Russellville is situated in Logan County near Highway 68 where country roads abound which is a motorcycle riders paradise.
Unfortunately, riders are exposed to negligent drivers’ vehicles and trucks that can cause catastrophic injury or death to a motorcycle rider.
The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart with an office conveniently located in Russellville has represented numerous riders seriously injured or killed in tragic motorcycle collisions.
Having an experienced and local motorcycle accident lawyer is imperative to recover maximum damages. We are not only close by but we often travel to our injured clients.
Motorcycle accidents occur in Russellville regularly. Examples of accidents in Logan county include:
One of the most tragic Logan County motorcycle accidents claimed the lives of two prominent business people and severely injured a third. Cornelius Martin, chairman of WKU’s Board of Regents, was one of the motorcycle riders killed after being struck by a truck. The driver was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, assault, driving under the influence, and other drug-related charges.
According to the most recent data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were approximately 5,000 motorcycle fatalities across the country in 2018.
Overall, nearly 37,000 people died in traffic accidents that same year. Based on preliminary data, overall fatalities were down in the first half of 2019.
According to the 2020 Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Daily Fatality Statistics as of July 7, 2020 there were 14 motorcycle accidents resulting in fatality with riders who did not wear a helmet and 9 with riders who did wear a helmet.
This demonstrates the frequent fatalities seen when riders are up against larger vehicles on the roads.
Motorcycle accidents can occur in numerous ways. Some of the most common types of Kentucky motorcycle accidents are:
Learning to ride a motorcycle is not necessarily easy. For some riders, it takes more practice than learning to drive a car.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
Choosing the proper safety gear and in particular helmets can often help reduce the severity of your injuries in a motorcycle accident. It may also help other motorists see you better on the road, which might even reduce the risk of an accident in the first place.
Unfortunately, the limit of protection of a motorcycle can leave the victim paying the price in such an accident.
Kentucky follows a pure comparative negligence standard.
That means both parties can collect a portion of their damages in the event of an accident.
However, the amount of your award would be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
If you were 40% at fault, you could collect up to 60% of your damages. If you were 90% at fault, you could still recover up to 10%.
Kentucky does require use of helmets for riders operating motorcycles under some circumstances.
Not wearing one can be used to reduce the damages of comparative negligence against the rider.
Failure to use the helmet must be directly related to the damages you sustained.
Not wearing a helmet may not be relevant in an accident where you broke your leg but it is if you sustain a head injury. Therefore it is important to be knowledgeable about motorcycle laws in Kentucky with the use of helmets.
If you are over 20 and have held a motorcycle license for one year or more, you do not have to wear a helmet. Any passenger you have on the motorcycle must be over 21 to forego a helmet as well.
Anyone who is under 21 or has had a motorcycle license for under a year must always wear protective headgear when operating a motorcycle in Kentucky.
Operating a motorcycle on public streets and roads requires the proper license and registration. You are subject to all the same Kentucky laws and rules of the road, whether you’re in a vehicle or on a motorcycle. Kentucky law prohibits motorcyclists from driving along the shoulder or on the sidewalk in an attempt to avoid traffic.
Being in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic, life altering event. The action you take immediately after the accident and later on is crucial to recovering from your injuries and collecting the damages you deserve if the accident was not your fault.
Below are some steps we encourage you to take:
Choosing the right attorney after a motorcycle accident is crucial. At Flora Templeton Stuart we have years of experience representing clients in Logan County in personal injury cases to include motorcycle accidents.
We have a proven rate of success recovering compensation for over 90% of our injured clients. Not only does our 43 years of experience set us apart, with our local office convenient to meet with clients in Russellville we can be on the spot meeting with our clients within hours of the collision.
Our team will aggressively seek the financial compensation our clients deserve for their pain and suffering along with expenses for medical treatment and needed care.
Don’t leave your claim to chance. Our skilled Russellville Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve. Whether the injury is small or serious or in the event that you have lost a friend or loved one due to a motorcycle accident contact us for an immediate no cost consultation and evaluation.
You can reach our law firm seven days a week. We handle motorcycle cases in Logan County, Kentucky including Russellville and Lewisburg.