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Kentucky Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys

When truckers’ negligence causes collisions on the road, they often lead to devastating and catastrophic injuries, such as brain injury or even death. In 2017, there were nearly 10,000 trucks involved in collisions in Kentucky. A Kentucky semi-truck accident lawyer at the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart are committed to holding negligent truckers and their employers responsible for their actions and making highways safer.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, call our firm to schedule a free case evaluation. We will secure the compensation you need to recover and get back to normal daily life.

Flora Stuart on scene of a semi-truck accident

Why Choose Our Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers?

  • We represent clients with care, passion, and commitment to their particular needs.
  • Our team has secured satisfactory results in court on behalf of the injured for more than four decades.
  • Our legal team has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients.
  • Our firm’s founder Flora Templeton Stuart paved the path for female attorneys in Bowling Green as the first to try a personal injury case.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney Right Away

Going up against a trucking company in Kentucky is no small feat. Trucking companies have extensive resources to put toward fighting liability and disputing injury claims, including top attorneys. One of the best ways to protect your rights during a truck accident claim is to hire a lawyer of your own right away. Delaying could leave enough time for the trucking company or its insurer to take advantage of you. You may unknowingly give the insurance company information that could hurt your claim later, for example, or accept a too-small settlement. A lawyer can complete many case-related tasks on your behalf.

  • Truck accident investigation: Our firm has connections to investigators who can revisit the scene of your accident, look into the trucking company and take other steps to get to the bottom of who or what caused your crash. A thorough crash investigation could shed light on liability, damages and your options as a survivor.
  • Evidence gathering: We can make calls to preserve important evidence right away, such as the crashed truck’s black box information or a truck driver’s cellphone records at the time of the collision. Waiting too long to hire an attorney could mean the loss of key evidence. We can collect evidence and build a claim to damages on your behalf.
  • Determining fault: Fault can be confusing in a truck accident case. For example, the at-fault driver may not be liable for your damages, but the trucking company may be vicariously liable instead. Many lawsuits involve shared fault divided among multiple parties. If you are not sure who to name as the defendant(s) in your personal injury case, we can help.

Hiring a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an accident can preserve your rights and strengthen your case from the very beginning. Your attorney can counsel you on important processes, such as how to properly negotiate an insurance settlement. Your lawyer will help you avoid common mistakes such as trusting an insurance claims adjuster, giving a recorded statement or accepting the first offer. Hire an attorney from our firm before you accidentally make a mistake that could hurt your odds of obtaining compensation.

Semi-Truck FAQ's
Who is at fault in a trucking accident injury case?

We will investigate to determine all of the responsible parties in your semi wreck case which could include: truck manufacturer, leasor (the company who leased the truck), owner of the truck and/or trailer, truck driver, trucking company, owner of the cargo, maintenance company, or truck loader. The trucking company could also be held responsible as an employer or in negligently supervising, training, and/or hiring the truck driver.

What compensation is available in a semi wreck injury case?

In trucking injury cases, multiple parties could be held liable for your injuries. An experienced truck wreck attorney can help you find all the negligent parties and seek full compensation for your injuries.

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Damages Available

Full compensation could mean an award for each of your economic and noneconomic damages relating to the commercial truck accident. Your attorney can help you understand what types of damages you may be eligible to receive based on the specifics of your accident case. Although each claim is unique, state laws in Kentucky allow all truck accident victims to seek the same main categories of compensation.

  • Medical expenses: You could be eligible to receive an award for all past and future medical expenses related to your truck accident. This could include the costs of any surgeries, rehabilitation, hospital stays, treatments, medical devices, and medications.
  • Property damages: The trucking accident might have totaled your vehicle, for which you could receive a compensation award in the amount of the pre-accident value of the car. You could also recover costs for vehicle repairs in minor accidents.
  • Lost wages: If you had to miss work without pay because of your trucking accident, the defendant could owe you a compensation award for your lost income and missed earning opportunities. You could also recover an amount for lost future earning capacity if you suffered a permanent disability.
  • Pain and suffering: A noneconomic damage award could make up for intangible losses such as physical pain, mental distress, emotional anguish, post-traumatic stress, lost quality of life or the lost enjoyment of a loved one’s company.
  • Punitive damages: Some truck accident cases involving a defendant’s gross negligence or malicious intent to harm could receive punitive damages on top of compensatory ones. Punitive damages punish a defendant for especially wrongful acts.

Kentucky does not impose a cap on any type of damages in personal injury or wrongful death claims. You could receive as much as your lawyer can claim on your behalf. However, a cap of $750,000 on non-economic damages exists in most personal injury lawsuits. A lawyer from the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart can help you maximize your payout during a trucking accident claim using proven negotiation strategies.

Trucking Company Negligence

Many truck accident cases involve the negligence of the trucking company itself rather than a truck driver. The average trucking company oversees dozens of trucks and drivers, as well as operations such as cargo loading and ground traffic control. Trucking companies have many business responsibilities, including hiring reasonably safe drivers and properly training them. Negligence during hiring or training that ultimately leads to a truck accident could point to truck company liability.

Another common mistake truck companies make is improper fleet maintenance. Big rigs require daily inspections and regular truck maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. Drivers must also conduct daily vehicle checks. Otherwise, trucks could experience serious equipment breakdowns that cause traffic accidents. Brakes going out or tire blowouts, for example, could make a truck driver lose control of the vehicle and crash. It is the truck company’s legal responsibility to properly maintain and repair its trucks.

Improper load securement and lost cargo loads could also point to trucking company responsibility for an accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces strict cargo securement laws all truck companies must obey. Finally, issues such as a trucking company pressuring its drivers to exceed maximum hours of service regulations could lead to liability for accidents. Truck companies can be negligent in many different ways that ultimately lead to accidents, often in the name of profitability. It is our mission to hold negligent trucking companies accountable for their actions.

Wrongful Death Claims in Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often fatal for occupants in passenger vehicles. In 2017, 4,657 fatal accidents in the U.S. involved large trucks. Thousands of victims lose their lives in collisions with commercial trucks each year. If you lost someone close to you in a recent truck accident in Kentucky, hire a wrongful death attorney from the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart for assistance with your claim. A civil lawsuit could bring justice to your deceased loved one, as well as lead to compensation for your damages.

In both Kentucky, you have one year from the date of your loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. You may have grounds for a wrongful death claim if someone else – such as a truck driver or trucking company – negligently or recklessly caused your loved one’s fatal injury. Many fatal truck accidents give surviving loved one’s grounds to bring wrongful death lawsuits against the trucking company and/or other parties. You must be a relative or a representative of the deceased person’s estate for the right to file.

A successful wrongful death claim could benefit your family in many ways. First, it could bring you much-needed closure, justice, and peace of mind. It could prove the trucking company or another party was negligent, and that this is what caused your loved one’s fatal accident. Second, a successful suit could force the trucking company to improve its safety protocols, potentially preventing future truck accidents. Third, it could end in compensation for your damages. Your family could receive an award for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, funeral costs and more. Speak to a truck accident lawyer to find out if you have the power to bring a wrongful death lawsuit today.

TOP CAUSES OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS IN KENTUCKY

The top ten driver contributing factors in the 9,137 truck accidents for 2017 were reported by the Kentucky Transportation Center and are as follows:

Driver Contributing Factor Number of Accidents         Fatal Crashes
1.      Driver Inattention 3,275         17
2.      Misjudging Clearance 1591         0
3.      Not Under Proper Control 1275         26
4.      Failed to Yield Right of Way 818         10
5.      Following Too Close 396         0
6.      Distraction 323         3
7.      Too Fast for Conditions 207         6
8.      Disregard Traffic Control 193         7
9.      Improper Backing 176         0
10.  Overcorrecting/Oversteering 175         5

Other notable factors that are not listed, but are contributors to fatal accidents include alcohol or drug involvement and exceeding the speed limit.

The leading third-party causes of truck accidents in Kentucky, not involving driver error are:

Contributing Vehicular Factors Number of Accidents
1.      Load Securement 146
2.      Tire Failure 107
3.      Defective Brakes 64
4.      Oversized Load 47
5.      Tow Hitch Failure 43
6.      Lighting Defects 21
7.      Steering Failure 17
8.      Overload / Improper Load 7
9.      Defective Headlights 1
10.  Other 298

 

If you or a loved one has been injured, don’t wait. Contact an experienced Kentucky semi-truck accident lawyer immediately. When we receive a call from a client who has been injured, we go to work immediately to protect their rights to full and fair compensation. Our law firm goes the extra mile, using our 40-plus years of experience to right the wrongs and make our clients whole again. If you’ve been injured, contact us now. Call Flora Templeton Stuart at (888) 782-9090 or contact us online today.