There is a general idea floating around that if you hit another car, you are automatically to blame, but this is by no means always the case. If you were driving down the road safely and concentrating on the task at hand and another driver pulled out in front of you seemingly out of nowhere, he or she will very likely be deemed responsible for the ensuing accident, even though you struck their vehicle.
These car accident claims tend to be even more complicated than most others are, and having an experienced Kentucky car accident attorney on your side is always well advised.
When you are traveling down the road unencumbered by red lights, stop signs, or anything else, you have the right-of-way, which means that anyone entering your lane must do so in accordance with traffic signs and signals (and only when it is safe to do so). Only when a vehicle is pushed into the lane in front of you as a result of another driver’s negligence (via the impact of a car accident) would he or she not be responsible for failing to yield the right-of-way to you.
Some of the most common reasons for vehicles pulling out of nowhere into lanes they should not be in include:
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If you T-bone (or broadside) another vehicle that speeds directly in front of you, the accident is likely to be quite dangerous, and there are some important first steps that you should take, including (as applicable and as you are able):
The police report generated by the accident that was caused by another driver pulling out directly in front of you will likely include a preliminary determination of fault in the matter, which may be helpful to your claim. Obtaining a copy of the police report is important, but it is also important to recognize that this report is not necessarily the final say in the matter.
If the cause of the accident – the other driver negligently pulling into your lane and leaving you with no safe options – is obvious (and corroborated by eyewitnesses at the scene), the attending officer may include this in the report. If, however, the officer can’t ascertain the cause by simply looking and asking basic questions, the report may not accurately reflect what actually happened, and there is more investigative work to be done.
When someone pulls directly in front of you while you are driving safely down the road, there is often very little, if anything, you can do to avoid a dangerous collision. In fact, you may not have time to register that the vehicle is even there before you hit it.
Generally, physical evidence at the scene will corroborate this fact, but this physical evidence has a way of quickly disappearing with accident cleanup and traffic’s forward march. As such, there are some important evidence-gathering steps you should take (if you’re able to do so), including:
At Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers we go the extra mile to include setting up appointments with excellent physicians to treat our injured clients. This is a crucial part of what we do so our clients can get the medical treatment they need after being injured in an accident and we will have the documentation we need to maximize their settlement.
One of the main components of obtaining excellent settlement is having expert physicians treat our clients. At our law firm we provide personal representation with a top attorney to make sure our clients get the medical care that they need.
If another driver pulled out in front of you leaving you with no safe recourse, the Kentucky car accident attorneys at Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers have a wealth of experience guiding claims like yours toward favorable resolutions that help our clients reach their fullest recoveries. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-782-9090 for more information today.
Remember, we have offices in Kentucky and Tennessee close to you and travel to our injured client when they cannot come to us. With our firm you never need to leave your home after an accident.