When driving in Kentucky or elsewhere, the person behind the wheel must remain alert at all times and adhere to all traffic laws. Any number of issues may suddenly arise while driving that might cause an unexpected change in the flow of traffic. A recent collision occurred when traffic was slowed because of construction going on in the area.
A box truck driver did not notice the vehicle in front of him
If a driver is distracted, he or she might not notice a change in traffic patterns, which could place him or her, as well as anyone nearby, at risk for collision. A recent crash took place when a 22-year-old woman had to slow down in traffic because of construction going on in the vicinity. Sadly, the box truck driver behind her crashed into the rear of her vehicle.
The impact of the crash caused a second collision
When the box truck struck the woman’s vehicle, the impact thrust her car forward, causing it to crash into the rear of a tractor-trailer that was also slowed down in traffic. A 21-year-old female passenger was also in the car. Sadly, both women, as well as the driver of the box truck, were killed in the crash.
Restitution possible when driver negligence causes a fatality
There is no way to replace the loss of a human life in a motor vehicle collision or any other type of fatal accident. However, if a family is grieving the loss of a loved one who died in a collision caused by another party’s negligence, restitution may be sought in a civil court by filing a wrongful death claim. In such a claim, an immediate family member typically acts as a plaintiff on behalf of the decedent’s estate and must provide evidence to show the court that the defendant owed a duty of care to the decedent and was negligent. The plaintiff must also prove that the negligence was a direct cause of his or her loved one’s death.