If you suffered an injury in a car accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver. You can demand payment for all of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Not all injury claims will be successful, however. An injured person must prove that the other driver was liable for the accident, which can sometimes be difficult to prove without a skilled personal injury lawyer. If you desire to hold an at-fault driver accountable for their negligent actions, contact a Simpsonville car accident lawyer today.
You must prove that the other driver was at least negligent in order to establish liability in a car accident claim. To do this, it is necessary to gather evidence supporting your claim. Evidence can include witness statements, photographs taken at the scene, surveillance video from nearby businesses that caught the accident on video, dashboard camera video from one of the vehicles involved or near the accident, or black box data downloaded from the vehicle(s) involved. Oftentimes it is necessary to obtain a expert such as an accident reconstructionist to prove liability in a car accident case.
Kentucky is know as a pure comparative negligence state. This means that an injury victim in Kentucky can still recover for their damages even if they are partially at fault for the car accident which caused their damages, so long as they are not determined to be 100% at fault. However, an injury victim’s share of fault diminishes any other at-fault party’s liability.
For example, if an injury victim is determined to be 10% liable for a car accident and the other driver is determined to be 90% at fault for the car accident, the injury victim would be entitled to recover 90% of their damages from the at fault driver’s insurer. Many insurance companies rely on this law to try to limit or complete erase their insured’s liability in car accident cases. An auto accident attorney in Simpsonville could use their understanding of pure comparative negligence laws to help an injury victim maximize their recovery from the other driver’s insurance company.
The type and extent of injury you suffer in a car accident will directly impact the value of your case. Some of the most common car accident cases our legal team have handled invovle the following injuries.
Whiplash is maybe the most common car accident injury. Whiplash is a common name for muscle, ligament and tendon injuries that cause neck pain. Even speeds as low as 15 miles per hour can causing whiplash. Whiplash can even cause more severe damage to the neck and back, including herniated or bulging discs, and the severity of injuries often depend on the victim’s prior health history.
Back injuries are also a very common injury in a car accident. The human body and spine are not meant to take on heavy impacts. Back injuries are often delayed in showing up after an accident. Back injuries can oftentimes be the most costly injuries to treat because it is often necessary to go through extensive rehabilitation, surgery, and years of pain management.
Concussions are very commonly sustained in car accidents. Oftentimes in car accidents a victim may sustain a blow to the head by hitting it on the steering wheel, dashboard, air bag, or window of the vehicle. Car accidents are also a leading cause of Traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBI occurs when the brain is damaged by a blow to the head.
Many car accident victims suffer scrapes, bruises and lacerations as a result of a car accident. Facial bruises, lacerations, or scarring can be caused by broken glass or by impact with the steering wheel or another part within the interior of the vehicle.
Broken arms, legs, wrists, ribs, and ankles are frequently sustained in car accidents. It is also possible to suffer a broken pelvis. Fractures to the face/skull, back, neck, and other body parts are also possible.
Common shoulder injuries sustained in car accidents include a torn rotator cuff or impingement or tears of different shoulder ligaments. Shoulder injuries can be the result from the force absorption after bracing the hands against the steering wheel or dashboard. The shoulder locks into position and takes excessive force due to the impact of the collision.
Knees are often injured in car collisions when the knee is smashed into any part of the interior of the vehicle. A ligament in the knee can tear if the knee gets twisted or turned abruptly due to the crash. Knee bruising or fractures are also possible.
Broken wrists are common in car crashes. Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery may be necessary.
Feet, ankle and toe strains, sprains and fractures can occur in car crashes. In severe cases, a foot or toe may even be severed.
Any body party can be crushed in an accident if it gets caught between two objects being pushed together due to a car collision accident. This can cause severe injuries to organs, muscles or bones.
In the most unfortunate cases, the occupant of a vehicle or a pedestrian is killed as a result of a car accident.
Even what you may perceive as a minor car accident has the potential to forever change your life. Many injuries may not become apparent for many days following a car accident. An at-fault driver’s insurance company should always be held accountable to pay for your damages. However, this only happens if you can build a strong case against the negligent or reckless driver.
A Simpsonville car accident lawyer can work to gather essential evidence and use that evidence to build a strong case against an at-fault driver, while demanding fair compensation for your injuries. There is a limited time to pursue your car accident case, so don’t wait. Call Attorney Tate Meagher today for your free legal consultation.