Debilitating injuries, missing work, and piling medical expenses are often the result of a car accident. If you or a loved one is facing these hardships, you need someone who can help you get back on your feet. A Bardstown car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices may be able to assist you with your claim. We understand how much you’re going through and how you may be unsure of what steps to take next. With our attorneys at your side, you can rest assured that we’ll protect your best interests and fight for you to recover full and fair compensation.
Car accidents are typically preventable, meaning that had the other party not acted negligently, you would not have sustained your injuries. Let’s take a look into some examples of negligence and how they cause auto collisions.
When Negligence Leads to Car Collisions
Severe auto wrecks only take seconds to occur. One negligent driver puts everyone around them at risk. Our lawyers have assisted many people who were victims of negligence. Some of the common ways drivers can be negligent include:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
Anything that takes a driver’s attention from the road is a distraction. Many drivers may try to accomplish other tasks while operating a vehicle. Eating, applying makeup or flossing, and texting are actions drivers may try to do when they should have two hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
When drivers are late or in a hurry, they may ignore the posted speed limit. They have less time to react to situations on the road. Drivers need to remember the speed limit is set for a reason. If the road has sharp curves or blind turns, going slower will allow the driver to remain in control of the vehicle and have time to notice oncoming traffic.
Drunk driving is a major problem in the U.S. In Kentucky, drunk driving took 2,041 lives between 2003-2012. An impaired driver has less awareness, poor decision making and motor skills, and is likely to veer out of their lane, where they could collide with other motorists, people on sidewalks, and fixed objects like telephone poles.
Bardstown Car Accidents
In Bardstown in 2017, there were three fatal accidents. In total, 6 people lost their lives in car crashes, one of which happened because of drunk driving.
Unfortunately, there have been more accidents since then. In 2019, a Bardstown man was driving when he lost control of his vehicle. It went off-road, hit a fixed object, and the vehicle ended up in a creek. It’s unknown, however, if the driver died because of the accident or other health conditions.
Another accident involved two vehicles, resulting in two fatalities and injured five. A minivan attempted to make a left turn on New Haven Road into a driveway but crashed into an SUV. Two passengers in the minivan died at the scene.
While different reasons caused these accidents, they are common ways wrecks occur. Losing control of a vehicle can happen because of a number of reasons. Speeding, driving too quickly for inclement weather, or not paying attention to the road are ways a driver can lose control. When they look up, they may try to correct the car, but an overcorrection can lead to a car running off the road. Colliding with fixed objects can create serious injuries.
Left-hand turns are risky when there’s oncoming traffic. A driver may not notice a car approaching, or may misjudge the vehicle’s speed and distance from their vehicle. When they make the turn, the oncoming vehicle may not have the time to slow down or stop, which can result in a broadside collision.
Determining Fault in an Accident
Our lawyers have handled myriad car accident cases. We have experience in analyzing the details of what happened and identifying how negligence occurred and how it caused your injuries. When one of our Bardstown car accident attorneys is on your case, we will take the following into consideration:
- Police Reports
- Your Account
- Eyewitness Accounts
- Medical Records
As we gather details from reports, what you say happened, and eyewitnesses, we’ll also investigate the scene of the accident for additional evidence. We’ll use this information to figure out how your accident occurred and who was at fault so we can build your personal injury claim.
Then, we’ll look into how the accident affected you. Your medical records will show us the injuries you sustained as well as what the doctor recommended for treatment. This will also include information on if you had to undergo tests, surgeries, or needed to stay in the hospital. Your treatment plan will show the future care you’ll need as well. You may need to take certain medications, go to physical therapy or other forms of rehabilitation, and this can take a significant amount of time.
While you’re recovering, you may be unable to return to work. Your treatment plan may require you to rest and focus on healing. Missing work can be a major source of stress for those recovering from an auto accident, but our attorneys will find how much time you’ve missed from work and we’ll take this into account when determining your compensation.
Thomas Law Offices Is Here for You
Our lawyers will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve. You should be able to recover in peace. The first step to starting the legal process is giving our office a call. We’ll set up an obligation-free consultation and go over the details of your case. During this meeting, you’re encouraged to ask any questions you have about the process. We’re ready to help you start the path to recovery and move on from the accident.