Do you know what to do after a car accident? It is important not to make a misstep. Car accidents cause injuries to thousands of people in Kentucky. According to data provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, more than 135,000 accidents took place in the state in 2015. They caused nearly 24,000 serious injuries, and 704 people lost their lives.
After years of declining, traffic deaths have increased in recent years. Hopefully, a car accident is not something that you or your family will ever encounter. However, the risk remains ever present. It is smart to be prepared and to know what to do after a collision to protect your health and safety, and your financial interests.
Following a collision, drivers in Kentucky have several different legal responsibilities. Under Section 189.580 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, drivers must do the following:
In many cases, car accident victims make mistakes in the days after an accident that prevent them from recovering compensation.
A successful car accident injury claim requires supporting evidence. Evidence can come in many different forms. For example, it could include the police report, witness statements or expert testimony. Pictures are one of the most compelling forms of evidence. Following a collision, take extensive photos of the crash scene and of your injuries. If you fail to capture these photos before the cars are moved and the scene cleared, you will lose the opportunity to do so.
If you were injured in a crash, it is important that you seek medical attention. First, this is an important step to protect your own health and safety. After a crash, your body will be filled with adrenaline, and you may be far more injured than you realize. You need to see a doctor to protect the viability of your car accident injury claim. Without supporting medical documentation, it will be impossible for you to recover the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
The big insurance companies are looking out for their own interests. These companies make money if they can reduce your settlement offer or outright deny your accident claim. You need to be cautious in your dealings with the insurance company.
You should always consult with an experienced Kentucky car accident lawyer before you talk to the insurance company. Insurers know that once an injured person hires a lawyer, that victim has a much greater chance of recovering a fair settlement. Insurance adjusters push aggressively to get victims to talk before they can seek legal help. Do not let the insurance company take advantage of you. Protect your accident claims rights by seeking legal assistance.
Whenever possible, it is best to work with the insurance company through your car accident lawyer. In the event that you speak to an insurance adjuster, please remember the following three things:
At the Becker Law Office, PLC, our compassionate car accident lawyers have helped many victims recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. To learn more about what we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact our team today for immediate legal assistance. From our offices in Louisville, Lexington, and Florence, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio, we represent victims throughout the region.