Causes of Car Accidents in Kentucky

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One of the most important questions to ask after a car accident is, “Why did the crash happen?” The role of your lawyer from Becker Law Office will be to find the answers to this and other questions in your accident case and pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive for your vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

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What May be The Reasons for Car Accidents?

After you are involved in an auto accident in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, or Tennessee, one of the first steps you should take is getting a copy of the police accident report. (Your lawyer, of course, can do this for you). The report will identify the factors that contributed to your wreck.

Kentucky State Police (KSP), for instance, may indicate up to three driving factors for each driver involved in a car accident, two vehicular factors for each vehicle and two environmental factors.

According to the KSP’s most recent annual report, the most commonly cited driver factors included:

  • Distracted driving – Listed by the KSP as “Inattention,” “Distracted” or “Cell phone”
  • Drowsy driving – Listed as “Fell asleep” and “Fatigued” and, perhaps, “Loss consciousness / fainted”
  • Impaired driving – Listed as “Alcohol involvement,” “Drug involvement” and “medication”
  • Speeding – Listed as “Too fast for conditions” and “Exceeding stated speed limit”

Multiple forms of reckless or aggressive driving are represented, too, including:

  • Failing to yield
  • Following too closely
  • Disregarding traffic signals

  • Improper passing
  • Weaving among traffic lanes

The KSP list of vehicular factors includes:

  • Brakes defective
  • Tire failure
  • Steering failure
  • Load securement
  • Tow hitch defective/separation of units

  • Oversized load on the vehicle
  • Headlights defective
  • Other lighting defective
  • Overweight

Finally, environmental factors include:

  • Slippery surface
  • Animals action
  • View obstructed / limited
  • Water pooling
  • Glare
  • Construction work zone
  • Debris in roadway

  • Improperly parked vehicle
  • Shoulders defective/drop-off
  • Hole/deep ruts/bumps
  • Maintenance/utility work zone
  • Improper/nonworking traffic controls
  • Fixed objects

To establish why your car accident occurred, your lawyer from Becker Law Office will examine the accident report in your case and use it to guide further investigation that may include accident scene photos, witness statements, retrieval of “black box” data, cell phone data and consultation with accident reconstruction experts.

Our Lawyers Can Determine the Cause of Your Car Accident

With so much at stake in your car accident case, you should never settle for a legal team that won’t conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and the losses it has caused you.

You can trust that Becker Law Office will work hard to develop a strong case that determines how your crash occurred. We believe that collecting this information gives us leverage when we pursue a timely and fair settlement on your behalf with those responsible for your losses.

To learn more about how we can investigate your case, call us today or submit our online form. We assist clients throughout Kentucky as well as Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. We never charge for our initial consultations.