Bowling Green Car Accident Attorneys
Car Accident Claims in Kentucky
In 2018, 158,171 traffic collisions were reported in Kentucky, 670 of which resulted in a fatality, according to the Kentucky Traffic Safety Data Services (KTSDS). In the United States, around two million drivers are permanently injured in car crashes every year.
At Kentucky Injury Law Center, we understand that even the most careful drivers are sometimes unlucky enough to be injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another driver. Dealing with the aftermath of a car wreck can be incredibly painful, frustrating, and confusing.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
The most common causes of car accidents are:
- Running a red light
- Bad weather conditions
- Distracted driving, such as texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving, such as tailgating
- Low visibility, especially when driving at night
The top three culprits are distracted driving, speeding, and (driving under the influence) DUI. We strongly recommended avoiding doing the above at all costs and always driving defensively to avoid a collision with an irresponsible motorist.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents can take the form of anything from a minor fender bender to a serious, multi-car pile up on the highway. Therefore, car accident injures vary from mild to severe.
The most common car accident injuries include:
- Back injury
- Broken ribs
- Herniated disc
- Internal bleeding
- Knee trauma
- Scrapes and cuts
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The most important thing to do after a car accident is to seek medical attention right away.
What to Do After a Car Accident?
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it is imperative to collect as much evidence detailing how the crash occurred—but only if you are feeling physically capable of doing so. Never put your health at risk.
That being said, here are the things you should always do after a car crash:
- Seek medical attention: If you or anyone else involved in the crash is seriously injured, call 911 right away.
- Take pictures: Photograph as much of the accident scene as you can, especially any injuries, property damage, and tire skid marks.
- Collect the other drivers’ info: Ask any other motorists involved for their name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, and any other information you think you might need.
- Talk to witnesses: If anyone nearby saw your accident happen, ask them for their contact information as well. They may be able to testify on your behalf if needed.
- File a police report: Call the authorities to the scene so they can document the accident. This documentation can serve as additional evidence to back up your personal injury claim.
- Go see a doctor: If you don’t require immediate medical attention, it’s still a good idea to go in for a checkup as soon as you can. Some injuries, such as TBIs and complications from whiplash, may not make themselves known right away. Your doctor can diagnose such injuries and treat you if necessary. Having medical records on file can also help with your personal injury claim.
- Contact a lawyer: A Kentucky car accident attorney can advise you on the next steps to take, as well as assist you with the insurance claims, help you collect additional evidence to back up your claim, calculate how much money you are owed, and more.
We offer free consultations to all new clients and don’t charge you anything out of pocket to take your case. We don’t get paid unless you do. Contact us today to learn more.