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When you’re walking in Kentucky, you have to always stay alert. Unfortunately, even this doesn’t always mean you won’t be in an accident. Worse yet, with the many different types of vehicles, it could mean an even more serious accident.

According to a story from LEX18, that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. A 60-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a truck while walking along Highway 1016 in Madison County. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to the scene, where they found the woman. She was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital with severe injuries. The man driving the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators. He was not injured in the collision.

The MCSO’s Accident Reconstruction Unit is still investigating the accident.

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Pedestrian Accident Risks in Kentucky

Obviously, pedestrian accidents happen in many different places in Kentucky. Most of the time, they happen on crowded city streets or intersections. But as the above story shows, that’s far from the only place they happen. What’s worse, when they happen in more sparsely populated areas, they happen on highways and other main roads where there’s less traffic, but it’s moving more quickly.

This, obviously, increases the risk of not only accidents, but serious injuries, like:

  • Head or brain injuries – Head injuries are a significant concern in pedestrian accidents, ranging from concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). These injuries can occur when the pedestrian strikes their head on the vehicle, pavement, or other objects.
  • Internal injuries – The force of a collision can cause internal injuries such as organ damage, internal bleeding, or injuries to the abdomen or chest. These injuries may not show up right away, but can be life-threatening if not treated.
  • Broken bones and fractures – Many of those that get hit by vehicles suffer fractures or breaks in their bones, especially in the legs, arms, or hips, due to the impact with the vehicle or the ground.
  • Spinal injuries – Pedestrians may sustain spinal cord injuries if they experience a sudden jolt or impact to the spine. These injuries can result in paralysis or long-term disabilities.
  • Soft tissue injuries – These include bruises, cuts, and sprains to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can result from the impact with the vehicle or from being thrown onto the ground.
  • Psychological trauma – Not to be overlooked, the psychological trauma of being involved in a pedestrian accident can also be significant, especially as you move forward with your life.

No matter how hurt you are, it’s important to remember that you have legal rights. This is true even if your injuries are life-threatening or fatal. In order to make sure you or your family have what you need to improve your chances at a recovery.

How Kaufman & Stigger Can Help After a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident

At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, our experienced team of Kentucky pedestrian accident lawyers can help you through the challenges of an accident. While it’s not mandatory to have a lawyer in Kentucky, having our team on your side can really help. Here’s how we approach these cases:

  • Free consultation – In our free initial meeting with you, we’ll assess your claim and discuss your options. Once we confirm a viable claim, we’ll begin investigating the accident to determine liability.
  • Gathering evidence – Our experienced team strengthens your claim against insurance companies’ attempts to minimize payouts. We evaluate the true value of your claim, gather evidence, and maximize its worth.
  • Defending your rights – With us, you get legal protection akin to insurance companies’ legal teams. We defend your rights, handle any unfair tactics, and work for a fair settlement.
  • Making things easier – We handle all communication, paperwork, and legal tasks, easing your burden during the stressful recovery period.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Kentucky pedestrian accident, contact us today to set up your free consultation.