A car crash is an overwhelming, often frustrating, event. You may be financially, physically and emotionally burdened as a result of the accident. Experienced Louisville attorney Karl Truman is ready to answer all your questions and stand at your side, fighting for maximum compensation on your behalf. Our law firm serves people from across the region, including Jeffersonville and the surrounding cities. For a free case evaluation, please call the Karl Truman Law Office at (502) 222-2222.
- What to do After a Car Accident
- Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Texting and Driving
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Common Injuries Resulting from a Crash
- When a Motor Vehicle Defect Causes a Crash
- Receive a Free Car Accident Consultation
What to do After a Car Accident
The steps you take in the immediate aftermath of the collision can have a direct impact on your ability to seek fair compensation for your damages. Here are some of the things you should do, if you can do so safely at the accident scene:
- Assess yourself and any passengers for injuries
- Call 911 or contact local police and let them know whether emergency medical responders are required
- Consent to a medical evaluation, even if you do not show obvious signs of injury – some injuries are not immediately obvious
- Cooperate with police and answer their questions honestly. Do not admit fault for the accident
- Gather the names, contact information and vehicle information of other drivers involved in the accident
- Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses
- Record information about the circumstances in which the collision occurred
- Take photos or video of resulting injuries and property damage
- Contact your insurance company. Do not admit fault for the accident or sign any documentation
Contacting our attorneys is one of the most important things you can do. Our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers have helped numerous accident victims and their families recover maximum compensation in their claims.
In just about all scenarios, you should discuss your accident with our attorneys before making a statement to your insurance company or signing an insurance settlement offer. As a result of your injuries, you may need ongoing medical care. Preliminary insurance company settlements are often inadequate when it comes to meeting your actual needs.
Mr. Truman has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies on behalf of his clients. He knows how insurance adjusters work and common tactics they utilize to resolve your claim quickly and in their favor.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Some of the factors that may have contributed to your accident are:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving and other cell phone use
- Driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Failing to yield
- Following too closely
- Defective vehicle parts or design
- Defective roadways
- Reckless driving
- Poor weather conditions
When you are involved in a car crash, it's important not to admit fault. You should also not apologize, which has the potential to imply you are at fault. After an accident, it is usually unclear who caused it, and you should wait for the police to arrive and create an accident report.
Our attorneys can work to determine the cause of your car accident and who is responsible for it. In these types of cases, at-fault parties commonly include:
- Careless, drunk or intoxicated drivers
- Designers or manufacturers of defective autos or automobile parts
- Engineers or designers of defective roads
- Employers of undertrained or underqualified commercial drivers
- Doctors who failed to warn of the side effects of certain prescription drugs or certain medical procedures
We will work to determine if negligence played a role in the cause of your accident, and who should be held accountable for that negligence. Regardless of the exact cause, if your car wreck was ultimately brought about by someone else's negligence, then you deserve adequate compensation to help you make your life whole again.
Distracted Driving Accidents
With the everyday, routine nature of driving, it can be easy to become less attentive and less careful while you drive. But in order to avoid car accidents as best you can, it is important to stay attentive and focused every time you get behind the wheel.
Distracted driving has become more common than perhaps ever before, especially with the widespread use of cell phones and other electronic devices.
Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is considered a driver distraction. Although cell phones and other electronic devices are frequently associated with distracted driving, there are actually many ways your attention can be pulled away from driving. Car accidents can be caused by the following driver distractions:
- Using a cell phone
- Reading a map
- Viewing a map on a GPS or smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching for something on the floor or another seat
- Emotional or intense conversations with passengers
- Adjusting audio controls
- Personal grooming
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9 people are killed in US car crashes every day. Additionally, the US Department of Transportation reports that texting while driving is the most alarming because it distracts in multiple ways: mentally, visually and manually.
When a driver becomes distracted, there is a chance an accident will be caused as a result of:
- Taking your eyes off the road
- Taking your hand or hands off the wheel
- Taking your mind and attention away from the task of driving
- Taking your eyes, hands and mind away from the task of driving
Pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers are vulnerable to accidents caused by inattentive drivers. If you think your accident and resulting injury may have been caused by a distracted driver, then you may have a case to pursue compensation for your injury.
Texting and Driving
Like most motor vehicle accidents, collisions caused by texting while driving are entirely preventable. Research indicates that texting while behind the wheel impairs a driver’s ability to react similar to that of driving while drunk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers are 23 times more likely to crash when texting while driving. Data cited by the NHTSA shows that texting diverts a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds per text; at 55 mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded.
Both Kentucky and Indiana have a ban on texting for all drivers. Both states also ban novice drivers from using cell phones.
Drunk Driving Accidents
In Indiana and Kentucky, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. Car accidents can be serious and, in some of the most tragic circumstances, deadly. When an intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel, he or she is not only putting their own lives at risk, but the lives and wellbeing of all the other drivers on the road.
Car accidents can lead to a lifetime of difficulty, disability, pain and mental anguish. In the event of the death of a loved one caused by a drunk driver, we know no amount of compensation can undo the harm that has befallen you and your family, but compensation can help you hold the drunk driver accountable and pay for the financial burdens caused by the accident.
In certain cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. Punitive damages refers to money above and beyond compensatory damages, and it is designed to punish the wrongdoer and to deter future drunk driving behavior. Ask our attorneys whether punitive damages may be a possibility in your case.
Common Injuries Resulting from a Crash
Whiplash, which occurs when impact causes the head to snap beyond its normal range of motion, is the most commonly reported injury in car accidents. Although the effects of whiplash are usually temporary, it is generally accompanied by pain and limited mobility, and it may require chiropractic care.
Whiplash and other types of musculoskeletal damage may require time away from work and rehabilitative care. Broken or fractured bones may also temporarily impair your ability to work and result in the need for expensive follow-up care.
All too often, car accidents result in catastrophic injuries. These injuries can force life-altering changes on victims and their families and require lifelong medical attention. Common catastrophic injuries in car accidents include:
These injuries can leave families facing physical, emotional and monetary burdens. Our compassionate attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the financial security car accident victims and their families need to move forward with their lives.
When a Motor Vehicle Defect Causes a Crash
Some car accidents are due to another form of negligence: motor vehicle defects or faulty components. Lawsuits related to product liability issues are generally based on one of two factors:
- That the vehicle’s design made it unreasonably unsafe, such as older-model sports utility vehicles (SUVs) that were prone to rollover accidents
- That the manufacture of the vehicle or vehicle components was flawed, or the vehicle or part reached consumers with another defect that made it dangerous
Defective passenger vehicles and faulty vehicle parts contribute to thousands of car accidents and injuries every year, despite the safeguards of agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which administers the safety investigations and recalls of millions of defective vehicles and vehicle components annually.
Motor vehicle defects and faulty components that are often the subject of manufacturer recalls and car accident injury claims include but are not limited to:
- Fuel systems
- Steering systems
Our law firm has the experience to determine if a manufacturer is responsible for a vehicle defect that led to your car crash.
Receive a Free Car Accident Consultation
In Louisville and Jeffersonville, our experienced car accident lawyers are passionate about recovering maximum compensation on behalf of injury victims. For your free case evaluation, please call (502) 222-2222.
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