Louisville Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Nobody should ever have to worry about whether or not they will be harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver on the roadways. Unfortunately, there are times when distracted drivers cause serious accidents. At Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery, we are here to help when you need a Louisville distracted driving accident attorney. Let our team get to work so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
Justice Starts Here Is Ready to Help Your Case
After sustaining an injury due to another driver’s negligence, secure a Louisville personal injury lawyer you can trust both personally and professionally. Let Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery help you through this.
- Our firm focuses solely on personal injury law, which gives us an advantage over other firms that do not specialize in handling these types of cases.
- You always have direct access to your attorney, and will never be handed off to a junior associate or a paralegal.
- We take all Louisville distracted driving injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients do not pay their legal fees until we win their case.
Do You Need an Attorney for This Case?
In these cases, most injury victims do not have the resources or legal experience necessary to properly pursue compensation for their case. Your Louisville car accident lawyer will be responsible for:
- Obtaining any evidence from the crash (video or photo surveillance, police report, eyewitness statements, etc.).
- Working with medical experts to ensure you are properly cared for and that your losses are calculated.
- Negotiating with all parties involved to secure full compensation for your case.
Having a distracted driving attorney represent you can allow you to focus on recovering physically and emotionally from your injuries while your lawyer concentrates on helping you recover financially.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving refers to a motor vehicle operator who is focusing his or her attention on something other than the driving task, such as reading a message on a cell phone or fiddling with the radio. If the driver takes his or her eyes off of the road, hands off of the steering wheel or mental attention off of the driving task to focus on something else, he or she is guilty of distracted driving. If distracted driving causes or contributes to a car accident in Kentucky, the at-fault driver could be responsible for related damages.
Distracted Driving Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports distracted driving as one of the greatest dangers on the road today. Statistics from 2019 state that 3,142 lives were lost because of distracted drivers in the U.S. – 9 percent of all traffic fatalities. Data also shows that over 26,000 victims passed away in distracted driving accidents from 2012 to 2019.
Distracted driving is also a leading cause of injuries and fatalities on Kentucky roadways. During the latest reporting year in the state, the Kentucky Department of Transportation reported 6,265 total collisions involving driver distraction and 49,743 involving driver inattention. Combined, these car accidents caused 135 deaths in Kentucky. Data also shows that there were 1,014 collisions caused by cell phone use.
Cell phone use is the most common form of driver distraction. As technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives and vehicles, the number of distracted driving injuries and fatalities is increasing. So, many laws were drafted to help prevent distracted driving. Yet many drivers in Kentucky continue to break the state’s distracted driving laws and cause serious or fatal automobile accidents by texting and driving.
Common Injuries Suffered in Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted drivers are often responsible for causing serious injuries. This is because a driver who is not paying attention to the road may not notice a hazard or hit the brakes at all before impact – resulting in a high-speed collision. It is not uncommon for our attorneys to help clients who have sustained the following in distracted driving accidents:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
No matter what type of injury you were diagnosed with after a distracted driving car accident, we can help. Our lawyers can help you prove your injury using medical records and expert witness testimony, as well as obtain copies of your medical bills to fight for fair financial compensation on your behalf.
Is Kentucky a Fault State?
No. Kentucky is in the minority of states as one with a “choice no-fault” rule. This means that after a car accident, an injured driver’s financial options will depend on whether he or she opted for no-fault insurance when purchasing the policy. With no-fault insurance, each driver’s own personal injury protection coverage will pay for his or her injuries, even if the driver didn’t cause the crash. In exchange, the driver won’t have to prove the other driver was at fault.
Even if a driver in Kentucky has no-fault insurance, he or she may be able to hold a distracted driver financially responsible in certain circumstances. If the victim’s injuries meet Kentucky’s serious injury threshold – more than $1,000 in necessary medical expenses, permanent scarring or disfigurement, a serious bone fracture, or any permanent injury – the victim can hold the other driver accountable. In this scenario, however, the victim must prove that the other driver was distracted or otherwise at fault.
We Will Help Secure the Compensation You Need
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a crash due to the actions of a distracted driver, seek legal assistance today. At the Law Office of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery, we are ready to get to work investigating what happened in order to secure the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent driver
Discuss how much your car accident case in Louisville is worth with one of our attorneys before accepting an insurance settlement. It is entirely possible that the distracted driver’s insurance company is undervaluing your losses in an attempt to save money on your payout. Our attorneys can give you an accurate evaluation of the value of your case and help you pursue maximum financial compensation.
Contact Our Louisville Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Today
Distracted drivers are all too common in this day and age. If you believe the driver that recently caused your car accident wasn’t paying adequate attention to the road, contact the Law Office of Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery for legal advice and assistance. We can help you exercise your legal rights as you go up against a negligent driver in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.