Pursuing a liability claim may often be the last thing on the mind of a car accident victim in Kentucky. Often they have other, more pressing needs to concern themselves with (such as recovering from their injuries and/or seeing to vehicle repairs. Yet in many cases, they also may want to give the drivers that caused their accidents the benefit of the doubt.
In most car accident cases, the responsible parties have no malicious intent. Rather, a slight lapse in judgment or a moment of inattentiveness is the cause of their collisions. Even still, the absence of intent does little to mitigate the impact felt by all involved.
Multiple fatalities stem from collision on Kentucky 81
A recent accident reported by the U.S. News and World Report illustrates just how far-reaching that impact can be. According to authorities, a sport utility vehicle approaching from the north on Kentucky 81 near entered into the southbound lanes (possibly in an effort to pass a dump truck traveling in the same direction) when it slammed head-on into an oncoming car. First responders rushed two passengers in the car to a local hospital for treatment. Sadly, the driver and another passenger from the same car died in the collision, as did the driver of the SUV.
Compensation from a decedent’s estate
Many people might look at a case like this and consider legal action to be a moot point. If the party responsible for a car accident dies in a collision, how can they provide accident victims with compensation? Should one seek compensation in such a scenario, it may come from a decedent’s estate (with the funds paid out along with a decedent’s other liabilities before a probate court authorizing the dispersal of assets to beneficiaries).