Fatal Wrong-Way Wreck in Grant County

by | Jan 27, 2022 | Car Accidents, Injuries

A man is dead after another motorist crossed over the centerline and hit him almost head-on.

According to Kentucky State Police investigators, a 38-year-old Glencoe man crossed the centerline of Warsaw Road (State Highway 467) and struck another motorist on the other side. The driver of that vehicle, a 46-year-old Williamstown man, was declared dead at the scene.

KSP investigators were assisted at the accident scene by Grant County Fire and EMS, Grant County Sheriff’s deputies, and the Grant County coroner.

Car Crash Injuries

Vehicle collision injuries are almost always quite serious. The injuries in head-on collisions are usually worse. Head-on wrecks basically double the amount of force in a vehicle collision. Additionally, these accidents usually happen on two- or four-lane roads in rural areas. As a result, the nearest fully-qualified trauma center could be an extra few minutes away, even via helicopter. Sparsely-populated areas usually have more fatal car wrecks than densely-populated areas. Some specific injuries include:

  • Broken Bones: When kids fall off their bikes, their broken bones usually heal completely. But when adults are in high-speed vehicle collisions, especially head-on wrecks, these injuries rarely heal completely. Because doctors must use such aggressive measures to set these bones, like steel implants, some permanent loss of use is almost inevitable.
  • Head Injuries: Airbags and other safety systems can only absorb so much force. Other safety innovations, like non-metal dashboards, limit head injuries but don’t eliminate them. Vehicle collisions are, by far, the leading cause of head injuries in the Bluegrass State. A high number of these injuries are fatal.
  • Internal Bleeding: The extreme motion of a head-on wreck, or even another kind of wreck, causes internal organs to smash into each other. Since these organs have no protective skin layers, they usually bleed very badly. This excessive blood loss (exsanguination) is hard to identify and hard to stop.

Due to the serious nature of these injuries, the average injury-related hospital bill usually exceeds $50,000. These bills come due at exactly the time when most victims aren’t working. The resulting financial stress could be even worse than the physical stress of an accident, and that’s pretty bad.

To ease this pressure, a Lexington personal injury attorney usually negotiates with doctors and convinces them to delay billing, or at least collection, until the matter is resolved.

As a bonus, since a lawyer is usually a very good negotiator, many medical providers agree to lower their fees. Because of Kentucky’s complicated collateral source rule, that reduction could mean victims get to keep more of their settlement money.

Fault vs. Liability

Compensation is available for these medical bills, and other crash-related tangible and intangible losses, if the other driver was liable (legally responsible) for the wreck. Frequently, there is a significant difference between fault and liability. So, even if an emergency responder or insurance adjuster said you were at fault, a lawyer should still evaluate your claim.

Fault is a preliminary determination. It’s based solely on the evidence that’s immediately available at the scene.Furthermore, fault does not account for any applicable legal theories.

Usually, the evidence immediately available at the scene is only a starting point. The police accident report is a good illustration. If the victim was killed or seriously injured, the victim obviously cannot sive a statement to the reporting officer. Therefore, this report only reflects one side of the story.

Uncovering additional evidence usually means talking to additional witnesses. Frequently, nearby residents and business-owners saw something, but they did not share their memories with a police officer. Even if these individuals only saw part of the wreck, their testimony could be the vital last piece of the puzzle.

As for legal theories, the last clear chance doctrine often comes into play in head-on wrecks. Basically, there is a difference between an unexpected head-on wreck and a collision involving a driver who was going the wrong way.

If Moe tried to pass another car in a no-passing zone and he collided with Larry, there was probably no way for Larry to avoid the wreck. But if Moe was simply driving on the wrong side of the road and Larry saw him coming, Larry might have had the last clear chance to avoid the wreck. If that’s true, Larry is responsible for the wreck, even though Moe was driving illegally.

This defense obviously doesn’t apply in all cases. Frequently, traffic, weather, or other adverse conditions make emergency maneuvers, like sudden stops or lance changes, impossible. Additionally, sometimes these wrecks happen so quickly that they are unavoidable.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. Virtual, home, and hospital visits are available. #goodelawyers