Being involved in a motor vehicle crash of any kind is a harrowing experience. Unfortunately, auto accidents happen every single day here in the state of Kentucky. If you were hurt in an auto accident due to no fault of your own, however, you may qualify for financial compensation. Contact a dedicated Pike County auto accident lawyer from Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our seasoned legal team.
Hurt in an auto accident? Don’t make the mistake of hiring just any attorney to represent you; hire a competent Pikeville, KY personal injury lawyer from Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC. We have nearly five decades of combined experience fighting for accident victims in Kentucky, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you in your case.
Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC handles a broad range of auto accident cases on behalf of our clients, including the following:
After sustaining an injury in an auto accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment by calling 911, and, from there, you should take several steps to document exactly how the incident occurred. Those steps are as follows:
Get the other driver’s insurance information.
Take pictures of any damage caused by the accident (such as to vehicles or property).
Ask witnesses for their contact information, such as their name, phone number, and email address.
Keep copies of all medical documentation regarding your injuries.
As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, meaning we can prove that you were hurt as a direct result of another party’s negligence, you should receive compensation to help you cope with the economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. Some examples of those damages are as follows:
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Kentucky is one year, however, the Motor Vehicle Reparations Act states that when it comes to auto accidents, victims will typically have two years from the date of their accident (if no PIP payments were made) or two years from the date of their last PIP payment to file a personal injury claim.
In short, early investigation is the single most important part of the case. Especially if your case involves a big truck, failure to hire a big truck lawyer can result in evidence in your case being destroyed or lost forever. Documenting the scene early can be critical to showing the court how the wreck occurred which will likely be different than the at-fault truck driver’s story.
Experienced big truck lawyers have experts available to visit the wreck scene and inspect the semi-truck within hours of the crash. Most passenger vehicles and semi trucks now contain onboard computer chips or “black boxes,” which can document such things as speed, braking, and rpm and even hours driven that day.
In the case involving big trucks, some defense interests have adopted a tactic of trying to place the truck back in service as soon as possible, thus depriving the victim of that important evidence, unless you take steps early. Hiring the right attorney is a good first step.
You can be assured that if you have a significant injury case, the insurance company will seek to protect their interest in any way it can, and many will have experts and defense attorneys involved immediately. If we get a call soon enough, we can have our experts at the scene to investigate a serious crash, often before the trucking company’s insurance carrier.
Call us to put our quick response team to work for you!
Absolutely NOT! Most, if not all, of these statements are recorded. Most folks aren’t “on their game” after a serious wreck and are in no condition to give a detailed account of their crash. Insurance adjusters are trained as to what questions to ask and how to ask them in a way that gets the response they need to later defend the case. Always speak with a reputable lawyer who regularly handles big truck, motor vehicle, and personal injury cases before giving a statement to any insurance adjuster or lawyer representing the motor carrier or other liability insurance carrier.
We buy insurance to protect ourselves, our families, or our businesses against catastrophic events such as fires, natural disasters, auto crashes, and/or disabling injuries. When the unthinkable happens, we turn to our insurance company to pay for these losses and make us whole. In too many cases, the insurer denies the claim, agrees to pay only a portion of the true value of the claim, or delays payment for months or even years. These claims are commonly referred to as “bad faith” cases, referring to the insurance company’s failure to make a “good faith” effort to fairly handle your claim.
Shane Hall was selected by the Kentucky Justice Association to serve on a committee dedicated to fighting insurance companies who choose not to provide payment of medical bills and/or lost wages under automobile insurance policies purchased by consumers. Our team will fight hard to get you every dollar you deserve!
Auto accidents can have lasting impacts on those injured in them. If you were harmed in a motor vehicle crash due to no fault of your own, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney you can depend on. Contact Shane Hall Attorney at Law, PLLC to schedule your free initial consultation.