Protecting The Rights Of Car Accident Victims In Ashland
The news reports car wrecks in Ashland and neighboring areas every day, sometimes with severe consequences. Whether your accident occurs in Ashland or elsewhere in Greenup, Boyd or Carter counties, Wilhoit Law Office is here to help you. We understand that car accidents can result in devastating consequences for injury victims. We help clients in the aftermath of a wreck by protecting their rights, handling the required paperwork and seeing their personal injury claim through to a resolution.
Why Do Auto Accidents Occur?
A number of factors may lead to accidents, including distracted or impaired driving, weather conditions that might hinder the driver’s visibility or poor road conditions. Other causes can include the malfunctioning of traffic lights or poorly placed traffic signals. Traffic congestion is also a significant threatening condition. Greenup, Boyd and Carter counties are crossed by major highways like US-60, US-23 and I-64, among others. Drivers should exert extra precaution and respect speed limits while traveling through these roads.
What Is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) And How Can It Affect You?
After being involved in a car accident, PIP will likely come up immediately. Kentucky law requires every insurance company to offer Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in auto policies, also known as a no-fault system. Basic PIP coverage covers up to $10,000 per person per accident in medical bills, expenses and lost wages. This means that after an accident, regardless of fault, you can file a claim for PIP benefits from your own insurer.
Receiving PIP benefits also comes with some limitations. Kentucky law mandates that in exchange for receiving PIP benefits, injury victims may not pursue a lawsuit seeking additional compensation unless medical expenses exceed $1,000, or the accident resulted in broken bones, permanent injury or death. Our attorneys can advise on how to proceed following an accident.
What Should You Do After A Car Wreck?
Put yourself out of danger and call 911 immediately. Remember to remain cooperative with police officers and relevant authorities on the scene at all times. If you are in conditions to do so, document all you can: take photos and video, talk to witnesses and never admit you are at fault. When you receive medical treatment, be sure to keep a record of your receipts and your diagnosis. Such information is valuable to have a more accurate calculation of your settlement. We also recommend calling a car accident lawyer to help you ensure your insurance company will compensate you fairly.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Many factors determine the value of your case, but we can assure you that insurance companies will attempt to decrease your settlement. Your compensation should include expenses for past, present and future economic (medical bills, lost wages) and noneconomic (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life) expenses.
Before accepting what the insurer offers, discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. At Wilhoit Law Office, we can assist you in reviewing your settlement offer, negotiating with insurance representatives and handling your lawsuit to protect your right to fair compensation.
Contact Us Today For A No-Cost Case Evaluation
Based in Grayson, we work with clients in Ashland and throughout Greenup, Boyd and Carter counties. We worked for insurance companies in the past. Now we fight to protect the rights of injury victims. When you retain us, we will not collect fees until we recover what is rightfully yours: your fair compensation. Call 606-268-1874 or contact us online to discuss your accident and your possibilities.