Even though overall traffic fatalities have been slowly declining over the past several decades, some fatal traffic-related incidents in Kentucky have been increasing. From 2015 to 2017, Kentucky has seen an increase in hit and run accidents from 12,830 (24 fatalities) to 13,015 (28 fatalities). In the same years, pedestrian fatalities rose from 71 to 87.
Pedestrian Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Union County
Police are still looking for the driver of a hit and run collision that happened Thursday, April 16, 2020, near Morganfield. Police responded to reports of a person in the roadway at the 4900 Block of Highway 56 between Morganfield and Shawneetown.
The female victim was transported to a hospital in Owensboro where she was later pronounced dead. Police say they are still looking for the driver and that the vehicle used most likely has a missing passenger-side headlight.
Pedestrian Hit and Run Accidents and Injuries
When the driver at an accident scene flees, the victim is immediately at risk for greater injury. When the victim is a pedestrian, the likelihood of serious injuries increases even more. In many collisions, the victim is rendered unconscious or has no way to call for help, and any serious injuries could worsen if medical treatment is delayed.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we understand the frustration that comes with a hit and run pedestrian accident. We feel strongly that pedestrians have just as much right to travel safely as do motorists. We also understand that the law places a duty on motorists to yield to the right-of-way of a pedestrian and to use all due caution when pedestrians are present.
We have seen the injuries that victims of pedestrian accidents have endured, and we work hard to consider the circumstances of each victim’s injuries in our strategy to get justice for the victim. Some of the injuries that we have seen common to these types of cases are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries
- Broken Ribs
- Fractured Arms/Legs
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Broken Collarbone
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, you might be worrying about how you are going to get compensation if the driver is never found. Come talk to one of our attorneys who can help determine if your insurance policy can be used for coverage, or if there are any other sources of funds that are available.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job – paying as little as possible to injured victims. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field. Talk to someone you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.
The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.