Maggie Jo proudly represents Florida and Kentucky residents in personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from motor vehicle collisions, trucking accidents, motorcycle and biking crashes and other traffic matters. She assists seriously injured clients and families experiencing metal injuries, physical injuries and deformities and traumatic loss due to another individual's negligence, carelessness or harmful behavior. The goal is to reduce the worry, inconvenience and stress of injured persons at the Law Office of Maggie Jo Hilliard, while seeking just compensation for bereaved and injured people.
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Maggie Jo is an experienced transactions, trial and appellate attorney, licensed in Kentucky & Florida with offices in Louisville, KY & Trinity, FL. Maggie Jo has been first and second-chair trial counsel in state and federal courts since 2006. As a former Assistant State Attorney (Florida 2006) and Assistant Appellate Public Defender (Florida 2013), she has worked on both sides of the courtroom to find justice in criminal courts. Maggie Jo has owned and operated a solo legal practice since 2008 where she represents private clients, individuals, families, businesses and public officials in administrative proceedings, family matters, civil lawsuits, criminal defense and other legal situations in state and federal court venues.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published their estimated car accident statistics in 2017, finding:
Someone dies in a car accident every 14 minutes.
One person is injured in a vehicle crash every 13 minutes.
A property damage crash every seven (7) seconds; and
A law-enforcement-reported crash every five (5) seconds. in Kentucky for 20 minutes = $10,000.
If you are involved in a traffic crash or witness a crash, there are laws that apply in the moments after the incident in Kentucky and Florida, such as Quick Clearance Laws and Move Over Laws.
According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (or FLDHSMV or HSMV): "...the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) urges all motorists to move over for emergency and service vehicles stopped along the roadway. Preliminarily in 2017, there were 212 crashes and almost 17,000 citations issued for motorists failing to move over. FLHSMV and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are partnering with the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Department of Transportation and AAA – The Auto Club Group to ensure all law enforcement, first responders, service and utility workers and Road Rangers are safe in 2018. “The Move Over Law protects those who work on the side of the roadway each day and ensures that they make it home safely to their families,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles provide critical services to motorists in one of the most dangerous work environments. It is imperative that motorists abide by the law and move over or slow down for these brave professionals so that they can do their job and Arrive Alive... To learn more about FLHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov."
Kentucky has a Quick Clearance Law, K.R.S. 189.580 that requires, if you are in a crash, that you 1) move your vehicles to a shoulder or away from an interstate/parkway if no one is visibly injured, 2) call police and 3) exchange information with the other driver. If you have a disabled vehicle after a Kentucky car accident, law requires that you move the vehicle away from the roadway and stay in the vehicle with your emergency flashers on. Law also requires that you tie white/bright objects to the antenna or window, or raise the hood, in order to show that you need help. If you cannot move a vehicle from the roadway, stand away from the vehicle to stay safe and wait for assistance.
Florida has a very specified Move Over Law requiring multi-lane roadway drivers to vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, sanitation vehicle, utility service vehicle, Road Ranger or wrecker and always signal the intention to change lanes. Let drivers into your lane if they are merging to vacate the lane closest to the statutory vehicles. (Don't be a jerk.) If a driver cannot move over safely, and must remain in the lane closest the statutory vehicles, that driver must reduce their speed to at least 20 miles-per-hour below the posted speed limit. On a Florida two-Lane roadway, drivers must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit and/or travel at 5 mph if the speed limit is 20 miles-per-hour or less.
Kentucky's Move Over Law (KRS 189.930) requires: "When an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road: • Move to the next lane. • Slow down if changing lanes is not possible. • Use caution and watch for workers and/or emergency personnel. • Stay alert and minimize distractions. Emergency vehicles display yellow, red, red and white, red and blue, or blue lights. This includes police, fire, and EMS, as well as construction vehicles, tow trucks and other public safety vehicles. Secondary crashes, which occur as a result of a previous crash, account for 20 percent of all crashes. With vehicles traveling at highway speeds coming to an abrupt stop, not only is safety a concern at the scene, but also traffic back-up."
Kentucky's Highway Safety Department has cited the following statistics in its publications:
Traffic incidents cause 25 percent of congestion, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Blocking one lane of a three-lane freeway reduces capacity by almost 50 percent.
Five minutes of stopped traffic will cause a 15-minute delay in travel time. Source: Incident Management Response Plan-Hampton Roads Area, Virginia The cost of delays due to highway crashes is more significant than most people realize. Cost figures account for reduced productivity, increased cost of goods and services, and increased fuel consumption.
Cost associated with a closure of one lane of a Kentucky interstate 20 minutes = $10,000.
Resources are available in most states by Googling [your state] + "department of highway safety". Below are sample resources and publications provided by the Florida and Kentucky governments' highway safety departments. Many resources are also available online from federal