No one should have to suffer needlessly after being in a car accident. If you or someone you love is questioning their legal options after they were a victim of a serious wreck, the Lexington car accident lawyers from Golden Law Office can help you receive answers as to why the accident occurred and potentially get compensation that can aid the process of recovery. We’re on your side.
When tragedy strikes and you find yourself trying to recover from injuries sustained in a car accident that was not your fault, a thousand thoughts run through your head. You wonder how long your recovery will be and how long you may have to take off work. You wonder how your insurance company and/or the other driver’s insurance company can cover every cost your injuries are requiring. These worries can cause you additional stress which can delay the healing process and make matters worse.
The good news is that you may have legal options. In the state of Kentucky, when an automobile accident is caused by another’s negligent, careless, or otherwise reckless actions or inactions, the victim may be eligible to seek legal aid and file a lawsuit against the guilty party. Personal injury lawsuits are civil claims and can aid the recovery process significantly while allowing you to receive answers for questions you may have about the wreck itself and why it happened.
A successful lawsuit can open many doors for recovering victims and potentially provide financial assistance to pay for the following:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses relating to the crash
- Past and future wage loss
- Pain and suffering, including emotion and mental stress
- Liability disputes
Additionally, your claim may help the driver who caused the accident to stop and rethink their actions the next time they’re tempted to get behind the wheel while drunk or make a careless decision while on the road. Lawsuits can be powerful and oftentimes correct wrongful behaviors, thereby protecting future drivers, passengers, and everyone who walks or bikes near streets and roadways.
To learn more, let’s first go over some facts about car accidents and how often they happen in Kentucky.
By the Numbers: Kentucky Car Accidents Statistics
Kentucky sees more fatalities on the road that are completely preventable than most residents would like to believe. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, 782 people in Kentucky lost their lives in traffic fatalities in our state during 2016. That number has risen steadily over the past few years. In 2015, we only saw 761 fatalities, in comparison.
In and around Lexington alone, there were 94 traffic fatalities between the period of January 2017 to March 2, 2018. That puts Lexington as the city and surrounding area with the second-most fatalities in all of Kentucky. Coming in first place is Louisville.
Lexington is also home to some of the most dangerous intersections and interstates in our state. I-71 and I-75 are among the most dangerous highways in Kentucky; and according to a 2012 study conducted by the state police, most fatal car accidents in and around Lexington occur at intersections. Some of the most dangerous intersections—the ones with the most accidents during that year—include the following:
- South Broadway at West Vine Street
- Alumni Drive at Man O’ War Boulevard
- Man O’ War at Pink Pigeon
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What Are the Types of Car Accidents?
There are several kinds of collisions that can occur when people are neglecting to drive safely. While they all have the potential to cause serious injuries, some are more dangerous than others.
- Head-on Collision. These accidents can easily cause fatalities. They occur when two cars are facing each other when they collide.
- Rear-end Collision. A car that runs into the back of the vehicle in front of them is a rear-end collision. This can happen when a car suddenly slows down or brakes and the person behind them wasn’t paying attention or didn’t react quickly enough.
- Side-impact or “T-bone” Collision. This happens when the front or rear of one vehicle hits the side of another. A T-bone is typically an issue when a car runs a red light or a driver isn’t paying attention to a vehicle turning in front of them.
- Side-swipe Collision. Drivers can sideswipe each other in tight spaces when they’re traveling in the same direction. In some cases, the only issue is the damage to the side of the vehicle. But if one of the drivers loses control, the accident could be much more dangerous.
- Single Car Accident. There doesn’t necessarily have to be multiple parties in an accident. A single negligent driver could run off the road, hit stationary objects like trees or property, or even roll over if they turn too quickly at high speeds.
- Multiple Vehicle Accident. These wrecks are more common on highways. It usually starts with one or two automobiles losing control and all the vehicles behind them create a pile-up. These can be dangerous and cause severe injuries to multiple people.
- Hit-and-run Accident. When a driver hits another car, person, or piece of property and drives away, they’ve committed a hit-and-run. In some cases, a person could unknowingly hit another car in a parking lot. But hit-and-runs can also be a criminal offense, like if someone hits another person and fails to stop to get them help.
Now that you know the kinds of accidents that can occur, it’s important to know how and why they happen. Let’s take a look at the main causes for Lexington car wrecks.
Why Do Most Car Accidents Happen in Kentucky?
Why have the above statistics continued to climb year after year even though our motor vehicles are technologically safer than they’ve ever been? This is a question everyone must ask themselves when it comes to looking at auto safety as a whole, but also when thinking about any recent accidents they may have seen or been personally involved in.
Here are some of the top causes of vehicle accidents in Kentucky and nationwide:
- Drunk Driving. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, 137 of the 782 crash fatalities in Kentucky during 2016 involved alcohol use. This amounts to 17.5 percent, which is a considerable percentage considering the fact that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is completely preventable and illegal.
- Speeding. Speeding is one of the leading causes of most car accidents nationwide. Whenever a driver speeds, it becomes more difficult for them to slow down or stop should an emergency
- Failing to Follow Traffic Laws. When traffic laws or posted signs are not correctly followed, a crash can quickly result. Accidents are often caused when a driver decides that they are exempt from the rules. Common ways this occurs is when a driver follows another vehicle too closely, when right-of-way laws are not followed, and when unsafe U-turns are made.
- Distracted Driving. When a driver is distracted by an incoming text, a smartphone app, a meal they’re enjoying, or even a conversation happening inside their car, they may take their eyes off the road for just long enough to cause an accident.
- Inclement Weather. Snow and ice make the roads slippery and drivers have reduced control of their vehicle. One of the biggest threats is black ice because drivers cannot anticipate the danger and may hit the ice while traveling at high speeds.
- Failing to give cars space on the road can intimidate other drivers and also gives the person tailgating no time to react to sudden stops or turns.
- Aggressive Driving. It’s important to not succumb to road rage while driving. If someone is angry, they may focus on cutting the other person off or trying to find a way to get even with them. This takes away their attention from the road and they risk losing control of their vehicle.
- Ignoring Red Lights and Stop Signs. Drivers may try to “beat” traffic lights or roll through stop signs without properly checking both directions. These actions put them at risk of causing a collision.
- Driving at Night. It takes practice to get used to driving at night. Drivers can’t see as well and may fail to see another vehicle, person, or object on the road.
- Defective Auto Parts. If the car’s brakes or steering systems fail, this could be because the vehicle contains a defective product. In this situation, the manufacturer may be at fault for selling an unsafe auto part.
- New Drivers. Inexperienced drivers may not be used to sharing the road with many others at a time or have the awareness required to make swift decisions on the road.
- Driving Mistakes. When people aren’t alert, they may forget to signal turns or adjust their car mirrors so they can clearly see others around them.
- Tire Blowouts. Drivers need to be aware of their tires. If they have low pressure or worn treads, there’s a chance the tire could fail while they’re driving. Tire blowouts are difficult to control and can easily lead to a car wreck.
No matter what caused your accident, the lawyers at Golden Law Office will investigate your case thoroughly. We’ll find who was at fault and how they acted in a way that caused you to unfairly sustain injuries and other damages. We’re on your side.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car crash injuries can vary significantly, but some of the most common resulting injuries or impairments include:
- Broken bones and puncture wounds
- Internal bleeding
- Neck or head injury, including whiplash
- Brain injuries
- Spine or back injury
- Burn injuries
- Emotional or mental suffering that may lead to conditions like anxiety, depression, or PTSD
If you’ve suffered from any of the above injuries that have seriously affected your life and/or will have lasting implications or require long-term medical care, you may find it difficult to get the compensation you need to make a full recovery. It’s in these instances when a Lexington car accident lawyer may be able to help you the most. Similarly, if you’ve lost a loved one in a serious auto accident, a lawyer can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit that may help a grieving family seek and find closure.
Dealing With a Car Accident
After an auto accident, you may be at a loss for what to do. The situation is often sudden and stressful. But your actions after the wreck can help people, and you can also take steps that will help your claim in the future.
- Call Police. Immediately call for help. You and the other people in the crash may need immediate medical attention.
- Provide Help If You Can. When the police are making their report, you can provide the facts. But it’s vital that you stick to what you know. Trying to fill in gaps or guess details could lead to an inaccurate report and jeopardize your claim.
- Exchange Information. You need to exchange information with the other party or parties involved in the collision. You should get the contact information, insurance policies, and make and model of the cars.
- Call a Car Accident Attorney. You’ll want to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights. Golden Law Office is prepared to help you get the compensation you deserve.
No matter how you feel after the accident, it’s imperative that you get an evaluation from a medical professional. Your injuries may be masked by shock. Sometimes it takes injuries a few days or weeks to appear. Getting to a doctor will help you get compensation for your injuries and will help you start treating your injuries as soon as possible.
The Importance of a Lawyer You Can Trust
When you meet with an attorney from Golden Law Office, you’ll be able to get legal advice confidentially and quickly. We offer consultations for free and do not charge you anything upfront. Our Lexington car wreck lawyers have the experience your claim deserves. We can help you navigate any complex insurance settlements and speak on your behalf in court if necessary to prove that negligence occurred and that you were not at fault.
The right legal help can deliver peace of mind. If you’re questioning your legal options after being involved in an auto accident in Kentucky, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.