Holidays are a time for family gatherings and family vacations. Some people take to the air for getaways and others will pack up the family car and take to the highways. A family from another state was traveling through Kentucky in early January on their way home from a family vacation. The reported negligent driving of another individual brought their trip to a sudden and tragic end.
The family of five was on their way home from a trip to Florida on 1-75 near Lexington early one morning. They were hit head-on by a pickup truck that was traveling the wrong way. The impact from the collision caused the SUV that the family was traveling in to burst into flames. Previous reports called into 911 reported that there was a vehicle driving the wrong way on the northbound side of 1-75.
The occupants of the SUV all were pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary police investigation indicated that the driver of the pickup truck may have been under the influence of alcohol. He also died as a result of the accident. The accident remains under investigation.
The ramps from divided highways in Kentucky are typically signed with wrong way and do not enter signs. Too often these are disregarded by people who may be under the influence, tired or just not paying attention. Driving the wrong way on a divided highway can have tragic consequences that can result in loss of life or serious injury. When a loved one is the victim of another person's apparent negligent driving, the emotions and grief can be overwhelming. Nothing can undo the senseless tragedy, but a successful civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other documented losses.