Despite the fact that auto accidents are a daily occurrence, most Kentuckians don't expect to be involved in an accident when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Sadly, more than 160,000 auto accidents are reported to law enforcement agencies in the state each year, according to the Kentucky State Police (KSP). While not all of these accidents are serious, many are, resulting in injuries, property damages, and even deaths.
If you were seriously injured in an auto accident in Kentucky, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and related losses. Here's what you need to know if you're considering taking legal action after being hurt in a car accident.
Common Types of Kentucky Car Accidents
While representing personal injury clients in cities all throughout Kentucky, our attorneys have seen just about every kind of auto accident case there is. Some of the most common types of accidents cases we've encountered include:
- Rear-end crashes. The single most common type of car accident in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end collisions are often caused by speeding, distracted driving, and following the vehicle in front of you too closely. As the name suggests, a rear-end crash occurs when the front end of one vehicle hits the back end of the vehicle in front of it.
- T-bone accidents. Also known as broadside or side-impact collisions, T-bone accidents occur when the front end of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. These accidents are extremely common at intersections.
- Head-on collisions. Frontal-impact accidents are often fatal. When two vehicles traveling in opposite directions at similar speeds collide head-on, the resulting force is just like hitting a wall at that speed.
- Rollovers. When a vehicle rolls over onto its side or top, the resulting injuries to the driver and passengers can be devastating or even deadly. Vehicles with higher centers of gravity are particularly prone to rollover accidents.
- DUI accidents. Despite decades of campaigns against drunk driving, some drivers still choose to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks too many. These accidents often cause serious injuries to innocent drivers and passengers and, when they do, Kentucky law gives victims the ability to seek compensation.
Auto Accident Causes
Car accidents can have a number of causes and contributing factors. Some of the negligence-related accident causes our attorneys see most frequently include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
Injuries Associated With Car Accidents
Auto accident injuries can range from minor to severe, debilitating, disabling, or even deadly depending on the circumstances of the accident. Common auto accident injuries include:
- Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Head or brain injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Shoulder or neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in varying degrees of paralysis that may be temporary or permanent
- Dental and facial injuries
- Lost limbs or amputations
- Psychological injuries
Filing a Lawsuit to Seek Compensation
Kentucky auto accident victims have just one year from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their crash-related injuries and losses. Victims can pursue a financial award for economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more
Consult Our Experienced Kentucky Auto Accident Attorneys
If you were hurt in a Kentucky car accident caused by someone else's negligence, our attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.