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Have you been hurt in a car accident? Are you worried about how you will pay your medical bills and support yourself and your family? If so, the car accident attorneys of Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers are here to put our experience and skill to work for you.
At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we understand how serious car accidents can be and we want to help you get the compensation you need. Medical bills, serious injury, pain, and suffering can take a major toll on your life. When you’re recovering from an accident, adding paperwork and negotiations to the mix can be overwhelming. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, let us help you recover.
Contact our Kentucky car accident attorneys today at (859) 550-2900, fill out a contact form, or chat with us live to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our team today.
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Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers has represented injured victims in Kentucky for more than 100 years. Since 1890, we have earned more than 100 verdicts that each yielded more than $1 million. These and our many other victories have earned us rankings among the “Best Lawyers in America,” the “Leading Firms and Lawyers in America,” and the only law firm in Kentucky to be named as the National Law Journal’s “50 Most Elite Plaintiff’s Firms in America.” These are the types of achievements that are reflective of our success and the kind of representation you can expect when we handle your case.
Our track record at Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers shows the kind of results you will want for your own car accident claim. We cannot guarantee that your results will be in the millions, but know that you will receive the same level of service that achieved those verdicts. No matter whether we settle with the insurance company or if we end up taking your case to court, rest assured that when you select Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, you get the best. This level of excellence is recognized throughout Kentucky, so it is always a win to have Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers on your side.
When you are involved in a car accident here in Kentucky, you are faced with a number of scenarios for how to proceed. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, but first, you need to decide whether to pursue a claim at all. At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we strongly believe that the people responsible for your injuries should be held accountable. We are happy to review how you can seek compensation for your injuries and property damage with as little impact on your life as possible.
Once you decide you want to proceed with a claim to recover damages to you and your property, you need to decide if you should utilize an attorney to assist with your claim. Some people feel that you do not need the help of an attorney if you are just going to negotiate with the insurance company. This cannot be further from the truth. The insurance companies are highly skilled negotiators, and if you go up against them without an attorney by your side, you will almost certainly get taken advantage of.
If you are on the fence about retaining an attorney for your case, here are some additional facts to consider:
At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we never charge for your initial consultation, so you will not lose anything by giving us a call. We will review your claim in detail during this first meeting, and we can help you decide how to proceed.
If you’re injured in a car accident, it’s important to protect yourself as soon as you can. Your case will need evidence from the crash scene, police reports, medical records, and many other documents.
There are important steps you can take following your accident to help protect your rights and claim to compensation, such as:
Our experienced car accident attorneys will work quickly to protect you and your case. We’ll handle every aspect of the investigation and recovery so that you can focus your time and energy on healing.
If you’ve been injured, our attorneys can help in many ways. We can:
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to take action. The sooner you can act on your case, the stronger it will be.
Our Kentucky Car Accident Attorneys
When you hire one of our Kentucky car accident lawyers, we’ll begin investigating the cause of the crash and who was at fault. We’ll request a copy of the traffic crash report to review the police officer’s findings. We have extensive resources to obtain sufficient evidence that proves the other driver was liable, and you suffered harm as a result of their careless actions. Examples of evidence we’ll locate includes:
If we can prove to the insurance company or jury members that you weren’t responsible for your own injuries, we might be able to recover the maximum available compensation. It’s a complicated and tedious process. That’s why hiring an attorney is crucial. Most people don’t know how to handle car accident cases or where to find relevant evidence. We’ll handle every step on your behalf so you can focus on healing your injuries.
Under Kentucky’s choice no-fault laws, you’re required to pursue compensation from the victim’s auto insurance first before seeking compensation from the at-fault driver.
Personal injury protection (PIP) is a form of coverage every motorist can include on their auto insurance policy. Most people choose to purchase basic PIP, which is at a limit of $10,000.
When you file a claim, you can seek compensation for specific damages. Damages are all the losses associated with an accident. The damages available in a PIP claim include:
Once you exhaust the PIP limit, you can then file a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance company, as long as your injury meets at least one of the thresholds below:
The damages available in a liability claim may include:
Another option for pursuing financial compensation is through a UM claim. UM stands for uninsured/underinsured motorist. This is optional coverage your auto insurance company is supposed to offer you when you purchase a liability policy. It provides compensation if the at-fault driver doesn’t carry auto insurance or the coverage isn’t enough to compensate you for the total damages.
If you choose to file a UM claim, you could pursue the following damages:
Various factors could contribute to a motor vehicle crash. When you’re driving, there are elements you can’t control, especially other motorists. Common examples of why car accidents occur include:
There are many types of car accidents, and each presents unique challenges. At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we’ve handled every aspect of car accident cases, and we have decades of experience helping our clients recover. Whether it’s investigating the cause of an accident, negotiating for the maximum amount of recovery, or litigating the case in court, we have the experience and resources to help you succeed. We handle all types of car accident cases, including:
Our attorneys have a proven track record of successful verdicts and settlements handling cases like yours. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, get medical evaluation and treatment as soon as you can. It not only helps you and your health, it will also help your injury case. Medical records will provide key evidence about your injuries to insurers and the court.
Common injuries from car accidents include:
Don’t let someone else’s carelessness behind the wheel harm your future. Hire a legal team that knows how to get results for people just like you.
At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we don’t want to add additional strain to your life. That’s why we take all cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means there are no upfront fees or costs while we’re working on your case. We don’t expect payment unless we win financial compensation from an insurance claim or lawsuit. If we’re unsuccessful, you won’t owe us anything.
We Handle Serious Car Accident Cases in Kentucky
Kentucky is a dangerous place to drive. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Kentucky is ranked as the #11 most dangerous state for car accidents.
In a review of the car accidents that occurred in Kentucky, average fatalities are listed as 19.38 per 100,000, with total fatalities for the year coming in at 13,147.
Alcohol use plays a major role in traffic accidents statewide, with alcohol being named a factor in nearly 30% of Kentucky car accident fatalities. This statistic is slightly lower in Kentucky’s more urban areas like Louisville and Lexington, but with this high level of occurrence, no one can consider themselves totally safe.
According to Kentucky’s 2017 Traffic Collision Facts Report:
Statewide, Kentucky saw a nominal reduction in car accident fatalities between 2017 and 2018. Law enforcement is using this as a major cause for celebration; however, this small 7% reduction is minimal. If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident fatality, you understand that every life is a devastating loss. Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers is available to assist you in a wrongful death claim if you are facing these unfortunate circumstances. We are available to support you through these trying times and help you recover compensation to
pay for medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and for pain and suffering.
When you file an insurance claim, some claims take a while to resolve, so you must pay attention to the deadline for filing a lawsuit. If time runs out on that deadline and the insurance company decides to deny your claim, you won’t have the opportunity to pursue compensation from a lawsuit.
Every state requires that accident victims comply with a statute of limitations. It’s a strict deadline for suing the at-fault driver for their actions. The statute of limitations for car accidents in Kentucky is one year. That means you only have one year from the crash date to sue. If the statute passes and you haven’t filed suit, you’ll lose your right to compensation.
There are two special circumstances that could pause the clock:
Another Kentucky statute you should be aware of if you got hurt in a car accident is pure comparative negligence. Under this rule, you’re prohibited from pursuing compensation for your total damages if you share a percentage of fault.
Let’s say your total damages are $100,000. You could file a claim for a $100,000 insurance settlement to cover everything if you’re free of any fault. However, if the insurance company determines that you were 20% to blame for the accident, you would only be allowed to seek $80,000 in compensation.
Your Kentucky car accident lawyer can assist you with your lawsuit. It’s a complicated process that you shouldn’t handle alone. When you hire us, we’ll walk you through each step, so you understand what’s going on and know what to expect.
Step 1: Prepare legal documents. We’ll write a complaint that includes all the elements of the case and who we’re suing for damages. We’ll also prepare a summons that informs the defendant of their obligation to appear in court.
Step 2: File the complaint and summons. E-filing is the most convenient way to file. It eliminates the trouble of going to the courthouse to drop off the documents physically.
Step 3: Serve the papers. Once the clerk of courts accepts the complaint and summons and signs off on the e-filing, we’ll hire a Process Server. They will have to locate the defendant and physically hand them the legal documents we prepared.
Step 4: Wait for an answer. When the defendant gets served, they’ll need to reply by filing an answer to our complaint.
Step 5: After we receive the filed answer, both sides will file discovery requests, such as:
Step 6: Schedule depositions. We’ll schedule a deposition with the defendant to discuss every element associated with the case. These interviews are under oath, and the court reporter will type a transcript of the proceedings. The defense attorney will also schedule a deposition to discuss the case with you.
Step 7: Schedule a mediation. At some point during the lawsuit, we might try to settle the case, so it doesn’t go to trial. Attorneys from both sides, a mediator, the defendant, and the plaintiff will all meet to reach a settlement agreement. If we’re unable to settle, we’ll begin preparing for trial.
Step 8: Trial. During the trial, both sides will argue their case, call witnesses to testify, and present relevant evidence. When it concludes, the judge or a jury will issue a judgment.
Your attorney will guide you through the entire claims process, including the following steps:
File a claim. First, we’ll determine the appropriate auto insurance company and file the claim.
Investigation. Next, we’ll need to investigate the accident. We’ll obtain evidence and find a way to prove that the other driver was at fault.
Send a demand letter. When we complete our investigation, we’ll send the insurance company a demand letter along with all the evidence we found. The letter will include:
Begin negotiations. Most insurance companies take some time to perform their own investigation and decide if they agree with our findings or believe you deserve a lower settlement. We’ll negotiate until we reach an agreement. If we can’t, we’ll move forward with a lawsuit.
At Hare Wynn | Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have the experience, resources, and knowledge your case needs. For over 125 years, we’ve helped our clients obtain the results they need.
We can handle every aspect of your car accident case including investigation, negotiations with insurers, and the pursuit of justice and compensation in the court system. Our car accident attorneys will work with local investigators to figure out what happened, then plan a legal strategy to help you recover.
No matter the type of the car accident, or the cause, we can help you. Contact us today by calling (859) 550-2900 or filling out our online contact form for a free consultation.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you probably have questions about your next steps as well as your legal options. Following are a few of the most common questions we receive about car accidents. We can help answer all of your questions at our free consultation.
You could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party if your loved one died due to their fatal injuries. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death in Kentucky is one year. This means you have one year from the date of their death to pursue legal action; otherwise, you’ll lose your right to compensation.
The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate is responsible for filing suit in the interests of the estate and any surviving family members. The available damages may include:
Yes, but only under specific circumstances. Sovereign immunity protects government entities from lawsuits filed by injured victims. However, state laws allow legal action if negligence caused an injury or death.
The Kentucky Claims Commission reviews everything to determine if there’s a valid claim. You must file your lawsuit within one year from the accident date. Additionally, compensable damages are at a limit of $200,000. If two family members were harmed, the cap goes up to $350,000.