The Kentucky Department of Transportation estimates 10,620 semis, big trucks, or 18-wheelers were involved in traffic collisions in 2018, most of which occurred on interstates, U.S. highways, and Kentucky state highways. A fully loaded semi might way up to 80,000 pounds, so collisions that occur at higher speeds on interstates and highways are especially dangerous. The heavy weight combined with speed leads to a forceful impact. This, in turn, leads to more property damage, more severe injuries, and a higher likelihood of fatalities.
A semi, big truck, or 18-wheeler accident is often a traumatic event that leads to lifelong changes for victims and their families. Added emotional stress and financial burden only compounds the physical pain from injury and recovery.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a semi-truck accident in or around Bowling Green, you might be eligible for compensation for losses related to the accident and your injuries. Kentucky law entitles you to seek compensation for damages in civil court with the help of Flora Templeton Stuart. Contact Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 for a free consultation to discuss the details or your case and determine your eligibility to sue for damages in civil court.
Ms. Stuart has more than four decades of experience in the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of personal injury cases, including those that involve truck accidents. Her continued commitment to client service and professional excellence has led to the recovery of tens of millions of dollars in damages for her injured clients.
Some recent case examples include a $1.7 million settlement for a family who sustained injuries in a rear-end truck accident, a $1.05 million settlement for another client who was also rear-ended by a semi, and $1.65 million for a client who suffered fractured legs after a semi-truck ran a red light and caused a collision. These examples do not guarantee a specific outcome for your case, but Flora Templeton Stuart and her team will diligently pursue the best possible outcome for your circumstances.
When you are involved in an 18-wheeler accident you face the same risk of injury as you do in any other type of traffic collision, except injuries sustained in semi-truck accidents are often more severe and more likely to lead to death. Examples of the types of injuries that might give rise to a personal injury lawsuit against a semi-truck driver and/or their employer include:
Those who suffer harm in a big truck accident not only experience the pain of injury and recovery, but they must cope with the added emotional stress that comes with the financial burden of a severe accident and injury. Whether the accident injury victim is a child or adult, their injury can emotionally and financially devastate a household. The financial consequences of a severe semi-truck accident begin from the date of injury extend through healing and recovery, and often beyond. Some of the economic costs associated with a severe injury include:
After an 18-wheeler accident, you will immediately begin to amass medical expenses including ambulance and emergency services and hospitalization. Depending on the extent of your injuries, it’s likely you will need at least a minimum of diagnostic imaging including X-rays, MRIs, and or CT scans, and you might need one or more surgeries. Severe injuries might require an extended stay in the hospital and several aftercare visits, as well as costly prescription medication. These expenses can easily total tens of thousands of dollars, and it’s not unheard of for costs to venture into six figures.
Those who fall victim to severe semi-truck accident injuries often lose function in different areas of their body. They might struggle with physical problems and loss of muscle function, or physical struggles might be a result of a severe brain, back, or spinal cord injury. In any case, the recovery process will include a tailored plan to help victims rebuild and regain as much physical and cognitive function as possible. This can mean spending time with one or more of the following specialists, who will also send out hefty bills for their services:
Many motorists who are involved in a semi-truck accident, do not walk away without injury. Some might be fortunate to go home from the hospital within hours, but the most severely injured will spend some time in the hospital and eventually need to transition to their home. Even when released from the hospital, a big truck accident victim might still need ongoing care from nurses, home health aides, or other in-home medical professionals to ease the transition to living at home. Family members might take on some of these responsibilities, reducing the overall cost. Yet, this is a large mental and physical obligation for families to carry. Even those who provide care for their loved ones might need to arrange part-time help, adding to the overall financial impact of a semi-truck accident injury.
When a semi-truck accident results in a catastrophic injury or permanent disability, it’s likely victims will need to live in a long-term nursing care facility so they can receive around-the-clock healthcare. Some victims might be fortunate enough to return home after months or years of extensive rehabilitation. Long-term healthcare facilities are among the most expensive costs that can be associated with an 18-wheeler accident injury. Even worse, most insurance companies don’t cover long stays unless someone has purchased a separate insurance policy for these situations. Having to pay for long-term nursing care can bankrupt a victim and his family quickly, an unfair reality when the victim’s injury was caused by another party.
Those involved in semi-truck accidents who are fortunate enough to return to their homes for recovery might need to make some modifications to their houses to make them more accessible. Costs can vary depending on the extent of injuries and the type of construction needed. Some examples include installing handrails throughout the home, especially in bathrooms, tubs, and showers, and installing a wheelchair ramp to enter the home. For those with permanent disabilities who cannot go up or down stairs, building an additional bedroom and/or bathroom on the main floor might be necessary. Changes to your home to make it livable for your challenges can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Injured adults typically contributed to maintaining their household in multiple ways before sustaining harm in a semi-truck accident. Severe injuries might require additional help or replacement services for weeks, months, or years, depending on the extent of the injury. Other family members may chip in to some extent, but if they are providing care for their loved ones, too, this makes it more difficult. Some examples of domestic help that families might need include:
Losing income from missing work due to an injury might be the most devastating financial consequence of a semi-truck accident. Severe injuries require accident victims to miss weeks or months of work for healing and recovery. In the most extreme cases, some semi-truck accident injury victims won’t ever be able to return to their job. Although an injured person might be eligible for disability payments, they only cover a portion of lost wages; and, lifetime disability payments will also be much lower.
Losing income as medical bills pile up makes it difficult to keep up with monthly expenses, let alone have any leeway for extras like birthday gifts, car maintenance, and other common items. Making matters worse, spouses or parents who need to care for an injured family member or spend time in the hospital also lose income from missing work. Immediately after an accident, it’s likely paid time off will be used up quickly. Many families must use savings to pay for minimums, or even worse, rack up credit card debt to pay for necessities such as food and clothing.
If you sustained severe injuries from a big truck accident caused by a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or third party, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the accompanying financial burden. Kentucky law entitles you to seek compensation for damages in civil court. Call our truck accident lawyers today.
Flora Templeton Stuart has more than 40 years of experience dealing with insurance companies and navigating the complexities of 18-wheeler accident cases where clients have suffered severe injuries. Call (888) 782-9090 or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injury, determine your eligibility to recover damages, and learn about how we can help you follow the best course of action for your situation.
Flora Templeton Stuart
Bowling Green Office
607 E 10th Ave
Bowling Green, KY 42101