Passenger Dies in Collision Near UK Campus

by | Feb 3, 2022 | Car Accidents

Authorities are not sure which driver was at fault in a Fayette County intersection wreck. But they are sure that a woman is dead as a result of this wreck.

The collision happened at the intersection of Maxwell and Rose Streets. A 70-year-old woman, who was a passenger in one of these vehicles, died at a local hospital shortly after the crash. Doctors say multiple blunt force trauma injuries killed her. Two other victims were seriously injured.

Investigators closed the intersection for several hours as they looked for clues.

Car Crash Injuries

Vehicle collisions kill or seriously injure millions of Americans every year. A significant number of these victims are passengers. Frequently, these wounds involve unique diagnosis, treatment, and recovery issues. Head injuries are a good example. 

Initial head injury symptoms, like neck soreness and disorientation, mimic accident shock symptoms. Additionally, the brian usually conceals its own injuries. Concussed athletes often want to get right back into the game because they “feel fine.” These two things make it hard to diagnose collision related-head injuries. That’s especially true if the attending medical professional is not a doctor who focuses on injury-related matters.

Untreated head injuries are degenerative. These wounds usually involve some internal bleeding. Such bleeding is poisonous, especially to delicate organs like the brain. As a result, these victims begin experiencing more advanced symptoms, like severe chronic headaches, dizziness, and mood swings. At this point, doctors must use more aggressive measures to treat these injuries. These measures often include cutting a hole in the skull to relieve swelling. This swelling causes the brain to push against the skull.

Head injuries are permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate. At best, a brain injury physical therapist can alleviate these symptoms, at least to a degree, so victims can live normal lives. 

These multiple issues make medical treatment very expensive. The average injury-related hospital bill is over $50,000. Moreover, due to the aforementioned permanent nature of these injuries, these victims usually continue to accumulate medical bills for life.

Usually, attorneys have professional relationships with injury-related physicians. Since these victims get the treatment they need when they need it, their costs are lower and their prognosis is better.

Passenger Injury Issues

Vehicle passengers face the same risks as vehicle occupants. Today’s cars and trucks have passenger airbags, padded dashboards, and other safety devices. But the most advanced safety mechanisms on earth cannot possibly absorb all the force in a high-speed wreck.

Medically, passenger injuries resemble driver injuries. Emotionally, however, there are some differences which a Lexington personal injury attorney must address.

These emotional issues do not always apply. If Moe was in Curly’s car and Larry, who was driving another car, was legally responsible for Moe’s damages, Moe probably would not have a problem with pursuing a legal claim against Larry. But if Curly was liable, Moe might think twice before going down this path, especially if he and Curly were close.

However, civil injury claims, like a car crash claim, are not like criminal injury claims, like an assault case. Criminal cases punish defendants. Civil cases obtain compensation for victims. These victims need this compensation to pay the aforementioned medical bills and otherwise move on with their lives.

The theory behind a civil case is different as well. Essentially, civil cases force people to take responsibility for their mistakes. Kentucky would be an even better place to live if we all took a similar attitude regarding our mistakes.

In the above example, if Curly voluntarily paid Moe’s medical bills, Moe most likely would not think about legal action. Furthermore, to put it bluntly, if Curly didn’t make such an offer, he probably is not much of a friend to Moe. So, there may not be a relationship worth worrying about.

Resolving Your Claim for Damages

On a related emotional point, car crash claims very rarely go to trial. So, in most cases, there is no emotional courtroom showdown between friends or former friends. Generally, injury cases settle out of court. In most cases, they settle during mediation.

Basically, mediation is a court-supervised negotiation session. A third-party mediator ensures that the parties negotiate in good faith. This obligation prohibits them from simply going through the motions. Instead, people who negotiate in good faith honestly want to work something out. Furthermore, a “take it or leave it” offer is not a good faith negotiation stance. Instead, each side must be willing to make some compromises.

Largely because of this additional duty, and also because everyone usually wants to avoid a trial, mediation is about 90 percent successful.

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. We routinely handle matters in Fayette County and nearby jurisdictions. #goodelawyers