Kentucky Auto Accident Attorneys Are On Your Side
Have you or a someone you love been recently injured in an auto accident? It is imperative that you retain the legal services of an experienced Kentucky attorney immediately after you have received medical attention.
In 2018, there were a total of 158,171 car accidents in Kentucky. Out of the total number of accidents 670 of them were fatal accidents which resulted in 730 people losing their lives. There were also 23,591 accidents that resulted in injuries for those involved in the accident, which resulted in 34,774 people being injured. The remaining accidents resulted in property damage only.
At McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, we represent car accident and personal injury victims, including wrongful death cases. We have represented auto accident victims, motorcycle accident victims, and trucking accident victims for over 40 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, whether it involved another car or not, we will fight to ensure you receive the compensation and benefits you deserve under the law.
Types of Auto Accidents We See in Kentucky
Although major interstates and big cities have plenty of crashes, neither of these are our state’s #1 most dangerous place on the road. Can you guess which type of road is the biggest threat to your safety in Kentucky?
According to Kentucky State Police crash data, the most common type of car crash in the state is a rural two-lane highway crash with no median. The combination of moderate-to-high speed, changing geography, and a lack of a center divider makes these accidents more frequent and damaging than others. One moment you’re enjoying the scenery on a Kentucky state highway, and the next moment you’re in a severe auto accident.
Rural one-lane and two-lane non-highway roads also have very high crash rates. Kentucky’s rural roads simply present a variety of dangers you don’t typically find on big-city roads: hills, curves, intersections, crossing traffic, deer and other animals, road debris, and fewer streetlights and safety features than most urban areas.
Here are the primary types of accidents we see in Kentucky:
- Head-on collisions can easily occur almost anywhere without medians. These are often fatal accidents due to the forces of two vehicles impacting at the front end. While only about 2% of all crashes are head-on collisions they account for 10% of all road fatalities and 13% of rural road fatalities.
- Rear-end collisions happen when one car crashes into the vehicle ahead of it. It can occur at a high speed on the highway, at a low speed on a suburban road, in stopped traffic near a construction zone, in a parking lot, and plenty of other places. They often happen due to distracted driving, like looking at text messages on a cell phone.
- Side-impact collisions and “t-bone” collisions involve an impact to the side of one vehicle, typically when the other car hits it with their front bumper. Because these accidents involve steep angles, they are likely to crush the vehicle inward and cause bodily damage.
- A sideswipe is similar to a side-impact except it happens at a less steep angle and involves one car sliding along the other’s side. These tend to cause less severe vehicle damage and bodily harm. However, they can contribute to more serious accidents like rollovers and accidents where a vehicle leaves the roadway and impacts something nearby at a high rate of speed.
Causes of Kentucky Auto Accidents
The causes of auto accidents have been heavily studied for more than half a century. Here in Kentucky and across the nation, some of the most common causes of accidents that ultimately result in injuries and fatalities are:
- Human error
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Driving while tired
- Distracted driving/multitasking
- Driving in icy, foggy, and wet weather
- Reckless driving
- Road rage
- Road racing
- Debris in the road
- Mobility/vision issues
- Failure to stop
- Failure to properly maintain tires, brakes, and other vehicle features
The #1 cause of car accidents is human error. The other top factors in fatal and severe car accidents include speeding, drunk driving, fatigued driving, and distracted driving. The National Safety Council attributes 25% of all car accidents to distracted driving, primarily using a cell phone while driving.
Drunk driving accounts for about 14% of all Kentucky car accidents. When alcohol and drugs are involved, a person’s reaction time slows and accidents tend to be much more severe with secondary factors like speeding or falling asleep.
If someone causes a car crash that hurts you or injures someone you love, McCoy & Sparks can help you decide what to do next. We’ll help you accomplish the many tasks that arise after a car accident, like:
- Reconstructing your accident
- Talking to the authorities
- Dealing with the insurance company
- Gathering your medical bills
- Identifying witnesses
- Locating experts who can comment on your case
- Organizing your legal paperwork
- Preparing for meetings and court dates
- Settling your case or take it to court
After an auto accident, your attorney with McCoy & Sparks will help you recover the money you need to get through this challenging point in your life. With proper compensation, you can finally begin to find some peace of mind and get your medical bills settled.
In most auto accident situations, we can help you get compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Future medical bills related to the crash
- Lost wages
- The cost of future earnings you will miss
- Services you may need, like therapy or in-home help
- Pain and suffering
Call us for a Free Case Consultation Now
We protect the rights of injured people in Bardstown and beyond. When you work with the car accident attorneys at McCoy & Sparks, you can count on us to take the time to review the details of your case and arrange a strong legal strategy. Our goal is to figure out exactly who was responsible and hold them accountable so you can recover damages, which may cover some or all of your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today.