The Frank Jenkins Law Office, based in Lexington, has been representing injured people across Kentucky for more than 20 years. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims obtain the justice they deserve – and the compensation they need. In fact, Frank Jenkins was voted the people's Favorite Attorney in the Reader's Choice 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader poll.
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A car accident can wreak havoc on your life in the fraction of a second, causing property damage, serious injuries or death. In Kentucky, there are about 150,000 car accidents a year, which result in about 700 deaths and more than 24,000 injuries. That’s nearly two deaths and 65 injuries every day and many are preventable.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, medical treatment is often your primary concern – but paying for your medical bills soon becomes a priority. When the reckless or negligent behavior of another driver caused your injuries, you shouldn’t have to worry about bills for the medical care that you need. Nor should you have to worry about your ability to earn a living or additional burdens on your family finances.
How Can a Lexington Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
The legal staff of the Frank Jenkins Law Office in Lexington can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for a car accident in Kentucky that was someone else’s fault. We understand the challenges of recovering from severe accident injuries, and the time and expense a full and proper recovery entails. Call us today at 888-659-4240 or contact us online to set up a free discussion of your case.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
There are several reasons car accidents occur. In most cases, a collision is the result of driver error. When a driver’s negligence or recklessness contributes to an accident, they can be held liable (legally accountable) for harm they cause, including injuries, property damage and other losses suffered by other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Among the common causes of negligent and reckless car accidents are:
- Speeding, including exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving, including such behavior as tailgating, frequently changing lanes, passing improperly, failing to yield right of way, and running stop signs and traffic lights
- Drunk driving or impaired driving after drinking that does not reach the .08 percent blood-alcohol content limit
- Drugged driving, including driving under the influence or illicit, prescription or over-the-counter drugs
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving and otherwise using a cellphone or other electronic devices
- Fatigued driving, also known as drowsy driving.
In some cases, the cause of an accident is negligence on the part of someone or some organization that was not driving. This may include:
- Defective automotive parts, such as faulty brakes, tires, steering systems, ignition systems, etc. In such a case, the car manufacturer or the parts maker or distributor may be held liable.
- Road defects, including faulty design or maintenance work. In cases where the physical condition of the roadway contributes to an accident, a contractor or a local government responsible for the road’s upkeep may be liable for an accident.
How Our Lexington Car Accident Lawyer Investigates Your Case
After being injured in a car accident, you might look to the other driver’s insurance company to pay for your medical bills, property damage to your vehicle and other losses. But, unfortunately, insurers work to minimize their financial loss by either denying legitimate accident claims or offering settlements that are less than what accident victims deserve.
An experienced car accident attorney can investigate your case to identify the party or parties responsible for the crash, determine the full extent of your losses and then deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf to obtain a fair settlement.
However, developing a thorough and convincing car accident claim can be complicated and time consuming, and there are specific deadlines for pursuing car accident cases. It’s important to act promptly.
In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for a car accident lawsuit is two years – either from the date of the accident or the last no-fault payment (payment by your automotive or health insurance company for medical bills or lost wages). If you don’t file a legal claim within this time limit, you lose the opportunity to bring a legal action against the driver or any other party responsible for your injuries.
Contact Our Lexington Car Accident Lawyer Today
The legal staff of the Frank Jenkins Law Office has represented many Kentuckians injured in car accidents, and we know how to document key evidence essential to your case. We also know insurance companies – and we use our experience to deal more effectively with insurers to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients.
At no charge to you, the Frank Jenkins Law Office will conduct a thorough assessment of your case and review all available legal options to build a strategy with your best interests in mind. We handle most cases on a contingency basis*, which means you pay nothing up front and will only pay an attorney fee when we settle or win your case.
Don’t let Kentucky’s statute of limitations deprive you of the opportunity to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact the Frank Jenkins Law Office today at 888-659-4240 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We meet with clients in our office, in the hospital, or at their homes, if necessary.
*COURT COSTS AND CASE EXPENSES WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT