Injured In A Car Accident? We Have The Experience You Need.
There are many unknowns to face when you’re recovering from a car wreck. You might be worried about paying medical bills, missing time from work and fixing damage to your vehicle. At Hoover Law PLLC in Barboursville, West Virginia, we provide strong personal injury representation backed by experience.
Attorney Jon D. Hoover used to defend the very insurance companies he now fights every day. He understands how they work and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
West Virginia’s “At Fault” Rules
To recover damages for a car accident in West Virginia, the injured party must prove that the other driver in the accident was “at fault.” In other words, their negligent or intentional actions caused the accident.
In recent years, the state added a rule called “modified comparative negligence”, meaning even if your actions contributed to the accident, you can still recover as long as the other driver was more at fault.
The best way to prove that the other driver was more at fault? Make sure you have a strong advocate on your side.
Kentucky’s “No Fault” Rules
Kentucky, on the other hand, is one of a handful of states that follow the “no fault” rule for car accident claims. You don’t have to prove the other driver was at fault to recover compensation for your medical bills.
However, if your actions played a role in the accident, this may have an impact on the amount of damages you can collect. Kentucky is a “pure comparative negligence” state, meaning damages are reduced by a percentage of fault a judge or jury deems each driver had. For example, if you are seeking $10,000 in compensation, but a jury finds you were twenty percent at fault for the accident, you would recover $8,000.
To make sure these calculations are made in your favor, work with an attorney with extensive experience in personal injury.