Most advertising related to car, truck, or motorcycle accidents focuses on a person’s “right to compensation” or “payment” or “money damages.” This often results in a perception by many that they will get paid money simply for being in an accident. However, this is not true.
If you are in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident you might be entitled to compensation. However, your right to compensation may be limited. A person should realize that he does not get paid simply for being in an accident. He must be hurt. The amount of money, if any, he will receive is based on his injuries, not the fact that he was in an accident.
Kentucky law generally requires a person involved in an accident to incur over $1,000 in medical bills before a claim can be filed. This is called the threshold, because it must be crossed before a claim exists. Whether you will get paid and how much depends on the injuries you incurred and the financial, emotional, and physical impact of those injuries. Larger more catastrophic injuries tend to result in higher claims paid. Minor injuries with less impact tend to result in lower claims paid. Of course, if you are 100% responsible for the accident, you aren’t entitled to any recovery.
Remember, if you’re involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident your main focus should be on treating any injuries you sustained. Once you’ve completed treatment, you’ll be in a better position to determine what, if any, compensation you deserve. If you’re not sure whether or not you qualify for compensation or how much compensation you deserve, you may need the services of a qualified Kentucky accident attorney.