Louisville Car Accident Lawyers
Of the many types of accidents people can be involved in and the many different ways people can be injured, car accidents are by far one of the most prevalent and devastating. Being involved in a car accident can have serious consequences for both an individual and their family. The immediate effects of the accident, ranging from physical trauma to costly medical care, can be extremely difficult to handle. However, the long-term consequences, which may include a loss of income as a result of time spent away from work, emotional trauma, and even permanent disability, can also be extremely traumatic.
Car accident injuries can vary significantly in terms of severity, from minor cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage, but whenever someone else was at fault for the accident, whether due to their reckless driving, a car malfunction, or other causes, injury victims may be entitled to seek compensation. At the Sampson Law Firm, our attorneys in Louisville believe that people in this situation deserve justice for the undue harm they have suffered and compensation for the undue losses they have sustained. We protect your rights, not insurance companies, in personal injury cases. Statistics show that car accidents are by far one of the most prevalent and devastating of all accident cases, and if someone else was at fault for the accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation. A personal injury attorney at the Sampson Law Firm will be able to review the details of your case and guide you through the legal process.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury, contact the Sampson Law Firm for a consultation with a personal injury attorney. When someone is injured by another person or loses a loved one, our Louisville car accident attorneys can fight for the financial compensation that they need and deserve. If you or your family is struggling after a major auto accident or personal loss, call (502) 584-5050 to find out how we can help.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
After a serious injury, you may have many questions. How can I pay my medical bills? Who is responsible for the damages? How long will I be out of work? Do I need to hire an attorney?
As an injured victim, you may be legally entitled to compensation that can cover some or all of the cost that you incurred during the accident. However, it is unlikely that you can get this fair compensation without a lawyer to represent you. On average, people who have an attorney get three times the amount others who attempt to settle on their own get. Let our firm handle all your paperwork, phone calls with the insurance company, and negotiation so that you can physically recover from your injuries fully.
Why Choose Sampson Law Firm to Handle My Case?
If you need an attorney in Louisville, you have quite a selection of other firms to work with. However, choosing the right attorney can determine the outcome of your case. The Sampson Law Firm has a track record of experience and longevity, with nearly 20 years in the Louisville community. Our firm has the experience necessary to handle complex personal injury cases while obtaining maximum compensation for our clients. We work with experts and medical professionals to get the best possible results for our clients.
Since 1997, the Sampson Law Firm in Louisville has been devoting their time to protecting the rights of injured individuals. Over the years, we have built an active practice and reputation in the Louisville and legal communities for being able to litigate difficult cases aggressively. The Kentucky Trial Court Review has consistently listed Jeffrey T. Sampson among its “Most Prolific Trial Attorneys in Kentucky” over the past decade. The Sampson Law Firm has been a part of the Louisville community for over 20 years. The people we represent are not just our clients—they are our friends and neighbors. We will fight to protect your rights if you’ve suffered injuries in auto, truck, or motorcycle accident.
Car Accidents and Related Issues
Not only can car accidents happen as a result of various causes, but they can also result in a number of different injuries and complications for those affected by the accident. Keeping that in mind, you should reach out to a lawyer if you or someone you love was injured in any accident that was caused by any of the following forms of negligence or recklessness.
If there is a single expectation that we should be able to have of other drivers, it should be that they will take every reasonable precaution to avoid causing an accident. Nonetheless, there are drivers out there who are so completely unaware of themselves and their surroundings that they end up causing serious accidents that should have been avoidable. That being said, drivers who do anything else to cause an otherwise preventable accident—like looking at their phone instead of the road—can usually be held financially liable for the accidents that they cause.
When drivers operate their vehicles so recklessly that they actually cause accidents, victims have every right to pursue compensation from the party that is responsible for their unnecessary pain and suffering. While it may not be universally true, reckless driving is often indicative of some other issue, like intoxication or fatigue. Whatever circumstances the responsible party may or may not have been dealing with at the time of the accident, we can evaluate your claim and collect any evidence that is available to help demonstrate that the driver was acting recklessly at the time of the accident.
The speed limits that have been set up around the city are intended to help mitigate the likelihood of certain accidents on the roadway. Aside from the fact that drivers who speed have less overall control of their vehicle, they also have more difficulty with suddenly slowing down. Obviously, these problems are only made worse when drivers speed through roadways that are as congested as any of the interstate corridors that run through downtown Louisville can be during peak traffic hours. In any event, we can use the police report, any eyewitness accounts of the accident, and any assessment made by your insurer to demonstrate that your accident was caused by a driver travelling at an excessive speed.
As much effort as the police department makes to pull drunk drivers off the road before they can cause an accident, the fact remains that drunk drivers continue to cause serious accidents with disturbing regularity in Louisville. Sadly, these accidents can be particularly dangerous because of the circumstances under which they occur—for instance, many accidents are caused in part by excessive speed, running stoplights and stop signs, and reckless behavior that can be difficult for victims to anticipate prior to the accident.
When a driver attempts to flee the scene of an accident that he or she caused, and thereby escape responsibility for the accident as well, they usually can be held liable for their actions in both criminal and civil courts. Though the criminal case against the driver who hit you will be out of your hands, you will still have the opportunity to pursue financial compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced as the result of the accident.
Drivers who are so careless or reckless that they actually hit a cyclist or pedestrian can and should be held liable for their actions. As important as it will be for you to pursue compensation that will offset the costs of your recovery, your claim can also be used as a statement against the kind of poorly conceived ideas concerning the rights of cyclists and pedestrians that sometimes contribute to accidents like these.
The last thing that you need to be doing after an accident is haggling with an insurance company that is refusing to honor their obligation to compensate you for the accident. That being said, you should reach out to a lawyer if your insurer or the insurer of the party responsible for the accident has not been treating you fairly in your time of need. In particular, it will be important for you to have legal representation if an insurer is pressuring you to accept a quick, unfair settlement or if they are attempting to claim that you are not covered under the policy.
As stressful as the aftermath of an accident can be in its own right, the discovery that the driver who hit you is uninsured can be almost too much to bear. Though you may have an insurance policy that is specifically intended to cover you in situations like this, there is a good chance that even the compensation you recover from your own insurer may not be enough to cover all of the costs that will come to be associated with your accident. Bearing that in mind, it may be necessary for you to pursue additional compensation through a civil claim against the person who hit you.
Victims of rear-end collisions often sustain serious whiplash injuries that will necessitate long-term medical attention, even if the accident occurs at relatively low speeds. So, whether your accident was caused by someone who was tailgating you on I-65 or someone backed into you in your local grocery store’s parking lot, there is a good chance that you will be eligible to pursue financial compensation for the accident if you or someone you love sustained whiplash injuries.
Few things are as devastating as losing a loved one before his or her time. If your loved one was killed in a car accident that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person, you have every right to be angry and, more importantly, to hold that person accountable for your loss. Though we will pursue compensation for your tragic loss, these claims can also be used as a valuable way to bring attention to the issue that caused your loved one’s death and hopefully help prevent accidents like this in the future.
Though federal regulators have begun to take a more aggressive stance toward the companies that are responsible for car defects and malfunctions, the fact remains that serious manufacturing and design defects continue to cause serious harm to motorists in this country. Bearing that in mind, our firm has the experience and the resources that will be necessary to take on any company that is found to bear responsibility for the design or manufacturing defect that caused your injuries. If your accident was caused by a design defect, your claim may help bring a more widespread issue to light and, as a consequence, help to prevent future accidents and injuries.
While every municipality in the greater Louisville area is generally responsible for the safety of the roadways that fall within their respective boundaries, interstates like I-64, I-65, I-71, and I-264 usually fall under the care of the state, unless their maintenance has been sub-contracted to another agency or group. For instance, construction companies are typically liable for the care of roadways that fall within their construction zones. In any event, our attorneys will be able to help you determine who may be held liable for your accident if it was caused by a highway defect.
No one should have to pay for the consequences of a car accident that they did nothing to cause. Fortunately, with the help of a compassionate and skilled attorney, many victims do not have to.
What to Do After a Collision in Kentucky
No matter how careful you are behind the wheel, it is entirely possible that you’ll be involved in a car accident at some point in your life. The moments immediately following a collision are naturally very stressful, nonetheless, it is important to understand what steps you should take to protect your physical health as well as your legal standing. If you are ever involved in a car accident take the following steps:
- Stop at the Crash Scene, Call 911 – Get to a safe place and call 911. When you speak to the dispatcher they will need to know your location, whether or not anyone has been injured, and a general description of the scene. The severity of injuries can range, so be as clear as possible about any injuries. These details will give first responders a decent idea of what to expect and whether or not they should send an ambulance to the scene.
- Render Assistance – If someone involved in the accident is injured, Kentucky Revised Statutes § 189.580 (1) (a) requires you to render reasonable assistance in the form of seeking medical help for them. This often includes calling for emergency medical services.
- Exchange information – If you are able Kentucky Revised Statutes § 189.580 (1) requires parties involved in an accident to exchange the following information: name, address, car registration number, and your driver’s license if asked.
- Report the Accident – If the police have called on the scene of your accident you are exempt from reporting your collision. However, if the police did not come to the scene of your accident and the accident resulted in damages worth $500 or more, you have ten days to report the collision to the Department of Kentucky State Police. If you decide to file an injury claim, your lawyer will inevitably try to recover this document. In addition to your lawyer, your insurer, guardians of a minor, and you can recover this report
- Collect Evidence – If you are able, take pictures or videos of the scene of the collision. Depending on the specific situation, visual evidence of the damage from different angles can prove that the other driver was at fault. Additionally, if there are any witnesses willing to share their contact information, your lawyer can reach out to them for their perspective on the events surrounding the collision.
- Report Your Accident to Your Insurer – Kentucky has what’s called a no-fault car insurance system, which means that if you are involved in an accident, no matter who is responsible, your own car insurance will cover the cost of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and out-of-pocket costs. Because each auto insurance policy has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage in Kentucky, each person involved is covered for up to $10,000.
- Hire a Lawyer – Your car insurance does not cover pain and suffering or property damages. If you are seriously injured and have incurred incredible expense as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need more financial coverage than what your insurance company is able to provide. Get in touch with a lawyer to make sure that you recover compensation for your losses.
Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents
At the Sampson Law Firm, our Louisville legal team understands how difficult it can be to find the answers to your questions on your own, so we have put together the following collection of frequently asked questions. If your question is not here or would like to speak with our staff, please contact us today at (502) 584-5050 to find out how we can assist you.
How long will my case take?
There is no set amount of time for any one case. There are many factors that can contribute to the length of a case, such as finding legal representation, contesting your claim, conducting research for the court, acquiring funds for court costs, and more. Your case could take only a few weeks or months, or it could take longer depending on your circumstances.
How much compensation can I expect to receive?
Individual compensation amounts are difficult to estimate. Since every case is unique to the injuries and harm that a person has suffered, the compensation that they should seek and could potentially receive will vary. The compensation that you will obtain if you win the case, will be based on medical bills, future expenses, and other factors. It is best to discuss potential compensation with your attorney.
What questions should I ask an attorney I’m thinking about hiring?
Some questions that you might consider asking include: 1) Have you been successful in cases that are like mine? How many? 2) Do your fees ever change, and what exactly do they include? 3) What is the best way to reach you if I have questions?
Car Accident Statistics for Kentucky
The 2017 Kentucky Traffic Collison Facts prepared by the Kentucky Transportation Center gives an overview of traffic accidents both in 2017 compared to years prior. According to the collected data, from 2016 to 2017 there was a 6.2% decrease in fatal collisions from 834 deaths to 782 deaths. Though a reduction in deaths can be seen as a positive development, statewide 2016 saw the highest recorded fatalities since 2007, wherein 864 were killed.
According to the data, men at every age are at a higher risk of being involved in fatal collisions than women. While all types of collisions can result in serious injuries to those involved, the most dangerous accidents occur when two vehicles strike one another. In 2017, 91,135 collisions between multiple cars occurred, leaving 1,506 victims with serious injuries.
The second-most common type of accident is collisions with a fixed object such as a parked car or a structure. These fixed-object collisions are responsible for 24,047 accidents and 844 serious injuries in 2017.
Among all of the interstates and parkways in Kentucky, the roadway that proved most fatal is I-64. Although more people suffered fatal injuries on I-64, the lion’s share of collisions occurred on I-75, followed by I-65.
Among the many behavioral factors contributing to serious collisions in Kentucky, driver inattention is the largest threat. Cell phone use while driving is a widespread issue across the United States and Kentucky is no exception. While drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from talking on their phone while driving, drivers over age 18 will not receive a ticket for the same behavior. However, texting while driving will earn all drivers, no matter their age, a ticket.
Talk to a Car Accident Attorney in Louisville
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, getting the compensation from the party responsible for the accident is often critical when it comes to dealing with medical bills and other costs brought on by the accident. Our Louisville car accident attorneys at the Sampson Law Firm can help you explore your options in these circumstances and possibly help you pursue compensation. Call us today at (502) 584-5050 to schedule a consultation.