Motorcycle, Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
While car and truck accidents may be the most common accidents on Kentucky roadways, there are many instances when motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents cause injuries and damage to personal property.
These accidents are no less deserving of compensation when the irresponsible or careless behavior of another party is to blame for your pain and suffering. Lawyers at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Because motorcycles don’t have safety belts and exterior protection like a car or truck, riders are far more vulnerable to serious injuries. Wearing a quality helmet, boots, gloves and jacket can minimize the possibility of injury, but even these can only minimize — not prevent — injuries. Even with protective gear, motorcyclists may sustain major injuries to the head, neck and spine.
Bicycle And Pedestrian Accidents
Similarly, bicyclists are also susceptible to injuries even when wearing an approved helmet. Overall, cycling is a safe, fun activity especially when riders use proper safety equipment and designated bike lanes whenever possible. Unfortunately, accidents occur in and around Richmond and across Kentucky.
Cyclists are considered motorists according to Kentucky state law and have the same right to the road as other motorists, but unfortunately drivers sometimes ignore cyclists or drive carelessly in their presence. This is of course illegal since the law recommends that drivers give cyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing. Drivers must also observe all hand signals issued by cyclists on roadways.
If it is found that a driver was negligent in his or her duties by hitting and injuring a cyclist, he or she can be held to account. This holds true for pedestrians as well, who are even more vulnerable due to lack of any safety equipment. By law, pedestrians always have the right of way, but far too often, a careless car or truck driver hits a pedestrian. Even if a pedestrian was found to be crossing an area without a designated crosswalk, a motorist still has a responsibility to yield.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident, email the experienced attorneys at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold for a complimentary consultation or call 859-353-0878 today.