After an accident involving a self-driving car, it can help to work with a Kentucky self-driving car accidents lawyer from Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers. An attorney can give you a voice through the legal process, making sure your story is heard.
Like it or not, self-driving cars are on the road, and rapid advantages in self-driving technology have left lawmakers struggling to keep up. Our personal injury firm is keeping a close eye on these developments. We’re ready to help our clients with any legal problems concerning self-driving car accidents.
How a Self-Driving Car Accidents Lawyer in Kentucky Can Help You
Because this is a relatively new area and things are moving fast, having help with your accident claim can benefit you. Here’s what a lawyer from our firm can do for you:
- Investigate the incident
- Talk to any witnesses
- Gather witness statements, police accident reports, and any photos or footage of the accident
- Decide on the best legal strategy
- Identify liability for the accident
- Handle all correspondence and negotiations for you
- Keep you informed of developments
Most accident cases don’t go to court. The insurance company will usually settle the case before your claim gets that far. But just because they’re willing to settle doesn’t mean you don’t need a lawyer—insurance companies can be difficult to deal with. Their first offer will probably be significantly lower than you deserve. An attorney will know the difference and can help negotiate a fair settlement.
What Can Your Claim Cover?
Your attorney understands any settlement needs to cover current and future expenses related to your accident. When we present your claim, we include all the following if they apply to your case:
- Medical Expenses. This will include immediate emergency treatment and long-term treatment, care, and therapy.
- Loss of Income. Because you might have to take time off work, you shouldn’t lose out financially.
- Reduced Earning Capacity. Some accidents might cause an injury that affects your ability to work. If your earnings are lower because of this, you can claim this damage.
- Damage to Personal Property. This could include the cost of replacement or repair.
- Pain and Suffering. An accident can cause ongoing physical and mental problems. These should be compensated.
Is There a Time Limit to File?
In Kentucky, there are time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit. In this state, you have two years to file (Ky. Rev. Stat. §304.39-230). This period begins from the time of your accident.
Under certain circumstances, there are exceptions to the rule, but you should assume the two-year period applies.
Do You Have to Pay Legal Fees Upfront?
We work on a contingency basis at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers. This means we take our fee from your settlement or award. We charge you nothing upfront; there are no hidden or extra costs.
After your accident, you have a lot on your plate. Legal expenses shouldn’t stop you from fighting for your compensation. If we don’t win or settle your case, we don’t get paid so there are no financial risks.
What Counts as a Self-Driving Car?
There are degrees of automation that have implications for insurance and, by extension, legal issues regarding accidents. Nowadays, insurance companies and legislators classify vehicles into six groups:
- No automation. Vehicles with no automation at all. The driver is in control of everything.
- Driver assistance. The car helps the driver steer, speed up, and slow down. But the driver does everything else.
- Partial automation. The car is responsible for one or more systems, but the driver does most of the work.
- High automation. The car does everything, but the driver can intervene.
- Full automation. The driver is simply a passenger. The car operates on all roads in all conditions.
It can be tough to decide who is liable for an accident with vehicles like these. Was it the driver? Was it the software, hardware, or the manufacturer? A self-driving car accidents attorney in Kentucky can help you pinpoint where the fault lies.
What Causes These Accidents?
At the moment, a lot of people don’t fully trust self-driving cars. But automated vehicles are usually safer than vehicles that have humans in control. A vast majority of accidents involving automated vehicles come down to human error.
Quick Guide for Self-Driving Car Accident Victims
Here are four things you should do immediately after your accident to help your case.
- Seek medical assistance and call the police. Medical and police reports make compelling evidence. By not receiving medical assistance, you’re at risk of the other party arguing you don’t have injuries or they’re minor. Police reports contain details valuable to your case.
- Get contact details for other drivers and witnesses.
- Take notes about your accident and include as much detail as you can.
- Take photos and videos of the scene — but don’t post them on social media.
Just remember you don’t have to do all these things alone. Your attorney can help you through this and ensure you don’t miss any important steps. In fact, they can handle the entirety of your case while you recover. Your health is a priority.
Get in Touch with Our Office Today
If you’ve had an accident involving a self-driving car in Kentucky, get in touch with us as soon as possible. Our phone line is open 24/7 because accidents can happen at any time.
We offer a free consultation. Take advantage of this and tell us about your accident. We will examine your case and explain your options. It’s also a great chance to ask us any questions. Chatting with Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers puts you under no obligation, so give us a call and let’s get started. A Kentucky self-driving car accidents attorney is ready to go to work for you.