Police in Kentucky have reported that a motorcyclist was killed after being struck head-on by a pickup truck during the early evening hours of April 19. The 61-year-old man had been riding with a group of friends at the time of the accident. The pickup truck driver and another motorcyclist suffered injuries in the crash, which took place in Lexington on Old Richmond Road at approximately 7:30 p.m.
As issues involving car accidents related to the use of cellphones have raised safety concerns across the country, Kentucky motorists may have invested in hands-free devices to facilitate safer communications while driving. In fact, a new vehicle might be more attractive to a potential buyer because of features such as Bluetooth pairing and GPS systems. However, safety is not guaranteed just because hands-free features are incorporated into a vehicle's design. Conversation can result in distraction from one's driving, which can increase the risk of an accident.
A Kentucky pedestrian who is involved in a traffic accident is much more likely to suffer a serious injury or to be killed than are people who are inside of motor vehicles. Pedestrians simply do not have the same protections that motor vehicle occupants have.