In 2010, the Kentucky State Police recorded a total of 147,507 motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky alone. This is slightly higher than the recorded 147,353 motor vehicle accidents in 2009. Out of those wrecks, 748 people were killed while 37,255 were injured. From January to May of 2014, the National Safety Council revealed an estimate of 235 cases of motor vehicle deaths in Kentucky.
Fatal car accident
Unfortunately, another fatal car accident occurred in the Nicholas County Community on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The driver was Aaron Capps and the two passengers were Whitney Morris and Kyla Haire. They were killed when the truck they were riding in ran off U.S. 68 in Nicholas County around 4:30 a.m. Investigators believe that Capps may have lost control of the truck and then over-corrected. This resulted in the truck running off the road and hitting a tree. Police don’t believe alcohol was involved, but they say that none of them were wearing seat belts.
How do you begin a wrongful death case?
A wrongful death case may only be handled by the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate. Therefore, the first step is for Probate Court to appoint a personal representative. Usually a surviving family member or close relative of the deceased acts as the personal representative of the estate. Then a petition must be filed to probate the Will. This is done in the probate office in the county where the victim lived. If the deceased had a Will at the time of death, then an administrator would be appointed. If there is no Will, then you will file in intestate and an executor is appointed.
Do you want to put an end to traffic fatalities on Kentucky roads? Here are some ways you can help:
- Keep your attention on the road and your hands on the wheel when driving.
- Stay away from any form of distraction. Distractions include: eating, drinking, using phones or talking to another passenger.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Follow the traffic laws.
- Don’t speed.
- Never tailgate the car in front of you.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I have personally seen and talked to individuals who have lost a loved one because of a terrible road accident. It’s been gut-wrenching for everyone, every time. There’s no other way to say it, but traffic accidents steal lives. Please always wear your seat belt, drive distraction free and be aware of your surroundings.