If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car crash in Kentucky or Indiana you may have questions about how to pay the medical bills or how to relieve the financial stress your family is experiencing if you cannot work. You should not have to worry about paying the medical bills if the accident was caused by someone else. You may be entitled to seek compensation if another driver caused you injury.
The skilled Kentucky car accident lawyers at Becker Law Office have more than 30 years of experience helping families put their lives back together after serious auto accidents. The law makes the negligent driver who caused the crash responsible for your losses. A well-versed attorney could help you hold the at-fault driver or business accountable for your injuries and losses. With each injury case that our legal team handles, our goal is the same to pursue maximum compensation for the client.
Our knowledgeable attorneys could:
- Investigate the accident and identify all potentially liable parties
- Find all the insurance policies available to provide compensation
- Pursue full compensation for you to help you recover physically and financially.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about filing a claim. We understand that a serious injury sustained in a crash can cause financial stress and disruption. Let us review your accident and discuss your legal options.
Common Types of Car Crashes
There were an estimated 7,277,000 police-reported traffic crashes in the United States in the most recent year on record, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 37,461 people were killed and an estimated 3,144,000 people were injured. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 10 and young people 16 to 23 years old.
There are multiple causes of car crashes. More than a third (36 percent) of vehicles involved in crashes were turning or crossing at intersections just prior to a collision, the NHTSA reports. Also:
- About 22 percent of vehicles ran off the road
- About 11 percent of vehicles failed to stay in the proper lane
- About 12 percent of the vehicles were stopped when they were hit by another vehicle
- About 9 percent of vehicles had a driver who lost control prior to the crash.
These situations lead to multiple kinds of wrecks, including:
- Intersection Accidents—Often occur when drivers fail to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic or make turns without looking out for cars, bicyclists or pedestrians
- Head-On Accidents—The momentum of two cars hitting directly head-on doubles the force and impact of the collision and causes more severe injuries. Head-on collisions may be caused by a drowsy or distracted driver drifting from a lane, a drunk driver driving the wrong way or a motorist turning into oncoming traffic.
- Read-End Crashes—If a driver is speeding or following too closely, the driver may be unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the vehicle in front. Rear-end collisions often occur as a result of a driver failing to notice that the vehicle ahead has braked or is driving at a slower speed. Tailgating is a common cause of rear-end crashes.
- Sideswipe Accident—These most often occur when a driver tries to change lanes without looking, when a driver turns too widely and crosses out of his or her lane, or when vehicles drift from their own lane.
- Side-Impact Collisions—Side-impact, or T-bone, crashes are widely recognized as extremely dangerous accidents because the side of the car provides limited protection for motorists from the force of the wreck. Side impact accidents typically occur when drivers fail to yield or don’t pay attention and they hit a car crossing in front of them at an intersection.
The rules of the road, including speed limits and right-of-way laws, are designed to protect motorists, pedestrians, and bicycle riders. If everyone drove carefully and obeyed the law, there would be fewer car accidents. Even in this imperfect world of driver negligence and recklessness, if insurance companies paid accident claims fairly, there would be no need for Becker Law Office to stand up for accident victims right.
Unfortunately, drivers make careless choices and dangerous driving mistakes every day. These mistakes can lead to deadly car wrecks or to accidents that cause serious injuries. If you are to be properly compensated by insurers, you will need an experienced legal advocate on your side.
How Auto Accidents Happen
The NHTSA says that about 41 percent of the critical reasons behind accidents are driver recognition errors (inattention, internal and external distractions, inadequate surveillance, etc.). In fact, 34 percent of the critical accident causes attributed to the driver were decision errors such as driving aggressively, driving too fast, or failing to yield. Furthermore, about 10 percent were performance errors such as overcompensation or loss of control.
Accidents happen. But many car collisions are the result of bad decisions on the part of a driver or someone else, a decision they should be held accountable for if someone is injured or killed.
Our attorneys can help if the accident you were injured in was caused by:
- Speeding—Driving too fast continues to be a leading cause of car accidents. Higher speeds make it harder to stop to avoid a collision and easier for drivers to lose control of their vehicle. Speed-related accidents also can occur when a driver drives too fast for the existing traffic or weather conditions and causes an accident.
- Distracted Driving—Distraction.gov reports that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured by distracted drivers in the most recent year for which statistics are available. Cell phone use and texting are among the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors. As many as 660,000 people use a cell phone or some electronic device while driving every day. Other common distracted driving behaviors include grooming, eating, reading a map or using a GPS, and talking to passengers.
- Fatigue—Lack of adequate rest slows reaction time and diminishes cognitive abilities. Some fatigued drivers fall asleep or nod off momentarily while behind the wheel. A drowsy driver may fail to react to a car that stops ahead or may drift off the road or into an oncoming lane of traffic. The most recent federal statistics say 846 people were killed in a single year and 83,000 were injured over a four-year period due to fatigued and drowsy drivers.
- Drunk Driving—Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. That is one person every 50 minutes, the NHTSA says. Drunk drivers may face prosecution for driving while intoxicated, but a conviction will not provide any financial help for those harmed by the drunk driver. An accident victim will need to pursue a separate civil lawsuit against the drunk driver to hold the driver financially accountable for the harm caused.
- Aggressive Drivers—A number of risky behaviors fall into the category of aggressive driving including failing to yield, running stop signs and red lights, tailgating, unsafe passing, and weaving in and out of lanes. The NHTSA estimates that aggressive driving is a factor in two-thirds of all fatal crashes and nearly 35 percent of all crashes.
- Vehicle Malfunction—Accidents can be caused by malfunctions of the vehicle or defective vehicle components such as brakes, tires, airbags or ignition systems. The malfunction may be caused by faulty manufacturing or lack of maintenance. In such cases, manufacturers and/or distributors, or the vehicle owner and/or others responsible for maintenance may be held accountable after a serious accident
- Unsafe Roads—If a flaw in the design of a roadway or lack of road maintenance contributed to a crash, the company or government entity responsible for maintaining the road can be held legally liable for injuries. Road safety problems that contribute to crashes could include broken roadbed, obstructed views caused by overgrown trees or poorly placed signage, and pooled water due to poor drainage
Anyone injured in a motor vehicle wreck may face a long and expensive recovery, depending on the type and extent of injuries. Some car crash victims never fully recover.
At Becker Law Office, our Kentucky car crash lawyers handle cases involving a range of injuries, including:
Internal Organ Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Few people need to be convinced of the high cost of medical care, particularly someone dealing with hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, counseling and potentially a lengthy recovery from a car accident.
As your attorneys after a car accident, we will work aggressively to help you seek compensation for all medical costs and your other crash-connected losses.
Taking Legal Action Against a Negligent Driver
In every crash, it is important to determine the cause and who is responsible.
The person or entity that caused a motor vehicle collision can be legally required to compensate accident victims for their losses, including:
- Past and future medical bills, or medical costs incurred prior to death
- Wages lost due to missed work, including vacation days
- A reduction in income or a permanent loss of income due to injuries or death
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and emotional distress
- Wrongful death damages
- Compensation for loss of companionship.
Consult a Kentucky Car Accident Attorney for Guidance
Accident victims can pursue monetary damages for their losses in one of two ways: by reaching a settlement with an insurance company or filing a personal injury lawsuit and pursuing justice in court. In either situation, it is up to the accident victim to prove he or she is entitled to damages.
This requires having evidence to show the at-fault driver was unreasonably careless or broke the rules of the road and that these actions led to the accident and injuries. Evidence, including police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony from accident reconstruction experts, and photos from the accident scene, can all be helpful to prove your case.
To get started on your claim, call a Kentucky car accident lawyer to schedule a consultation.