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Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyers

When you suffer serious injury in a Kentucky truck accident, you may need an attorney to help file your claim. Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today at (888) 782-9090 to learn more about how a personal injury lawyer can protect your legal right after a truck accident.

Flora Templeton Stuart: Your Kentucky Truck Accident Attorney

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Flora Templeton Stuart, Kentucky Truck Accident Attorney

Across the United States each year, 4,000 people die and thousands more suffer catastrophic injury in truck accidents. Often, these injuries permanently change the course of the victims’ lives, forcing them to modify their hobbies, their dreams, and their careers.

When you suffer serious injuries in a truck accident, you want an experienced personal injury attorney who has worked to help resolve Kentucky truck accident claims in the past. Flora Templeton Stuart has handled several past truck accident claims, achieving substantial settlements for her clients.

Take a look:

  • $1.7 million awarded when a commercial truck rear-ended another vehicle
  • $1.65 million awarded after a semi truck ran a red light
  • $1.5 million when a semi truck caused traumatic brain injury to the victim
  • $1.05 million awarded after a rear-end truck collision

Flora Templeton Stuart cannot guarantee the results of your claim based on past results. Many clients, however, find that having an experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer on their side throughout claims negotiations can increase the funds they receive in compensation for their injuries.

The Difficulties and Costs of Truck Accident Injuries

Big trucks, when fully loaded, can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This heavier weight places substantial force behind any accident involving a semi truck. In general, big trucks take longer to come to a full stop or complete a maneuver, and they place more force behind a collision than smaller passenger vehicles. As a result, they can leave accident victims suffering from serious injuries that can impact many areas of their lives.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain InjuryWhen the force from an accident causes the victim’s brain to slam into the skull, the victim may lose consciousness at the scene of the accident. That force can cause significant injury to the brain, resulting in a loss of consciousness at the scene and symptoms of traumatic brain injury after the accident.

Victims with traumatic brain injury may suffer from a range of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Many victims of traumatic brain injury note ringing in the ears or tunnel vision, especially immediately after the accident.

Victims may struggle with headaches and changes in sleep patterns, including sleeping excessively or struggling to fall asleep. Victims of traumatic brain injury may also deal with:

  • Difficulty regulating emotions, including extreme emotional responses to comparatively mild stimuli
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Problems with focus and concentration, making it difficult to take care of many work or leisure-related tasks
  • Memory challenges, including trouble with both short-term and long-term memory

While some victims of traumatic brain injury will go on to make a full recovery over time, others may continue to show symptoms long after the initial injury. Even minor traumatic brain injury can leave victims struggling with symptoms for a year or more after the accident.

Spinal Cord Damage

Big trucks cause a great deal of force to crash into other vehicles during the accident, increasing the risk of spinal cord damage. Victims with complete spinal cord injuries, in which the spinal cord severs completely, usually lose function and sensation below the site of the injury: not only function in the impacted limbs, but also full function of organs below the site of the injury. Victims who face incomplete spinal cord damage may have higher odds of recovering, but may still face substantial mobility challenges.

Victims with spinal cord injuries may struggle to complete their work responsibilities, especially if they work in highly physical positions. Many victims with spinal cord damage need substantial ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives and must relearn how to perform several common tasks. They may also need ongoing physical therapy to help prevent the atrophy of muscles and increase overall health.

Living with spinal cord damage can cost as much as $1 million in the first year alone, and costs may continue to add up through the rest of the victim’s life. Victims of spinal cord injury must often give up their hobbies and activities, especially if they usually participate in sports and other highly active events.

Burns

Kent - Flora Templeton Stuart with clientIn addition to the fire risk posed by any type of vehicular accident, some big trucks pose an additional burn risk. Tanker trucks often haul chemicals that can pose a burn risk when victims suffer exposure. Not only that, many trucks carry dangerous chemicals that can pose an additional fire or explosion hazard. When accident victims suffer serious burns, they may have a long road to recovery ahead.

Not only do burns pose some of the most painful injuries, they can leave behind substantial scarring. That scarring both impacts the victim’s appearance and mobility: scarring around joints or tissue tightening in muscles and tendons impacted by those burns can make it difficult to move freely. Burn victims often face a higher risk of complications, including infection, during recovery than other accident victims.

Victims of serious truck accidents may also face friction burns, also called road rash. Victims may drag skin and the tissue beneath across the pavement, causing burn-like symptoms. Road rash can increase the risk of infection, since it can prove very difficult to remove all foreign matter from the wound.

Amputations

Big truck accidents often occur with such force that it causes the immediate amputation of a limb, which can prove life-threatening if the victim does not receive immediate medical care and help stopping the bleeding. Not every amputation, however, occurs during the accident itself. Truck accident victims may also need limbs amputated due to severe crushing damage that doctors feel themselves unable to repair. Victims may also require amputation when decreased blood flow to the area causes tissue to die.

Amputation victims often choose to use prosthetic devices to aid in mobility and independence. Those prosthetics, however, carry a high price tag: a detailed prosthetic can cost as much as $50,000. Not only should victims expect to have to replace these limbs within the first year after the accident, as the shape of the stump changes due to different muscle use, amputees must often replace prosthetics as frequently as every three to five years.

Broken Bones

Big truck accidents often result in broken bones. Drivers may experience a higher risk of broken bones in the hands or arms, since they may brace themselves against the steering wheel as they prepare for impact. All victims of a truck accident, however, have a high risk of broken bones following a truck accident. Victims with broken bones may struggle to take care of themselves or to get around following the accident. Broken bones frequently require surgical intervention to set them properly and ensure a full recovery. Broken bones can require substantial physical therapy for the victim to recover, as well.

Soft Tissue Damage

While sprains and sprains may appear, on the surface, to cause less damage to accident victims than broken bones, they may actually cause more complications for the victim. Often, pain from torn or stretched ligaments and tendons can linger long after the initial injury. Torn ligaments and tendons may also require surgical intervention for repair. Soft tissue damage can also cause significant limitations to the victim’s ability to care for himself throughout recovery. Victims with soft tissue damage may struggle to return to work in the aftermath of the injury, especially if they have substantial injuries.

Truck Accident Statistics


Source: transportation.ky.gov

Who Bears Legal Liability for Your Truck Accident?

Flora Stuart Truck Accident Lawyer Inspecting SemiWhen you suffer serious injuries in a truck accident, seeking compensation can help you pay your medical bills and take care of many of the other bills that often add up due to your inability to work. To obtain compensation, you must find the entity responsible for your truck accident. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can establish all parties who share liability for your injuries.

In the case of a truck accident, the truck driver often bears primary liability for any injuries sustained in an accident. Most truck drivers, or the company that employs them, carry substantial insurance to help provide payment for any injuries sustained in an accident.

The truck driver ultimately makes the decisions on the road that impact the safety of the vehicle. Other factors, however, may also contribute to the accident, causing another entity to share liability.

  • The trucking company. Legally, truck drivers can only drive for 11 hours of a 14-hour shift before needing time away from the wheel of the truck. Some trucking companies, however, may attempt to force their drivers to modify logbooks to put in more hours. Trucking companies may also bear liability for an accident that occurs when they pressure a driver to drive while fatigued, inebriated, or ill. The trucking company also bears primary responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the vehicles in its fleet. If the trucking company fails to properly maintain its vehicles, leading to an accident, the company may share liability for any accident caused by that lack of maintenance.
  • Mechanics working on the truck. Many trucking companies choose to outsource maintenance and repairs. If the mechanic certifies the truck as road-worthy in spite of known problems, or if the mechanic fails to properly repair a vehicle in spite of known issues, and those issues cause an accident, the mechanic may share liability for the accident.
  • Manufacturers. When manufacturers produce trucks or truck parts, including tires, they must provide high-quality parts that will offer a high degree of safety to everyone that shares the road with a big truck. When those parts fail, causing accidents, the manufacturer may share liability for the resulting injuries.

Claiming Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries

All about Law - Claiming Compensation for Truck Accident InjuriesMost big trucks receive coverage from high-dollar insurance policies that provide compensation for any individuals injured in a truck accident. Many people, however, wonder, “How much compensation can I expect from my truck accident claim?”

The compensation you receive from your injuries may depend on several factors. While truck drivers’ insurance companies may offer a high degree of protection for truck accidents, your expenses may still exceed the limits of the compensation offered by the policy. If multiple parties suffered injuries in the accident, you may need to factor those numerous injuries, combined with the limitations of the policy, into how much you can receive for your claim.

In addition, the compensation you receive will depend on the extent of your injuries and your losses as a result of the accident. Following a truck accident, most people claim:

  • Medical expenses, including initial emergency expenses immediately after the accident and the cost of long-term care. You may also need to factor in the cost of modifications to your home and your vehicle as a result of your injuries.
  • Lost income resulting from the accident. Many accident victims face a great deal of lost work time resulting from the accident, both immediately after the truck accident and throughout the recovery process.
  • Lost earning potential, when injuries permanently prevent a victim from returning.
  • Compensation for pain and suffering.

Talking with an attorney can help better determine what compensation you should expect from your accident. Many insurance companies will attempt to minimize their financial liability, offering a low settlement offer or trying to decrease the compensation you deserve. Your attorney, on the other hand, can provide you with a better picture of exactly what compensation you deserve, from helping to calculate your full medical expenses to estimating the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering.

Did You Suffer Serious Injuries in a Kentucky Truck Accident?

When you suffer injuries in a truck accident, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can make a big difference in the compensation you recover for your injuries—not to mention the stress you face throughout the claims process.

Contact Flora Templeton Stuart today at (888) 782-9090 to learn more about your rights after a truck accident and the compensation you deserve.


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