Motor vehicle accidents where pedestrians are involved are much more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities than those in which two vehicles collide with one another. Pedestrians are more vulnerable by virtue of their lack of protection from the forces of impact. According to an estimate reported by the Governors Highway Safety Association, 6,000 pedestrians were killed during 2016 in motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky and across the U.S.
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.
A man was indicted by a Kentucky grand jury on Feb. 24 for a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened on Christmas Eve in 2015. The accident happened in Wolfe County along KY 191.
Motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky and around the country that involved pedestrians accounted for 4,743 fatalities in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of deaths were reduced by 3.2 percent, according to the NHTSA, between 2001 and 2012.
A hit-and-run accident in Lexington left one person with serious injuries, authorities stated. The Sept. 19 incident reportedly occurred around 11:03 p.m. in front of a bar on Euclid Avenue.
Law enforcement is a difficult job, and sometimes requires police to drive at high speeds and perform risky maneuvers with their vehicles. However, police officers and deputies owe the public a duty to take reasonable steps to avoid injuring someone in an auto accident, just as civilian drivers do.
For most Kentucky residents, the day when we end Daylights savings time and “fall back” and hour is a welcome relief and an extra hour of sleep on the weekends. However, it also means that it gets darks at an early time, which means that we are still out running errands and walking our dogs when the sun goes down.