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5 Ways We Can Help Keep Kentucky Roads Safe

Published on Nov 29, 2018 at 9:08 am in Car Accident.
5 Ways We Can Help Keep Kentucky Roads Safe

Thousands of injuries and hundreds of unnecessary deaths occur on Kentucky roads every year. The majority of the accidents are caused by human error – which means they’re almost always preventable. In 2016 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 834 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Kentucky. Of those individuals, 111 were motorcyclists, 81 were pedestrians, and 9 were bicyclists.

If you were injured in an accident or lost a loved one, it can be difficult to cope with the fact that the collision could have been prevented. At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we want to promote safe drivers and driving habits. Let’s take a look at five ways we can help keep Kentucky roads safe for you and your family. If you take these tips into consideration, you’ll be aiding in accident prevention and saving lives.

Do More Crashes Happen in Urban or Rural Areas?

Published on Oct 25, 2018 at 12:08 pm in Car Accident.
Do More Crashes Happen in Urban or Rural Areas?

Imagine driving through the countryside with nothing to see except agricultural fields and the occasional cow. Now picture driving through rush-hour traffic with honking horns, high speeds, and constant movement from all directions. You may think you’d be more likely to end up in an accident in the urban setting; however, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tells us otherwise.

According to the NHTSA’s 2016 Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities, there were a total of 34,439 fatal vehicle accidents resulting in 37,461 deaths. Of these accidents, 50 percent occurred in rural areas and 47 percent occurs in urban areas. Three percent of the accidents occurred in areas where not enough information was available to determine if the crashes were inside urban or rural boundaries.

What is Shock and Why Can it Happen After an Accident?

Published on Oct 19, 2018 at 9:30 am in Car Accident.
What is Shock and Why Can it Happen After an Accident?

A variety of traumatic events, like car accidents, can happen to us at any time. It’s during these instances we often have little control over what’s happening. When faced with such trauma, our bodies and minds may sustain serious injuries and suffer both physically and mentally.

One of the most severe and often invisible injuries is shock. The body can go into either medical or psychological shock, or both. If left untreated, shock victims can experience life-threatening complications.

When is a Pedestrian at Fault in a Pedestrian vs. Car Crash?

Published on Sep 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm in Car Accident.
When is a Pedestrian at Fault in a Pedestrian vs. Car Crash?

A car accident involving a motorist and a pedestrian can be particularly traumatic for both parties. The pedestrian may sustain a variety of injuries depending on the circumstances, and the motorist is likely to be emotionally stricken and confused.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 129,000 pedestrians received emergency medical treatment for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2015. That same year, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. Older adults, children, and drivers or pedestrians who are intoxicated face a higher risk for this type of accident.

Determining fault in the event of a pedestrian car crash is often complex. While it’s easy to blame the driver for an accident with a pedestrian, pedestrians have a duty of care just like any driver. They must take reasonable steps to ensure their own safety in proportion to the dangers involved with walking near moving vehicles. There are instances where the pedestrian may be found at least partially at fault.

What Should Be Included in a Doctor’s Note After a Car Wreck?

Published on Sep 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm in Car Accident.
What Should Be Included in a Doctor’s Note After a Car Wreck?

After a car wreck, you’re probably focusing on holding the negligent driver responsible for their actions. A big part of this comes from your medical records and what your doctor has to say about your accident-related injuries.

When you file your claim, it’s important to include your doctor’s notes. These notes will show the extent of your injuries, your treatment plan, and what your recovery looks like. This information is imperative when seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. Read on to learn about the doctor’s notes that’ll best support your claim.

Seeking Medical Treatment After an Auto Accident

Regardless of how minor your injuries look or feel, it’s important to seek medical treatment after a car accident. Serious injuries can take time to manifest, and it’s always better to catch issues early.

Whether you go to the hospital after an accident or make an appointment with your family physician the next day, a full workup will likely be conducted. They may want to perform certain neurological tests to make sure you haven’t sustained a brain injury. Depending on any pain or bruising you have, they may choose to order X-rays or an MRI.

How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Claim?

Published on Aug 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm in Car Accident.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Claim?

There are bound to be a plethora of things on your mind after a car accident. You’ll likely be focusing on your recovery and concerned about the possible financial burdens. Filing and settling a car accident claim has the potential to ease those burdens. Keep in mind that the type of settlement you’re looking for will have a big impact on how long the entire process takes.

Reporting a Car Accident Claim

After a car accident, you’ll need to make a report to the Kentucky State Police and your insurance company. Typically, you’ll be providing contact and vehicle information for the drivers involved and any personal property damages and injuries.

Your insurance company will file your claim and work on getting you your compensation. They will want to review the accident reports and your medical expenses. They’ll also try to determine if you’ll have any residual problems from your injuries and what treatments you may need in the future. This process may take some time.

Kentucky Car Accident Laws: Know the Facts

Published on Jul 25, 2018 at 8:36 am in Car Accident.
Kentucky Car Accident Laws: Know the Facts

The Law Office of Todd W. Burris understands how difficult it can be to manage all the logistics of a car accident when you should be focusing on recovery. We’re here to help you understand Kentucky’s car accident laws and find ways to ease your financial burden, so you can focus on what matters most.

If you’ve been involved in car wreck in Kentucky, we compiled a list of some of the most important information you need to know about car accident laws in our state, how to report an accident, and how to begin a legal settlement if you choose to.

What Do I Do Immediately After a Car Accident?

Address Medical Concerns First. Call 911. If you are in a condition to move your vehicle and it will move, get it out of the way of any incoming traffic. Assess the situation by evaluating your own wellbeing and wellbeing of other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians. Make sure the police are notified as well so an accident report can be started.

Exchange Information. In Kentucky, you are required to provide and receive the following information to and from any other parties involved in the accident:

  • Name, address, and contact information
  • Driver license number
  • License plate number of the vehicles involved
  • Auto insurance information for the motorists involved

6 Ways to Help Your Teen Become a Safer Driver

Published on May 14, 2018 at 10:39 am in Car Accident.
6 Ways to Help Your Teen Become a Safer Driver

We’re familiar with the excitement about getting a license as a teenager. It’s a rite of passage that gives a teenager more independence. But teenagers may not recognize that this is also a responsibility. They need to be alert, in control, and safe when they’re behind the wheel. When they’re not, it can result in a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, a Lexington car accident injury lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help. We’re ready to stand up for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.

4 Ways a Well-Maintained Car Can Prevent an Accident

Published on Apr 25, 2018 at 10:15 am in Car Accident.
4 Ways a Well-Maintained Car Can Prevent an Accident

A car accident can easily turn your life upside down. It could cause injuries that could potentially have life-changing consequences or take a long time to heal. The damages can mean you won’t have transportation. Many people have to miss work and worry about their car accident claim. Dealing with harassing insurance adjusters can be stressful—but you don’t have to go through this alone.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can seek legal aid. Trying to file a claim on your own could lead to an unfavorable settlement or a situation where you’re pressures to settle early and you don’t get everything that you’re owed. A car accident lawyer in Lexington from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you with your claim and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Your Options as a Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident

Published on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:40 am in Car Accident.
Your Options as a Victim of a Drunk Driving Accident

When people decide to drive while they’re drunk, they endanger everyone on the road. They’re risking possibly crashing into other people, cars, or fixed objects. Drunk driving is a poor snap decision that can have dire consequences. If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you don’t have to go through it alone. Seeking legal aid can set you on the road to recovery.

As a victim of a drunk driving accident, you have legal options. By contacting a Lexington car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, you can find out what those options are and how we can help you recover. By reaching out to us, you’ll have someone by your side to answer your questions and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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