Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present, but due to carelessness or neglect, an alarming number of pedestrians are injured or killed each year: approximately 69,000 injuries and nearly 4,500 deaths were reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2011.
If you or a family member are the victim of an accident as a pedestrian, it goes without saying that the injuries are most likely extremely severe, causing not just physical, but emotional and financial distress. Winton & Hiestand Law Group, PLLC understands the medical and legal challenges involved in pedestrian accidents and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve so you can concentrate on recovery.
Injured parties may be able to receive compensation for past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages from time off work, diminished capacity to earn, and past and future pain and suffering.
In some instances, Kentucky law ALSO allows juries to award punitive damages.
Punitive damages are meant to punish behavior that is intentional and/or grossly negligent to dissuade others from the same behavior.