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Intersection Crashes in Louisville

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An intersection is a high-risk area for crashes and injuries. Roads naturally intersect with other roads which require some type of traffic control to keep vehicles from colliding.  The vast majority of intersections in Kentucky are controlled with a stop sign while others have varying levels of signal-light control that attempt to keep cars apart.

However, no matter the system, it is only as good as those using it, and drivers are going to make mistakes. This means that sooner or later, someone is going to get injured trying to get through an intersection.

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Rural Intersection Crashes in Kentucky

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Even though rural driving can have a much better view than Louisville traffic, studies have shown that driving in the country is more dangerous than driving on the congested roads and freeways in urban areas. Drivers who cruise for miles without seeing another car might be tempted to blow through a stop sign, making a poor assumption that another car won’t be at the crossing.

Three Dead in Blown Stop Sign Crash in Shepardsville

Police say that a Honda Civic with three people inside ran a stop sign Thursday,

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Motorcycle Head Injuries While Not Wearing Helmet in KY

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Kentucky law only requires motorcycle riders under 21 years old to wear a helmet while riding in the state.

According to a report from the CDC, wearing a helmet for a motorcycle rider reduces the risk of death by almost 40% and the risk of a serious head injury by 70%. Not all fatalities would have been prevented by wearing a helmet, but if all Kentucky motorcycle riders wore one, there would be more riders still out on the roads.

Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

An example of the possible increase in risk for not wearing a helmet happened around 8 am,

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Multiple Car Crash Fatalities in Louisville

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Freeways are often the scene of horrific crashes involving multiple vehicles. Because of the number of lanes and the volume of traffic on an interstate, the likelihood of more than two vehicles colliding is high. When this happens, there is an increased chance of serious injuries and even fatalities.

This isn’t just because there are more vehicles involved, but because there is an increased chance of multiple victims which can cause delays in getting help to each victim.

One Dead in Multiple-Vehicle Crash on I-265

Four passenger cars and two tractor-trailers were involved in a chain-reaction crash on I-265 near its junction with I-70.

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Motorcycle Accidents in Rural Kentucky

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Kentucky is a great place for a motorcycle ride. A lot of country roads, small towns and picturesque bluegrass scenery. But even in this made-for-motorcycle state, Kentucky motorcyclists are at a high risk of being injured just because they ride a bike.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash. Motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities while only 3% of registered vehicles are motorcycles.

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Hit and Run Epidemic Costing Lives in Kentucky

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There is a hit and run epidemic happening all over the country, and it’s having an effect on cities like Louisville and Lexington.  According to a AAA report, hit and run accident have risen across the nation a staggering 60 percent from 2009 to 2016.

With over 2,050 hit and runs a year, it means that every day five people in the US are killed by a hit and run driver.

Woman Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Lexington

Police were called to Martha Court in Lexington at 4:30 am Wednesday,

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DUI UTV Crashes in Kentucky

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Each year in Kentucky, around 33 people die in ATV/UTC crashes which makes them the third highest out of the 50 states. Kentucky does have a law against riding an off-road vehicle while intoxicated which can cover crashes and incidents on dirt and gravel road, trails and public spaces.

But many people in Kentucky, especially younger drivers, don’t feel that the same rules apply when riding an ATV or UTV.

17-Year-Old Arrested in UTV Crash that Seriously Injured Teen

The driver of a UTV rounded a corner at high speed on West Ault Sawmill Road in Washington County in southern Indiana Saturday and the UTV rolled three times.

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Lexington DUI Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

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Riding a motorcycle is dangerous. In fact, a report from the NTHSA says that a motorcyclist in a crash is 28 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants. Despite this, motorcyclists still get out on the road to enjoy riding their beloved bikes.

Another danger for motorcyclists is impaired drivers. The low profile of a motorcycle is a problem even for sober drivers, but once impaired, a motor vehicle driver is even less able to see a motorcyclist, and the results can be deadly.

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Deadly Head-On Crashes in Green County

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Head-on crashes are one of the deadliest types of crashes there are according to a report from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we’ve seen the devastation that a head-on causes, and we’ve seen the anguish and pain a head-on fatality can cause surviving family members.

We’ve dedicated our lives to helping victims of car crashes get the compensation they need for their injuries or the loss of their loved ones.

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Who is Responsible for an Ambulance Accident?

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Ambulances rush to accident scenes and transport the wounded to the hospital. But what happens when the ambulance needs an ambulance? Statistically, it’s inevitable that an ambulance out on the road will get into an accident, but when it happens, issues can arise regarding fault and liability.

Woman Killed, Two Injured in Crash with an Ambulance near Lebanon

A 41-year-old woman was killed when an ambulance collided with pickup truck Saturday night, June 6, 2020. Police say that the accident happened when an ambulance tried to pass a truck that was making a left turn onto Elk Road off of US 68 near Lebonan.

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