Kansas alcohol-related car accidents often result in severe injuries requiring ongoing care and even death. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), in 2017, more than 19% of accident fatalities had alcohol as a factor. This alarming statistic demonstrates how serious a wreck caused by a drunk driver can truly shatter lives and futures.
Attempting to file a claim against the intoxicated driver may prove difficult for some motorists as Kansas is a no-fault state and requires personal injury protection (PIP) coverage of a mere $4,500 for medical expenses. This is rarely enough if one suffers injuries so traumatizing that the cost of care, trauma, and future needs can easily exceed that amount. When a scenario like this occurs, accident victims must file a claim against the responsible party's insurance policy and try to negotiate.
Before you call up insurance companies to file your claim, remember that your injuries are a result of another's negligence. You should consider the emotional, financial, and physical trauma and loss you've experienced. While every victim deserves compensation for their loss, the insurance company and the laws surrounding an alcohol-related crash get complicated very quickly when you're having to make statements about what occurred.
When you prepare a statement about the accident, make sure you cover any consequences you experienced as a result of the crash. Some common injuries that many injured parties endure after a drunk driving accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Fractured bones
- Pain and damage
- Internal bleeding and/or organ injuries
- Shoulder issues from the seatbelt's force
- Burns from vehicle fires
- Spinal cord trauma
- Loss of a limb
- Sprained muscles and/or tendons
After receiving debilitating injuries during a drunk driving crash, trying to get the best care possible for your future well-being is of critical importance. Those who lost a loved one may also find life irreparably changed and complicated as they face burial expenses and associated medical costs. Holding the party at fault for the loss of your family member during your time of grief may seem unthinkable, and this is why an experienced lawyer that you trust is needed during these difficult times.
Whether you suffered whiplash or have a wrongful death claim that needs pursuit, a successful personal injury attorney can help you get the money your family deserves for damages like:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Loss of future earning ability
- Rehabilitative care
- Funeral costs
- Residential care
- Emotional trauma
- Catastrophic injuries
Holding Reckless Drunk Drivers Accountable in Kansas
Even when you are not at fault for your accident, insurance companies will be hesitant when it comes to following through on your coverage. This aggravates an already fragile situation when you simply want the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Don't let the corporate insurance industry walk all over you; consult with attorney Joseph T. Welsh today.
Joseph T. Welsh, Attorney at Law dedicates himself to his Southwest Kansas clients and their best interests after a traumatic life experience like car accidents. His passionate advocacy for his clients during the drunk driving accident claims process demonstrates his dedication to pursuing deserved payouts aggressively. As a former attorney working for the Kansas U.S. District Court, he has the experience and successful case results to get the trial results you need to move on with your life and start healing. Contact his office today at (620) 510-5030 or complete our contact form to receive a free case evaluation today.