TOP TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS IN OWINGSVILLE
According to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, there were 169,133 commercial trucks registered in Kentucky in 2020. Trucks were involved in 5% of all motor vehicle crashes, but they accounted for 9% of vehicles in all fatal accidents. The Owingsville truck accident lawyers at Maze Law Offices are here to help truck accident victims recover compensation for their property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We have decades of experience fighting to protect the rights of accident victims. You can learn more about your claim and your legal options when you schedule a free consultation.
WHERE DO TRUCK ACCIDENTS OCCUR IN KENTUCKY?
The Kentucky Department of Transportation reports that 47% of truck crashes in Kentucky occur on U.S. and state-numbered routes. 29% of truck wrecks occurred on interstates. 19% of all truck collisions in Kentucky occurred on county or city streets. 51% of hazardous cargo collisions occurred on U.S. and state-numbered routes. 34% of hazardous cargo truck wrecks occurred on interstates.
WHAT ARE COMMON INJURIES IN A SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENT?
The sheer size of a commercial truck can cause devastating injuries. Listed below are some of the injury types that are often seen in commercial truck wrecks:
- Muscle strains, pulls, or tears
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Disc injuries
- Ligament injuries
- Joint pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia)
- Broken or fractured bones
- Broken back and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
- Broken bones or fractures
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF SEMI-TRUCK COLLISIONS
The Kentucky Department of Transportation cited the following driver-related factors in truck collisions that occurred in 2020:
- Alcohol involvement
- Drug involvement
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Disregarding a traffic control device
- Following too closely
- Cell phone use
- Other distractions
- Driver fatigue
- Improper passing
- Turning improperly
- Improper backing
- Weaving in traffic
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Misjudging clearance
- Improper backing up
- Lost consciousness or fainted
- Impairment by medication
- Vehicle not under proper control
- Physical disability
The Kentucky Department of Transportation cited the following vehicle-related factors in truck collisions that occurred in 2020:
- Defective brakes
- Oversized load
- Overload or improper load
- Tow hitch failure
- Load securement
- Steering failure
- Tire failure
- Defective headlights and other lighting defects
DO I HAVE A TRUCK ACCIDENT CASE?
In order to successfully seek compensation for a truck accident, an injured victim must prove the truck driver or associated company something wrongful or careless. Listed below are some examples of cases where a truck driver may fail to use reasonable care:
- Failing to yield
- Running a red light
- Driving while fatigued and drowsy
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Distracted driving
- Unsecured cargo
- Bad mechanic work or broken parts
- Improper lane changes
- Tire blowouts
- Not checking blind spots
- Drunk or impaired driving
- “Blacking out” or passing out
It is not enough to simply show that the truck driver or trucking company acted negligently. You will have to prove that you suffered damages in the accident. Additionally, you will have to show that the truck driver’s or company’s negligence caused those damages.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Once you hire the Owingsville truck accident lawyers with Maze Law Offices, they can immediately launch an investigation into the accident. They can identify parties who may have played a role in the accident, such as:
- Truck driver – The truck driver is responsible for maintaining control of the vehicle and driving in a safe manner. If the driver is distracted, impaired, or otherwise careless, they may be responsible for the accident.
- Trucking company – The driver’s employer is responsible for the negligent acts of the driver. Additionally, the trucking company can be held liable for its own negligence, such as negligent hiring practices or failing to maintain the fleet.
- Truck owner – The owner of the truck may be someone other than the driver or trucking company. If this is the case, the owner might be responsible for maintaining the truck. If they fail to uphold this duty, the owner may be responsible for the accident.
- Cargo loading company – In some accidents, cargo may shift during the transport. If a third-party cargo loading company loaded the goods on the truck, that company might be responsible for a truck accident.
- Third party maintenance company – The trucking company may outsource maintenance to a third-party mechanic. If these mechanics fail to properly maintain the vehicle and a mechanical defect causes the crash, that company may be responsible.
- Other driver – Some truck accidents are not caused by you or the trucking industry. Another negligent driver may speed, fail to yield, or otherwise drive in a careless manner that makes them responsible for the crash.
COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY A TRUCK ACCIDENT
Oftentimes, victims need a settlement as soon as possible because medical bills will continue to grow, particularly if you are unable to return to work. If you’re unsure if you’ve been offered a fair amount, do not hesitate to call and ask for an attorney’s opinion. There is no obligation, and our advice is absolutely free.
If you were injured in a semi-truck accident, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Property damage – You can receive compensation to repair or replace your vehicle following a crash. If other personal property was damaged in the accident, you could receive compensation for that damaged property, too.
- Medical expenses – Semi-truck accidents often result in serious injuries. Therefore, medical expenses stemming from semi-trucks are often extensive. You can pursue compensation for the medical expenses you have already incurred, as well as medical expenses you anticipate incurring in the future. This may include payment for hospitalizations, emergency room treatment, diagnostic tests, follow-up medical appointments, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other necessary medical care.
- Lost income – Your recovery period may be significant. If you missed work or had to use your employment benefits while you were recovering, you can pursue compensation for these losses. Additionally, if the accident caused you to become disabled, you can seek compensation for your reduced earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering – Serious injuries can result in substantial pain and suffering that interferes with your enjoyment of life. You can pursue compensation for your physical and mental pain and suffering.
Our Owingsville truck accident lawyers can review the circumstances of your case and estimate the potential value of your claim. We can fight for your rightful compensation after a negligent truck driver or company has harmed you.
GETTING HELP AT THE RIGHT TIME
Innocent victims and their families are often faced with staggering medical bills, property damage, repair bills, significant injuries, and sometimes the loss of a loved one and funeral related expenses. Of course, in these difficult times, the added stress and hassle over expenses are the last thing victims or their families want to deal with.
At Maze Law Offices, we understand that you are reaching out to us for help. Likewise, it may not be possible for you to wait to receive a settlement or compensation that is owed to you. Our team has experience in assisting clients with obtaining pre-settlement funding fast and easy, while advising on which pre-settlement loan companies are most appropriate for your particular case.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND OTHER TYPES OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Truck accident cases are often much more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents because they may involve:
- Multiple parties – A standard motor vehicle accident may only involve one or maybe two potentially liable parties. However, in a truck accident case, there may be half a dozen different individuals or entities that may bear some responsibility for the crash. This can complicate the case because the parties might attempt to deny liability and blame others for the crash.
- Sophisticated evidence – Truck crashes may involve more sophisticated evidence. Trucks have electronic event recorders installed in them that may have recorded critical evidence in the case, such as the speed the trucker was driving or when they last applied the brakes. However, if you do not act quickly, this evidence may be lost or recorded over. Additionally, independent transportation agencies may conduct investigations that can help you determine the accident’s contributing factors. Some cases warrant hiring an accident reconstruction expert to piece together the evidence and establish how the wreck occurred.
- Complex federal and state regulations – Truck drivers and companies must follow various federal and state regulations. If they violate hours of service rules, loading protocols, pre-trip inspection requirements, or other regulations, they may be responsible for the damages you suffer.
- Extensive damages – Semi-truck crashes often involve extensive damages. This factor can motivate insurance companies to fight relentlessly to avoid having to pay the compensation you are owed.
Our Owingsville truck accident lawyers are seasoned litigators with experience handling complex truck accident cases. We are accustomed to these complex issues and know how to work with them.
HOW TO SELECT THE BEST OWINGSVILLE TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TO PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
The Maze Law Offices offers the following services to all personal injury clients:
- Clear, transparent communication about your case
- An immediate, in-depth investigation into the cause of your accident and who is responsible for it
- A direct link to the lawyer you are working with, not only support staff
- Strong negotiators who will fight for the compensation you deserve
- Preparation of your claim as though it is going to trial in case that path is necessary
- A personalized legal strategy based on your case’s particular strengths and weaknesses
- Free consultations
- A contingency-fee arrangement that requires no upfront payments from you and no payment for our services unless we recover compensation on your behalf
- Convenient, same-day appointments
HOW MAZE LAW OFFICES WILL HELP YOU
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury after a truck accident, Maze Law Offices is here to help you. We can work on the legalities of your claim why you focus on the most important thing – healing. We will keep you up to date on your case development – as well as be available for any questions or concerns you may have. We operate with transparency and compassion top of mind, so we’re here to help no matter the unique situation you are in. Contact us today for free advice at a time that is convenient for you. Always remember, we never charge our clients anything until we recover the compensation that you deserve.