Louisville Personal Injury Blog

Two People Three Horses Hurt in Crash near Fulton

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A pickup pulling a horse trailer collided with another vehicle injuring two people and three horses. A Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy at the scene says that an SUV failed to stop at the intersection and struck the pickup truck pulling the horse trailer. The impact caused the trailer to unhook from its hitch and then dangle over an embankment.

The accident happened Saturday night, October 5, 2019, at the intersection of Kentucky Highway 94 and U.S. Highway 51. The driver of the SUV was airlifted to a Memphis hospital,

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Head-On Collision Kills Two in Butler

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A Toyota pickup and a passenger car collided head-on Thursday, October 3, 2019, around 9:40 on US 27 in Butler killing the driver and a passenger in the car. Police have not provided details on how the crash occurred, so it’s unknown which vehicle crossed the centerline on the highway.

A second passenger in the car, which was a minor child, was airlifted to a local hospital, and her condition is unknown at this time. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck was not injured,

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Distracted Truck Driver Arrested for Manslaughter

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A tractor trailer struck two vehicles killing one and seriously injuring another. The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2019, when the driver of the tractor trailer failed to notice that traffic had slowed considerably. He first struck a Jeep Liberty killing its driver, and then struck an SUV seriously injuring a passenger.

Police say that the driver was distracted by a phone that he had mounted on his dash which was playing a video and likely kept him from noticing the traffic slowdown.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Crash with TARC Bus

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A TARC bus and a motorcycle collided on Friday, September 20, around 11:30 p.m., killing the motorcycle rider. According to police at the scene, the bus turned left in front of the motorcycle who was traveling north on New Cut Road near Orchard Hill Drive.

No one in the bus was injured, and the motorcycle rider was taken to the University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police also say that the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet and that the accident is still under investigation.

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Six Injured Two Airlifted in Crash in Barbourville

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A child and an adult were airlifted to UK Medical Center and four others were taken to local hospitals after a two-car crash in Barbourville. Kentucky State Police say that a woman was pulling out of her driveway in a silver Buick sedan when a silver minivan hit her broadside. The accident happened on Old Highway 25 Sunday morning, September 22, 2019.

Both passengers in the Buick were injured and transported to the hospital in stable condition. In the minivan, a passenger and a three-year-old child were airlifted and two others,

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Child Hit by School Bus Critically Injured

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A six-year-old boy was rushed to Norton Children’s Hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a school bus. The accident happened Thursday, September 19, 2019, at Girard Drive and Girard Court near the Watterson Expressway.

According to police, the boy got off at the wrong stop and then walked in front of the bus to cross the street when the bus hit him. It’s not clear if he knew he was getting off too soon. Officials say that he was awake and talking to officers when he was transported.

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How Much is a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim Worth?

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The last thing anyone wants to think about after they lost a loved one is money. Unfortunately, there are often fairly substantial costs that come with losing someone important in your life, and our system of civil justice only allows the monetary compensation to make up for the loss.

At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we have seen the grief, pain and uncertainty that comes with a wrongful death, and we are passionate about helping the surviving family seek justice for their loss.

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Man Charged with Murder for Hitting Two Motorcyclists

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Police have charged a man with murder, first degree assault and driving under the influence after a crash Sunday morning, August 15, 2019. Police say that the man was allegedly driving under the influence when he crossed over the centerline of Manslick Road at the 6400 block and struck two motorcycles.

One of the riders were pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition.

Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle rider is exceptionally vulnerable and at significant risk in an accident with a car or truck because of the lack of protection.

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Is a Kentucky Wrongful Death Claim Considered a Personal Injury?

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A wrongful death claim is a personal injury that ended with the death of the victim. So long as the injured person is alive, he or she can file a personal injury claim based on injuries received because of another’s negligence.

Wrongful Death Claim Based on Negligence

To be able to get compensation in any personal injury claim, the victim must prove that the at-fault person acted negligently and caused the injuries. If those injuries resulted in death, then the proper claim to file is a wrongful death.

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Wrongful Death Compensation in Kentucky?

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Both Kentucky and the federal government tax income received by Kentucky tax payers. So, what happens when you get money from a wrongful death? Is it taxable?

The simple answer is, all “income” and punitive damages are taxable, all others are not. It’s safe to say that the vast majority of all settlements and trial judgments are not taxable, but that leaves the rest to be taxed.

Compensatory Damages not Taxable

Compensatory damages are those meant to compensate someone directly for their loss.

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