On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
While standing on a median waiting to cross the street, few people in Kentucky and elsewhere think that anything bad will happen. The light turns red, traffic stops, and you safely make it to the other side of the street. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for a man in nearby Lexington who was struck earlier this month while attempting to cross a busy intersection at the start of rush hour.
According to police, the man was standing on a median just before the accident. In a matter of seconds, he was struck in the middle of the roadway by a woman driving a dark green Chevrolet Metro. He was rushed to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Although reports indicate that the man was not in a crosswalk, drivers must remain attentive at all times to avoid hitting pedestrians. A pedestrian accident can leave people with severe injuries. They may be left with cuts and broken bones. However, a pedestrian accident can cause much more serious injuries such as head and spinal cord injuries.
A motor vehicle is not a toy. Thus, drivers must operate their vehicles with caution. In a split second, one driver’s inattention can result in a tragic accident.
Though many accidents are unintentional, it’s good to know that people involved in these types of tragic accidents don’t have to suffer and may even be awarded compensation after pursuing legal advice. The compensation that is awarded may be used to cover medical expenses and lost wages. After all, people should not have to suffer financial setbacks as a result of another driver’s negligence.
Source: Kentucky.com, “Car hits pedestrian at New Circle Road and Bryan Avenue,” Josh Kegley, Aug. 16, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, June 25, 2012
In an instant, a car accident can leave people suffering severe injuries. Sadly, many people do not survive after they are involved in an accident.
A weekend festival in Kentucky turned to tragedy for one family after a 24-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries after she was hit by a car as she was leaving the Mary, Queen of Heaven church festival.
The accident happened around 11:30 p.m. According to reports, the accident victim was walking along Donaldson Road with her husband and a friend. A woman driving a 2003 Hyundai Sante Fe struck all three of them.
The 24-year-old woman was taken to the University Hospital in Cincinnati. She died the next day. The woman’s husband and her friend suffered minor injuries in the accident. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
Authorities are investigating to determine the exact cause of the accident.
In situations like this, accident victims may be able to pursue legal action against any negligent parties. When a driver’s reckless behavior causes harm to others, they should be held responsible.
People who are injured in pedestrian accidents may have to endure surgery, lengthy hospital stays and painful rehabilitation. Their medical bills may become overwhelming. Fortunately, accident victims may be awarded compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
It may be difficult for families in Kentucky to move forward after they have lost a loved one in an accident. However, they too have legal options available to them. They may be awarded compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. The money that is awarded can be used to cover funeral expenses, lost wages and for pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident.
Source: The Enquirer, “Pedestrian dies after being struck leaving church festival,” June 25, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, May 28, 2012
Imagine walking across the street in Covington when a car suddenly hits you. You’re thrown against the windshield before landing on the ground. It’s a frightening scenario. However, it has become all too common in one Kentucky city.
In recent weeks, four different people were involved in pedestrian accidents in Lexington. Two people died and the others suffered serious injuries.
The latest accident happened on May 20 around 10 p.m. Police aren’t sure if the pedestrian was attempting to cross the road or was simply stepping out onto the road. They were rushed to the hospital immediately after the accident.
Authorities say many of the accidents happened on large roads that are typically very busy. Police are warning pedestrians to use cross walks or signals before they attempt to cross a busy road.
Although pedestrians need to do what they can to stay safe, drivers must also remain attentive and alert and be sure they are looking out for pedestrians.
A pedestrian is no match for a vehicle. When someone is involved in a pedestrian accident, he or she could suffer devastating injuries. As evidenced by some of the recent accidents in Kentucky, some of those injuries may be fatal.
When people are injured because of a driver’s reckless or negligent behavior, they may be able to pursue legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Families who have lost loved ones may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Because each situation is different, it is often wise to work with an experienced attorney. An attorney will investigate the accident and work hard to get victims and their family members the compensation they deserve.
Source: WKYT, “Police warn pedestrians of dangers,” Sean Evans, May 20, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, May 3, 2012
A wrongful death suit should be added to the charges piling up on a Louisville man who struck and killed a 7-year-old girl last month as she crossed the street after getting off a bus. The man was serving a home arrest sentence for weapons and burglary charges. While he is allowed to leave his home to go to school, he did not attend his evening college classes on the day of the fatal accident. In addition, the street on which he struck the little girl as she crossed the road is not on his way to or from school or his home.
The little girl’s father is extremely angry that the man was not where he was supposed to be, and says he is convinced his daughter would be alive today if he had been. Police arrested the man for violating his home incarceration rules, he was held on a $5,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to escape and theft charges. Metro police were awaiting blood alcohol results from the driver that will perhaps incur additional charges.
Police say they were unable to account for the driver for two and a half hours prior to his arrest. They admit that tracking the more than 600 people serving home incarceration sentences in the Louisville area is difficult. The Metro Corrections department hopes to use GPS technology to monitor convicted criminals in the future.
The admission of the police department that they cannot supervise all of the people serving house arrest sentences brings up a good question about the possibility of holding the department somewhat accountable in this case.
Source: wdrb.com, “Police: Driver in fatal pedestrian crash was on home incarceration,” April 14, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, March 19, 2012
It is tragic when someone in Kentucky or elsewhere is killed in an accident. However, it is even more tragic when a child is involved.
Recently, a 9-year-old girl was killed in an accident as she waited for her school bus to pick her up and bring her to school. According to police, the little girl crossed the street to talk to a friend. When she crossed the street a second time, she was hit by a minivan and then a city bus.
A woman who lives near the scene of the tragic accident is a nursing student. She says the impact of the crash sounded like a sledgehammer. She ran outside hoping she could revive the little girl, but soon realized that she was already dead.
Authorities do not believe speed was a factor in the accident, but neighbors around the area say people often drive too fast.
“I am going to tell you, the cars are flying,” one neighbor said. “This is dangerous right here.”
The little girl’s father said his daughter was smart, outgoing and had a fun personality.
Although it is not clear if any of the drivers were at fault in this specific case, if a driver is found to be negligent they may face a wrongful death lawsuit. A car is not a toy, and when drivers are reckless and dangerous, they should be held responsible. Although no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit may provide family members with some form of justice.
Source: Cincinnati.com, “Girl, 9, dies after being struck by car, then bus,” Jennifer Edwards Baker and John Faherty, Mar. 17, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Two people remain hospitalized after they were struck by a vehicle at a nearby university.
The accident happened around 9 a.m. on the edge of the University of Cincinnati campus. According to reports, five people were standing on a traffic island waiting for the light to change when the driver of a Dodge Dakota truck lost control of the vehicle and drove up onto the island.
In addition to hitting two pedestrians, the driver also struck a large metal pole that fell on another vehicle.
A 27-year-old instructor at the school was injured in the accident and remains in critical condition. A 21-year-old student was also injured, but remains in stable condition. No others were injured in the accident.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. However, they do no suspect that alcohol or speed contributed to the accident. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.
Authorities will continue to investigate the accident and they may determine that distracted driving contributed to the crash. When a driver is not paying attention to the road, tragedies can occur.
Although it does not appear that any charges will be filed against the driver of the truck, they may still be held responsible through a personal injury lawsuit. When someone is harmed because of another person’s negligence, they may be entitled to compensation.
An accident can have a huge impact on an individual’s life. When someone is injured in a crash they may have to endure multiple surgeries, lengthy rehabilitation and may be unable to work. However, compensation that is awarded from a personal injury lawsuit can offset those costs and help an individual get back to a normal life.
Source: Colerain Township, “Two men injured by truck, pole near UC,” Jennifer Edwards Baker, Feb. 28, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Monday, January 30, 2012
People expect that they will be safe when they are walking down the streets in Kentucky, but another person’s inattention and negligence can cause serious harm to pedestrians.
Recently, a 38-year-old man was involved in a pedestrian accident. According to reports, the man was walking on a sidewalk when he collided with another person on a bicycle. The impact of the initial collision sent the 38-year-old man partially into the street where he was then hit by an oncoming car.
The man was taken to an area hospital after the accident with multiple injuries, including injuries to his head. He was first listed in critical condition.
The bicyclist was not injured in the crash. Police say the driver of the car and the bicyclist did cooperate, but authorities are still investigating the accident.
Although it appears that no criminal charges will be filed, the man may have cause for a personal injury lawsuit. As police continue to investigate the incident it may be determined that the driver was not paying attention to the road. If that is the case, they should be held responsible for the harm they caused to the 38-year-old man.
Cars are not toys, and when drivers are reckless they must suffer the consequences. People who are injured in accidents can suffer life-changing injuries. They may require surgery, lengthy rehabilitation and may be unable to work. Residents in Kentucky who have been injured in an accident may want to consider pursuing compensation. No one should have to suffer because of another person’s negligence.
Source: WLKY, “Pedestrian Critically Injured In Clark Memorial Bridge Crash,” Marissa Alter, Jan. 26, 2012
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
A number of different factors can contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Driver negligence happens to be a common cause of car accidents involving pedestrians, but Kentucky residents may be interested to learn that foggy windows were to blame for an accident that injured two pedestrians on the Northern Kentucky University campus.
According to a witness, the force of the impact threw one victim about 20 feet and was powerful enough to throw the shoes of each victim off of their feet. Thankfully, neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries, but one did suffer a broken leg. The incident has sparked officials to launch a campaign of sorts, encouraging drivers to exercise heightened awareness when driving.
The North Kentucky University chief of police told reporters that driver inattention is a leading cause of accidents involving pedestrians. Texting and using the phone are among two of the specifically mentioned common distractions.
While the driver responsible for the recent accident cited foggy windows as the leading factor contributing to the crash, the accident victims may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering they endured as a result of the incident.
With the number of driver distractions growing on a daily basis, Kentucky residents may find importance in learning their rights in the event they or a loved one incurs injury caused by negligence on the part of another driver. While heightened awareness on the roadways may be able to contribute to a reduction in the number of collisions that take place on a regular basis, accidents do happen. Kentucky residents injured in an accident may benefit from consulting with an attorney experienced in motor vehicle accident cases.
Source: The Northerner, “Collision calls for heightened awareness,” Allegra Carpenter, Nov. 16, 2011
On behalf of Dickman Law Offices, P.S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Saturday, November 26, 2011
A Kentucky woman of the community was killed in a pedestrian accident that could be described as a wrongful death or an ironic tragedy. The 83-year-old woman exited the front door of the house that she called home for nearly 52 years on Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, 2011. At approximately 10:20 in the morning, she did something that would never be described as dangerous but would end her life that day.
The elderly woman took her garbage out the front door. She brought it to the garbage truck in the street but was hit by the truck instead.
Emergency response teams were immediately called to the scene. Medical technicians attempted to save her airlift her to the nearest hospital for immediate treatment for her injuries, but the rain prevented the pilots from coming to the scene. The medical technicians pronounced her death on the spot.
Police were not immediately able to determine what caused the garbage truck to strike the woman in front of her home. Per state law, the driver was taken in for drug and alcohol testing – results of which were not reported.
The woman who was killed was described as a philanthropist who did everything to help those around her. She sacrificed her time and her energy to ring the Salvation Army bell in front of stores, drove cancer patients to their treatment centers and was ready to help any neighbor at any time.
The elderly woman left a family behind who loved her. Her son summed up the loss when he said that it was not going to be a loss “just for us, but for the whole Northern Kentucky community.” It is unclear whether the family will seek compensation in a civil suit for the loss of their loved one.
Source: cincinatti.com, “N.Ky. matriarch Mary Middleton killed by garbage truck,” Nov. 23, 2011