Hayes Law Offices
Middlesboro, Kentucky

Distracted driving can cause tragedy in the blink of an eye

Truck traffic is a fact of life and automobile drivers must co-exist on Kentucky roadways with truck drivers. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season everyone, including truck drivers, is typically harried and distracted. Distracted driving may have contributed to a tragic crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer on Christmas Eve in Louisa.

The accident occurred on US-23 on the afternoon of Dec. 24. The occupants of the car were two women and a 12-year-old girl. The car slowed to make a left hand turn and was hit from behind by the semitrailer. All three occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck was driven by a man from Grayson. Alcohol is not suspected as having been a contributing factor but speed has not been ruled out. All of the passengers in the vehicle struck by the truck were wearing seat belts. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Truck drivers are typically aware that focus and awareness are necessary at all times to remain safe behind the wheel. Distracted driving or loss of focus can potentially lead to a tragic accident in the blink of an eye. Losing a loved one in such an accident is never easy and is made all the more tragic when it happens during the holiday season. Nothing can undo the pain and loss caused by the accident but a civil lawsuit in Kentucky against the party deemed responsible for the accident can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other documented losses.

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