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As a pedestrian in Louisville, you always have to pay attention. Unfortunately, though, there are things that are out of your control that can lead to serious injuries in accidents. Chief among these are the actions of drivers and conditions.

A 26-year-old woman was killed after she was struck by a car that then fled the scene, according to a story from WAVE. Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) responded to the scene around 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2024. Investigators say the woman was struck by a white Mazda at the intersection of 16th Street and Jefferson Avenue in the Russell neighborhood of Louisville. The woman was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

LMPD believes the Mazda was speeding at the time of the collision, heading south on 16th Street when they struck the woman and continued driving. The LMPD’s Traffic Unit is conducting an investigation into the accident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673) or use the LMPD’s Crime Tip Portal.

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Can You File a Claim After a Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident in Louisville?

Pedestrian injuries in accidents are not only frequent but hit-and-run incidents are also common occurrences in Louisville. But as the above story lays out, serious injuries and even death can result from these types of accidents.

As a victim, though, you have the right to file an injury claim. The challenge is that a hit-and-run could mean that you don’t have all the information you need to make your claim. Still, it becomes vital to do a few things:

  • Call 911 for an ambulance – Your first priority is to dial 911 for an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention for any injuries. Also, report the accident to the LMPD and wait for their arrival at the scene.
  • Get as much information as you can -Try to remember and note details about the vehicle, such as the make, model, color, and any part of the license plate. Look for witnesses and get their contact information and any details they noticed about the vehicle or driver.
  • Document the accident scene – If you can, take photos and videos of the accident scene, including landmarks, street signs, road conditions, skid marks, and debris. Capture your injuries and any damage to your belongings. Note any nearby surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident.
  • Get further medical care – Follow all medical advice and attend all follow-up appointments. Keep detailed records of all treatments, prescriptions, and any changes in your condition. This not only helps your recovery but also strengthens your legal claim.

Work With Kaufman and Stigger After a Louisville Pedestrian Accident

Being in a pedestrian accident, whether hit-and-run or otherwise, is incredibly challenging. They often result in serious injuries and can even be fatal. At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we understand the impact these accidents have on you and your family.

Our firm has a proven record of assisting pedestrian accident victims in hit-and-run accidents. We meticulously gather evidence, review medical records, and ensure timely case filing. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Louisville pedestrian accident, contact us today for a free consultation to begin the recovery process.