Car accidents are a common occurrence in Kentucky. According to statistics from The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, in 2017, there were 136,979 motor vehicle crashes across the state.
Many drivers view collisions as something that happens to other people. However, a car crash can happen to anyone. While most vehicles have built-in safety features, such as lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot detection, accidents still happen. The average driver may be involved in up to 4 collisions during their lifetime.
An automobile crash is horrific. After an accident, you may feel confused and unsure about what to do next. Dealing with insurance companies, medical expenses and a possible court case is overwhelming. After an accident, questions like who was at fault, what caused the crash, can a claim be filed and is compensation for injuries and damages possible come up.
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 on the part of the at-fault driver. Those elements are:
- Legal duty owed to the plaintiff. Such as care in driving.
- Breach of the legal duty. Failing to act or acting in a way that breached the duty of care.
- That the plaintiff was injured or killed as a direct result of the defendant’s actions.
Some drivers who have been in a collision think they can deal with insurance claims and a possible court case by themselves. That is not a good idea for many reasons. Kentucky law is complex and can be challenging to navigate.
Most drivers are not familiar with the law in Kentucky. Dealing with the fallout from a car collision with injuries and other damage is a complicated process. Being involved in a car crash involving injuries and damages means that obtaining compensation from the at-fault driver(s) is possible. Sometimes, however, compensation for medical bills and lost wages might come from the plaintiff’s insurance company.
Reaching settlement or a successful trial on your own is challenging without an experienced Kentucky car accident lawyer. The experienced attorneys at Hessig & Pohl can explain the process and provide information about your legal rights, what to possibly expect to receive as compensation and how to file a claim.
Be proactive. If you have been involved in a car accident, protect your legal rights. 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