Louisville Car Accident Attorney
Getting into a car accident is an incredibly scary and confusing experience. Unfortunately, car accidents are not uncommon, and they are often caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person. If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident, lawyers at the Law Offices of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery are ready to step in. Our Louisville car accident attorneys offer free consultations and will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Why choose Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery for this case?
In the aftermath of an auto accident that has caused injuries, accident victims need an attorney with proven experience handling these types of cases. Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery is here to help.
- We are committed to consistent and transparent communication with every client. We respond to all calls and inquiries within 24 hours, and we will come to you if you cannot get to our office.
- Your case will always be handled by your attorney, not a junior associate or paralegal. We believe that every client deserves an attorney’s attention from the beginning to the end of their case.
- We take Louisville car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means victims pay no legal fees until we secure the fair compensation they deserve for their case.
Do you need an attorney for a car accident case?
Car accident cases can become very complex, particularly when dealing with aggressive insurance carriers that may not want to pay the full amount of compensation. A Louisville car accident attorney will have the resources and experience necessary to investigate every aspect of the case. This includes obtaining all evidence from the scene of the incident, including any eyewitness statements, video surveillance, any photographs taken, the police report, and more. Your car accident lawyer will work with skilled medical and economic experts to properly calculate your total losses. Using this information, your attorney will negotiate with all parties involved including the insurance company to reach a fair settlement on your behalf.
Car accident statistics
When we turn to data available from the Kentucky Department of Transportation and the Kentucky State Police, we can see that there were 158,171 total auto accidents reported throughout the state during the year 2018. Out of these motor vehicle accidents, we know that the following occurred:
- 860 total fatalities
- 34,774 total injuries
The majority of car accidents in Kentucky involved collisions between two or more vehicles. However, there were also many accidents in Kentucky that involved collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists during the latest reporting here, as well as accidents with fixed objects that led to significant property damage and injuries.
Most common causes of car accidents
Turning again to data available from the state government, we see that the leading causes of car accidents in this state often deal with driver carelessness or negligence. This can include:
- Not under control of vehicle – 29.52%
- Driver inattention/distraction – 18.52%
- Alcohol involvement – 10.69%
- Failure to yield – 9.49%
- Unsafe speed – 8.43%
- Drug involvement – 7.98%
- Overcorrection – 7.68%
- Too fast for condition – 6.63%
What are the most common car accident injuries?
Car accidents in Louisville, Kentucky can lead to serious injuries for victims. It is not uncommon for the Louisville car accident lawyers at Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery to regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head injuries
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries (possible paralysis)
- Whiplash injuries
Each of these injuries could require extensive medical care. Accident victims are likely to sustain tremendous medical bills, and their financial situation and earning capacity could be worsened if they are unable to work while they recover or if they are disabled due to their injuries.
Will insurance cover all of the expenses?
Every driver in Kentucky is required to carry a minimum amount of insurance in order to be legal on the roadway. In Kentucky, the insurance minimums are:
- $25,000 bodily injury per person per accident
- $50,000 bodily injury for all persons per accident
- $10,000 property damage liability
- $10,000 personal injury protection
While Kentucky is considered a no-fault accident state (drivers file for coverage under there PIP insurance), many accident injuries can lead to medical bills that rise above insurance minimums. This could require that an injury victim file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. If a victim is injured by the actions of a motorist who does not have insurance, a personal injury lawsuit may also be necessary to recover compensation.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is required to be carried by drivers in Kentucky. This gives drivers protection in the event they are struck by someone who does not have enough insurance coverage to pay for the costs of injuries or who does not have insurance at all. Please note that drivers can opt-out of no-fault coverage in KY, which means that any injured victim will initiate a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company as opposed to obtaining coverage from their PIP coverage.
How much compensation is available for these cases?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent behavior, there are various types of compensation you should be entitled to. At the Law Offices of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery, it is not uncommon for our team to help victims recover the following compensation:
- Coverage of all medical expenses related to the crash
- Lost income if a victim cannot work while they recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver
When you need a Louisville car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at (859) 578-4444. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible as there are specific statute of limitations for each type of case which sets time limitations in which to file a lawsuit or your potential case will be forever barred. Please contact the attorneys at Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery to discuss your potential case and the applicable statute of limitations.