A 34-year-old man died and four other people suffered injuries in a July 18 accident that occurred on Interstate 64 near the Fayette County-Scott County line. According to the Fayette County coroner, his office received a phone call from authorities at 2:20 p.m. regarding an accident that police believe occurred when a grey Ford sedan crossed the median into the eastbound lanes while going westbound on the highway.
The sedan collided with a Nissan SUV, and police say that they are not sure what caused the sedan driver to cross into oncoming traffic. However, the death was ruled accidental. Despite the fact that there was a light drizzle at the time of the accident, police did not immediately disclose if the weather played a role in the crash. The four people who were injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
In an accident involving an injury or death, the party who has been injured or the family of someone who has been killed may be able to take legal action against any party whose negligent actions caused the crash. In the event that the at-fault driver died in the car accident, his or her estate can still be held financially liable for the crash.
A personal injury claim might allow a victim to collect an award for any accident-related medical expenses, income lost due to his or her recovery as well as compensation for any property damage. A lawyer would normally seek these funds through a settlement with the at-fault party's insurance provider. A wrongful death claim might allow a deceased victim's family members or representative to recover the funeral expenses and other accident-related costs. These claims are also usually resolved in out-of-court settlements, but both types of claims can go to court if necessary.
Source: Kentucky, "One killed, four injured in crash on eastbound I-64 near Scott, Fayette County line", Justin Madden, July 18, 2014