Most drivers can probably remember a time when they had to slam on their brakes because they failed to see a slower vehicle in front of them until the last moment. Most often, although the people in both vehicles probably feel a moment of panic, the driver stops in time and a collision is avoided. Unfortunately, such was not the case when a Kentucky woman driving a tractor was killed after another vehicle hit her from behind.
The fatal incident happened on a recent Thursday evening on U.S. 79 in Todd County. According to Kentucky State Police, a 72-year-old man from Clarksville driving a pickup truck crashed into a tractor traveling in front of him. Allegedly, he had failed to see the tractor.
Reportedly, the tractor then went off the road and overturned. The tractor driver, a 62-year-old woman from Guthrie, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to a hospital in Clarksville, but once there, unfortunately, she was pronounced dead. According to reports, the pickup truck driver was not injured. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.
Certainly, many different factors may cause a driver’s inattentiveness to the road ahead, and most people do experience brief moments like this occasionally. However, the initial evidence in this case suggests negligence and/or recklessness on the part of the truck driver led to the victim’s death. The victim’s surviving family members have every right to consider their legal options for restitution within the Kentucky civil justice system. In similar cases, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney could review the case details and suggest the best course of action moving forward.