been struck by a motor vehicle while walking or riding a bicycle, the Kentucky pedestrian accident lawyers at the Law Office of Lanna Kilgore can explain your rights and legal options. As an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney, our legal team can do what is necessary to protect your rights, investigate your case, and pursue the parties responsible for your damages.
When you’ve been seriously hurt through no fault of your own or have tragically lost someone you love, you need a strong legal advocate who will be personally involved in your case from start to finish. Contact our Boling Green office now to schedule a consultation so that we can review your case. You can reach us at 270.846.3700 today.