Over 6 million car wrecks happen each year, causing over 3 million people to be injured nationwide. In 2020 alone, Kentucky saw nearly 120,000 car wrecks, leaving over 29,000 people injured. These collisions happen because other drivers are distracted, under the influence, or were driving in an unsafe manner putting others at risk. Although a crash may be unintended, it does not mean someone was not negligent and at fault. Even still, through no fault of their own, the safest drivers can become victims when they cross paths with an inattentive driver.
The Kentucky State Police’s 2020 Collision Report found that 40,870 car crashes occurred because of driver inattention. Another 4,978 wrecks were alcohol-related resulting in over 2,700 injuries with 1,873 wrecks stemming from drug involvement. Speeding, weaving in traffic, and following too closely were dangerous actions that caused another 6,879 crashes. The results can leave life changing injuries for victims. Large medical bills, loss of income, and undue stress and burdens become the reality the victims and their families must face.
Everyone has the duty and responsibility to drive in a manner that keeps all people safe. When a driver breaches this duty and injuries another, the law requires them to be responsible for the injuries they cause. However, Kentucky has a threshold where medical bills must be over $1,000 or there is a broken bone, permanent disfigurement, permanent injury or death. One of these things must be present in order for the at-fault driver to be responsible. Typically, a lawsuit must be brought within two years of the wreck, with some exceptions.
Injured victims should always seek immediate medical attention from a qualified medical professional. Next, it is important to reach out to a tried-and-true injury law firm with a proven track record in auto injury cases. Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers understands how difficult a car wreck can be on the injured and their families. Our attorneys and professionals are prepared to adamantly protect your rights with dedicated expertise and communication from the beginning to the end.
Drivers are often liable if they hit a pedestrian at a roundabout or traffic circle, but sometimes another party shares liability for the accident or (in rare cases) is entirely responsible. By working with experienced pedestrian accident attorneys, pedestrian collision survivors can often secure significant compensation for their losses. Roundabouts and Traffic Circles in Kentucky
When a truck blows a tire, debris can scatter across the road as the truck driver struggles to maintain control. For drivers of nearby, smaller vehicles, these twin hazards frequently lead to secondary accidents that can inflict severe and even fatal injuries. Survivors of such accidents need to know that the law provides them with
Sideswipes are one of the most commonly overlooked types of car accidents on the road. People often assume these are minor accidents and result in only minimal damage. The truth is that sideswipe accidents can have potentially tragic outcomes, changing a person’s life forever. That’s why it’s crucial to understand who is typically at fault
A recent US News and World Report study looked at the number of fatal accidents per capita in the 50 largest U.S. cities from 2016 to 2020. The study also looked at the average fatality rate per mile, the number of DUI arrests per capita, and auto thefts. Of the 50 cities, Louisville ranked fourth.
Lane splitting, lane filtering, lane sharing, and shoulder surfing are motorcycle maneuvers that fall under a state’s traffic code. Many states prohibit lane splitting. California is the only state where it is legal, although Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington are considering legalizing the practice. Using such maneuvers anywhere will likely result in an accident.
Drivers who run red lights are frequently at fault in the auto accidents they’re involved in, but not always. Failing to stop at a red light is dangerous and usually violates traffic laws. But many other factors can also contribute to the cause of a crash at a red light. It often takes a skilled