Police are investigating a serious crash involving four vehicles in Laurel County that resulted in five people needing emergency medical treatment at nearby hospitals. The incident happened early morning on Interstate 75 near exit 41 when a tractor trailer jackknifed in the northbound lane causing an SUV with five passengers slide in front of a nearby vehicle, which resulted in that vehicle crashing into another, and throwing one passenger out of the SUV. As police continue to investigate, they hope that a crash this serious will serve as a warning to others.
Kentucky law provides that drivers on roadways owe a duty of care to other drivers and their passengers to operate their vehicles in a safe and reasonable manner. In order to prevail on a claim of negligence, passengers and drivers of other vehicles would need to assert and prove that the at-fault driver breached this duty by failing to operate his or her vehicle as a reasonably prudent driver would in similar circumstances. Recoverable damages could potentially include property damage, medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, and pain and suffering.
While driver error appears to be the cause, a crash as serious as this one warrants a full investigation to determine if any other causes are at play, such as mechanical failure, shoddy maintenance, a poor repair job or defects in the vehicle itself. Hopefully, all of the involved individuals make quick and full recoveries. And hopefully the responsible party or parties have plenty of insurance coverage to make up for the harms and losses that have occurred.
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