Vehicle AccidentsVehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents happen fast, but the injuries can last a lifetime.  Have you been injured in a car accident?  Do you want to talk to a lawyer about your rights?  We help people just like you every day, and we do it at no charge to you unless we win your case. Today, there are more hazards than ever on the road.  Between impaired drivers, drunk drivers, and the increasing number of distractions in our cars, accidents and driving fatalities are on the rise.  Based on the most recent statistics published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Kentucky State Police:

  • 2015 saw a 10% increase in fatal car crashes, the second year in a row that Kentucky has seen an increase in fatal car accidents
  • Over 75% of fatal car crashes involved vehicle passengers, including approximately 250 individuals who were properly restrained
  • Drunk-driving fatalities increased in 2015 by 10%, which was the second year in a row that Kentucky has seen an increase in drunk-driving fatalities
  • Over 60 pedestrians were killed in 2015 in vehicle accidents
  • Over 22,000 individuals are involved in car accidents in Kentucky per year.
When you or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle accident, make sure to get the experienced representation you deserve.  If you think you don’t need a lawyer, know this.  The insurance industry has hundreds of attorneys and claims handlers who are dedicated to denying your claim or reducing the amount you get paid for your injuries.  Shouldn’t you have one lawyer on your side.  We regularly get 4, 5, 6, or even 20 times what the insurance companies offer our clients before we get involved.  Here’s what you can recover in damages:
  • Your medical bills and expenses
  • Lost wages, and any impairment in your future lost income
  • Lost business opportunities and profits
  • Replacement costs for services, such as housekeeping or lawn care
  • Repairs for your vehicle
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and anxiety
  • Loss of companionship for your spouse or loved ones
How quickly should you contact a lawyer about your car accident?  Immediately.  The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner they can start the process for getting you compensation for your injuries.  And critical evidence from the car wreck – such as video camera footage and witness testimony – could be lost forever if you delay. See what we can do for you by Contacting Us Today.

Bicycle Accidents

Recent statistics from Louisville show that over 60% of bicyclists involved in a motor vehicle accident suffer injuries, and over 50% of these injuries were defined as “incapacitating.”  It is an unfortunate fact that bicyclists who are injured in vehicle accidents are more likely to suffer serious injuries, including spinal injuries, broken bones, and head trauma.   Why is it that so many bicyclists are struck in vehicle accidents?  Recent studies show that in almost all cases (over 80%) the bicycle rider was traveling straight ahead immediately prior to the accident. Cyclists can do everything in their power to prevent the accident.  They can wear a helmet, they can follow all the safety and vehicle laws such as yielding when appropriate and obeying traffic signals.  They can be on high alert to the action of all surrounding drivers and they still may never see an accident coming because in the end cars are faster and there isn’t always time to react.  Drivers may be distracted, they may not see you, or they may not know the laws and rules that protect your rights.  Drivers open doors into bike lines without checking to see if someone is coming.  Drivers can cut off bicyclists by making sharp turns without considering others who are sharing the road.  Or debris in the roadway could lead to an unexpected bicycle accident. And in some cases, the bicycle itself may be defective. While the reasons are numerous, the result is often the same: a severely injured cyclist.   If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, make sure to contact an attorney today.  We at the Ellis Law Group, PLLC have successfully represented bicycle riders and we understand the issues as we are riders ourselves.   Here’s how we can help:  We can determine who was responsible for your accident, and fight for you in getting compensation from the negligent party, whether that is a driver, a property owner, or the manufacturer.  If a car was involved, automobile insurance provides no-fault coverage for the first $10,000 of your medical bills and certain losses (such as replacing your bike), and may provide substantially more coverage depending upon the insurance coverage available.  We handle the paperwork, and we make sure you understand the process and the results you can expect.  Overall, we focus on getting you compensated, so you can focus on getting better.   See how we can help.  Contact us today.

Drunk Drivers & Impaired Drivers

Every two hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes.  That is over 30 people per year.  Over 4 million people admit to driving under the influence each year.  Over 2,000 pedestrians are killed by drunk drivers each year.   If you or someone you love is involved in a vehicle accident with a drunk or impaired driver, you need to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case. These cases often involve significant and serious injuries.  Victims and their families can find themselves facing tens of thousands in medical bills, along with dealing with the grief and difficulty of an unexpected accident.  While the driver is liable under the law, often times the driver has limited financial resources.  You need a lawyer with the skills and experience to investigate the other responsible parties.  Under certain state laws, known as “dram shop” laws, this could include any establishment that was responsible for overserving the driver and allowing him to leave the premises while intoxicated, such as bars and restaurants.  These establishments have a duty under the “dram shop” laws to say “enough.”  If they fail to do so, they are liable under the law. To hold someone liable under Kentucky’s dram shop law, KRS 413.241, there are a number of steps you have to prove.  You have to establish that alcohol was served to an intoxicated person, and that a reasonable person would have known the person was intoxicated.  Visible signs could include slurred speech, falling, or such basic information like the amount of alcohol the person drank and the period of time in which they drank it. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a drunk driver, contact us today and see how we can help.

Motorcycle Accidents

We are motorcycle attorneys.  Motorcycle accidents can often lead to severe and sometimes fatal injuries.  If you or a loved one were in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced motorcycle attorney immediately.   According to recent statistics published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

  • Motorcycle accidents are 27 times more likely to result in a fatality than a car accident
  • There were over 88,000 motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2015
  • Almost 5,000 people died in 2015 in motorcycle accidents, an 8.3% increase over 2014
  • Older motorcyclists account for more than half of all fatalities
  • Kentucky state police report over 1,700 motorcycle crashes occur in Kentucky
There are many things you can do to protect yourself as a rider.  Always make sure to take a motorcycle safety class or review relevant safety information.  Make sure to wear a helmet.  But even if you do everything right, riders and their passengers are seriously injured every year by the negligence and misconduct of others.  Negligent drivers may be impaired or distracted, and fail to yield or see you.  Negligent construction companies may leave debris in the road or construct dangerous roadways.  And in some cases, the motorcycle itself may be defective, whether through a manufacturing error or service repair error.  In any case, the injuries can be severe, including road rash, broken bones and fractures, brain injuries, and, in some cases, death. Because of the seriousness of these accidents, you need a serious and experienced lawyer.  We at the Ellis Law Group, PLLC have experience representing victims of serious motorcycle accidents.  We help you determine what caused your accident, and we then pursue the responsible parties to get you the compensation you deserve.  We work with the insurance companies on your behalf to get your claim processed, and are prepared to litigate the case if we cannot get the case resolved.  And we make sure that you get compensated for all the damages to which you are entitled, including your medical bills and future medical care, lost wages, impairment on your ability to earn money, pain and suffering, and compensation for the loss of consortium of your spouse or loved one. See how we can help.  Contact us today. We are currently accepting cases involving Suzuki GSX-R front brake failure.  If you were injured because of a brake failure on your GSX-R motorcycle, contact us today.