In 2012, the Kentucky state police reported that 480 pedestrian accidents took place in Jefferson County alone. Out of those collisions, 11 resulted in fatalities.
At the Louisville law firm of T.J. Smith, Attorney at Law, we believe such statistics are simply unacceptable. Drivers of cars and trucks have the duty to pay attention on the road and protect those on foot. Even Kentucky law acknowledges this, and KRS 189.570 says that:
When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
In other words, if there is no stop sign or traffic light, the driver must automatically yield to pedestrians on the road. If you or someone you love was injured because a driver failed to pay attention or obey the rules of the road, we will fight for full compensation for you. T.J. is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has decades of legal experience.
Call T.J. – He'll Make 'Em Pay
Common Causes Of Such Collisions
Negligent drivers can cause serious injuries to pedestrians in many ways. Here are just a few:
- Failing to see or slow down for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Backing out of a driveway without checking for people on the sidewalk
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Swerving into a pedestrian while trying to pass another vehicle
Do not hesitate to schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyer and learn more about your rights. Call T.J. Smith, Attorney at Law, at 502-792-7937 (Louisville) or 270-261-4114 (Central Kentucky), or contact us by email.