Likely, many Kentucky drivers have experienced a time or two when they have encountered an unexpected situation while behind the wheel. Typically, such situations require quick thinking and perhaps sudden route changes. Most often, a driver with this type of dilemma finds a satisfactory solution, even when faced with limited time, but sometimes his or her chosen action invites tragedy.
In a recent unfortunate example, a motorcyclist was killed when he was struck by a car at an intersection on US 42 in Boone County. The crash happened on a recent Wednesday evening when, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, a 64-year-old man was traveling southbound and tried to turn left into a Kroger store lot. When he found that the entrance to the store was closed, he traveled across the southbound lanes of US 42, apparently intending to make a right turn onto a cross street. In doing so, he struck a motorcycle traveling in the southbound left lane of US 42 and then hit another vehicle that was stopped at a red light on the cross street.
The motorcycle driver was taken to a local hospital, but once there, he was pronounced dead. According to reports, no one else involved in the crash was injured. The sheriff’s office has said multiple witness reports indicate the driver who struck the motorcycle was speeding. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors, and they are continuing to investigate the incident.
Certainly, motorcycles can be more difficult to spot than larger vehicles, and some Kentucky drivers, while on the road, may have experienced a situation when a motorcycle seems to come out of nowhere. However, a motorcycle accident can easily happen when other factors are involved, such as drivers like this one who speed and attempt potentially dangerous maneuvers. In this case, sadly, such a situation resulted in a young man’s death, and it seems likely the car driver will be found responsible. In that case, the victim’s grieving family have every right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit through the Kentucky civil justice system.