Sometimes people find themselves in a minor car accident where everyone emerges relatively unscathed. However, even in this type of crash, the people involved must remain at the scene to cooperate with emergency personnel and/or deal with their damaged vehicle before moving on. Unfortunately, often, they end up putting themselves in a vulnerable position at the side of the road or sometimes even in a traffic lane. This was the case when a Kentucky man was killed on Interstate 75.
The tragedy happened late on a recent Friday evening. According to Kentucky State Police, a 50-year-old man had been traveling south on the highway when he became involved in a single-vehicle crash. Since his car had been damaged in the collision, he then tried to move it over to the left shoulder of the road.
Meanwhile, two people in different vehicles who had been driving past the scene stopped to offer help. At that point, another vehicle traveling south struck all three vehicles on the side of the road. Sadly, the man who had been driving the car involved in the original crash was also struck while moving his car, and he died at the scene. Reportedly, none of the other people involved were injured. Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
Likely, many Kentucky residents have had an experience similar to this one, at least the first part in which they find themselves on the side of the road due to car trouble, whether from a collision, mechanical failure or some other mishap. Most often, these types of scenarios end with the people involved getting the assistance they need to either have their car towed or put it safely back on the road, and they can go on their way with a story to tell their friends, but occasionally, as in this case, the unthinkable happens, and what began as a relatively minor event becomes a terrible tragedy. When a person’s life suddenly ends like this, typically, his or her family feels the impact in more ways than one. Of course, they are grieving their loved one, but also, they may find bills are piling up due to funeral costs, lost income, etc. In many cases, people turn to a personal injury attorney to help them explore options within the civil justice system, including the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit against the person believed responsible.