Many factors contribute to automobile accidents. Unfortunately, many of these factors include negligence on the part of one or more drivers, because of impairment, speeding, or driving recklessly. While less common than other factors, another cause of dangerous automobile accidents is road rage. Road rage can include making lewd gestures or yelling at another driver, or may escalate to behavior that is more dangerous. In extreme road rage cases, one or more drivers may present weapons, may attempt to intimidate other drivers, or may even try to cause accidents. No matter what the situation may be, road rage is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. As one recent Louisville accident indicates, no matter who started the road rage incident, it can be injurious or fatal for others involved.
The incident in Louisville began as an altercation between two young men outside of a local liquor store. Following the altercation, both men got into separate vehicles and left the scene traveling along Southern Parkway. The situation escalated when both drivers began chasing each another at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. One driver began firing gunshots at the other vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed. After traveling up and down Southern Parkway several times, the driver firing shots lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree.
The aftermath of this road rage accident was severe and disturbing. The vehicle that hit the tree was split in half and the driver died at the scene. His family believes that he would not have behaved in such a manner had he not been provoked or threatened. Reports from witnesses and video surveillance at the liquor store indicate that the other man involved indicated to the now deceased driver that he was a law enforcement official. His identity is not being released pending an ongoing investigation and possible criminal charges, which has left the family of the victim distraught and waiting for answers.
Road rage is a serious concern for any driver on Kentucky roadways. It is impossible to control the actions of others. Road rage is a type of behavior that endangers the lives of anyone around the scene. In the above example, it appears that no other individuals were physically harmed, though the emotional trauma for those involved definitely runs deep. Certainly, the family of the young man who died is suffering from such a tragic loss. While criminal charges may soon be filed against the other driver, such action will likely be a small consolation after the loss of their loved one.
After a tragic automobile accident, those involved often have many questions about what they can do to recover from the damage caused. In this case, the family of the young man killed may choose to investigate their rights under Kentucky’s personal injury and wrongful death laws. If it is found that the surviving driver in this road rage case was negligent, the family of the victim may be able to seek civil claims against him to recover financial compensation.
The Louisville Personal Injury Lawyers at Murphy & Associates PLC understand that no amount of financial compensation will take away the pain of losing a loved one. However, successfully litigated personal injury or wrongful death claims can help reduce the financial burdens that often accompany a tragic injury or loss, such as medical or funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call our law firm today at (502) 473-6464 to set up a free and completely confidential consultation. Let us help you put the pieces back together after a tragic, needless automobile accident.