A TARC bus and a motorcycle collided on Friday, September 20, around 11:30 p.m., killing the motorcycle rider. According to police at the scene, the bus turned left in front of the motorcycle who was traveling north on New Cut Road near Orchard Hill Drive.
No one in the bus was injured, and the motorcycle rider was taken to the University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police also say that the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet and that the accident is still under investigation.
TARC Crashes and Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one in an accident can be devastating for the family left behind. When the crash is because of someone’s negligence, it can add to the senselessness of the tragedy. In Kentucky, anytime someone dies because of another’s carelessness or negligence, the law allows the surviving family members to seek damages under a wrongful death claim.
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we feel strongly that when someone is killed by the negligence of another person, justice requires that the responsible person be held accountable. Emotional losses can be compounded by the financial devastation that losing a loved one can bring especially if he or she supported the family financially.
Contact us today for a consultation where we can go over your specific circumstances and plan out how to regain your financial future and get justice for the loss of a loved one.
Making a Wrongful Death Claim Against TARC
When the at-fault person is the driver of a TARC vehicle, getting compensation is a bit more complicated as the family must sue the state for damages. In Kentucky, there is a law that protects the state against civil suits by citizens, however, another law allows for some suits based on negligence to be brought, and a wrongful death claim is one of them.
The law also limits the amount of damages and puts other limitations and deadlines on those making the claim. While it’s not a legal requirement to have an attorney make a TARC wrongful death claim, it is the best approach because if certain deadlines or other requirements are not met, the case can be dismissed.
Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we are experienced in seeking all damages allowed by the law to compensate those left behind after the loss of a loved one. Some of the types of compensation common to wrongful death claims in Kentucky are:
- Outstanding Medical Bills from Victim’s Treatment
- Loss of Financial Support (present and future earnings)
- Loss of Benefits (pensions or medical coverage) Due to Death
- Value of Goods and Services
- Loss of Companionship
- Mental Pain and Anguish of Survivors
- Loss of Care and Nurturing
- Loss of Consortium (deceased’s spouse)
- Punitive Damages (If death was intentional or through gross negligence)
Contact a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney
The loss of a loved one can be a traumatic event and cause untold grief and anguish. The last thing you need to worry about is finances and money, but unfortunately a wrongful death will negatively impact the financial future of the survivors.
A wrongful death claim can also be a complicated endeavor, and you need a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in these types of claims. The attorneys at Kaufman and Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.