A fatal accident involving five vehicles shut down all lanes of I-64 in Shelby County on Wednesday, May 13th.
According to Kentucky State Police, 5 vehicles, one of which was a tractor trailer, were heading west on I-64 when traffic slowed for a motorist assist. KSP trooper said the tractor trailer failed to reduce speed which resulted in a collision between it and a passenger car. This led to a chain reaction causing the involvement of 3 additional vehicles.
Three people were taken to Shelbyville Jewish Hospital for minor injuries; however, the driver of the vehicle struck by the tractor trailer was tragically pronounced dead on the scene. This is a devastating reminder of the need to slow down and maintain your vehicle with reasonable care in order to avoid fatalities like this.
The driver of the trailer has been identified and criminally charged. If it is determined that the driver was not operating his vehicle in a safe manner, then he will not only be criminally prosecuted, but will be liable for the injuries and death that resulted. If the driver is considered reckless, the possibility of punitive damages will follow. It is imperative that these victims and their families get answers. Retaining an attorney to fight for these answers is often necessary.
The attorneys of Bahe Cook Cantley & Nefzger are willing to speak to anyone injured in this wreck, or their families, at no charge, to help answer any questions about the legal process.