Wrongful Death

A split second can destroy a family and a future

Talking on a cellphone, texting, applying makeup, sipping coffee, these and many other actions can result in a wrongful death.

The darkest moment in a family’s life is inarguably the loss of a loved one. Not only do you have to deal with the emotional implications, but sudden financial obligations, such as funeral expenses and lost wages, come crashing down when you’re most vulnerable. What can make your new circumstance even more tragic is the knowledge or suspicion that the death could have been prevented. 

Someone else’s negligence or oversight should not be permitted to result in the monetary destruction of a family here in Kentucky or anywhere. The wrongful death attorneys at the Louisville law firm T.J. Smith are here to help.… Continue reading

Kentucky family killed in multivehicle accident

When a road accident proves fatal, it can have a domino effect that leaves not only families, but whole communities grieving. Such was the case in Kentucky when a well-known and much-loved family was killed in a devastating crash in Tennessee. The family was involved in a fatal accident involving six vehicles and in which four other people suffered injuries.

The family, a youth pastor, along with his two teenage sons and their mother, have since been grieved for publicly via social media. The youth pastor was described as a man of faith and integrity and will be deeply missed. Meanwhile, one driver involved in the accident has since been charged in relation to driving under the influence.

It may take some time for the family and the community to recover from this tragic loss.… Continue reading

Kentucky hit-and-run accident still haunts victim’s family

Out of all motor vehicle accidents, perhaps the most heartbreaking is the hit-and-run. It’s difficult for families to lose a loved one in a car crash due to the negligence of another driver, but it’s even harder when they don’t know who did it. Families want answers to help them find closure, but sometimes with hit-and-runs, there are none to be found.

One family is still mourning their father and searching for his killer after his pickup truck was hit by an 18-wheeler in Kentucky in 2010. Four years later, police say they still have not arrested anyone and have no leads in the case. The man was driving back home after his son’s graduation when his truck stalled around the town of Morehead.… Continue reading

Head-on collision takes child’s life in Pike County

In a perfect world, there would be no risk involved with necessary activities. Driving to work or taking your children to school would be a simple task, and there would be no fear of unimaginable tragedy. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world, and a wrongful death can irrevocably alter a family’s life in an instant.

A fatal car accident occurred in Pike County, Kentucky, in early April. According to police who reconstructed the accident, a westbound driver crossed into oncoming traffic in order to avoid a stopped vehicle. The car then collided with an oncoming vehicle in the eastbound lane, injuring the driver and two passengers. In a tragic turn of events, the car traveling in the eastbound lane was carrying a child, who died as a result of her injuries.… Continue reading

Louisville motorcycle death: Charges dropped against driver

After a fatal auto accident involving a drunk driver, the family of the deceased can usually count on police to closely investigate the circumstances of the crash. The criminal investigation of a fatal DUI accident can also bolster a wrongful death claim brought by the family of the deceased.

However, in a fatal motorcycle accident case playing out in Louisville right now, unusual circumstances have derailed the criminal process.

In 2012, a woman on a motorcycle was killed when she was hit by a driver who was allegedly intoxicated at the time. An officer on the scene conducted a field sobriety test on the driver, and a subsequent test showed that his blood-alcohol level was only slightly above the legal limit.… Continue reading

Truck driver in fatal Kentucky crash wants murder charge dropped

If a truck driver faces criminal charges after a fatal accident, then the evidence from the police investigation can be used to bring a claim of wrongful death against the responsible party. Truck accident lawsuits can be especially complex, given that multiple parties, including the trucking company, may be at fault for the crash.

A truck driver from Minnesota was charged with murder in Kentucky after his involvement in a truck accident that took the life of a 69-year-old man. Authorities say the truck operator drove his tractor-trailer into the back of an SUV on Interstate 24, and the collision resulted in the death of the SUV driver. Police on the scene said that the truck driver seemed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.… Continue reading

Twin baby girls in tragic Louisville crash: 1 dead, 1 critical

Even the most conscientious parent shares the roads of Kentucky with motorists that may show little respect for the safety of children. This is a risk that can have heart-breaking results, especially when a very young child dies in a preventable vehicle accident.

A fatal accident occurred on a recent Friday night in Louisville. A van driven by a mother, with her twin baby daughters and two teenage girls as passengers, was involved in a tragic motor vehicle accident. The van was hit when another car ploughed past a stop sign and into the vehicle. One of the 5-month-old babies was killed, and the other remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities have arrested a 51-year-old man alleged to have been under the influence of alcohol while at the helm of the car that crashed into the woman’s van.… Continue reading