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The unfortunate thing about being a pedestrian in Lexington is that you’re always at risk for being in an accident with a moving car. Certain scenarios and locations in the city raise these chances, as a recent story from LEX18 documented.

A 27-year-old man was killed when he was struck by a car at the intersection of Newtown Pike and Sugar Maple Lane in Lexington on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. According to the Lexington Police Department (LPD), they found the man lying in the roadway when they arrived on the scene. He was later pronounced dead of multiple blunt-force injuries.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, and the crash is still being investigated by the LPD’s Crash Reconstruction Unit. The inbound lane of Newtown Pike was closed until 2:30 a.m. as crews investigated.

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What Causes Pedestrian Accidents in Lexington?

Part of the reason that pedestrian accidents are so troubling is that, under similar circumstances, they can end up just like the one in the story above. If you get around Lexington on foot, you’re probably pretty aware that you have virtually zero protection against a moving vehicle. Worse yet, you can’t account for the actions of someone in a car. And if they don’t see you–especially at night in low visibility conditions–they won’t slow down at all when they collide with you. This makes accidents much worse in terms of injuries and other damage.

Still, it can be helpful to look at the more common causes of these accidents in Lexington:

  • Distracted driving – Many of these accidents happen when drivers are distracted by things like texting, talking on the phone, or other diversions, leading them not noticing pedestrians.
  • Speeding – Higher speed reduces drivers’ reaction times, making it more difficult to avoid pedestrians.
  • Low visibility – Low light conditions, especially at night or poor weather, make it harder for drivers to see pedestrians.
  • Failure to yield – Accidents can happen when drivers don’t give pedestrians the right of way at crosswalks or intersections.
  • Driving under the influence – Impaired drivers have compromised judgment and slower reaction times, increasing the risk of hitting pedestrians.
  • Poor road design – Poorly designed roads or intersections can create hazards for both drivers and pedestrians, making it difficult for pedestrians to cross safely.

Understanding these causes is vital for your safety. As a pedestrian, you should always use designated crosswalks and stay aware and alert, especially in busier areas of the city. Despite taking these precautions, accidents can still happen and often result in significant life changes. If this has happened to you, you might be wondering what your legal options are.

Lexington Pedestrian Accident Victims Can Trust Kaufman & Stigger

When crossing the street or walking to a store in Lexington, you don’t expect to be in an accident. Still, they can happen, especially under certain conditions. Kentucky law doesn’t say you need a lawyer, but having one can be highly beneficial. Here’s how Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC’s team of Lexington pedestrian accident lawyers can help you:

  • Explaining your legal rights and options in a free initial meeting
  • Helping you gather important evidence and figuring out who’s responsible
  • Negotiating with insurance companies and defense attorneys
  • Evaluating your injuries and damages for a fair value
  • Helping you file a lawsuit, if necessary

Every pedestrian accident in Lexington is unique, but working with our experienced team provides tailored advice for your specific situation. To get started, contact us today for a free consultation.

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