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    How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

    Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers, with offices in Bowling Green and across Kentucky, are available to meet on weekends and often travel to our injured clients in Kentucky and Tennessee when they cannot come to us. As local attorneys we provide personal representation for our clients who have been injured in vehicle collisions which includes car, commercial truck accidents, motorcycle collisions along with slip and falls and dog bite injuries.

    We never charge a fee unless we recover a settlement for our clients. For over forty seven years we have collected millions in injury claims obtaining the maximum recovery for our clients. Call us 24/7, even on weekends for a free consultation without charge or obligation. With offices close by we are just a call away.

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    GET YOU TRANSPORTATION

    GET YOU TRANSPORTATION

    COLLECTING INSURACE

    COLLECTING INSURACE

    REFER EXCELLENT PHYSICIANS

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    We collect For Our Clients!

    The steps we take to maximize recovery with our team of investigators, excellent physicians, and our negotiating skills over 47 years has resulted in millions recovered for injured clients.

    • Medical Expenses, past & future
    • Rental vehical
    • Disability costs or live-in care
    • Lost wages
    • Disfigurement, loss of limbs, or permanent scarring
    • Lost capacity to earn
    • Physical pain and emotional suffering
    • Lost love, companionship, and guidance (consortium claim)
    • Replacement vehicle repairs
    • Funeral or burial expenses
    • Punitive damages

    We are a small firm with BIG FIRM results.

    $2.825 Million

    Curshed Skull

    $2.0 Million

    Brain Injury

    $1.7 Million

    Fractured Legs

    What Our Clients Say

    When Insurance Pays in a Car Accident

    Several types of insurance coverage that will pay if you’re injured in an automobile collision:

    Personal Injury Protection: The vehicle you are in is the primary coverage for payment of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in Kentucky. PIP has minimal limits of $10,000, pays medical expenses, lost income, home care and even a portion of funeral expenses. At Flora Templeton Stuart Accident Injury Lawyers we reserve these benefits so medical bills and lost wages will get paid. PIP is repaid by the party at fault.

    Liability: The at fault driver pays for injuries caused to another through their liability policy, which in Kentucky has a minimum policy of $25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident and a maximum can be in the millions with a commercial insurance policy.

    Uninsured Motorist: If the driver at fault did not have insurance you can collect on your uninsured motorists coverage on your own insurance policy.

    Underinsured Motorist: If the at fault driver of the vehicle had insurance but not enough or your injuries are greater than that amount you can collect on underinsured motorists. Flora Templeton Stuart will make sure all underinsured policies are uncovered for maximum recovery.

    Statute of Limitations in Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

    In vehicle accidents there is a limited amount of time to sue. In Kentucky, you have two years after the wreck to sue which can be extended with PIP benefits being paid. In Tennessee, you only have one year to file an action. Anyone under 18 has the time to sue after they turn 18.

    FAQs

    How are we different?

    As a local attorney Flora personally oversees all cases for her injured clients putting her 47 years experience to negotiate top settlements.

    How are we paid?

    We are only paid if we win your case. This is a contingency fee agreement where our clients pay nothing unless we collect damages for them.

    How long will my case take?

    At our law firm we work to not only get our clients the medical treatment they need, but once they have completed treatment we negotiate for the maximum settlement we can obtain in the shortest period possible.

    Who pays for my car damage?

    If you have full coverage or collision on your vehicle you may have your own insurance pay the damage and/or replacement of your vehicle paid back from the party at fault. If you do not have collision or do not desire to collect from your own company you can collect from the party at fault directly. Our law firm receives no fee when representing clients to collect their vehicle damage.

    Who pays my medical bills?

    While Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is primary it pays $10,000 medical expenses. In most cases your own health insurance will pay bills in excess of that amount. We work to see that medical bills are all paid when your case is settled.

    What type of auto accident cases do your handle?

    Personal injury attorney Flora Templeton Stuart has decades of experience representing clients injured due to car wrecks, semi accidents, hit and run accidents, DUI accidents, motorcycle wrecks, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, truck wrecks, bus, Uber/Lyft/Taxicab and other motor vehicle accidents. if you are a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, contact us for a free case evaluation. We can help you get all the compensation you deserve.

    Types of Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

    In one recent year, 724 people lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in Kentucky. In total, 158,171 accidents took place throughout the state in a year’s time, injuring more than 34,000. In other words, for every 128 people living in the state, one suffered injuries in a car accident.

    Different types of car accidents each present the danger of injury or death, including:

    • Rear-end accidents: Rear-end accidents in Kentucky account for one-fifth of all motor vehicle accidents. However, they only represent 11 percent of fatalities resulting from traffic crashes. Rear-end accidents are frequently caused by tailgating or following too closely. Accidents occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the rear of another vehicle. In addition to tailgating, this type of accident is also commonly caused by speeding. Driving at excessive speeds reduces the time a driver has to perceive a roadway hazard, like a car suddenly stopping ahead. Further, speeding increases the distance required for a vehicle to come to a safe stop. Distracted driving commonly contributes to causing rear-end collisions.
    • Broadside collisions: Also known as angle-collisions or T-bone accidents, broadside collisions are the most prevalent type of vehicle accident in Kentucky. In 2018, broadside collisions represented 30.4 percent of all car accidents statewide, accounting for 41.2 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. Most often, these collisions occur in an intersection when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way to another. Broadside collisions pose an extreme risk of serious injury and fatality for occupants on the impacted side of the vehicle.
    • Sideswipe collisions: Sideswipe accidents account for nearly 20 percent of all accidents in Kentucky and about 4 percent of all accident fatalities. Sideswipe collisions involve the side of one vehicle striking the side of another. They’re often caused by improper lane changes. For instance, a driver may fail to ensure an adjacent lane is clear before quickly passing into it.
    • Head-on crashes: In 2018, about 3 percent of the car accidents in Kentucky were classified as head-on crashes. However, head-on crashes accounted for 35.6 percent of all accident fatalities in the state. Head-on collisions involve the front of one vehicle colliding with the front of another vehicle. Head-on crashes frequently result in death or serious injury. The forward motion of both vehicles coupled with their speed increases the intensity of the impact.
    • Single-vehicle crashes: Many accidents involve only one vehicle. Typically, a vehicle will collide with an object, animal, or even a pedestrian or bicyclist. In Kentucky, in 2018, 1,511 vehicles struck other objects. Another 1,024 accidents involved pedestrians. The majority of single-vehicle crashes, 3,073, involved a collision with a deer and only 332 involved a collision with a bicyclist.
    • Chain-reaction crashes: In contrast to single-vehicle crashes, chain-reaction crashes are those that involve three or more vehicles. Often, chain-reaction crashes are caused when the impact of two vehicles colliding causes one of the cars to strike a third vehicle. Pileups are a type of chain reaction crash occurring at highway speeds on the interstate. They typically involve a number of vehicles that cannot stop in time to avoid the initial crash. Pileups are particularly dangerous because a single vehicle may be involved in numerous consecutive collisions within a short time frame. In addition, accident victims may increase their risk of injury by exiting the vehicle while subsequent collisions are taking place.
    • Rollover crashes: Rollover crashes can happen in one of two ways. First, they may result from a vehicle colliding with an object or another vehicle, which creates an imbalance causing a rollover. Second, a rollover may result from losing control around a sharp curve, over-correcting mistakes, or running off the road. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, e.g. trucks, vans, or SUVs are especially at risk due to their inherent instability.

    What Causes Car Accidents?

    Many types of accidents exist, as do causes for crashes. Some of the most common causes include:

    • Distracted driving: A person driving at 55 miles per travels the length of a football field in only five seconds. While all distractions are dangerous, but texting and other cell phone use are among the most dangerous of driving distractions. It is not uncommon for drivers to take five seconds or more to read or reply to a text message while driving. While texting, a driver’s eyes are off the road, the mind is off driving, at least one hand is off the wheel. Some other common distractions include eating or drinking, visiting with other passengers, adjusting vehicle or stereo controls, and applying makeup. Drivers may also be distracted by external factors including billboards, people in other cars, or even previous accidents.
    • Alcohol impairment: In one recent year, alcohol-impaired drivers caused 4,736 collisions in Kentucky. Alcohol impairment contributed to 113 fatal collisions and 1,585 accidents involving injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person dies in the United States every 48 minutes in an accident involving alcohol. Alcohol impairment causes significant reductions in the motor functioning required for the safe operation of a motor vehicle. The use of alcohol may decrease a driver’s ability to process information or to maintain one’s own lane of travel. In addition, alcohol can affect the ability to steer and brake effectively, respond to emergencies, and focus on the task of driving.
    • Speeding: In one recent year, 9,378 people died from accidents that were caused by speeding in the United States. As such, speeding is one of the most deadly driving behaviors. As mentioned,speeding reduces a driver’s reaction time and increases the distance required to stop a vehicle. Additionally, speeding prevents your vehicle’s protective features—such as the steel frame, seat belts, and airbags—from working effectively. Speeding is not only driving faster than the posted speed limit. Speeding also includes driving too fast for the conditions of the road. For example, in inclement weather or traffic congestion, it is likely hazardous to travel at the posted speed.
    • Fatigue: Extreme fatigue in drivers manifests many impairments similar to alcohol impairment. Fatigue may result in slower reaction times and the inability to maintain one’s lane. All drivers are at risk of fatigue without the appropriate amount of sleep each night. However, those at particular risk include long-haul truck drivers, shift workers, and individuals suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to briefly stop breathing numerous times during sleep, resulting in low quality sleep.
    • Failure to yield: Failure to yield includes running red lights and stop signs. In addition, turning onto a street from a parking lot or driveway without waiting for a sufficient gap in traffic also constitutes a failure to yield. A failure to yield is the most common cause of accidents occurring in intersections. Intersection accidents account for more than a quarter of all accidents in Kentucky.
    • Inclement weather: Rain, fog, and snow are driving hazards that may reduce visibility and create slick roads. Inclement weather can increase the risk of an accident.
    • Defective auto parts: Manufacturers and distributors of vehicle parts have the responsibility to ensure that those parts are safe for use by consumers. Some defective parts may result in accidents, including defective tail lights, turn signals, brake or steering systems, and tires.

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      What Types of Injuries Are Sustained in Car Accidents?

      Every part of the body can be injured in an accident, depending on the circumstances. However, some injuries are more common than others and can be very severe. Common severe accident injuries include:

      • Traumatic brain injuries: Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Mild brain injuries, commonly known as concussions, often heal after a few weeks. However, moderate and serious brain injuries may have lifelong impacts. Serious head trauma may result in the loss of skills one needs to manage day-to-day life. Brain injuries may cause impairment in mobility, memory, communication, regulation of emotions, vision, hearing, or even the sense of smell.
      • Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries to incur in a car accident. Depending on the severity of the injury, spinal cord damage often results in death or permanent disability. Injuries to the spinal cord may cause paraplegia, which is loss of function and sensation in the legs, feet, and pelvis. Tetraplegia or quadriplegia causes a loss of function and sensation in the legs, feet, pelvis, torso, shoulders, neck, arms, and hands may also result from spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries are categorized as complete or incomplete. Complete injuries involve a total loss of function and sensation beneath the site of the injury. With incomplete injuries, the patient retains some sensation and function of the body beneath the site of the injury.
      • Internal damage: The internal organs are largely protected by the skeletal structure and skin. However, in a car accident, they may become injured due to broken ribs, or simply by the force of the impact. Internal damage is not always immediately obvious. Symptoms of internal bleeding may not present themselves until hours or even days after the accident.
      • Amputated limbs: Contact with sharp objects may amputate limbs during the accident. Alternatively, limbs may be surgically amputated to prevent infection and chronic pain if they are too damaged to save.
      • Broken bones: Broken bones are one of the most common injuries resulting from serious car accidents. Of particular concern are broken ribs, which can cause damage to internal organs, including the lungs.
      • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries: Often regarded as a minor injury, whiplash can cause victims to experience chronic pain. Soft tissue injuries are common during accidents when bodies are jolted or slammed around in the cab of the car.
      • Burns: Burns in a car accident can result from airbag deployment, contact with caustic chemicals, and vehicle fires. Car accidents account for only about 5 percent of all burn injuries. Burns suffered in motor vehicle accidents can cause extensive hospitalization, scarring, disfigurement, and complications, including infection or difficulty breathing.

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      Damage in a Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Accident

      Car accident injuries can have a profound impact on victims as well as their families’ quality of life. Undoubtedly, victims with serious injuries will endure costs associated with extensive medical expenses. In addition, suffers may also endure:

      • Permanent disability, resulting in lost wages and loss of future earnings.
      • The need for home modifications to accommodate the injuries.
      • The need for assistive equipment, such as a wheelchair, crutches, or vehicle modifications.
      • Loss of the ability to do activities that were previously enjoyed.
      • Severe pain and emotional distress.
      • Psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
      • Impacts on an individual’s intimate relationship with his or her spouse.
      • Feelings of humiliation or isolation due to not being able to participate in social functions.
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