Kentucky residents are at risk of being involved in a car crash. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. They may involve one vehicle or more. A collision can involve another passenger vehicle or a truck. Many factors can contribute to an accident like bad roads, bad weather, speeding or DWI. In case of a fatal car accident, family members are left behind, reeling with grief. The fatal car accident attorneys at Hessig & Pohl know how overwhelming the pain can be for those left behind in the aftermath of a deadly car wreck.
Consider an accident that involved two vehicles colliding in Cave City, Kentucky. The driver of a 2005 Scion, heading east, briefly wandered off the right shoulder. The driver overcorrected, swerved back onto the road, and spun counter-clockwise, ending up crossing the yellow centerline right into the path of a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe hit the passenger’s side of the Scion. The Scion driver was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
All car accidents are avoidable. Many accidents are the result of poor judgment, bad driving or deliberate wrongdoing. Most car accidents are the result of human error. Nevertheless, fatal car accidents are common in Kentucky.
The most recent Kentucky State Police statistics show that in 2016 836 people lost their lives on the road. The highest number of fatalities occurred in the following Kentucky counties: Pike, Pulaski, Fayette, Warren, Jefferson and Daviess. It was the first time in eight years that the number of deaths was greater than 800.
From January 1 to March 7, 2017, there were approximately 100 fatalities on Kentucky’s highways and byways. This included 81 deaths in car wrecks, a motorcycle fatality, 17 pedestrian deaths, one ATV fatality and one death of a bicyclist.
Many families choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of a loved one in a car accident. In Kentucky, the law states that wrongful death is “the death of a person [that] results from an injury inflicted by the negligence or wrongful act of another.” The behavior that ultimately resulted in death means the deceased is not able to speak on their behalf, and that is when a family member may step up and file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Hessig & Pohl understand the loss that occurs after an accident. You may be facing a serious, permanent impairment, or have lost a loved one. Hessig & Pohl works with a team of professionals to protect your rights and achieve a fair and equitable settlement. Call us today for your free consultation at (502) 777-1111.