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There are a number of factors that make pedestrian accidents among the most dangerous in Kentucky. From vehicles being unable to see them to virtually no protection in a collision, it’s not surprising that many pedestrians suffer serious, even fatal, injuries in these accidents. Worse yet, sometimes drivers flee the scene, adding more stress and difficulty to an already challenging situation.

Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision Along Sandersville Road in Lexington Leaves Woman Dead

A fatal collision between a vehicle and a 60-year-old woman crossing the street between Sandersville Road and Atoma Drive in Lexington is being investigated as a fatal hit-and-run by the Lexington Police Department (LPD), according to a report from LEX 18.

LPD investigators say the woman was attempting to cross the street around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night, May 5, 2023, when she was struck by a driver who fled the scene. Once officers responded, they found the woman with critical injuries to her head, torso, and other extremities.  She was transported to the University of Kentucky (UK) Medical Center in Lexington, where she later died of her injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by LPD, and they say they have no information on the driver of the vehicle.

Dangers Involved in Kentucky Pedestrian Accidents

Unfortunately, accidents like the one above demonstrate how dangerous it can be when involved in a pedestrian accident. No matter how careful they are, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to serious, often fatal, injuries when a vehicle hits them. Additionally, many of these accidents occur at night–just like this one. The reasons for this aren’t hard to figure out; it’s even harder to see some pedestrians at night, when visibility is at its lowest.

While all of these are contributing factors, it’s important for pedestrians to be mindful of these dangers and do everything they can to at least reduce the risk of being hit by a driver. Some of these measures can include:

  • Increase your visibility – When you’re a pedestrian, you have to try to increase your visibility any way you can. Usually, you can do this by wearing bright or reflective clothing or using lights on your phone or other devices. This is especially important at night, when there is very little visibility.
  • Always stay alert – No matter when you’re out walking, it’s important to always stay alert and not let anything distract you. You should try not to text or listen to music, especially if you’re on a busy street with traffic.
  • Try to always use crosswalks – Whenever possible, cross the street at designated crosswalks or intersections. Obey traffic signals and pedestrian signs to ensure your safety.
  • Always make eye contact – Another good rule of thumb is to try to make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you crossing the street. Usually, this is enough to help prevent any accidents. 
  • Face oncoming traffic – When you have to walk on a road without a sidewalk, always walk facing oncoming traffic. This will give you time to see oncoming vehicles and move out of the way if you need to.

Even by following these tips, pedestrian accidents have still be known to happen in Kentucky, especially in busier cities like Lexington. In these situations, it’s important to understand what your legal options are.

At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we have years of experience helping clients through the challenges involved in pedestrian accidents. Kentucky law allows accident victims to recover compensation from negligent drivers that include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident anywhere in Kentucky, don’t hesitate to contact our team for a free, no-obligation consultation to figure out your next steps.