A recent accident in Gallatin County left two people dead and two people hospitalized with serious injuries. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, but authorities believe speed was a factor in the fatal car crash.
The accident occurred around 4:00 pm on the afternoon of March 4, 2017. A 20-year-old Cincinnati resident was driving east on US 42 near Warsaw at the time of the accident. He had two passengers: the driver’s cousin, a 15-year-old male; and the teen’s girlfriend, a 16-year-old female. The teens were students at Loveland High School. None of the car’s three occupants was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Gallatin County police reported seeing the man speeding shortly before the accident. At some point, the young driver lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line, and collided with a car heading west on the highway. The 20-year-old driver and 16-year-old girl were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The 15-year-old boy and the driver of the other vehicle were both flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries. Police are still looking into the circumstances behind the crash, but they do not believe that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
While rare, head-on crashes are a form of collision that is exceptionally likely to result in a fatality. According to one researcher, nearly 29% of all head-on collisions results in a fatality, and another 24% of such crashes result in some form of injury. Head-on collisions constitute approximately 2% of all accidents each year but cause roughly 10% of all fatalities. These crashes are often the result of either driver incapacity due to a sudden health emergency or intoxication or are due to reckless behavior on behalf of a driver. This behavior can include excessive speed or a distracted driver allowing the car to drift into the oncoming lane of traffic. In either case, victims should consider seeking damages for their injuries from the reckless driver who caused the crash for their negligent or wanton behavior. While seriously-injured occupants of the other vehicle have a right to pursue legal claims against a careless driver, passengers of the at-fault driver may also be able to pursue a claim when they’re injured in a crash.
If you’ve been hurt in a head-on accident in Kentucky caused by a reckless or negligent driver, contact the seasoned, dedicated, and effective Lexington personal injury lawyers at the Slechter Law Firm for a consultation, at 502-694-5407 or by utilizing our online contact form.