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Why You Should Call a Rear-End Accident Attorney
If you were struck by a careless driver, you’re likely facing many challenges, including injuries, medical expenses, property damage and missed time at work. When a crash is caused by a negligent driver, the injured person has the right to file a claim to get compensation for the many costs they have incurred in an accident.
An attorney handles claims for clients. They fight to make sure their client gets payment that truly reflects the costs they are facing. When you have a legal representative that handles all aspects of your claim and maximizes the payment you receive, you can focus on recovery and relieve yourself of the stress and frustration that you would experience if you handled the process yourself.
Don’t Accept an Insurance Company’s Offer Without Talking to an Attorney
After a wreck, you might be contacted by insurance companies to discuss the incident. If you talk to your own insurance company, you should do your best to cooperate with them, but know that you are not obligated to accept their offer if it doesn’t meet your needs.
If you are contacted by someone else’s insurance company, do not speak to them. This insurance company’s representative wants to get you to make a statement on the record. If they can find a way to lessen the amount of money that they’ll pay you, they’ll take advantage of every opportunity you give them. Tell the representative to contact your attorney and say nothing else.
At the Johnson Law Firm, we know how to deal with insurance companies on behalf of our clients. We deal firmly with insurers to make sure you get the payment you are entitled to.
Every Driver Has a Duty to Follow at a Safe Distance
If one car hits another from behind, Kentucky state law says that, in most cases, the fault will lie with the driver of the car in back. Drivers are expected to always maintain control of their vehicle and are responsible for any damages caused by their vehicle.
Possible exceptions include circumstances that were unavoidable or unintentional. This can happen when the driver of the lead car …
- Has an emergency, but does not pull over or turn on emergency signals
- Has broken brake lights or turn signals
- Reverses suddenly
- Stops suddenly to make a turn and fails to execute the turn.
In these instances, the driver that was rear-ended may be considered partially at fault for the accident. Under Kentucky’s comparative fault system, that driver can still recover damages (even if they are 99 percent at fault), but their recovery is reduced by their degree of fault.
Rear-end collisions frequently are caused because a driver who …
- Disregards traffic conditions
- Fails to drive at a reasonable speed
- Fails to pay attention to the road
- Fails to use turn signals
- Fails to yield the right of way
- Operates the vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
If you’ve been rear-ended by a careless driver, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. You are likely entitled to compensation for the costs you face. Calling an attorney shortly after a wreck ensures that you won’t make a critical mistake that affects the payment you could receive. It also maximizes your chances of getting a fair offer from insurance companies.
Call the Johnson Law Firm today at (606) 433-0682 or fill out our online contact form to get started.
Multiple Car Pile-Ups
The probability of a multiple-car pile-up increases when a rear-end crash has occurred, especially on a busy highway where drivers are traveling at a high rate of speed.
Crashes where the lead car is stopped can be just as dangerous, because when the front of one vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle, energy is transferred. That energy is absorbed by the first car and its occupants, causing their necks to suddenly bend further than normal and resulting in whiplash (also referred to as hyperextension, neck sprain, or neck strain).
Soft tissue injuries like whiplash can be difficult to diagnose, and insurance companies tend to dismiss them. Accident victims are encouraged to seek prompt medical testing in order to help refute any insurer’s assertions that a lack of vehicle damage means that no permanent or serious injury could have occurred. The reality is that car bumpers are designed to withstand far more impact and force than the human body.
If you’ve been involved in a multi-car pile-up, you should contact an attorney who knows how to handle these cases. Call us today to schedule your free consultation so we can learn more about your situation and give you a free initial case assessment.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
If you were involved in a rear-end collision, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer immediately. Drivers of both cars have rights that should be protected, and questions regarding liability, property damage, and personal injuries can be complicated. Passengers who were hurt in the collision should also secure skilled advice to navigate the legal system. There are plenty of opportunities to make mistakes in the days, weeks and months following your crash. An attorney can help you maximize your chances of getting the compensation you need to cover your costs.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck, contact the KY rear-end car accident lawyers at the Johnson Law Firm as soon as possible. You might be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and property damage. Our team is committed to winning financial recovery for the victims of the negligence of others. Call us at (606) 433-0682 or fill out our online contact form.
We’re ready to meet with you in a free initial consultation. Let us hear more about your case, so we can help you better understand your legal options. We handle accident claims from anywhere in Kentucky, with a concentration in Pikeville and surrounding areas. For more than 20 years, we have been helping accident victims, and we can help you.