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Glasgow Car Accident Lawyer

It’s a situation no one wants to find themselves in: the victim of a car accident that occurred because of the careless or reckless conduct of another driver. The statistics, however, don’t lie, and they show that car accidents are unfortunately common. The United States sees about 2.35 million injuries from car accidents every year and over 37,000 fatalities. In addition to the mental and physical toll caused by car accidents, they also present a huge financial burden. In the U.S., road crashes cost over $230 billion per year.

As a victim of a car accident in Glasgow, Kentucky or in the broader Barren County region, you  likely feel pain, stress, and confusion about the physical, emotional, and financial impact the accident will have on your life. With an office in Glasgow, Flora Templeton Stuart helps clients in Glasgow and surrounding areas seek compensation for car accident injuries and losses. Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today at (888) 782-9090 or at her website for a free case consultation.

Why Choose Flora Templeton Stuart

In addition to serving clients with compassion and commitment, Flora Templeton Stuart gets results. Her firm has a long history of helping car accident victims recover compensation for the injuries they suffered because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentionally-harmful conduct. A few examples of results we have secured for our clients in motor vehicle accident matters include:

  • Our law firm is local with personal representation. We are a small firm with big results.
  • Our clients suffered severe injuries in a rear-end collision with a commercial truck. We achieved a settlement of $1.7 million with a lifetime income for our clients.
  • Our client suffered severe leg fractures when a semi-truck ran a traffic light and caused a catastrophic collision. Our firm secured a $1.65 million recovery for our client with payment of all medical bills and lifetime income.
  • A semi-truck struck our client, resulting in a brain injury. In addition to negotiating down the clients medical expenses, we obtained disability benefits and lifetime income in addition to a settlement.

The results above reflect past cases handled by our firm. Although there is no guarantee of a financial recovery in any specific case, Flora Templeton Stuart works tirelessly to bring her expertise and personal attention to every case she handles. Our firm develops a comprehensive case strategy for each individual client and strives to secure the maximum possible compensation for clients’ physical, emotional, and financial injuries.

Car Accidents in Kentucky

In Kentucky alone in 2018, there were more than 150,000 vehicle collisions resulting in more than 650 fatalities and nearly 35,000 injuries. Over 1,300 of these collisions occurred in Barren County. By these numbers, 1 in every 128 Kentucky residents was injured in a traffic accident that year.

The most common accidents in Kentucky involve collisions between two vehicles or between a vehicle and a fixed object. However, other types of traffic accidents also take a heavy toll. For instance, the Bluegrass State also witnessed over 1,000 collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian in 2018, resulting in the death of 79 pedestrians.

The most common contributing factors to car accidents in the Glasgow, KY area are:

  • Driver inattention;
  • Vehicle not under control;
  • Failure to yield;
  • Misjudgment of clearance;
  • Following too close;
  • Driving too fast for the conditions;
  • Alcohol or drug involvement; and
  • Driver distraction, cell phone use, or other inattention.

In other words, various driver errors cause devastation of traffic accidents in Glasgow and the greater Barren County region.

Finding Fault For Glasgow Car Accidents

In order to hold someone accountable for a tragic car accident, a lawyer must first figure out who that “someone” is. Flora Templeton Stuart and her team work with injured clients to identify all individuals and corporate entities who may have legal responsibility for an accident. These may include:

Negligent Drivers

Based on the data for vehicle collisions in Kentucky, it is clear that negligent drivers cause many devastating car accidents. Kentucky law treats a driver as having acted “negligently” whenever the driver failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care behind the wheel, such as when the driver:

  • Did not follow traffic laws;
  • Drive distracted;
  • Did not keep a vehicle in safe operating condition; or
  • Drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

These represent just a few examples of “negligent” driving. Any conduct behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that puts others on the road at unreasonable risk for an accident and injury can constitute “negligence.” Speak with our team to learn about whether a negligent driver caused the car accident that injured you or your loved one.

City or County Governments

A local government’s negligence can cause a car accident, such as when a municipality fails to design, construct, and maintain safe roads for the public. Pursuing a legal claim for damages against a government entity can get complicated, because governments themselves set the rules for when and how someone can sue them. Anyone injured in a car accident should always seek the services of an experienced Kentucky motor vehicle crash injury attorney who knows the ins-and-outs of pursuing a claim against any legally-liable party, even if that party is government entity.

Vehicle Manufacturers

If a vehicle crashed because it contained a defective part that malfunctioned, the manufacturer of that vehicle or part may have legal liability to an injured accident victim. As lawyers for accident victims, we have seen this happen time-and-again with vehicle components as diverse as brakes, tires, and airbags (among many others).

It takes skill and know-how to analyze and prove that a defective part caused a Glasgow-area car accident. Flora Templeton Stuart has the resources accident victims need to prove those defects and hold manufacturers accountable.

Others

These are just a few of the many, many parties who could face legal liability for causing a Glasgow car crash. Speak with our team to figure out who might have legal liability to you for the injuries and losses you have needlessly suffered because of someone else’s dangerous, reckless conduct.

The Tragic Consequences of Glasgow Car Accidents

Car crash dangerous accident on the road. SUV car crashing beside another one on the road.

Car accidents cause a host of devastating injuries that can take a lifelong toll on victims and their families, including:

  • Head and Brain Injuries: Car accidents commonly cause head injuries, especially when individuals are not wearing the appropriate restraining devices like seatbelts. A blow or jolt to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury that disrupts the brain’s normal function, resulting in physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: In a crash, the spinal cord can sustain damage that causes serious disabilities, from numbness or muscle weakness to permanent paralysis.
  • Neck and Back Injuries: Neck and back injuries can cause long-term pain and discomfort and often require significant rehabilitation and physical therapy.
  • Internal Injuries: Impact to the body can cause severe damage to vital organs like the lungs, kidneys, or livers. Some of these injuries go unnoticed and become fatal. Even when caught in time, these injuries can also leave crash victims with lifelong health complications.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: A broken bone is likely to limit your ability to perform daily functions. If the break is especially severe, it may require surgery and leave you with long-term disabilities.
  • Cuts, Bruises, and Sprains: While these injuries may seem minor, they may still have a significant impact on your life, impeding your range of motion and otherwise limiting your ability to perform day-to-day activities.

Many of the injuries resulting from a car accident require extensive medical treatment, including hospital stays and long-term rehabilitation. Some may leave victims with lifelong health challenges, limiting the injured individual’s ability to perform their job or live life as they did before the accident.

Understanding Damages

Flora Templeton Stuart works with her clients to understand how a car accident has impacted every aspect of their lives, so that they can seek compensation that accounts for the full-measure of “damages” a Glasgow car accident causes. These damages may include compensation for:

  • Medical Expenses: In addition to current medical expenses like hospital bills, doctor visits, and prescription costs, victims may also need to account for the costs of future care, rehabilitation, or in-home care.
  • Loss of Income: Victims forced to miss work due to accident injuries may seek to recover their lost wages or salary, including future earnings (if an injury prevents them from returning to work in the same capacity, or at all).
  • Property Damage: Vehicles and other property sustain damage in crashes. Victims can seek compensation for the cost of repairing that damage.
  • Pain and Suffering/Loss of Life Enjoyment: Glasgow accident victims can also recover damages for the physical discomfort and mental anguish wrongfully inflicted on them by a crash, as well as for the impact of accident injuries on their ability to enjoy their lives and closest relationships.

You may have heard of “punitive” damages, which seek to punish a defendant in a car accident case. In Kentucky, punitive damages are recoverable when a defendant acted with “oppression, fraud, or malice.” Speak with our experienced car accident team to understand whether your case has the hallmarks of one in which a court might award punitive damages.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

Car accident victims often feel overwhelmed and confused about where to turn for help. We invite anyone who has suffered injuries in a Glasgow car crash to call our office. In the meantime, however, car accident victims can also take steps on their own to protect their own health, wellbeing, and legal rights, such as:

  • Seek Medical Attention. Getting immediate, appropriate medical care is the single-most-important step anyone can take after a car accident. Many dangerous, even fatal, car accident injuries might not show symptoms right away. Seeing a doctor within 24 hours of an accident protects against those injuries getting worse, and helps to document the connection between an accident and the harm it caused.
  • Think Before You Speak. Be careful about what you say when you speak with anyone about the accident, especially police officers and insurance companies. Your words may be taken out of context or twisted to imply that you were at fault for the accident.
  • Stay Organized. Make sure that you keep any paperwork associated with the accident or your injuries organized, including medical bills, documentation of time you missed from work, or any communications you have had with insurance companies or the other party. This paperwork may become important evidence in your case.
  • Read Before Signing. Never sign any document relating to your car accident without making sure you understand what the document says. If it contains something you do not understand, decline to sign it before speaking with a lawyer. Some documents may include language that waives your rights, including your right to file a lawsuit or seek certain damages.
  • Speak with an Attorney Right Away. The sooner you speak with an experienced Glasgow car accident injury attorney, the better your chances of recovering the full amount of compensation you deserve.

The steps above can help you protect your health, wellbeing, and rights. They are, however, general suggestions. To learn about specific steps you should take in your particular case, contact Flora Templeton Stuart and her team as soon as possible. We have decades of experience guiding frightened, overwhelmed car accident victims through the process of putting their lives back together. We understand what you are going through, and we have the resources and know-how to help.

Your Glasgow Area Car Accident Injury Lawyer

Flora Templeton Stuart and her team work with clients to manage the stressful and complicated process of securing compensation for devastating and life-disrupting injuries after a car accident. We take a client-centered approach to every case, and focus on making sure our clients understand every step we take to help them through a difficult and upsetting time in their lives.

We are committed to making a difference for our community and our clients. If you have sustained injuries in a Glasgow-area car accident, contact us today for a free, confidential, no-obligation case review with one of our caring, compassionate team members.