Injured By a Driver Who Fled the Scene? Talk To Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Lawyer
These Cases Can Be Complex, But Here’s How Our Hit-And-Run Attorney Can HelpUnfortunately, hit-and-run cases are complicated by the fact that the driver who hit you has taken off and may be difficult to locate. The difficulties involved make it even more important to get assistance with seeking the compensation you are entitled to. A car accident can result in serious bodily injuries or wrongful death due to the negligence of a hit-and-run driver. To get the compensation you deserve, be sure you have an experienced attorney by your side. Kentucky hit-and-run lawyers at the Billy Johnson Law Firm represent victims and their families and friends in Kentucky who suffered injuries caused by drivers who fled an accident scene. Our Kentucky hit-and-run lawyer knows that one of the best things we can do is to simply listen. To represent you to the best of our abilities, we must understand how your life changed after the accident. We want to understand what types of fears you have for the future, whether that’s concerns over physical ailments that will linger, worries over medical bills, or uncertainties over being able to work your normal job. After speaking to you for a few minutes, other law firms may hand you a strategy and rush you out the door. This is not how our hit-and-run attorney functions. We take the time to give you the level of service you deserve. We know you are placing your trust in us, and we work hard to deliver the best possible result.
Trust Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Lawyer to Work through Any Challenges in Your CaseKentucky hit-and-run lawyers at the Billy Johnson Law Firm know what damages you can demand after your accident and what to do to help you receive them. We can help by:
- Getting your insurance to pay damages. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist protection (UIM) on your insurance policy, we can help make certain you are fully compensated for damages. Insurance companies are more likely to take your claim seriously if they know you have an attorney on your side. We will aggressively negotiate with insurance adjusters and lawyers for optimum compensation.
- Pursuing a claim. If the at-fault driver was charged by law enforcement (or we find them ourselves), we can help you pursue a claim. In Kentucky, you are entitled to receive two types of damages — compensatory and punitive.
Why Choose Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run LawyerAt the Billy Johnson Law Firm, our team takes pride in working for you, not for big insurance companies. If insurers would simply treat victims in hit-and-run crashes and other accidents in a fair manner, demand for our services would not exist. Unfortunately, insurers work hard to maximize their profits by trying to minimize the payout they make to victims of crashes like you, even when you did nothing wrong. Our hit-and-run lawyer in Kentucky knows how much you and your family rely on the insurance company’s payout to have the best chance at returning to the life you had before the accident. We put all of our experience and resources on the table, using them to your benefit as we fight against the insurer. We want to take as much worry as we can off your plate, so you can focus on your recovery.
Trust Our ExperienceLed by Attorney Billy Johnson, our team knows the people of Eastern Kentucky. Billy grew up in this area, where he learned from his parents the importance of attacking challenges head-on and always striving to persevere. As a result, when he founded our law firm, he worked to place those values at the forefront of everything we do when we are serving clients. Our Kentucky hit-and-run lawyer follows several important guidelines to provide the best possible service for you, including:
- We welcome our clients to visit or call us at any time.
- We take whatever time is necessary to answer your questions.
- We attempt to provide a personal touch to every case.
- We seek to work with you as a team, ensuring we are on the same page.
- We track down experts whenever needed to strengthen your case.
- We provide advice on how we should proceed, but you always have the final say.
Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Lawyers Handle the Challenges of Getting You CompensationA hit-and-run car accident can be devastating for the victims of these crimes. There are two primary problems that victims of hit-and-run drivers commonly encounter.
1. Perpetrators Lack InsuranceAfter an accident, damages are owed for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and even wrongful death expenses if a loved one was killed. However, an uninsured hit-and-run driver creates obstacles to receiving those damages. Even if law enforcement tracks down the hit-and-run driver later, an uninsured driver doesn’t have insurance to pay the damages they owe.
2. A Hit-And-Run Driver Might Not Be ProsecutedEven though a hit and run is a serious crime, chances are only about 50/50 that the driver will be found, arrested, tried for his or her crime, and be found guilty.
Our Hit and Run Lawyer in Kentucky Helps You Face These ChallengesBecause of these challenges, your best bet when you’re a victim of a hit and run driver is to seek compensation through your own insurance company. If you have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM), you at least have an opportunity to seek that compensation. Whether or not your insurer awards you money to pay for all your medical bills and other damages, including wrongful death, depends on the terms of your policy, its coverage limits, and your insurance carrier’s agenda – because not all insurance companies are created equal. If you are not sure how your insurance will handle covering the costs of damages to your vehicle and your medical bills, as well as your lost wages, we can help. Call our experienced team at 606-437-4488 to discuss what legal options you have to ensure that your insurer will pay when an uninsured hit-and-run driver harms you.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Is a Serious Offense in KentuckyIf you or a loved one was a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Kentucky, you should get help from a hit-and-run lawyer. Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver leaves the scene of any vehicle accident. It is a serious offense, because Kentucky traffic laws require anyone involved in a crash or pedestrian accident to remain at the scene. Depending on the circumstances and injuries associated with the accident, the penalties for leaving a crash scene in Kentucky can range from paying a very large fine to spending time in jail or prison, especially if there are injured victims or if the driver was intoxicated. The legal duties of all drivers involved in a car wreck in the state of Kentucky are clearly outlined under Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 189, which states that all drivers “shall immediately stop and ascertain the extent of the injury or damage and render reasonable assistance.” It also states that the vehicle operator “shall give the occupant of the vehicle, person struck, (or law enforcement) if requested, the registration number of their vehicle, and also the names and addresses of the owner, the occupants, and operator.”
Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Lawyer Will Take on the Insurance CompaniesSome insurers are reputable. Hopefully, you have chosen yours wisely to handle your UM/UIM claim. But this is a fact about insurance companies that you need to keep in mind: They are in the business of taking in premiums and paying out as little as they can in claims. None of them like paying out. And many rely on NOT paying claims to stay in business. You might be denied immediately after you file. Or your insurance adjuster might drag his feet, ask you many useless questions, delay their decisions, keep losing paperwork, and eventually offer a settlement that is only a portion of your rightful coverage. All these are signs they aren’t willingly paying you the compensation that is rightly yours, even though you’ve paid for it every month. This is when you need a seasoned injury lawyer to help you recover every rightful penny you are owed by your insurer or by the insurance company of the hit-and-run driver, if law enforcement has been successful in tracking him down.
Types of Damages Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Lawyer Can Try to Help You Receive
Compensatory DamagesThese damages compensate you for your losses, both economic and non-economic. Economic damages are for specific monetary losses and costs due to the accident, such as:
- Medical and rehabilitative expenses
- Expected future medical expenses
- Lost wages from being unable to work and expected future lost wages
- Funeral and burial expenses, if a death is involved
- Property damaged in the accident.
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Loss of companionship, household services, and quality of life.
Punitive DamagesPunitive damages are meant to punish and make an example of a defendant because of their wrongdoing and recklessness. There may also be other options we can pursue for you. In some cases, we may be able go beyond insurance and file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
Reach Out to Our Kentucky Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyer TodayAfter a hit-and-run car accident, it is natural to feel overwhelmed with all you have to deal with. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries from a hit-and-run driver, let us do the work of investigating your case, tracking down the at-fault driver, negotiating with insurance companies, and taking your case to court, if necessary. Call our Kentucky hit-and-run lawyer at the Billy Johnson Law Firm today for a free case evaluation at 606-437-4488.
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