Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers recently represented the victim of a rear-end collision that occurred in Franklin, Kentucky.
Our client, Katie, was traveling eastbound on Scottsville Road when she came upon a farm tractor causing traffic congestion. Although Katie and the driver traveling behind her were able to come to a complete stop without issue, a third vehicle rammed into the back of the group causing a chain-reaction involving four vehicles.
Our client was the second car in the line and was struck in the rear and then pushed forward into the leading vehicle. The impact caused her neck and head to move backward and then forward with great force causing trauma to her cervical spine. These types of injuries are common in rear-end accidents and are known as ‘whiplash’ injuries.
Whiplash strains the muscles and ligaments in your neck and causes pain that may persist for weeks or months following the collision. In some cases, whiplash victims may experience chronic pain or other long-lasting complications.
The Franklin Police Department arrived on the scene to speak with the drivers and witnesses of the accident. During their investigation, they learned that the driver who initially caused the wreck had become distracted and was unable to react quickly enough to avoid collision. Distracted driving, including activities like texting while driving, is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents and one of the most commonly cited examples of driver negligence.
In Kentucky, personal injury lawsuits allow those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s negligence to seek compensation for any damages sustained in the collision. ‘Damages’ is a legal term that describes the financial and emotional losses that victims suffer, including medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.
To have a valid personal injury claim, your attorney must establish liability in the accident by proving that the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence. In this case, the at-fault driver openly admitted to taking his eyes off the road and was therefore responsible for all of Katie’s injuries and losses.
Katies injuries necessitated extensive medical treatment and months of rehabilitation. To help with the recovery process, our attorneys provided referrals to quality physicians and chiropractors who were able to manage her pain and get her back on her feet.
Our client also experienced significant wage loss at her factory job after missing several weeks while recovering. At the time, she was unable to meet her job’s physical requirements and was unsure if she would ever be able to return at the same capacity.
Katie experienced around $10,000 in damages as a direct result of the collision. This included her medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. After negotiating with the at-fault drivers insurance company, our team was able to secure a settlement of over $15,000 dollars, allowing our client to move forward with their life.
We believe that no one should be financially responsible for an accident that wasn’t their fault, which is why we always fight for maximum compensation for our injured clients. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver, contact us today for a free case evaluation and speak with a Franklin car accident lawyer who truly cares about you.