Commercial Trucking Accidents
Tough Legal Counsel for Kentucky Commercial Truck Accident Victims
Jury trial attorneys who fight on your behalf when commercial crashes cause injury or death
Commercial truck accidents are often deadly or cause catastrophic injuries. This is because the weight, size, and dimension of trucks are no match for smaller cars, motorcycles, and passengers. A study by the University of Kentucky, covering the years 2008-2012, revealed that the number of truck accidents in the state averaged around 8,000 per year. These accidents caused between 1,189 and 1,450 injuries each year and between 75 and 105 deaths each year. Just one accident can change the life of a victim forever. One death means a family has to continue without the love, companionship, and financial support of the deceased.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our founding lawyers Steve Crandall and Marc Pera, along with our experienced legal team of Kentucky commercial truck accident attorneys, have the resources to handle the full range of truck accident cases. Our credit our success, in large measure, to our experience in investigating the cause of the accident, our skill in preparing the case for trial, and our ability to make persuasive arguments in court and with insurance adjustors. In one example, we obtained a $5.5 million settlement in a truck accident case where a woman endured a life-changing traumatic brain injury.
Why commercial transportation crashes are so grave
Commercial trucks are needed to provide the food we eat, the tools we need to do our jobs, and the inventory to stock our retail shelves. 18-wheelers, semis, and other large trucks help people live, and communities grow. They are dangerous, though. They are harder to drive, which is why operators need commercial driving licenses. The inventory can spill onto the road creating havoc for anyone around. Autos are no match for large trucks. Truck drivers often drive while sleepy or distracted. Our Kentucky truck accident lawyers understand shipping companies often put undue pressure on their drivers to deliver goods on time.
Because truck crashes are so likely and so harmful, there are many laws that are designed to protect the public. These laws include safety provisions enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the state of Kentucky. The laws regulate when and how trucks can be inspected, who can operate the trucks, what safety precautions drivers and trucking companies must take to ensure loads are secured and the trucks are properly equipped, and how the trucks are to be operated. The rules apply to driving on federal interstates, state roads, and local highways.
The main reasons commercial truck accidents happen
Our Kentucky commercial truck driving accident attorneys understand how important time is when truck accidents occur. The insurance companies and trucking companies will have investigators at the scene of the accident speaking with witnesses, taking pictures, and studying the scene. That is why it is crucial that truck accident victims contact us as soon as possible. Our legal team reviews the police reports, talks to witnesses, and conducts a full inquiry through investigation and discovery to determine what happened.
Some of the common ways truck accident occur are:
- Driving while fatigued
- Violating federal safe driving regulations
- Inattentive driving
- DUI or DWI
- Driving an overloaded or unsecured truck
- Failing to maintain the truck
- Improper driver training
- Failing to prepare for bad weather or debris on the road
- Using bad truck equipment
- Multi-vehicle accidents
Whether a driver failed to obey the rules of the road or caused an accident because of the mistakes or negligence of a third party, Crandall & Pera Law can help you protect your family after an accident.
Make the call to an experienced Kentucky attorney today
Delay can hurt your case. Contact a successful Kentucky truck accident lawyer immediately. Our Crandall & Pera Law lawyers guide clients through each phase of the litigation process. At all times, we work to understand your pain and your concerns. We fight to get clients full compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Please call our Kentucky offices in Louisville or Lexington to schedule an appointment at 877-686-8879. You can also complete our contact form.