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University of Kentucky Campus Injuries


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Accidents are an unfortunate yet unavoidable aspect of life, and accidents involving students on college campuses are no exception. Our presentation focuses on accidents on the University of Kentucky campus and demonstrates the most common student injuries that occur from such accidents.

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University of Kentucky Campus Injuries

  1. 1. UK, the city of Lexington and the people who live and work there are deeply intertwined with each other. Their activities and populations virtually flow into one another, which can make it difficult to determine the parties that are legally responsible for an injury. If you or a loved one have been injured, you need someone who knows the law and knows who may or may not have legal liability. That’s why you need to speak with Julie Butcher. From bus drivers and their employers to companies that contract with UK to distracted drivers and their insurance companies, she knows how to pinpoint all the potential liable parties to get you all the compensation you deserve. Contact the Julie Butcher Law Office today by calling 859-233- 3641 or visiting our website.
  2. 2. INJURED AT UK A look at how injuries occur at the University Kentucky and the city of Lexington
  3. 3. UK - A BIG PART OF LIFE LEXINGTON The University of Kentucky is central to the identity of the state and the city of Lexington. Every semester, the university injects the city with a vibrant population. With this increased population, and the activities and culture inherent in campus life, comes the inevitable occurrence of accidents and injuries. These injuries come in many forms and can befall not only students, but all Lexington residents and travelers, as well.
  4. 4. TYPES OF INJURIES AROUND UK’S CAMPUS Some of the most common forms of injury occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Heavy traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists can always make for a combination ripe for potential injuries. Here are a few common forms of accidents that result in serious injuries at the University of Kentucky and Lexington in general: • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Accidents • Bicycle Accidents • Pedestrian Accidents • Truck Accidents • Bus Accidents • Hit-and-Run Accidents • Parking Lot Accidents • Falls at Sporting Venues
  5. 5. COMMON CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS Driver negligence is so often the cause of serious vehicle accidents. This includes: • Alcohol Impairment • Reckless Driving (Speeding, Improper Lane Changes, Aggressive Driving, Failure to Observe Traffic Signs or Lights) • Distracted Driving • Drowsy Driving • Weather Conditions/Failure to Drive In a Manner Appropriate For Weather Conditions
  6. 6. DRUNK DRIVING INCIDENTS AROUND UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY One of the biggest concerns around any college campus is the issue of drunk driving. • The University of Kentucky Police Department alone reported over 150 DUI’s in 2015. • A high number of these DUI’s were reported on South Limestone. • Other roads with a high number of DUI’s include Waller Avenue and Nicholasville Road. • In 2014, there were 11 fatalities and 161 injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents in Fayette County.
  7. 7. BICYCLE ACCIDENTS Students frequently use bicycles as a means of transportation on campus, leading to many bicycle accidents in Lexington. One study found that between 2008 and 2012, there were 305 bicycle crashes in Lexington. A University of Kentucky geographer, along with the help of his students, did an analysis of bicycle accidents between 2008 and 2013 finding that areas around the UK campus had the highest concentration of accidents. They also found: • 25 percent of riders involved weren’t wearing helmets. • 21 percent were hit-and-run accidents. • The four most critical areas for car and bike collisions were South Limestone north of Virginia Avenue, Winchester Road near East Third Street, Rose Street from Euclid to Columbia avenues, and Rose from Columbia to Huguelet Drive.
  8. 8. PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS Whether pedestrians are walking to class, going to games or enjoying a night out with their friends, there are many high- traffic areas in which walkers might be prone to accident and injury. A Lexington-Herald article from 2012 said the Lexington Police Department reported that in the previous five years, there were 800 pedestrian collisions, leading to 28 deaths. Here are a few examples of pedestrian accidents in Lexington. • In 2008, a young woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing South Broadway. • In December of 2015, three pedestrians were critically injured by a drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Winchester Road, Third Street and Midland Avenue. • In October of 2015, a man crossing Red Mile Road was struck and killed by a driver.
  9. 9. TRUCK ACCIDENTS Large truck accidents frequently happen on major Lexington roads, like the 2014 tractor-trailer wreck at I-75 and North Broadway. But mid- sized trucks are sometimes involved in accidents on smaller city roads. That was the case in 2012, when WKYT reported on a collision between a moped and a UPS delivery truck on North Broadway that left the moped driver in serious condition at the University of Kentucky hospital.
  10. 10. BUS ACCIDENTS Between 2008 and 2012, there were 153 school bus crashes in Lexington. There are also traffic accidents involving Lextran, Lexington’s public bus system. Here are some examples of bus accidents from around Lexington: • A collision involving a Lextran bus, a van and an SUV occurred at Bryan Avenue and New Circle Road in 2015. • Four people were sent to the hospital after a collision between a Lextran bus and an SUV at the intersection of Fourth Street and Upper in 2013. • Three people were injured when a car rolled onto its side and slid into a Lextran bus at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Constitution in 2013.
  11. 11. PARKING LOT ACCIDENTS While we might think of vehicle accidents occurring on larger, heavily trafficked roads like Nicholasville Road and Richmond Road, many accidents also occur in parking lots. In 2014, there were 3,367 collisions in Fayette County parking lots, leading to 105 injuries. They can happen in: • Stadium and Arena Parking - Parking lots outside of Commonwealth Stadium and Rupp Arena see high levels of traffic on any given game day. • Student Parking Lots – Accidents can occur in parking lots around student housing areas like Greg Paige Apartments, fraternity houses and sorority houses. • Parking Structures - Parking structures can be dangerous due to dim lights and lower levels of visibility.
  12. 12. FALLS AT UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY SPORTING EVENTS Kentuckians love their Wildcats, and the Big Blue Nation pours out to see games at Rupp Arena and Commonwealth Stadium. Unfortunately, fans occasionally suffer injuries at these venues in the form of serious falls. For example: • In 2014, a former UK football player was in attendance of a football game at Commonwealth Stadium when he fell 35 feet from the upper deck and sustained serious injuries. • In 2013, tragedy befell one UK fan and his family after the 73-year-old fell down seven bleacher rows in the upper deck of Rupp Arena, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
  13. 13. HAVE YOU SUFFERED AN INJURY AT UK? If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident on the University of Kentucky campus or the city of Lexington, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. The Julie Butcher Law Office has fought for many clients who have suffered because of someone else’s negligence. Contact the Julie Butcher Law Office today by calling 859-233-3641 or visiting our website.
  14. 14. HOW WE HAVE HELPED CLIENTS I cannot say enough praises for Julie Butcher. While visiting Kentucky for a sporting event, I fell and broke my hip due to a hazard at the venue. I had a total hip replacement which required a week in the hospital and another week in rehab. After returning home and realizing how dramatically my life had changed, we contacted Julie to see if we had a case against the organizers of the sporting event. Julie was compassionate, and obviously knew what would be required to bring the case to a successful conclusion. During the whole process, which took almost three years, Julie was a caring friend, thorough investigator and avid seeker of justice. She gave 100+% effort. Her diligence led us to a successful mediation. I highly recommend Julie Butcher as a lawyer for personal injury. - Ann S. from Virginia