McCracken Co., KY (May 22, 2024) – One person lost their life and another suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident involving a passenger vehicle in McCracken County. It happened on Monday afternoon, May 21, at approximately 2:41 p.m. Police responded to the scene on Kentucky Dam Road near Eagles’ Nest Drive. Police found that 63-year-old Gordon Smith, of Kuttawa, Kentucky, was operating a 2007 Harley Davidson headed east on Kentucky Dam Road when he was involved in a collision with a 70-year-old man from Paducah who was operating a 2012 Buick Enclave. Smith was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The other driver was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained in the accident. Several agencies assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene, including the Mercy Regional Ambulance, the Reidland-Farley Fire Department, the McCracken County DES, Harper’s Towing, and the McCracken County Coroner’s Office.

We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim.

Kentucky Traffic Accidents

In Kentucky, traffic accidents happen every single day. On average, the state sees approximately 150,000 traffic collisions per year. Approximately 25,000 of these end in injuries and over 700 end in fatalities. Unfortunately, most of these crashes are preventable and caused by the negligent actions of drivers.

Driver negligence has become the main cause of the majority of car accidents in the United States and throughout the state of Kentucky. Each year, more than 90% of reported car accidents in the United States are caused by negligent driving. Drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, or at unsafe speeds put their own lives at risk and risk the lives of everyone on the road. 

Unlawful and negligent driver behaviors put many people in harm’s way in the United States. Especially pedestrians and cyclists. When drivers act inattentive and careless, the chances of them causing someone serious or even fatal injuries are, unfortunately, extremely high. 

Some examples of driver negligence that may cause severe accidents include distracted, drunk, or fatigued driving. Suppose you lost someone you love in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver. In that case, you deserve to be able to focus on the grieving process and the emotional health of your family without worrying about your finances. Contact a wrongful death lawyer who can help you file a wrongful death claim. 

If you or someone you love have been hurt in a traffic accident that the actions of a negligent driver may have caused, you should contact a skilled and experienced car crash lawyer in Louisville who can help you recover. At the Byrnes Law Office, we work around the clock to help crash victims and their loved ones recover from the damages that were imposed upon them by negligent drivers.

Contact a car crash lawyer in McCracken County from our law office at 502-364-2500 to learn about how we can help you at this time. We can build you a strong legal claim that proves another person’s fault in the cause of your accident while we aggressively negotiate with the insurance company for you to get you the financial compensation you need and the justice you deserve at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact our firm to learn more about how we can help you.