Many drivers feel their anxiety rise when they share the road with a large commercial truck. Scarier still is witnessing a commercial truck that has gone out of control. Because semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load, they can cause catastrophic damage to passenger vehicles (which average just 3,000 pounds).
If a Hart County, Kentucky area truck accident caused by someone else’s careless or reckless conduct has left you or a loved one injured, you may have the right to seek compensation for the trauma you have suffered. Flora Templeton Stuart and her team represent victims in Munfordville, Horse Cave, Bonnieville, and all of Hart County seek those money damages.
Flora Templeton Stuart and her team bring deep experience and knowledge to bear for every client they represent. Our firm focuses on serving clients with compassion and attention to detail. We have a long track record of success in securing recovery for clients who have suffered injuries in Kentucky truck accidents. The results we have achieved include:
The above results are representative of past cases handled by Flora Templeton Stuart and her team. While there is no guarantee of recovery in any particular case, Flora Templeton Stuart brings compassion, skill, and persistence to every representation of an injured client. Our firm works with clients to understand their goals and to develop a case strategy that makes sense, all with the goal of securing appropriate recovery for our clients’ injuries.
While truck accidents are not as common as passenger vehicle accidents, data shows that nearly 450,000 truck crashes involving large trucks happened on U.S. roads in 2017, resulting in approximately 4,000 fatalities and 350,000 injuries.
In Kentucky in 2018, over 10,000 trucks got into accidents. While this only accounts for slightly more than 4% of the vehicles involved in accidents in the Bluegrass State, the 108 fatalities resulting from these crashes accounted for almost 10% of the Commonwealth’s traffic fatalities that year. In other words, truck accidents take a far deadlier toll than other types of crashes.
The most common contributing factors to truck accidents in Kentucky include:
More generally, truck driver error accounts for a significant percentage of these crashes.
Victims of Hart County-area truck accidents often come to us wondering who has legal liability for the devastating injuries and tragic losses they have endured. Every truck accident has its own unique circumstances, but generally speaking, anyone whose ill-considered decisions or dangerous actions led to a truck crash can face legal liability to crash victims. For example:
Truckers make mistakes behind the wheel. Unfortunately, those mistakes can have catastrophic consequences for innocent motorists and bystanders. As attorneys for injured Hart County-area truck accident victims, we have seen accidents caused, in part, by:
These are just some of the ways a trucker can make a mistake that leads to a catastrophic truck accident, of course. Any truck driver carelessness or recklessness that leads to a crash can saddle that trucker with legal liability for the harm the crash causes.
Employers of truck drivers whose negligence causes an accident may also face liability to crash victims. Employers generally have a legal obligation to answer for their employees’ conduct. Employers of truckers may also commit acts that, in-and-of-themselves, constitute careless or reckless conduct that contributes to a crash, such as:
Experienced truck accident attorneys know to look carefully at the facts of any truck crash to determine whether an employer should face liability. Even when truckers claim to operate as “independent contractors” for a trucking business, the business may control their actions enough to be held liable for injuries to innocent crash victims.
Some trucks crash after suffering mechanical breakdowns. It is not always the case, but sometimes those malfunctions result from a defect in a truck part that made it unreasonably dangerous for use. In those cases, lawyers can seek to hold the part manufacturer accountable for the tragic consequences of the crash. Manufacturers owe the public a special duty not to put people in danger by selling defective, dangerous products.
These are just a few of the many parties who could have legal liability to victims of a Hart County truck collision. Flora Templeton Stuart and her experienced, diligent team know well the importance of seeking out every possible party who might owe damages to innocent victims who suffered harm in a preventable truck crash. The more parties with legal liability to an injured victim, the more potential options that victim has for recovering much-needed compensation.
The size and weight of trucks make them extremely dangerous to other vehicles on the road. Any accident can inflict catastrophic and fatal injuries, such as:
Most victims of an accident with a semi-truck in Hart County need significant medical care, including hospital stays, multiple doctors’ visits, and long-term physical therapy. While some injuries will heal over time, other injuries will persist and cause permanent, tragic disruption to an innocent crash victim’s life.
Victims of Hart County-area truck accidents often suffer immense physical, emotional, and financial harm. As lawyers, we cannot provide direct services that heal the first two of those traumas, but we can – and do – work with truck crash victims to obtain compensation that may help in their recoveries. Every truck accident claim we handle has its own unique circumstances. Still, as a general matter, our clients frequently have rights to recover money damages as compensation for:
Some Hart County truck accident victims may also have the right to seek “punitive” damages, which seek to punish particularly outrageous conduct that leads to a truck crash. In Kentucky, courts can award punitive damages in cases where someone acts with “fraud, malice, or oppression.” Flora Templeton Stuart advises each of her clients about the suitability of punitive damages in their unique case.
Flora Templeton Stuart and her experienced, compassionate team guide injured clients through the stressful, difficult aftermath of Hart County truck accidents. We know how overwhelming a sudden, severe, tragic injury can make life feel. Our mission is to provide personalized, caring service that puts clients in the best possible position to recover the compensation they deserve after a frightening, devastating truck accident.
If a Hart County, Kentucky-area truck crash caused by someone else’s careless conduct has left you or a loved one suffering from a severe injury, contact us today for a free, confidential, no-obligation case review.