In today’s world, between commuting to work and rushing from activity to activity, people and families are in their cars more than ever. In 2013, according to the Kentucky Transportation Center, in a report supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Police, it was reported that 34,931 people were injured that year in an automobile accident. Tragically, an additional 643 people lost their lives.
There are many contributing factors to these accidents, but the most common tend to be an error made by another person, such as:
- Inattention to the road while driving
- Failure to yield to right of way
- Following or “tailgating” another vehicle too closely
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Exceeding the stated speed limit
Other, but less likely factors are vehicular or environmental in nature:
- Defective brakes
- Tire failure
- Slippery terrain
- Animals on the road
- Obstructed view of the road
When you’ve been in a car accident, after calling the police and getting checked out at the hospital, what’s the next thing you typically do? Call your insurance company! Unfortunately, many car accident victims don’t realize that insurance companies don’t truly have their best interest at heart. The insurance adjusters (who work for the insurance companies) do everything in their power to minimize payouts to the victim, including making settlement offers in the very early stages of a claim. They do this before the extent of the person’s injuries has even been realized, and they do this because the insurance company wants to provide you with as little money as possible. Before you make any quick decisions, take a look at the big picture and give Scott Foster, an experienced auto accident attorney in Somerset a call 606-451-0053.
Don’t wait! The initial investigation into a car crash is arguably the most important thing to do correctly and in a timely manner. This is when some of the most valuable evidence and information is collected that can have a great impact on the outcome of your case. Scott Foster, Attorney at Law, is a Somerset, KY auto accident attorney who has years of experience fighting for his clients who have been the victims of auto accidents due to no fault of their own. Remember, consultations are always free. Call today at 606-451-0053.