Travelers encouraged to buckle up while travelling this Thanksgiving

With holidays fast approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is once again reminding Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up every time they travel in their respective vehicles in an effort to save lives.

According to raw data, there were 1,645 vehicular accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday in the state of Kentucky in 2015, which caused over 480 injuries and eight deaths. KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter, in a bid to encourage citizens to travel safely this holiday season, said, “As we reflect on gratitude during this season of Thanksgiving, we ask fellow Kentuckians to share why they are thankful for their seat belt. Personal responsibility behind the wheel is the key to saving more lives.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that proper seat belt usage lessens fatal injury risk to front-seat passengers by around 45% and the risk of passengers sustaining moderate to serious physical injuries by around 50%.

If you were injured in a personal injury accident in Lexington or another area of Kentucky due to the mistake of another person, we at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are fully prepared to help you. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (800) 953-2373.

Tractor-pickup truck collision kills one

An individual lost his life during a tractor-pickup truck collision on Old Richmond Road near Evans Mill Road in Lexington, Kentucky at around 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1.

According to preliminary investigations, a pickup truck had been traveling along that road when it collided with a tractor-trailer. A person in the pickup truck was declared dead at the sene of the accident while another was transported to a nearby hospital for the treatment of said person’s incapacitating injuries.

Old Richmond Road had been closed to public traffic for around five hours to make way for police investigators’ assessment of the area and maintenance personnel cleanup. A portion of the road was finally opened at around 5:15 p.m. of the same day.

The attorneys of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC send their thoughts to the victim and their loved ones.

Louisville policeman killed in Lexington pedestrian accident

Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer and another pedestrian lost their lives in Lexington, Kentucky last Saturday, October 29. Their deaths occurred after the pedestrians were hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Suzanne Whitlow along Upper Street.

Whitlow was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence. According to preliminary investigations, Whitlow was handling her vehicle along Upper Street when she lost control of the steering wheel and proceeded to crash into Schweitzer and one other pedestrian walking on the sidewalk. Both people were taken to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their mortal injuries.

Schweitzer started his career in the Jefferson County Police Department as a police officer in 2001 and later became a detective for the Louisville Metro Police Department. News about the other victim will come after the victim’s family is notified about the accident.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC are saddened to hear about this tragedy and send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims.