The United States has the highest number of deadly car accidents when compared against similar developed countries. The United States is exceptionally traffic-heavy with many cars traveling on the roads every single day. As of 2021, there were 284 million vehicles registered in the country. Since human error is responsible for as high as 90% of all accidents, many of these crashes are preventable. Victims in Kentucky who are hit and injured by a negligent driver have the right to take legal action to recover compensation for their injuries. The experienced Morehead car accident lawyers at Maze Law Offices can help you understand your legal rights and fight to secure the most favorable outcome under the law. Contact us today to see how we can work with you on your case.
In 2019 alone, there were more than 12 million accidents across the country. The actual number of collisions could be even higher when considering those that were not reported. Car wreck can result in debilitating injuries, inability to return to work, pain and suffering, or even death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that every day 90 people in the United States will lose their lives in a fatal car accident.
In Kentucky, over 730 people died in car accidents in 2018. The costs of these deadly crashes cost the state $1.06 billion, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More recently by the end of 2020, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety indicates that 780 people died in car wrecks in one year alone.
Our Morehead accident lawyers can provide dedicated legal guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries in car accidents. Because every victim’s car wreck experience is different, we apply customized legal counsel and personalized strategy to each case.
Car accidents can leave victims overwhelmed and unsure of their next steps. They can make victims feel disoriented and scared. Thinking clearly immediately after a crash can be difficult. The following tips can help victims of car wrecks gain a better understanding of what to do should a crash happen.
If a crash happens on the road, trying to get to a safe location can keep all parties protected from oncoming traffic. Be sure to turn on hazard lights to be visible to other drivers.
When injuries are present, it is critical to call 9-1-1 and have an officer or first responder team come to the scene. The police officer will determine if a report is warranted. In most cases, the report will be a useful piece of information to add to a car accident injury claim.
If every party is responsive, exchange insurance and contact information. Victims can use their phones to take pictures of insurance cards, as well as the scene of the accident.
Document everything with pictures, and video (if possible). Take photos of the environment, the orientation of the cars, the damage done to the vehicles, the license plate of other parties involved in the crash, and any other pertinent evidence.
Even if symptoms of an injury do not appear immediately, it could be you’re experiencing delayed symptoms. Whiplash is a common example that manifests this way. It is often present after a car wreck but takes time for a victim to feel the pain it causes. Without treatment, an injury can become worse. Some injuries, such as internal injuries can cause death if not treated quickly. That’s why it’s always incredibly important to see a medical professional after a car accident.
Keep a record of every doctor appointment, all doctor reports and notes, any prescriptions, repair shop bills, and all receipts related to your injuries and losses resulting from an accident. Also, it is sometimes helpful to keep a journal and write down what happened right after the car wreck to record all details. Daily journaling about how injuries are affecting a victim and making a victim feel can be valuable documentation for a car accident claim.
Connecting with a Morehead accident lawyer at Maze Law Offices allows you to focus on healing while the legal challenges of your injury claim are professionally managed. This includes filing paperwork, communications with the insurance company, and ensuring your legal and financial rights remain protected.
Many victims wonder how much a car accident claim in Kentucky is worth, and if they will receive adequate compensation for their losses and injuries. Each victim’s situation will be different, so the amount you receive in compensation will also vary. Typically, the more catastrophic the damages are, the more compensation a claim is worth. To put value to a claim, we will assess all damages that exist, including those that are currently present and those that are projected to exist in the future. Several types of damages can result in the aftermath of a car wreck including, but not limited to:
In some cases, when a personal injury or wrongful death event happens in a way that is egregious and extraordinarily reckless, the court will award additional compensation to a victim through punitive damages. While rare, some injury or wrongful death incidents will rise to the level of receiving punitive damages.
At Maze Law Offices, our experienced Morehead car accident lawyers are client-focused and dedicated to providing the highest-quality legal representation and services. When you call our personal injury law firm, you will speak directly with a qualified lawyer. During your free consultation, we can discuss your case and devise a personalized strategy with your best interests in mind.
Do not hesitate to reach out to Maze Law Offices to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Same-day consultations are available. There is a limited time to file a car accident claim in Kentucky, so getting started on developing your legal right to receive compensation for your injuries is critical.