Car Accidents

Car Accident

Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents are among the most common personal injury accidents in the nation. Though car accidents happen frequently, that does not mean they deserve less legal attention. In fact, car accidents can cause life-threatening injuries that demand costly medical treatment. If you were involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, consult my firm immediately.

Don’t trust an insurance company to act in your best interests. Only a lawyer can represent you to the fullest extent of the law! If someone else’s negligent behavior resulted in your car accident or the wrongful death of a loved one, you need to retain me as your attorney immediately. You could have grounds for compensation to recover your damages.

Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding car accidents:

What are the most common causes of car accidents?

  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Distracted driving, such as texting while driving or adjusting the radio or GPS system
  • Car failure, such as a blown tire, brake failure, or headlamp failure
  • Environmental hazards, such as rain or snow
  • Driver negligence, such as reckless driving or speeding

Do I have grounds for a claim?

Your eligibility for a claim depends on a variety of factors. In a perfect world, all people injured due to someone else’s negligence would be eligible for compensation. Unfortunately, personal injury law is extremely complex, and the smallest of details in a case could transform the outcome of a personal injury matter.

Auto accident claims are specifically difficult to file in Kansas because there are many statutes that can affect claims. Additionally, insurance companies will almost always try to steer insurance policy holders – you, the victim – from filing claims by making the process as difficult as possible. At my firm, I highly value your interests and believe that personal and compassionate legal representation is required after a traumatic experience.

Should I talk to police if they come to the scene of the accident?

Yes. Talk to the police about the accident, but avoid taking the blame or putting the blame on another driver. It is better to state facts. Having a police report can be beneficial because the insurance companies can use it to verify your statement.

What should I say if the other driver’s insurance company calls me?

If another insurance company contacts you for a statement about the accident, you don’t have to talk to them. Just give them my contact information and tell them to contact your lawyer instead. Most of the time, it won’t benefit you in any way to talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may accidentally say something that they will twist into evidence to hold you liable.

Do I need to go see a doctor after a car accident?

Yes! You should absolutely make an appointment with your doctor. Not all injuries from an accident are immediately detectable. You will need a full medical examination so that any problems can be brought to light. Make sure to keep copies of all medical bills, as these will be needed when you file a claim for compensation.

The other driver doesn’t have insurance. What should I do?

According to statistics, almost 30% of drivers don’t have insurance. Fortunately, if you have insurance, you can obtain compensation from your own insurance company under a UM/UIM policy. Every driver that gets insurance has to get a minimum uninsured/underinsured policy, so chances are-you have one! Ask me to review your policy and find out your coverage.

How much time do I have to file a claim for a car accident?

In Kansas, you have as many as two years to file a claim for injuries, wrongful death, or defective products.

How do I file a car accident claim?

Insurance companies will stop at nothing to deny your insurance claim or offer you the lowest settlement amount possible, which is why you should not try to negotiate directly with them on your own. Insurance company adjusters can cheat you out of obtaining maximum compensation by challenging evidence, testimonies, medical results and even your medical history. This is why it is extremely important that you refrain from signing anything or making any recorded statements without first consulting with my firm.

The other driver was texting & driving. Are they at-fault for my accident?

Although there is no law in the state of Kansas that bans the use of cellphones for all drivers, there is a statewide ban on texting while driving. If a driver was texting & caused an accident, then he or she could be held liable for the accident.
Texting while driving is on the rise and it is one of the leading causes of car accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving is the equivalent of driving after drinking four beers. The National Safety Council reports that texting while driving causes 1,600,000 accidents a year.

Even with these shocking and worrisome reports and the laws in place, many drivers continue to text while driving and in doing so, risk their lives and the lives of others. If you or loved one was injured in a texting while driving accident, you need the experienced and passionate legal representation from a car accident lawyer.

Timothy J. King, Attorney at Law / 300 West Douglas Avenue #230, Wichita, KS 67202