Pedestrian accidents in Kentucky

Kentucky Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Legal advocacy in Lexington and Louisville for injured pedestrians

Were you struck by a motor vehicle while on foot? Pedestrian accidents are some of the most catastrophic types of accidents a person can experience. It is not uncommon for accident survivors to sustain loss of limbs, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and more. Fortunately, there are legal options available to pedestrians who were injured by a careless driver.

The Kentucky lawyers at Wilt Injury Lawyers, are ready to help you pick up the pieces of your life. You can let us investigate the circumstances of your case, gather the evidence we need, negotiate with the insurance company, and, if necessary, bring your case to court so you can get the compensation to which you are entitled to. You have the right to bring the liable party to justice. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today.

How common are pedestrian accidents in Kentucky?

In 2020, 92 pedestrians were killed and 656 injured in traffic accidents, out of a total 896 collisions. Further, 2.2% of these pedestrians were under age 15, and 16.3% were age 65 or older. Seven pedestrians were killed and 105 injured in hit-and-run accidents.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation also points out in their Traffic Collision Facts Report that 24% of fatally injured pedestrians over the age of 15 were drinking.

What causes Kentucky pedestrian accidents?

In the vast majority of Kentucky pedestrian accidents, the driver of the vehicle that struck you will be found liable for your losses. This is usually because they were driving negligently or recklessly. Some examples of driver negligence might include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Failure to use a turn signal
  • Failure to stop or yield

Your lawyer at Wilt Injury Lawyers will carefully review the details of the car accident that caused your injuries in order to determine who should compensate you for your damages.

What kinds of injuries result from Kentucky pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrians typically have no protection from the impact of a collision with a vehicle, and because of that, injuries from a traffic accident tend to be catastrophic or even fatal. Our legal team frequently sees victims of pedestrian accidents and their loved ones who have experienced injuries like the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Traumatic amputation injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Wrongful death

We also work with your medical team to document the full extent of your injuries and losses to ensure you secure the financial compensation to which you are entitled.

Who is liable for my Kentucky pedestrian accident?

In most pedestrian accidents, the driver of the vehicle that hit you will be found liable for the injuries you sustained. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Kentucky include drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and aggressive driving – typically the fault of the negligent driver.

The driver of the vehicle is not always responsible, though. In some cases, the vehicle might have malfunctioned in some way, or the roads themselves might not have been safe. Your lawyer will need to carefully evaluate the details of your case and investigate to determine who should be held responsible for all you have been through.

What if the driver flees the scene of a Kentucky pedestrian accident?

It is always illegal for an at-fault driver to leave the scene of an accident; i.e. a hit-and-run. In the event you are injured as a pedestrian and the driver leaves the scene, you may be covered under your uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. The attorneys at Wilt Injury Lawyers can work with authorities to discover the driver who injured you and, in the event that isn’t possible, handle insurance company negotiations on your behalf.

What if I am partially at fault for my pedestrian accident?

You are still eligible for compensation here in Kentucky even if you were partially at fault for your accident, under something called “comparative fault.”

Maybe a pedestrian failed to wait for the crosswalk signal to allow them to cross, or perhaps they were not walking in a crosswalk when they were struck by a vehicle. In cases like these, Kentucky comparative fault laws do not prevent the pedestrian from being awarded compensation, but their awards will be reduced proportionately.

For example, let’s say Mike didn’t wait for the crosswalk to signal that it was safe to cross, and he crossed the street anyway. Suddenly, he was struck and injured by a distracted driver. The judge determines that Mike was 40% to blame for the accident and the distracted driver was 60% to blame. This means Mike’s award is reduced by 40%.

Our attorneys work to show that you were not at fault for your injuries, or work to reduce fault as much as possible.

Pedestrian accident lawyer in Kentucky

What is the value of my Kentucky pedestrian accident claim?

Your injuries after being hit as a pedestrian are likely severe. This is why it is so important to document everything related to your injuries and losses, including those you expect to experience in the future. We can work with your doctors and medical team to assess these losses.

Then, we work to secure proper compensation, which can include things like medical expenses (both now and in the future), wage loss and future loss of income, and property damage. More importantly, however, we work to compensate you for losses that have nothing to do with money – like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish. We can explain more about the value of your potential case in a personal and free consultation.

Do you have a pedestrian accident attorney near me?

Wilt Injury Lawyers has offices in Louisville and Lexington:

Louisville Office

13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. Suite A
Louisville, KY 40223
Phone: 502-253-9110

Lexington Office

196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 502-461-1481

If you or your loved one are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits.

Reputable pedestrian accident lawyers serving Lexington & Louisville

Are you ready to take charge of your life following your injuries? Get started on your claim by contacting a respected Kentucky pedestrian accident lawyer at Wilt Injury Lawyers. Our firm will do everything possible to help you obtain the compensation you need to move forward after this traumatizing experience. You can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 502-253-9110 or filling out our contact form today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.