During 2020, mostly due to coronavirus restrictions, the number of car crashes declined in Kentucky. But the number of serious and fatal injuries increased. These serious injuries include head injuries, internal wounds, and other injuries that are difficult or impossible to recover from.
Driver inattention caused about a third of these serious or fatal injury wrecks, according to authorities. Distracted driving clearly violates a motorist’s duty of reasonable care. This duty requires drivers to watch the road and keep both hands on the wheel at all times. Today’s cars and trucks are so fast and so heavy that it only takes a moment of inattention to cause a serious wreck.
The medical bills in a vehicle collision case usually exceed $50,000. A Lexington personal injury attorney can obtain compensation for these medical bills, as well as other economic losses, such as destroyed property and lost wages. Compensation for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering, is available as well. If victims take the right steps in the early stages, an attorney is usually able to obtain more compensation in the end.
DON’T Go Crazy on Social Media
Friends and family members want to know your medical and other status following a serious crash. Social media platforms are a good place to post this information, so these people don’t call constantly as you try to recover.
Limit your posts to “just the facts.” Do not go into details about the wreck. Whatever you do, don’t blame the other driver for the wreck or accept responsibility for it. Blaming the other driver makes victims look vindictive. And, an acceptance of responsibility could be construed as an admission of liability.
Some victims go a little too far the other way and delete controversial social media posts or likes. This action does little good. The posts still exist. They’re just harder to find. Additionally, deleting posts makes it look like you’re tampering with evidence or trying to hide something.
DO Collect Evidence
The aforementioned compensation is available if a victim/plaintiff proves negligence, or a lack of care, by a preponderance of the evidence, or more likely than not. Therefore, evidence is important in a personal injury claim. Additionally, there’s usually a relationship between the amount of evidence a victim presents and the amount of damages a jury awards.
Evidence at the scene usually includes witness statements and surveillance camera footage. Additional evidence is available, but these two things are a very good start. If you were too seriously hurt to collect evidence, don’t worry too much. A Lexington personal injury can take care of this step for you. Evidence collection at the scene just gives a lawyer a head start.
DON’T Talk to the Other Insurance Company
Insurance adjusters like Jake from State Farm look very friendly on television. But reality is a lot different. Insurance adjusters look for ways to deny claims. So, they often trick victims into saying things that hurt their cases. That’s usually easy to do, since a seriously-injured person most likely isn’t thinking clearly.
Under the law, victims may refuse to speak to the other driver’s insurance company. We strongly recommend that you exercise that right. Your attorney can reach out to the adjuster and give him/her your side of the story at a later date.
DO See a Doctor
Although many crash victims are seriously hurt, they often don’t “feel” hurt. For that reason, and also because they don’t want to get stuck with a doctor bill, they often refuse medical treatment. That’s a mistake, for both health and legal reasons.
Most car crash injuries are degenerative. Any treatment delay makes a doctor’s job much harder. Delay also means a longer recovery period. As for the legal impact, when victims don’t immediately see doctors, insurance company lawyers almost always argue that the victim is exaggerating the extent of his/her injuries.
DO Call a Lawyer
If you only remember one do or don’t in this post, pay attention to this one. An attorney is an invaluable partner throughout the injury claim process.
As mentioned, attorneys collect evidence that supports your claim and refutes insurance company defenses. Also as mentioned, a lawyer runs interference with pesky insurance adjusters. Additionally, attorneys connect victims with doctors who charge nothing upfront for their services.
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. The sooner you partner with us, the sooner we start working for you.