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Helping Those Injured By Negligent Drivers

Have you suffered from a motor vehicle accident? Millions of people are hurt or die in crashes each year. Sadly, many victims never receive the full amount they deserve for their loss. If you have been injured or if a family member has been injured or killed due to the fault of another in a car or motorcycle wreck, call the law firm of Edwards & Kautz Law Firm.

Our team of attorneys may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim on your behalf. We’ve helped Kentucky residents for over 40 years.

The Representation You Need After An Injury

We stand up for those who have been in motor vehicle accidents. We’ve helped victims overcome injuries like:

  • Brain injuries
  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of arms or legs or other extremities
  • Scars
  • Broken bones
  • Shoulder, knee or other joint injuries

It is crucial to enlist the help of a qualified personal injury lawyer if you are to be fairly treated.

 

Standing Up For Motorcycle Riders Throughout Kentucky

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, people are 27x more likely to get in an accident on a motorcycle than in another vehicle. One reason for that discrepancy is that motorcycles are hard to see. They are smaller and harder to spot when stopped at an intersection.

Motorcyclists can be at the mercy of other drivers. When a distracted minivan pulls in front of a bike, the minivan is usually fine. It’s the bike (and its rider) that pays the price. At Edwards & Kautz Law Firm, we understand the frustration bikers feel and fight hard to get riders the compensation they deserve after an accident.

The Dangers Of Bad Road Conditions

Bad roads, like potholes, oil slicks or ruts, that cause minor problems for car drivers can be deadly for cyclists. Slides can send cyclists spinning into oncoming traffic or nearby trees and buildings.

Hazards on the road, such as ongoing construction, sharp turns, fresh pavement, or loose stone, should be marked by the highway department. If they are not clearly marked (or not marked at all), an accident may be the fault of the highway department.

What Causes Commercial Vehicle and Trucking Accidents?

Truck drivers are often tired and pushed to meet tight schedules, creating the conditions for a crash. If you are involved in a tractor-trailer accident, you should immediately contact the law firm of Edwards & Kautz Law Firm in Paducah, Kentucky. Our lawyers can help you secure the full compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost income and other expenses related to your accident.

There are several reasons trucking accidents can happen:

Driver fatigue. Not getting enough sleep, loading and unloading heavy loads and putting in overtime can impair not only a driver’s ability to drive but also to judge how well they are driving. Drivers get paid only when they deliver their loads. They are constantly pressured to deliver on time. Federal guidelines mandate how much sleep a driver must have. If they fall behind on a trip, they should not make up time by using stimulants or driving while tired.

DUI. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law. When truckers drive drunk, they risk not only the lives of the other people on the road but their own livelihoods. If you’ve been injured by a truck driver driving under the influence, the state’s criminal case against the driver won’t help you, but a personal injury lawsuit could.

Bad weather. Poor weather, like snow, fog or even rain, can cause truck accidents. Semi-truck drivers can struggle to spot motorcyclists, pedestrians or even smaller cars.

Reckless/distracted driving. Truckers need to follow the rules. If they do not they can hurt people by:

  • Playing the radio or texting and not watching the road
  • Following too close
  • Not using blind spot mirrors
  • Speeding
  • Improperly braking
  • Making quick lane changes
  • Driving with unsecured or poorly loaded cargo
  • Not using a signal to turn

Jackknifing. This usually happens when a driver slams on their brakes while traveling at a high speedThen the entire truck, trailer and all can start to skid. Jackknifing causes major damage and can be deadly to other motorists. In addition, the truck can roll, causing an even worse accident.

 

What To Do In Case Of A Motor Vehicle Accident

Contact The Police. Get a copy of the police report. If a police officer came to the scene, try to get their name and badge number.

Get The Details. Get the information of the other people involved. Try to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone involved or witnesses to the wreck. Take photos with your cellphone and draw a diagram with a detailed description of the wreck.

See A Doctor Immediately. Even if you believe you don’t need a doctor, go to one because the injuries can appear later. Make notes of how you feel after the accident and during your recovery. Keep copies of all instructions from your doctor.

Call Your Attorney. Our staff is available for your call any time, night or day. Our lawyers can meet with you during a free consultation in our Paducah, Kentucky, office to evaluate your injury and advise you what to do next to get the cash you deserve for injuries from your car wreck.

Contact Us Today To Get The Help You Need

Car accidents are traumatic. You shouldn’t have to worry about bills while you are focusing on recovery. To schedule your free initial consultation, call our firm at 270-908-4914 or send us an email to get in touch.