Louisville Car Accident Lawyer

If you are hurt in a car accident in Kentucky, Indiana or Tennessee, you know that the true cost of the losses can never be measured. The pain of a serious injury can last the rest of your life.

Money will never be enough to make up for what you’ve endured. But the laws in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee make the driver who caused the crash responsible for your losses. The car accident lawyers at Becker Law Office can help with your case. In a perfect world, we could turn back the hands of time and yell “Watch Out” to the at fault driver and prevent your crash. We wish we could do that for you and your family.  All we can do now to help is to get the full compensation you deserve. That’s our goal as your lawyer.

Types and Causes of Car Accidents

The majority of auto accidents involve moving vehicles crashing into something or someone. In Kentucky, for example, in 2011 alone, 81,320 collisions — 64 percent of all crashes — involved a crash between two or more vehicles including cars, trucks, tour buses and motorcycles.

Crashes with fixed objects were the second most common type of accident, while other wrecks included:

  • Collisions with pedestrians
  • Rollover accidents
  • Collisions with bike riders
  • Crashes with parked cars
  • Accidents involving deer or other animals
  • Collisions with trains

The rules of the road, including speed limit laws and right-of-way laws, are designed to protect motorists, pedestrians and bicycle riders. If everyone drove carefully and obeyed all of the rules of the road, there would be virtually no car accidents. And even in this imperfect world of distracted driving, if insurance companies paid the claims fairly, there would be no need for Becker Law Office to help you.

Unfortunately, people make careless choices and dangerous driving mistakes every day. These mistakes can lead to deadly car wrecks or to accidents that cause serious injuries.

Common types of behavior that lead to Kentucky car accidents include:

  • Speeding: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites speeding as a top cause of car wrecks throughout the U.S. Speeding accidents can happen even when the speed limit is not exceeded if a driver goes too fast to be safe under current road and weather conditions. In fact, only 55 percent of speeding-related accidents involve a driver going over the speed limit.
  • Distracted driving: Distraction.gov reports that 416,000 people were hurt in 2010 alone as a result of drivers who were distracted. A full 18 percent of all crashes during this time period involved a distracted driver.  Cell phone use and texting tend to be the most dangerous of the distracted driving behaviors and a recent NHTSA survey indicated that there are as many as 660,000 people using a cell phone on U.S. roadways at any given moment.  Other distracted driving behaviors can include grooming, eating, reading a map or using a GPS.
  • Drowsy driving: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently conducted a study of more than 147,000 drivers in 19 different states and D.C. and found that 4.2 percent of all drivers admitted to dozing off behind the wheel in the prior 30 days.
  • Driver inexperience: The National Safety Council reports that driver inexperience is the top cause of teen car accidents. Teens, unfortunately, are three times as likely as adult drivers to be involved in a car accident that causes injury.
  • Drunk Driving: The CDC reports that 30 people die each day in the United States due to intoxicated driving.
  • Aggressive Driving: The AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety reports that aggressive driving is a potential cause of up to 56 percent of fatal U.S. car wrecks. The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as: failing to yield, disregarding traffic control signs or signals, tailgating, illegal or unsafe passing and/or weaving in and out of lanes.

Accidents can also be caused by vehicle malfunctions or road design or maintenance defects. Problems with vehicle components, for example, can be a car accident cause, especially when trucks are involved.

The Kentucky Traffic Crash Facts, for example, reveal that a problem with load securement caused 117 truck crashes in 2011 alone. Tire failure was responsible for another 141 truck accidents and defective truck brakes resulted in 75 wrecks. Any malfunctioning vehicle, however, can result in an accident.

When there is a vehicle defect, road design or road maintenance problem, the company or entity responsible can be held legally liable for injuries.

Taking Legal Action After a Car Wreck

In every crash, it is important to determine if one or more drivers was to blame, if there were vehicle problems or if there was an issue with the road.

The person or entity that caused the car accident can be legally required to compensate accident victims for all losses including:

  • Past and future medical bills and costs or medical costs incurred prior to death
  • Wages lost due to missed work, vacation days or sick days
  • A reduction in income or a permanent loss of income due to injuries or death
  • Pain and suffering
  • Anxiety and emotional distress
  • Wrongful death damages
  • Compensation for loss of companionship

Accident victims can obtain monetary damages for these types of losses in one of two ways: by settling a case with an insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit. In either situation, it is up to the accident victim to prove he or she is entitled to damages.

This means the accident victim must show the other driver was unreasonably careless or broke the rules of the road — and that these bad decisions were the direct cause of the accident and injuries. Evidence including police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony from accident reconstruction experts, and photos at the accident scene can all be helpful in proving your case.

The stronger your claim, the more likely it is that the insurance company will settle or that you will prevail in court. As such, you need to begin building a car accident case as soon as you can after the accident. This means you need an experienced car accident lawyer right away.

Becker Law Office Can Help with Your Car Accident Case

The outcome of your car accident claim will determine if you have enough money to cover the costs of a serious accident.

When looking for a car accident lawyer, you shouldn’t have to choose between a lawyer known for negotiating or an experienced trial lawyer. With Becker Law Office, you never have to make this choice — you get two firms in one.

Becker Law Office is part of a legal team with Bubalo Goode Sales & Bliss, a law firm made up of experienced litigators who have been recognized among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky.

When Becker Law Office handles your car accident claim, we’ll send in our top negotiators to fight for your rights with the insurance company. If your case has to go to trial, you’ll be represented by a trial attorney who can make a strong case to the judge and jury to get you the compensation you deserve.

With so much at stake in your car accident case, you should never settle for a legal team that can’t provide the very best in legal service from start to finish. Trust in Becker Law Office to represent you and you’ll have the right advocate to get you fair and full compensation no matter how your claim is resolved.  Becker Law Office has been handling cases since 1985 and has represented over 33,000 people just like you!

Give us a call or contact us online today to schedule your free case evaluation and to learn more about the unique legal representation we can offer.  From our offices in Lexington and Louisville, we accept car accident cases throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.  And we never get paid unless we settle or win your case.

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