No one plans for a car accident, but when they happen, you can find your life turned upside down, often through no fault of your own. An Ashland car accident lawyer with Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help you get your life back on track. If a reckless driver or other negligent party caused your crash, we could help you secure the compensation you need to take care of yourself and your family.
Thousands of Kentucky Residents Sustain Car Accident Injuries Every Year
In Boyd County, 317 people were injured in car crashes in 2019, according to the Kentucky State Police. Statewide, about 1 in 33 Kentucky residents suffered a crash injury that year. Vehicle accident injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious and even fatal injuries, including:
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Severe cuts and bruising (road rash)
- Torn or damaged tendons or ligaments
- Spinal injuries
- Broken arms and legs
- Broken ribs
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Facial injuries
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If You Did Not Cause Your Accident, You Should Not Get Stuck With Treatment Costs
Drivers who do not exercise caution and fail to obey road rules should be responsible for the accidents they cause. If you or a loved one suffered a car accident injury, our attorneys could help you seek compensation from the at-fault driver. This may include the cost of:
- Medical transportation
- Emergency room treatment
- X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Mobility aids
- Long-term care services
- Medical travel expenses
- Any other past or future accident-related medical care
How Will Personal Injury Protection Affect Your Case?
Kentucky requires that drivers carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This policy covers your medical bills, no matter who caused your accident. However, if you turn to PIP for your medical expenses, you cannot seek compensation from another party unless you meet the commonwealth’s statutory threshold.
According to Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-060, you can file an insurance claim or lawsuit against another party for your damages if your medical expenses exceed $1,000 or the accident results in:
- A broken bone
- Loss of a body part
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of bodily function
- A permanent, disabling injury
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What Other Damages Can You Seek With a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?
While PIP claims only cover medical expenses, a liability claim or lawsuit against another party may include other damages, such as:
- Wage compensation – If you cannot work because of your accident injury, you could seek awards for your lost wages. However, Kentucky caps wage awards at $200 per week, according to Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-130.
- Property damages – Personal property compensation may include awards for repairing or replacing your vehicle or any other damaged or destroyed property, such as laptops, cell phones, or jewelry.
- Household services – If your injuries prevent you from doing day-to-day tasks, you can seek compensation for hiring assistance with household services, such as childcare, cleaning, laundry, and transportation.
- Pain and suffering – These damages award victims for their physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish. Compensation may include awards for loss of enjoyment of life, paralysis, anxiety, chronic pain, and depression.
- Wrongful death compensation – If your loved one sustained a fatal injury, you could seek awards for their wrongful death. A representative of the deceased’s estate can seek compensation for your loved one’s surviving spouse, children, or parents. Damages may include medical expenses, burial and funeral costs, and surviving family members’ pain and suffering.
Who Is Responsible for Your Injuries?
You will have to show that a negligent party caused your accident to win your case. Most often, this is another driver. Examples of driver negligence include,
- Speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions
- Distracted driving, such as texting, eating, or grooming while behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless or aggressive driving (road rage)
- Running traffic lights or stop signs
- Driving in the wrong lane or failing to maintain lane position
- Following too closely
- Making an improper turn
Sometimes accidents result from road conditions or vehicle problems. You may have a case against a carmaker, auto parts manufacturer, or government or private roadway owner if one of the following contributed to your collision:
- Engine problems
- Faulty brakes
- Defective tires
- Undeployed airbags
- Inadequate lighting
- Dangerous intersections
- Obstructed or broken traffic lights or signs
- Poor road design
We Will Help You Build Your Case
Our car accident attorneys will help you collect evidence and build a robust case proving another party caused your Ashland crash and should pay for your damages. We will:
- Obtain available photographs and video of your accident and the crash site
- Locate and interview eyewitnesses
- Obtain your medical bills and records
- Enlist the help of medical professionals and crash reconstructionists
- File your insurance claim or lawsuit
- Handle calls, emails, and questions from the insurance company
- Fight for a fair settlement or verdict
- Represent you at trial if needed
Do Not Wait Too Long To Get Started
Make sure you start on your case within the time frame set by Kentucky’s statute of limitations. According to Ky. Rev. Stat. § 304.39-230(6), you generally have two years from your injury to file a car accident lawsuit. The statute also allows a two-year window for filing a wrongful death action. While these laws do not apply to insurance claims, an expired deadline can hurt your chance of securing a settlement.
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At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have more than 400 years of combined legal experience. Our case victories include more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for injury victims just like you.
We help people from all walks of life. We do not want financial strain or a language barrier to stand in the way of seeking justice. We take cases on contingency and have Spanish-speaking attorneys and paralegals on our team. To learn more about working with our Ashland lawyers, call 1-800-800-8888 for your no-cost car accident case review.