Fatal accident in Nicholas County
On Friday, April 24, 2009, a fatal accident in Nicholas County, Kentucky took the lives of four people. The deceased were identified as Jerome Hicks, Charles Hicks and Mary Willcut. They were all from Cincinnati, Ohio. Also killed in the accident was Robert Hughes of Carlisle, Kentucky. According to the Kentucky State Police, the accident occurred on Lake Road which is near Carlisle in Nicholas County. Hughes was traveling northbound when he attempted to pass another vehicle. Hughes then hit a car traveling southbound head-on. The southbound car was driven by Hicks and his passengers were Charles Hicks and Mary Willcut. Willcut was seven months pregnant at the time of the accident. The passenger in Hughes' car, Dylan Boone was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center and was in stable condition. The cause of the accident was unknown.
When can you safely pass another vehicle?
To help prevent head-on collisions, you need to always be aware of the cars around and ahead of you, especially on single lane highways and roads. If you're driving on a single lane highway, and you want to pass, make sure you are in a passing zone, first. One way you will know if you're in a passing zone is if you see a sign on the side of the road that says "Pass with Care." Another way you know if it's a passing zone is when the center line, which is normally solid, turns to either a dashed line or a dashed line with a solid line on the left hand side. If the center line is solid or you see a "No Passing Zone" sign, please don't try to pass the car in front of you. The solid line means your visibility is low, and it's dangerous to pass other vehicles. Also, if someone is passing you, please slow down and allow them to do so safely.
Wrongful death claims and Kentucky law
Many people are surprised to learn that Kentucky law only allows certain family members to recover for the wrongful death of a loved one. In most fatal accident and wrongful death cases, recovery and compensation is limited to a surviving spouse and children. If you are in the unfortunate position of having a family member or loved one who has suffered an untimely death due to the negligence of another, contact a personal injury attorney. The attorney will help guide you through your case and be there for you every step of the way.