Fatal Motorcycle Wreck in Covington

by | Sep 1, 2021 | Car Accidents

Even though a driver crossed the center line and killed a motorcyclist almost instantly, no charges have been filed.

The wreck happened near the intersection of State Highway 17 and Pioneer Park. According to police, the motorist struck the motorcycle rider almost head-on. He died almost instantly and no other injuries occurred.

The victim, 39-year-old Donald Jobe, was a former Bromley mayor.

Motorcycle Crash Injuries

During collisions, multiple restraint layers protect vehicle occupants from serious injury. However, motorcyclists have no such protection. As a result, motorcycle-on-vehicle collisions are twenty-nine times deadlier than vehicle-on-vehicle collisions. Some of the serious injuries these riders sustain include:

  • Broken Bones: These injuries might not be life-threatening, at least in most cases. However, crash-related broken bones are normally permanent. Typically, doctors must use metal parts to reconstruct shattered bones. Because this surgery is so invasive, some permanent loss of function is usually inevitable.
  • Head Injuries: Even if the rider is wearing a helmet, these victims normally sustain head injuries. When riders fall off their bikes and land hard, their brains slam against the insides of their skulls. These head injuries are difficult to detect and even more difficult to treat.
  • Internal Injuries: This same force not only propels the brain against the skull. It also mashes internal organs against one another. Since kidneys, bladders, stomachs, and other such organs have no protective skin layer, any friction usually causes extensive bleeding.

All three of these injuries require specialized treatment, usually at designated regional trauma hospitals. As a result, the medical bills could exceed $50,000. If the victim must be medevaced from the accident scene, these bills could easily double. Since most health insurance companies refuse to pay injury-related costs, victims and their families could be stuck with these bills.

To reduce this financial stress, a Lexington personal injury attorney normally sends letters of protection to medical providers. These letters guarantee payment when the case is resolved. Therefore, most providers charge nothing upfront for their services.

These providers usually focus on injury-related care. As mentioned, many of these injuries are difficult to diagnose and treat. So, victims get the medical care they need, as opposed to the care they can afford or the care an insurance company is willing to pay for.

There’s more. Attorneys usually negotiate with providers and lower these costs. That could mean that victims get to keep more of their settlement money, due to Kentucky’s complex collateral source rule. 

Assume Alice’s medical bills are $75,000. Her lawyer reduces that amount to $65,000. In some cases, Alice might be able to keep the extra $10,000.

Wrongful Death Claims in Kentucky

Conceptually, a wrongful death claim is not like an injury claim. The economic losses are much the same. However, instead of medical bills, funeral, burial, and other expenses are usually the largest component. 

Noeconomic losses are different. Injury victims are entitled to compensation for things like emotional distress and loss of enjoyment in life. On the other hand, wrongful death survivors are entitled to compensation for things like lost future financial and emotional support.

These items are usually difficult to calculate, especially if the decedent was a child. So, attorneys usually partner with psychologists, accountants, and other outside professionals in these situations.

Procedurally, a wrongful death claim is a lot like an injury claim. If the matter does not settle immediately, most attorneys file paperwork in court. That move usually triggers a mandatory mediation requirement. Since both parties have a legal obligation to negotiate in good faith, mediation is usually successful.

The pace of a wrongful death claim is usually accelerated. In injury claims, victims must normally wait until medical treatment is at least substantially complete before settlement negotiations begin in earnest. If a case settles too quickly, the settlement amount might not fully account for all future medical expenses. As a result, the victim could be financially responsible for these charges.

In most wrongful death claims, this delay is not necessary. All the economic damages are apparent almost immediately. Since settlement negotiations begin sooner, the case might be resolved sooner as well.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. You have a limited amount of time to act. #goodelawyers