Morehead Personal Injury Lawyer
Being injured in an accident can be overwhelming, to say the least. You not only have to concentrate on your healing, but may also wonder how to make ends meet. Medical bills mount over time, and some injuries may even keep you from your livelihood. These uncertainties cause a great deal of stress, which can actually slow your healing.
At Salyer Law, we understand the uncertainty and frustration that comes with being involved in an accident. Fortunately, Kentucky law provides recourse for those who have been injured by another person’s legal fault. A personal injury lawsuit helps victims of accidents recover compensation to pay for all their medical expenses, pay off lost wages, and address the pain and suffering associated with your experience.
More to Morehead
If you are an outdoor enthusiast with a thirst for thrills, you will love Morehead, Kentucky. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Morehead is home to the Highland Rim and the western border of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield. One of most scenic locations in Morehead is Cave Run Lake, which is perfect for a day full of fishing, houseboating, or water sports. With over 8,000 acres of open water and 200 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space to relax and soak in the sunshine. Morehead is also an official Kentucky Trail Town, which means it has over 100 miles of trails. You can even explore the Daniel Boone National Forest, which surrounds Cave Run Lake. Our legal team hopes you stay safe while adventuring, but should you be involved in an accident on the lake or get hurt at a hotel, we can help you seek justice.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When we use the term “personal injury,” we’re referring to a broad area of Kentucky law that gives people who’ve been injured the option for financial security. In legal terms, this recourse is also called the “tort system.” Tort claims are essential to the health of our democracy, because they not only give victims of accidents legal recourse, but they also provide accountability for negligence.
Consider this as an example. When someone breaks the law, we hold them accountable through fines or jail time. Why should negligence be any different? When someone acts carelessly and injures another person, we help them realize the consequences of their actions. This holds especially true for corporations and large businesses, who sometimes seem more focused on profit margins than protecting others.
Anyone can be guilty of negligence. If you’ve been injured in an accident, we can pursue the parties responsible, whether it’s an individual, corporation, or even a government entity. If you’re running out of money and options, contact the Morehead personal injury attorneys at Salyer Law for a confidential case review. We have experience litigating all aspects of personal injury law.
Car Accident Attorney in Morehead
Car accidents make up a large portion of the cases we litigate, especially since they’re so common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the second leading cause of unintentional death and injury in the United States. Our fair state of Kentucky certainly sees more than its share of car accident injury and death: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the national rate of car accident fatalities is 10.42 per 100,000 people. In Kentucky, the average is 16.48.
The unfortunate thing is most car accidents are preventable. We as a state can do better to reduce the amount of motor vehicle related injury and death.
What Causes Car Accidents?
Car accidents can result from any number of factors interacting with one another. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. But most of the time, car accidents are rooted in accidents. Here are some common examples:
- Distracted Driving. In 2014, there were 53,500 car crashes leading to 14,000 injuries due to distracted driving alone. Kentucky law prohibits texting and driving, but this does little to deter people from using their phones on the road.
- Driving under the influence. With all the stories we hear in the media about the consequences of drunk driving, you would think it would be common sense not to get behind the wheel after having too much. Unfortunately, not everyone follows the letter of the law.
- Construction Zones. It seems Kentucky roads are always lined with orange barrels. These construction zones are full of hazards, from narrower lanes, road blocks, and debris that can cause tire blowouts.
- Inclement weather. A Kentucky ice storm can make the roads treacherous, as can any other kind of inclement weather. In fact, even a small rainfall can make roads slippery enough to cause problems.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may have legal options beyond the initial insurance claim.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Morehead
We here in Kentucky know how to ride. Our winding roads, access to scenic forests, and fair weather make biking a popular pastime here in Morehead. Unfortunately, we see our fair share of motorcycle accidents, too. According to the NHTSA, there were 91 motorcycle fatalities in Kentucky in 2015. Given the fact that most motorcycle accidents are preventable, even one is too many.
Motorcycles, while an enjoyable way to get around, are inherently dangerous because they lack safety features. As a result, a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. The NHTSA collects information about motorcycle accidents each year, and they’ve found the following injuries are the most common:
- Lower extremity injuries, including crush injuries (from the bike landing on the body), burns, and road rash. These injures are often severe, may require skin grafting, and will leave emotional scars long after the physical wounds have healed.
- Injuries affecting the head, neck, and spinal cord are less common, but are often catastrophic. Traumatic brain injuries and paralysis often require lifelong accommodations and specialized care.
- Abdominal and trunk injuries can cause internal bleeding and damage to organs, which can prove fatal.
Many motorcycle accidents occur as the result of human error. Even if you diligently wear a helmet and protective gear, each time you get on your motorcycle, you’re at the mercy of other drivers on the road.
Distracted driving and negligence play a role in motorcycle accidents, just as they do for car accidents. But the main difference between motorcycle accidents and regular car accidents is that drivers simply aren’t as attuned to your vehicle as they are others. For example, they may check their blind spot for a standard-sized car, but not carefully enough to notice a small motorcycle. And when a car and motorcycle crash, the results are often devastating.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation.
Trucking Accident Lawyer in Morehead
Each time we get on Highway 801, we worry about crashes involving big rigs and 18 wheelers, and for good reason: crashes involving semis are often catastrophic. They also don’t get enough attention: according to the NHTSA, there are 100,000 people injured in the U.S. each year in accidents involving these vehicles.
Their large size and slow stopping times make semis an inherent danger to drivers on the road. Because of this, the federal government set strict regulations to maximize their safety and prevent accidents. On the other hand, time is money, and companies and their employees may not always follow these rules. For example, there were 175,000 truck drivers ordered off the road in 2014 for having too many safety violations.
Morehead, KY is home to a thriving trucking industry. We not only need these trucks to transport our goods, but to support our local economy. But when trucking companies don’t follow the rules, we all suffer. Accidents with large trucks often seriously injure or kill the other driver and their passengers.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident involving a big rig, semi, or delivery truck, you may have legal recourse among the initial insurance claim, despite Kentucky’s “no fault” status. State law does provide victims of serious and catastrophic injuries an opportunity to collect damages.
Slip and Fall Attorney in Morehead
Owners of local businesses have a legal obligation to keep their properties well-maintained and free from hazardous conditions. If a public space has a defect and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to collect compensation under Kentucky’s slip and fall liability laws.
Salyer Law Firm handles many slip and fall cases in Morehead each year. As with every area of personal injury law, successfully litigating a case depends on proving the following:
- A defective or unsafe condition existed on someone’s property. A common example would be a puddle of water in a grocery store or a patch of ice on stairs.
- The owner of the property did, or should have known the defect or unsafe condition existed. For example, grocery store surveillance cameras may show an employee walking past the spill, but failing to clean it.
- The unsafe condition led directly to your injuries (you slipped, fell, and broke your arm).
- Those injuries led to specific damages (you incurred medical bills and had to miss time from work).
The trickiest part of a slip and fall case is proving that an owner did or should have known about a defect. Just because an unsafe condition existed, doesn’t make the owner automatically negligent. Each case is unique and requires a savvy slip and fall attorney.
The best way to see if your slip and fall injury qualifies for compensation under Kentucky law is to schedule a case evaluation with our firm.
Wrongful Death Lawyer in Morehead
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is tragic. An accident brings a slew of bills, from medical expenses to paying final expenses. At Salyer Law Firm, we know no amount of money can bring your loved one back. But we also know that many families struggle to find their financial footing after a wrongful death, and a settlement can help bring a sense of security.
When we use the term “wrongful death,” we’re referring to any accident in which someone dies as the legal fault of someone else. A wrongful death case may be the result of medical malpractice, a car accident, or even a product liability case.
Under Kentucky law, only certain people can collect compensation in a wrongful death case. This right is usually extended to financial dependents and immediate family members. If eligible to collect compensation, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Final expenses, including the burial and funeral
- Medical bills incurred from the final illness or injury
- Any future loss in wages (for financial dependents, what the deceased would have provided over a full lifespan)
- Intangible losses such as sorrow, mental anguish, and grief
A wrongful death settlement is not only meant to provide financial comfort to grieving families, but also provide accountability for those who committed the wrongdoing. We send a simple message to corporations and individuals alike: no one can get away with careless or reckless behavior, especially when those actions take another’s life.
At Salyer Law, we know that a settlement won’t cure your grief. But with financial security, you can begin to pick up the pieces again. To discuss your wrongful death case, schedule a free and confidential review of your legal options.
Statute of Limitation Laws in Morehead
Kentucky is unique in its approach to the statute of limitations. While most states throughout the union give personal injury victims 2 years to file a lawsuit, the state of Kentucky gives only one. If you’re considering a civil suit, contact us as soon as possible to get the process started.