Losing a loved one is always traumatic. When someone dies in a preventable car accident at this time of the year, the surviving family may reexperience the sadness during the holidays for years to come. This may be the case for the loved ones of a woman from a neighboring state who recently died in a crash in Kentucky.
A preliminary report by the Kentucky State Police indicates that two vehicles collided shortly before 3:45 p.m. on a recent Monday. Reportedly, a vehicle heading east struck a westbound car on a local roadway in Hardin County. The eastbound vehicle was driven by a 17-year-old, who drove across the centerline into oncoming traffic lane for reasons yet to be determined.
The head-on collision that followed caused the death of a 29-year-old passenger in the westbound vehicle. She died at the crash scene, and the 50-year-old driver of that vehicle was transported by ambulance to a Louisville hospital. Reports indicate that his injuries were not life-threatening. The teenage driver who crossed over the centerline was rushed to another hospital by helicopter.
The crash investigation is ongoing. Regardless of whether the teenage driver is charged criminally, the injured driver can pursue financial relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit to pursue recovery of his medical expenses and other documented monetary damages. Similarly, the deceased passenger’s surviving family members could also seek damage recovery by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in a Kentucky civil court. Losses typically documented for the court’s adjudication include the costs of end-of-life arrangements and other financial and emotional damages.