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LOUISVILLE CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS

Auto accidents can be extremely frightening and confusing. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, getting the medical help you need is the first priority. Serious injuries can have long-term consequences that you may not realize at the time of the accident, or even in the days or weeks following the auto accident. In fact, you may not realize the long-term effects of your injuries until years down the road.

According to a 2016 study conducted by INRIX, a software development company in Kirkland, WA that studies global traffic patterns, Louisville ranks among the top 50 cities in the nation and top 300 worldwide for traffic congestion. With more vehicles on the roads than the local infrastructure can safely accommodate, car accidents are a daily part of life in Louisville.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, the Louisville car accident lawyers at Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers can help you fight for compensation. We have a long track record of recovering substantial damages for our injured clients. We want to put our resources to work for you, helping you collect the compensation you deserve.

For a free, no-risk consultation with a member of our team, call us at 800-800-4600.

Kentucky Car Accident Laws

Many drivers assume that another driver must be entirely at fault for them to be eligible for compensation after an accident. In Kentucky, this is not true for two reasons.

Kentucky Is a No-Fault State

One, Kentucky is a no-fault state which means that you usually first turn to your own insurer to recover compensation. This means you can be 100 percent at fault and still recover compensation from your own insurer. If you meet certain criteria, you can step outside the no-fault system and file against another driver.

Kentucky Follows a Pure Comparative Fault Law

The second reason you can still recover compensation when another party is not totally at fault is Kentucky’s comparative fault laws. Per Kentucky’s pure comparative negligence law, you can be 99 percent at fault for an accident and remain eligible to collect compensation from the other driver for the percentage of fault they bear.

How Kentucky’s Fault Laws Apply After an Accident

Suppose you rear-end another driver and suffer injuries. You have probably heard the adage that in a rear-end collision, the back driver is always at fault. However, this is not always accurate.

We might be able to show, for instance, that the driver you hit acted recklessly by slamming on the brakes without reason, or that their brake lights were not working, which prevented you from recognizing that they were stopping.

After your rear-end collision, let’s say you secure the services of one of our attorneys, and we investigate and determine that the other driver indeed had faulty brake lights. Because this defect contributed to the crash, the other driver is 25 percent at fault, while you are 75 percent at fault.

Suppose that damages from the accident amount to $10,000. Since the other driver was 25 percent at fault, you have grounds to pursue them for 25 percent of your damages, or $2,500.

Remember That the Other Driver Can Use This Law Against You

This law can also work against you in an accident. The other driver’s attorney might dig and find a reason to pin a portion of the blame on you. That is why it is essential to speak with a Louisville car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

The Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyer Team Will Handle Your Insurance Company Negotiations and Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve

Something else to keep in mind after a car accident in Louisville is that to recover compensation, you almost always have to go through an insurance company. This is not always easy as the insurance company has an incentive to pay you as little as it can.

If you try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own, or if you accept the first settlement offer it puts in front of you, you might end up leaving money on the table. Sometimes this money can be substantial — many car accident victims are unaware of the full scope of damages they are eligible to collect.

When you work with a member of the Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers team, we can determine the value of your case and take over the insurance negotiations for you. Our attorneys understand how insurers negotiate, and we are prepared for and can counter any tactic they use to try to pay you less.

The Hughes & Coleman Team Fights for the Compensation You Deserve

We get many calls from car accident victims in Louisville wanting to know what their case might be worth. Although we cannot estimate a dollar value before conducting a full investigation of your accident, we can tell you that we are often able to recover a long list of damages for our injured clients. Your settlement or judgment could include any of the following types of compensation:

Medical Bills

Medical expenses include not only the costs you have already incurred but also the costs we expect you to sustain in the future. These include the costs of your hospital visits, surgeries and procedures, doctor appointments, prescription drugs, medical devices, future care, and more.

Lost Wages

Lost wages refer to the income you lose when you must miss work while recovering from your injuries. We can help ensure that the responsible party and their insurer compensate you for this loss.

Reduced Future Earnings

If your injury is especially severe, it can impact your ability to earn a living not just during your recovery period but on a long-term basis, maybe even for the rest of your life. When an injury impacts your long-term earning capacity, we pursue the responsible party to compensate you for the difference in what you are making now and what you would have been able to earn had you not been injured.

Pain and Suffering

You deserve compensation not just for your financial losses but also for the pain you have suffered because of your injury. We aggressively pursue the responsible party and the insurance company for pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages.

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We Fight for You No Matter How Your Brain Injury Occurred

No matter how your brain injury occurred, the Hughes & Coleman team investigates, identifies the responsible party, and aggressively pursues them for damages.

If you sustained a brain injury in any of the following ways — or in any way not listed below — call us to find out how we can help.

Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls accounted for 47 percent of TBI-related hospitalizations nationwide in 2013. In Sumner County, the rate was even higher, at 57 percent between 2009 and 2013. When someone falls and suffers a serious injury, another party is often at fault. That party could be a property owner, property manager, job site owner, or someone else.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Right behind falls, motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of TBI-related hospitalizations and ER visits in Sumner County. In Tennessee, auto accident fault is assigned on a modified comparative negligence basis. Under this policy, even if you were partially at fault for the accident that caused your brain injury, we can still pursue the other driver for compensation as long as your level of responsibility does not exceed 49 percent.

Firearms

Firearms were the number-one cause of TBI-related deaths in Sumner County between 2009 and 2013. If a firearm injured you, whether it was an accident or an intentional act of violence, our attorneys want to help you win compensation from the responsible party.

Likewise, if a firearm ended your loved one’s life in Sumner County, we can go after the responsible party for compensation, including wrongful death damages.

Even if your brain injury in Gallatin does not fall into one of the categories listed above, we can help, and we want to hear from you. Our 100+ years of experience fighting for personal injury victims has taught us that many injured parties do not even realize that someone else might be responsible for their injuries until they talk to us.

Remember, the consultation is free, and there is no risk or obligation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from sitting down with our dedicated legal staff.

Call 800-800-4600 Today to Set Up Your Free, No-Risk Consultation With a Louisville Car Accident Lawyer

After a Louisville car accident, count on the team at Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers to protect your rights and fight to collect the fair compensation you deserve. Let us put our strong track record of recovering significant damages for our clients to work for you.  For a free, no-risk consultation with one of our car accident lawyers in Louisville, call us today at 800-800-4600.

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