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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.

Motorcyclist Dies in Crash with Car in Lyon County

The Kentucky State Police say that a driver took a left turn in front of a motorcycle on Friday evening, June 12, 2020, causing the motorcycle to crash into a nearby pickup truck. The accident happened at the intersection of KY 93 and KY 3305.

Police say that the motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lyon County Coroner. The crash is still under investigation, and so far, no charges have been filed.

Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle in Rural KY

The simple truth is, drivers just don’t see motorcycle riders. Because of the smaller profile of a motorcycle and rider, and that most drivers are looking for larger vehicles, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of getting into a serious accident.

Most experiences motorcycle riders know this, and they take defensive measures all the time to avoid being a casualty. However, sometimes all the defensive driving isn’t enough, and an accident happens. At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we strongly believe that a motorcycle rider has just as much right to the roads as any other vehicle, and we have made it our mission to help motorcycle rider or their families, get the compensation they deserve when another driver causes an accident.

Motorcyclist Wrongful Death

Each year, around 4,500 motorcyclists and their passengers die in the U.S. in crashes. When the accident is the fault of the other driver, then the surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.

The spouse, any children, or those relying on legal support from the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. In Kentucky, a representative of the family will file a claim for all members seeking compensation. The law will look at each person to see how the death of their loved one has impacted their life and then award compensation accordingly.

Common damages are:

  • Medical Bills before the Victim Died
  • Funeral Expenses of Victim
  • Loss of Future Inheritance
  • Goods/Services not Provided to Dependents
  • Mental Pain and Anguish
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Training and Guardianship
  • Loss of Consortium (Spouse)

Contact a Kentucky Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.

Talk to a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman &  Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.

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