On Jan. 18, a 26-year-old woman was killed in an early morning crash on Dixie Highway. The accident occurred at Greenwood Road in the Pleasure Ridge Park just after 4 a.m., according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Authorities said the driver of a northbound Ford Crown Victoria apparently cut left in front of southbound traffic and was struck by an oncoming Pontiac Bonneville. The deceased, who lived on the 13000 block of E. Orell Road, was the front seat passenger in the Ford and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A representative with the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said her death was caused by blunt force injuries. She was wearing a seat belt. The male driver of the Ford was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries. Three occupants from the Pontiac, one woman and two men, were taken to University Hospital with undisclosed injuries as well.

According to the LMPD, alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The accident remained under investigation at the time of early reports.

When someone loses their life in an motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent individual, such as a drunk driver or a reckless driver, the deceased’s next of kin may wish to consult with an attorney about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney could evaluate the family’s claims and recommend the appropriate course of action. By reviewing accident reconstruction reports, Breathalyzer and toxicology results, witness accounts, and other evidence, a lawyer may be able to prove the at-fault driver is civilly liable for the death of the victim. If the claim is successful in court, the victim’s family could receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages including funeral and burial costs, lost wages, lost inheritance, pain and suffering before death, and loss of companionship.

Source: WLKY, “Woman identified in accident on Dixie Highway, Greenwood Road,” Anna-Lysa Gayle, Jan. 18, 2015