Jason Riley, writing for WDRB, reported on a tragic car accident that left a woman dead and a teen driver facing homicide charges. According to the story written by Jason Riley, Kailey Jo Farmer is facing charges of reckless homicide for an accident on December 14 of last year. Farmer is accused of running a red light and causing a car accident that resulted in the death of a 60-year old woman. Farmer has been charged with felony reckless homicide in the death of Wanda Rogers.
Police officers and prosecutors argue that Farmer was “clearly reckless” because she did not slow down or take evasive action before colliding with the vehicle that Rogers was riding in at the time of the accident. Furthermore, they say that Farmer ran the red light six seconds after it turned red. Farmer has been charged even though there may not be concrete evidence that she was speeding, distracted, or doing anything else illegal or reckless at the time of the collision. Prosecutors and law enforcement allege that she must have been distracted by something because she didn’t hesitate or slow down immediately prior to colliding with the other vehicle.
Distracted Driving in Kentucky
It is unknown how the above case will end because both sides must prepare to argue their cases in court. However, distracted driving is a problem in Kentucky as it is throughout the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that distracted driving is the leading factor in most crashes in the United States.
It is estimated that distracted driving is a factor in 80 percent of accidents and 65 percent of near-crashes. During 2014, over 53,500 crashes in Kentucky involved distracted driving. Those distracted driving crashes resulted in over 14,000 injuries and 169 deaths that year.
Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
You can prevent distracted driving accidents by avoiding distractions such as cell phones and other electronic devices. Other distractions that cause car accidents include:
- Children and other passengers in the vehicle
- Loud music
- Eating or drinking
- Changing clothes
- Adjusting vehicle controls
- Reaching for objects inside the vehicle
- Looking at objects outside the vehicle
Anything that requires you to remove your hands from the steering wheel and/or take your eyes off the road is a distraction. Likewise, anything that requires you to focus and concentrate on something other than the task of driving is a potentially deadly distraction.
Drivers and parents can help prevent distracted driving by following the tips and suggestions provided by:
Call a Lexington Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
If a distracted driver has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Damages in a distracted driving accident claim may include medical expenses, lost income, property damage, funeral expenses, personal care, physical pain, scarring, disability, and emotional suffering. You may also be entitled to additional damages depending on the facts in your case.
Our Lexington distracted driving accident attorneys offer free consultations and no-obligation case evaluations. Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use the online contact form on our website to schedule a free appointment with one of our Lexington distracted driving attorneys.