Car accidents across Kentucky are common. The average driver may be involved in up to four collisions during their lifetime. In Kentucky alone in 2016, over 160,000 crashes were reported. Being involved in a car crash is horrific. The damage and injuries are often severe. In the aftermath of an accident, it may be hard to figure out what steps to take next.
After an accident, you may be overwhelmed with what to do next. Dealing with insurance adjusters, injuries, medical expenses and a possible court case is a complicated process. Questions like: Who was at fault? What caused the accident? Can a claim be filed? How is compensation going to be recovered? Most accident victims do not know the law as it relates to car accidents or understand that negligence plays a part.
Accident victims attempting to settle an accident claim with insurance adjusters on their own would be in the predicament of having to prove four elements to show negligence caused the accident. Those elements are:
- There was a legal duty owed to the plaintiff (such as care in driving and not driving recklessly)
- That there was a breach of the legal duty (by failing to act or acting in a way that breached the duty of care)
- That is was the defendant/other driver’s inaction/action that caused the plaintiff’s injuries/death
- That the plaintiff was injured/harmed/killed as a direct result of the defendant’s actions
Although some drivers who have been in a collision think they can deal with and settle everything by doing it themselves, that is not a good idea for several reasons.
Most drivers are not familiar with the law in Kentucky. Because Kentucky is a no-fault state, matters of injury and damage compensation can get complicated. Drivers involved in a crash, who sustained injuries and property damage may, at times, obtain compensation from the at-fault driver or may obtain costs for medical bills and lost wages from their own insurance company.
It can be a complicated process to follow the insurance maze to settlement or court without hiring an experienced Kentucky car accident lawyer. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Hessig & Pohl can explain the process and provide information you need about your legal rights, what to expect to receive as compensation and how to file a claim if you wish.
Be proactive if you have been involved in a car accident and protect your legal rights because no one else is going to do it for you, and you cannot obtain what you truly deserve in compensation if you try to do it alone.
At Hessig & Pohl, we understand the ins and outs of handling car accident claims, and we take a comprehensive approach to accident investigation, by gathering evidence quickly to support your case. We work with a team of professionals to develop the best strategy to protect your rights and achieve a fair settlement. Call us today for your free consultation at (502) 777-1111.