It is unfortunate that some people die in accidents in Kentucky every year. Others are killed by parties who are acting intentionally. If your loved one died as a result of another person's or business's careless or reckless acts, you might wonder what your rights to recovery might be.
Kentucky space enthusiasts may have heard about a wrongful death case involving former astronaut James Halsell, Jr. According to court documents filed in state and federal court, lawsuits have been filed against him for a DUI wreck that claimed the lives of two girls and injured their father. The 59-year-old Halsell is also facing criminal charges for the accident of reckless murder.
Kentucky racing fans may have heard that the family of race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart. The lawsuit, which was filed in Lewis County Supreme Court on Aug. 7, alleges that Stewart showed reckless disregard when his car struck and killed Ward during a race in upstate New York in 2014.
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.
A female driver who was involved in a car accident that occurred on Sept. 5 in Kentucky was charged with DUI and murder after the fatal crash. According to the news source, the crash took place near Shelbyville Road's intersection with Dorsey Lane in Louisville.
An accident occurred in Hardin County, Kentucky on June 22 between a Mustang and a truck that resulted in the death of one and the injury of three others. The 17-year-old female driver of the Mustang reportedly died at the scene. Another passenger in the Mustang and the two men in the truck were injured and taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.
In a perfect world, there would be no drunk drivers. Or at least, we would be able to detect who is driving under the influence and give their vehicles a wide berth on the road.
Hopefully, our readers have never seen a deadly car accident up close. But if they have, they know how horrific and shocking it can be. If one of the drivers or someone else at the scene is to blame, he or she should be held responsible. This could mean criminal penalties, as well as personal injury damages awarded to the victims in civil court.
For a long time it is has been the conventional wisdom that older drivers are more dangerous on the road. Deteriorating vision and slower reflexes are often pointed to inevitable parts of aging that impact driving ability. However, a new study has found that older drivers (those above the age of 70) are experiencing fewer fatal accidents than before. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which conducted the study, said that the decreased level of fatal accidents is likely attributable to safer vehicles and healthier seniors.
The jury in a criminal case is currently deliberating whether or not a former professional football player is guilty of manslaughter. The crash occurred on the way home from a nightclub and resulted in the death of another football player from the same team.