In Louisville, more should be done to prevent serious and fatal pedestrian accidents.
Choosing to cross the street on foot shouldn't be a life or death decision, yet Louisville pedestrians are being hit by cars at an alarming rate.
According to a recent article by WAVE, 806 people died in Kentucky car accidents last year, with 124 of those fatalities happening in Louisville. While that number represents all traffic crashes and not just pedestrian accidents, people on foot are disproportionately at risk. For example, in Louisville, 185 pedestrians have lost their lives on the streets since 2014.
Janet Heston, who suffered the loss of her son two years ago in a pedestrian accident, said she can't stop thinking about the tragedy.
"You know my pain is indescribable, but Matthew is stuck with nevers," Heston told WAVE. "He will never have a family. People who shared his same fate will never celebrate a holiday with their family again."
What's being done to address this crisis?
To reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and traffic fatalities in Louisville, Heston's nonprofit, Matthew's Bridge, is teaming up with Vision Zero Louisville and Taylor New Cut Network to get a bill passed that would put cameras on traffic lights throughout the city.
"These cameras have been proven to help reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries by reducing excessive speeding and red light running," Vision Zero Louisville's Transportation Planner and Program Manager Claire Yates said to WAVE.
Heston added that traffic cameras would help ease the burden on the police to hold reckless and negligent drivers accountable.
"We have speeding and crashes at crisis levels all over the city of Louisville, so we can't just depend on these very few people to be able to monitor where streets are safe for everyone," Heston said.
Many new projects are coming to Louisville, including revamping numerous local roadways for approximately $25 million. Still, it's important to remember that it takes only one careless driver to cause a crash that seriously hurts you or someone you care about.
While increased safety measures and stricter penalties will help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in Louisville, the reality is that there are still too many victims. If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, don't hesitate to contact The Whaley Law Firm to discuss your legal rights and potential options for financial compensation.
Make Attorney Aaron Whaley your first call when you've been injured
Even if you're careful, walking around Louisville can still be dangerous, thanks to speeders, red-light runners, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers who fail to look out for pedestrians.
When someone is injured or dies in a pedestrian accident, the victim or their family may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, filing a lawsuit may be the best way to receive the compensation you deserve. The key is to talk to an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer who can review the details of your case and advise you on the best way to move forward.
Attorney Aaron Whaley can listen to what happened and provide an understanding of all the potential legal options available to you. He can also ensure your rights are respected throughout the entire legal process of recovering compensation, deal with the at-fault driver's insurance company, and make sure your case is handled with the professionalism and care it deserves.
Learn more about how our law firm can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our office is in Louisville, KY, and we offer legal representation on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win your case.