The worst possible outcome of a car accident in Kentucky is a fatality. While this is a scary proposition, the reality is that they happen quite often, especially if the accident is a head-on collision. But if you’re the other person involved in the collision, you will also likely be hurt.
According to a story from LEX18, a 62-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision in Meade County on Monday, January 1, 2024. The Meade County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) are both investigating the incident, which happened around 6:43 p.m. in the 3100 block of State Route 1692.
According to investigators, the 52-year-old man was traveling southbound when he was struck head-on by a car driven by the 62-year-old man that had crossed the centerline. Investigators don’t currently know what caused the man to drift into the southbound lane, but first responders pronounced him dead at the scene from his injuries. The 52-year old man was transported to U of L Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
KSP investigators closed KY1692 for several hours while they collected evidence and reconstructed the accident.
Liability in Fatal Head-on Accidents in Kentucky
Even if the person that’s responsible for causing a head-on collision in Kentucky doesn’t survive the accident, you, as the injury victim, still can file a claim for damages against them. However, it’ll involve filing against the person’s estate. This is because, even if they didn’t survive the accident, the actions they took that caused it were “negligent.”
While the process differs slightly from a normal car accident claim, you’ll ultimately be going up against the deceased person’s insurance company.
So, it’s important to understand what key pieces of evidence you’ll need to build a strong claim:
- Accident reconstructions – One of the key pieces of evidence in any car accident claim is the actual reconstruction that the police put together. This is a somewhat technical reimagining of the accident itself, which uses evidence, testimony, and other factors to actually construct what happened. Then, it can be presented to show those who weren’t there how the accident took place.
- Medical records – Another key piece of evidence to show how the accident has impacted you is the actual medical records from your treatment. This will show the extent of your injuries and the scope of the medical treatment you need as a Further, you can provide bills to show how the accident has impacted you financially.
- Visual evidence – Photos and videos from the scene of the accident taken right after are usually strong evidence for an insurance company or a jury. It will show the impact of the actual collision on your vehicle, and will also document any immediate injuries and other damage you suffer.
It’s important to remember that the evidence is going to differ from case to case. Moreover, some of this evidence–particularly accident reconstructions–may be difficult to actually get. This is where our team of Kentucky car accident lawyers can be a huge help. We’ll leverage our experience to make sure you get all the evidence you need to make a strong claim.
Kaufman and Stigger Will Fight For You in Kentucky
When you’re injured in a head-on collision or any other car accident in Kentucky, our team at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC will be there to fight for you. We’ll make sure you have the evidence, legal guidance, and support that you need to see your claim through to the end. If you’ve been injured in a car accident anywhere in Kentucky, contact us today for a free consultation.