Recovering physically and financially from a car accident can be difficult and complicated. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a car accident, contact Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., today to schedule a free consultation. A Lexington car accident lawyer at our law office will review the facts of your case and discuss your recovery options.
1) Seek medical attention: If you feel even slightly hurt, call 911 to get checked out by medical experts on the scene. Having documentation of your injuries made by medical professionals will be valuable in building your personal injury case.
2) Call the police: A police report will be the first piece of evidence gathered in your personal injury case.
3) Take pictures and exchange information: Take pictures of your car and any other vehicles involved in the collision from all possible angles. Also be sure to exchange driver’s license and insurance information with the other driver(s). If there are witnesses on the scene, ask for their name, phone number, and what they saw.
4) Call your insurance company: You will need to let your auto insurance company know about the accident. When reporting the car crash, do not give a recorded statement to your insurance company. Not until you contact a lawyer. Insurance companies look out for their own interests and will try to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible.
5) Contact a Lexington car accident attorney: An attorney will assist in your investigation and let you know how much your case may be worth. They will also negotiate with insurance companies for you. If you do not speak with a lawyer, you may receive a low settlement amount from an insurance company.
Our personal injury lawyers will handle practically every aspect of your case, short-term and long-term. When our law office takes any injury cases, we take care of the following:
Kentucky is considered a “no-fault” state, meaning that your own insurance will pay your injury claims. However, they will only pay up to a specified limit. All Kentucky drivers are required to carry basic personal injury protection (PIP) coverage on all vehicles. Drivers are also required to have bodily insurance liability insurance to cover any costs related to injuries or damages related to a car accident.
Under the no-fault system, you are not able to file a lawsuit against the other driver unless you sustain:
You can request to opt-out of the no-fault insurance under those circumstances, allowing you to file a lawsuit to recover damages. However, you will also be open to a lawsuit for the incident, and you will no longer be entitled to basic PIP benefits.
Kentucky is a pure comparative fault state, which means that each driver is held liable for damages sustained in the accident proportionate to their percentage of fault. For example, if a person sustains $10,000 in medical expenses in a crash, but was found to be 20% at fault for the incident, they will only receive $8,000 in damages ($10,000 minus the $2,000 for their 20% fault).
Establishing fault in a Lexington car accident will require investigation into the incident. Either you or your personal injury attorney will have to obtain the accident report, video and video surveillance, eyewitness accounts, medical records, and more.
Every car accident is different. Some cause only minor injuries, while others are more severe. Some of the most common injuries Lexington car accident victims sustain include:
Regardless of whether an injury is minor or more severe, victims should always seek medical attention after a crash. By seeking medical care, you are ensuring your well-being as well as establishing a link between the crash and your injuries.
The majority of motor vehicle accidents are wholly preventable. They can generally be attributed to reckless driver behavior, driver negligence, or manufacturer negligence. Here are some common causes of auto accidents:
Every state has its own statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Kentucky law gives you just one year after the date of the injury to file a suit. A personal injury lawyer at the law office of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. can help you take immediate action to make sure you do not miss out on filing your claim before the deadline.
No two car accidents are the same and neither are the resulting injuries and damages. It is impossible to place a value on a car accident claim until all of the relevant facts have been reviewed. In some cases, financial compensation may include losses such as:
Our injury attorneys will fight to secure maximum compensation for you and your family.
Some law firms will charge you a retainer for their legal services, meaning you pay an up-front fee plus an hourly rate for their work. Whether you win the case or not, these fees must be paid. At the law firm of Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will never collect any fees from you unless the lawsuit is a success. Our Lexington car accident lawyers want you to feel completely confident in our services. A contingency fee system helps our clients take that initial plunge and ultimately reward them if a lawsuit is won.
Contact our team at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. to discuss the car accident you were involved in and your resulting injuries and damages. Initial consultations are always free and we will advance all of your costs and expenses associated with your case so that you can focus on your physical recovery while we fight for your financial recovery. Feel free to give our Lexington office location a call at (859) 268-4300 or contact us through an online submission form.