Careless drivers often say they didn’t see the pedestrian they hit. And, unfortunately, at night, when drivers should be even more cautious looking out for anyone on foot, they often pay less attention to the road.
The dangerous results of this carelessness are seen every year in every state. In 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 7,680 pedestrians were killed across the nation. 76% of those deaths occurred after sundown. Researchers also found that Saturday was the most deadly day for anyone on foot. The single day accounted for 1,031 fatalities for the year.
Louisville Pedestrian Killed in Hit-And-Run Accident
A tragic hit-and-run crash late Saturday night claimed the life of a pedestrian in the Jacobs neighborhood of Louisville. The Courier-Journal reported the accident happened around 10 p.m. at Berry Boulevard and Continental Place on November 7, 2020.
A male pedestrian was struck and killed. Louisville Metro Police say the driver responsible left the scene of the accident.
A statement from Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said there was no description of the vehicle currently available. If you saw anything that night that might help investigators you are asked to call the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Wrongful Death Insurance Claims After Pedestrian Accidents
A tragedy on a Louisville street can rob a family of a lifetime of love and encouragement provided by a loved one. Deceased victims will no longer be able to provide emotional support to a spouse, children, and other close relatives in the years to come. Those victims also won’t be able to provide the financial support through their jobs that families relied on.
These difficult times are made worse when the driver at-fault for the accident speeds away from the scene to escape responsibility. If there’s good news, and the driver is eventually caught, a family can rely on a wrongful death claim to get help protecting the family from the financial burdens that arise after a tragedy. This civil claim would be leveled against the driver’s insurance policy and would be instrumental in getting the victim’s family back on their feet again.
If the driver avoids identification and never has to pay for his or her mistake, a family may still have an option to get compensation. If pedestrians were covered on their own car insurance policy or a family member’s policy, a claim against the uninsured/underinsured provision of the coverage may be possible. In this case, insurance companies can often treat their own policyholders unfairly and try to get off paying as little as possible to the family. An attorney on your side can make sure that doesn’t happen, and work towards getting as much fair compensation as possible for present-day bills and financial expenses down the road.
Contact a Louisville Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When you lose a loved one to the carelessness of a driver, it’s important to move quickly to make sure the victim’s family doesn’t bear the financial consequences of that mistake. The at-fault driver’s insurance company should be facing those costs and providing a future for the victim’s loved ones. Unfortunately, you can’t always count on an insurance company to provide all the compensation your family will need to recover from this loss.
Talk to a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney you can trust to be on your side and fight for your fair compensation. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation the family will need to protect their future. To discuss your case, Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, or click here to contact them online.