Head-On Crash Kills Passenger In Calloway County Kentucky
Dec. 2, 2022
At about 8:00 pm on November 30, 2022, there was a two-car accident on Kentucky Highway 121 in Calloway County, Kentucky resulting in the death of a passenger in one of the vehicles. This auto accident occurred when an SUV swerved into the oncoming lane to avoid rear-ending a vehicle with a trailer that had no lights. It is not known at this time if the trailer was stopped or if it obscured the tail-lights from the pick-up truck that had it in tow. These facts will be important in determining fault. Kentucky State Police are investigating.
It is not known if the passenger that died was using a seatbelt. The lack of seatbelt usage often results in death as the occupants are frequently ejected or thrown into the windshield. Although using a seatbelt cannot guarantee survival of an accident, statistically, use of the seatbelt increases the survivability in an auto accident. Currently, in Kentucky we are nearing 700 people who have died as a result of motor vehicle accidents in 2022. A grim reminder that we should never take for granted the use of an automobile and give our complete attention to operating the vehicle in a safe manner. Also, wearing a seatbelt is extremely important.
Trailers need to have Working Tail Lights
If you have a trailer, it is important that you have working tail lights when driving at night to avoid an accident. This accident in Calloway County may have been averted if the tail lights on the trailer were working. It is difficult to see at night and if the trailer does not have lights it takes away reaction time from the following vehicle. The trailer can also obscure the trailing vehicle's view of the towing vehicles rear lights. Lights on a vehicle are important not just for helping the driver see, but also to help the vehicle to be seen by other drivers.
Kentucky does not require a license for a trailer or any kind of training for drivers pulling a trailer with their vehicle. Yet, trailers are not easy to navigate and can easily leave the roadway and cause an accident. I have a trailer and when I pull it, I am concerned about it leaving the roadway or crossing the centerline because the trailer is wider than my vehicle and there is not much room for it on a country road. I find trailers very difficult to back up and I have had problems preserving the trailer when it is not being used.
Contact Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyer
These circumstances will require the services of an experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer to investigate and locate all available evidence to determine liability and to maximize all benefits available to the victims in this auto accident. Matthew Troutman, Kentucky truck accident lawyer, of the Troutman Law Office has been handling auto accident claims, almost exclusively, since 1986 and has the experience and talent to obtain the best result for the victims in the above car accident. It is very likely that the at fault driver will not have enough insurance to fully compensate the victims in this car accident, and, therefore, it will be important for there to be underinsured motorist benefits available.
If you need legal assistance due to a motor vehicle accident, contact Kentucky truck accident attorney Matthew Troutman directly at 859-696-0001 or 502-648-9507 and he will meet with you in the hospital, your home or wherever is convenient for you. He will give you direct access through his cell phone and guide you through the difficult process necessary to obtain the best result possible for you in your car accident claim. To learn more about the Troutman Law Office, click here.