Hayes Law Offices
Middlesboro, Kentucky

Holidays can lead to distracted driving

The holiday season is in full swing in Kentucky. People who are normally in a hurry to get from point A to point B may now be in an even bigger hurry. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can result in distracted driving, which can, in turn, can cause tragic accidents. Such was the case recently in Pike County.

Two people are dead in what appears to have been a head-on collision. The accident happened at about 2:00 in the afternoon at Brushy Fork in Beefhide. One man, a 54-year-old from Premium, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person, a 27-year-old male, was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The holidays can be a happy time, but there is no doubt that it is also a stressful time. In a rush to maintain a busy work schedule and also accomplish the additional tasks that the holidays bring, drivers can lose focus and may not drive as carefully as they usually do. Answering a phone, checking a text and having wandering thoughts can cause a momentary distraction. That is all it takes for a tragedy to happen.

Dealing with the sudden death of a loved one due to an accident that may have been caused by distracted driving is never easy for those in Kentucky and elsewhere, but it can be especially difficult during the holiday season. While a family's first thought may not be concerned with getting compensation for their loss, seeking legal advice may provide some help. A successfully litigated civil suit against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.

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