In a recent survey conducted by AT&T, 49% of American adult drivers admitted that they text while driving.  That’s a surprising statistic compared to only 43% of teens who admitted they too text, email, and check social networks while driving. While any licensed driver can partake in the act of texting while driving, as the AT&T study shows, adults are the worst offenders. Why can’t adults put the mobile phone down while behind the wheel? When asked why, respondents to the survey answered candidly that “it was a habit,” “it makes me more productive,” and “I like to stay connected.” A few years ago adults said they never did it, but in today’s fast paced world, texting while driving has become the new norm. While texting while driving may help someone stay more connected or be more productive, there can be very serious consequences of driving while texting.
Kentucky’s Texting Laws
To combat this phenomenon, Kentucky has stepped up and passed stricter laws banning texting while driving. In 2011, Kentucky created a new section of KRS Chapter 189, which prohibits text messaging while operating a motor vehicle. Punishments for a driver who is caught text messaging range from fines between $20 to $100 for each offense, excluding court costs, as well as adding on an additional 6 months onto the time a permit holder must wait before being allowed to get his or her driver’s license.
Texting Increases the Chances of You Getting Into an Auto Accident
The reality is the repercussions of driving and texting can lead to increased chances of getting into an auto accident and even death. Researchers from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reported that texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. When you text and drive, you are not only at risk for injury, but you are a liability to every driver around you.
If you have or know anyone who has been a victim of an auto accident involving a distracted driver who texted while driving, Lawrence & Associates can help!
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Lawrence & Associates
Lawrence & Associates is a firm dedicated to helping accident victims and the families of fatal accident victims get the compensation and care they need to rebuild their lives. We also help people and their businesses obtain a fresh financial start through bankruptcy. Lawrence & Associates is located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and serves all of Northern Kentucky.
In Northern Kentucky, a car accident occurs several times every hour on average. Often, following a car accident, injured Northern Kentucky drivers will receive a call from the other driver’s insurance company asking for a recorded statement about the injury. Below are tips that will ensure you get full and fair compensation for any injuries you receive in an accident.
You Must Cooperate With Your Insurance Company But You Don’t Have to Do it Directly
To some extent, your insurance company is on your side because they would prefer that the other driver’s insurance company pay for damages to the vehicle, and that will only happen if the other driver is responsible. However, your insurance company’s adjuster has far less “skin in the game” than you do, and you can’t expect that person to go out on a limb for you the way a retained attorney will. Your duty to cooperate with your own insurance company does not mean that you are required to deal with them directly, however. If you already have Northern Kentucky personal injury attorney retained, ask the insurance company to contact your attorney instead! That is what you pay the attorney for.
You Do Not Have to Cooperate With The Other Person’s Insurance Company
In Northern Kentucky, it is legal for the other driver’s insurance company to contact injured motorists, and even to tell the injured motorist that they have to give a recorded statement! That is not always a bad thing; in fact, if your injuries are minimal or non-existent and the police report places liability on the other driver, you may want to talk to the other driver’s adjuster to speed things along. However, if you are being treated by a doctor in Northern Kentucky for your auto related injuries and do not see any end to the treatment in sight; you should contact a Northern Kentucky personal injury lawyer first.
The Other Driver’s Insurance Company Adjuster Is Your Opponent!
It is important for injured Northern Kentucky drivers, if still being treated for injuries, to contact an attorney before speaking to the other driver’s insurance adjuster because the other driver’s insurance adjuster is looking for a way to reduce the amount that has to be paid to resolve the other driver’s liability for the accident. It is rare for the adjuster to offer you nothing, but it is not the adjuster’s job to offer you a fair amount. It is not the adjuster’s job to seek justice. And it is certainly not the adjuster’s job to maximize your recovery or advise you of all the kinds of damages that are available to you.
Your First Statements Can Affect Future Settlements
First impressions are critical. Do you understand what your injuries are? If you don’t, the adjuster will set aside a sum of money as a “reserve” on your claim that represents the minimum potential injury and perhaps refuse to go over that amount later on. Only giving a detailed and credible account of your injuries and future medical treatment will create a reserve that matches your need. Don’t try to make up potential future treatment, as the adjuster is trained to spot this! The experienced Northern Kentucky personal injury attorneys at Lawrence & Associates know how to account for medical costs so you get full and fair compensation.
The Insurance System is an Adversarial System That’s Is Best Handled by a Lawyer
Nearly everyone that is seriously injured in a car accident, in Northern Kentucky and elsewhere, winds up needing an attorney because the insurance system is an adversarial system, pitting you against a multi-billion dollar insurance company. Most Northern Kentucky citizens prefer not to deal with adjusters directly and do not know how to effectively negotiate a settlement. Most also prefer not to deal with the headaches and paperwork associated with an insurance claim.
If you or someone you know was hurt in an accident, please contact Lawrence & Associates today to get full and fair compensation for your injuries!
I’ve been practicing law since October 2005 and I found Lawrence & Associates. I currently oversee all practice areas, including Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Bankruptcy. However, my hands-on work is mostly in Personal Injury litigation, particularly for products liability and admiralty cases.
Devoted to Helping People Get Back on Their Feet
I went to law school because I wanted to help people. No one needs help more than someone that’s had a traumatic life event. Whether you’ve been hurt and can’t pay medical bills, or lost your job and can’t pay your mortgage, I take a lot of pride in fact that my firm can help get you back on your feet.
I always wanted to represent people, not businesses. I would have to walk off the job the first time a business wanted me to sue a single mom, or something like that. Also, I worked at Children’s Hospital during law school and knew medical records pretty well. So I focused on an area of practice where I knew I’d be helping people and could put my medical based skills to good use. Lawrence & Associates started off practicing in personal injury and expanded from there.
The Future For Lawrence & Associates
Lawrence & Associates needs to continue to grow and sometimes it’s tough because there are a lot of cheap, gimmicky lawyers out there. Most prospective clients have trouble telling the difference between good lawyers and bad. Getting past the static created by those silly commercials is a major challenge to my firm’s ability to represent those in need.
Lawrence & Associates wants to grow to become the premier legal representation for people in the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati areas. We want to expand our ability to help people with personal injury, workers’ compensation and bankruptcy cases, as well as expand into other areas of practice such as estate planning and elder law.
Our Firm Sets Ourselves Apart Through Client Satisfaction
We are simply the best in client satisfaction, hands down. Most of our business comes from referrals, and a lot of those are from prior clients. We communicate well with our clients and get results. All our fees are up front and there are no hidden charges. We know good service leads to more business down the road than campy commercials or tired gimmicks.
Success is Helping Our Clients with Their Problems…And Winning!
I’ve had clients hug me in the courtroom when they realize we’ve accomplished whatever we set out to do. I’ve brought in millions of dollars for my clients, including two multi-million dollar cases so far in 2014. Both are forms of success to my firm and I. My firm and I like winning, and we win a lot.
Keys to my success are empathy, public speaking, persistence, and continual learning.My background working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital gave me a unique perspective into medical treatment that helps benefit my clients. Also, I’m one of very few people who actually enjoys and looks forward to public speaking. This helps a great deal in the courtroom. In regard to education, I’ve spent the last nine years focusing on the personal injury, workers’ compensation, and bankruptcy areas of practice, and I’ve taken hundreds of hours of continuing education in those areas.
Giving Back to the Community
I focus on helping children with disabilities. I’m on the Board of Directors of Redwood and sponsor several of their events. Redwood is a school that helps children and adults with disabilities lead happy, enriching lives that are incorporated into the mainstream community wherever possible. I have also been appointed by the governor to sit on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Development, which focuses on helping children with disabilities meet their developmental goals from birth to age three.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
About Our Personal Injury Practice
At the firm of Lawrence & Associates in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, we fight for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries and the families of fatal accident victims. We work tirelessly to help our clients get compensation and deal with the medical, financial and emotional effects of serious accidents. You will have the comfort of knowing that an experienced legal team is doing everything it can to help you deal with the challenges you face. Lawrence & Associates is located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, and serves all of Northern Kentucky.
According to the a Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts Report, Kentucky reported 150,278 car accidents on public roads. Out of those reported accidents, 37,289 drivers and passengers were injured or killed. Either you or someone you know is overwhelmingly likely to be in a car accident at some point in their lives. If you are involved in a personal injury litigation arising from a car accident, you will greatly benefit from consulting a Northern Kentucky personal injury attorney. Although automobile accidents are unfortunate, there are certain things that a person can do immediately after an accident which can either help or hurt their case.
Automobile Accident Tips
Stay at the scene – If you are involved in an accident involving injury, or substantial damage to property, stay at the scene of the accident until the police give you the okay to leave. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in driver’s license sanctions and even criminal charges.
Obtain information – If you are involved in an accident, it is always wise to obtain the other driver’s name, address, driver’s license number, insurance information, and license plate number. Moreover, if there are witnesses take down their name, address and telephone number which may prove useful in your case. Obtaining the police officer’s information may also prove useful when obtaining the accident report. Finally, it may be wise to take notes about the accident itself, including the location where the accident occurred, the speed limit, the weather, time of day, how the accident occurred, etc.
Give a statement only to police – It is best not to make statements to anyone at the accident scene, other than the police. You are not required to give a statement to the other person’s insurance policy.
Seek medical care if you are injured – Seeking medical care immediately following an accident will help halt arguments by the other driver’s insurance company that you were not actually injured in the accident or that your injuries arose from something that occurred after the accident. In certain circumstances, we get cases where a person is injured in an automobile accident but waits until the pain is unbearable before seeking medical treatment. This not only can hurt the injured person’s case, but it also causes the person to suffer from pain unnecessarily.
Although being involved in an automobile accident may be devastating to both you and your family, there’s good news- you may be entitled to compensation! Contact Northern Kentucky law firm Lawrence & Associates today for a free initial consultation with an experienced automobile accident attorney who can evaluate your case and help determine if you should pursue a personal injury action.
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