Laurel Olson suffered injuries severe enough to need medical attention at a nearby hospital after being involved in a three-vehicle crash. According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Cody Bryson was headed west on I-24, when the rear of his Chevy Impala was struck by Allen McClinton, and his two other passengers, causing the vehicle to cross the median, hit a cable barrier and resulting in the striking of Mrs. Olson’s vehicle.
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 seems the most likely cause, a full and complete investigation should be performed to determine exactly what the contributing factors were and answer all the questions the injured will have as to why and how this accident happened. It is always possible that a mechanical failure, defective maintenance or repair or some other defective condition resulted in the wreck happening. Hopefully, the drivers and their passengers make a full and speedy recovery.
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