Kentucky and the state’s municipalities and counties require improvements to their local roadways before they are truly safe for cyclists. In the most recent year for which data is available, 15 bicycle-related traffic collisions took place in and around Bowling Green alone, most resulting in injuries. In one recent year, 10 fatal bicycle accidents occurred in Kentucky.
If a Kentucky cycling accident injury has caused you physical, emotional, or financial loss, you have legal rights that a Kentucky bicycle accident attorney can help you protect. Contact experienced Kentucky personal injury lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart and her team online or at 888-782-9090 today.
Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart has dedicated her legal career to fighting for the rights of Kentuckians who have been harmed by preventable accidents. Through decades of experience, she has rightfully gained the reputation of a fierce advocate for innocent victims of others’ careless and reckless actions. Her efforts have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for her clients. Compensation may be sought to help clients pay for the costs of their injuries and losses. Flora strives to ensure you can regain stability after the trauma of an accidental injury or death.
Cyclists injured in collisions with motor vehicles in and around Kentucky often sustain severe, life-threatening injuries. After all, unlike motorists, cyclists have almost nothing protecting their bodies from the impact of a crash. Collisions typically knock riders from their bicycles, making them vulnerable to violent impacts with the road surface, other vehicles, or roadside objects. The consequences can be physically, emotionally, and financially catastrophic.
Bicycle accidents stem from a variety of factors. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes data about fatal bicycle accidents around the country annually. The latest report reveals insights about the dangers faced by cyclists everywhere, including on Kentucky roads.
We expect that the above statistics will not suprise cyclists. Riding in an urban/populated area comes with well-known risks. Narrow corridors leave little space between bicycles and cars. Often, the space is far less than the three-foot distance recommended to separate vehicles and bicycles on Kentucky streets. Narrow roads lead to sideswipes and drivers’ inability to observe cyclists in their blind spots as they turn.
Kentucky cyclists are all too familiar with the collision phenomenon known as “dooring” or “getting doored.” A dooring occurs when a vehicle occupant opens a car or truck door directly into the path of a cyclist without warning. The bicycle collides with the open door, sending the rider flying and causing severe injuries.
We recommend that all drivers follow a simple tip to avoid “dooring.” Reaching across your body to access the door handle can prevent “dooring” an unsuspecting cyclist. Known as the “Dutch Reach,” this technique is taught to all drivers in cycling-obsessed Holland. Reaching across your body to open the door forces occupants to turn their bodies when getting out of a car. By turning your body in this way, you increase the likelihood that they will see a cyclist approaching from behind.
Kentucky has escaped the ultimate tragedy of cycling accidents two years in a row. However, the unfortunate reality is that collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles often end in fatality. With the exception of a helmet (which a cyclist should always wear), cyclists are greatly unprotected. The lack of protection leaves riders vulnerable to a violent impact with a road surface, vehicle, or roadside object.
Even if a rider survives the impact of a collision, he or she will ultimately face additional challenges. Serious, sometimes life-altering, injuries accompany most cycling accidents. Some common serious injuries include:
Of course, this list of injuries is not exhaustive. Bicycle accidents have the potential to inflict every type of injury imaginable. For any injury sustained in a Kentucky bicycle accident, Attorney Flora Templeton Stuart and her team are ready to help. They are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve.
From her accomplished career, Flora Templeton Stuart understands the importance of scouring the facts of a Kentucky cycling collision. From the facts, she works tirelessly to determine how it happened, whose actions could have prevented it, and who should be held accountable. She believes victims should always be compensated for injuries and losses caused by another.
Attorneys may take the “easy route” and simply assume that the motorist involved in a collision with a cyclist should be responsible. Attorney Stuart knows that motorists often have legal liability in bicycle accidents around Kentucky. However, she also knows that achieving maximum compensation for her clients requires investigation into other parties who may share that liability. For example:
Every Kentucky bicycle accident case is different, of course. That is why Flora Templeton Stuart and her team dig into the facts of every cycling accident case they take. To ensure the identification of all responsible parties, one must closely and carefully evaluate the details of each case.
The types of damages an injured party may be entitled to vary from case-to-case. Generally speaking, there are two broad categories of compensation a Kentucky bicycle accident. Victims can seek to recover economic and non-economic damages from parties who caused their injuries.
Economic (or special) damages pay for the out-of-pocket costs arising from a Kentucky bicycle accident. They include:
Non-economic (or general) damages pay for the general harm to the cyclist caused by a bicycle accident, including:
In Kentucky, bicycle accident cases that involve particularly reckless or outrageous conduct causing harm to the rider may warrant an award of punitive damages. Punitive or exemplary damages are intended to punish and deter future egregious conduct.
A Kentucky bicycle accident will undoubtedly disrupt the lives of victims and their families. Contacting an attorney will likely be far from anyone’s top priority. Bicycle accidents cause much more seemingly immediate concerns, like finding a way to pay bills while the cyclist recovers.
Flora Templeton Stuart and her team understand how stressful and chaotic life can feel after a devastating bike crash. She also knows, however, that promptly retaining a lawyer is critical to her client’s chances of recovery. For instance:
Victims deserve compensation after a bicycle traffic accident causes catastrophic injuries and their families deserve recompense after a tragic loss of life. For decades, Flora Templeton Stuart and her team have fought to make sure that injured Kentuckians are fully compensated for the damages they sustained.
Ask her to fight for you, too.
Flora Templeton Staurt is dedicated in serving her clients no matter where the injustice took place. Check out one of her locations in Kentucky to discuss your recovery possibilities.
If a Kentucky bicycle accident has devastated your life or the life of a loved one, consult an attorney. You deserve a bike accident lawyer with a strong reputation for delivering results for her clients. That’s Flora Templeton Stuart.
Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today online or at 888-782-9090 to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options.