Skilled Kentucky Attorneys Review the Typical Types of Trucking Accidents
Our lawyers help victims and families when negligence or causes serious injuries or death
Truck accidents happen in many different ways. How the accident occurs often dictates the severity of the injuries. For example, serious accidents such as rollovers and truck failures due to defective parts may cause death. When cargo spills from a truck, vehicles in all directions can be in jeopardy. Crashes involving trucks are usually more serious than car accidents because the size and weight of the trucks creates more physical force on impact. The dimensions of large trucks make them harder to control.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky trucking accident lawyers work tirelessly to determine the exact cause of each accident. We review accident reports, speak to eyewitnesses, take photographs of the scene, and conduct extensive discovery to determine who was at fault and why. In some cases, we employ traffic reconstruction experts to help prove how a truck crash occurred. It is our attention to detail, our legal strategies, and our persuasive arguments that have helped our firm obtain large jury trial verdicts for many of our clients.
Some of the different ways truck accidents happen
Truck accidents can be due to driver error. The trucking companies that retain the driver can be liable for faulty supervision and poor or missed inspections. Sometimes, defective truck parts and truck overloads can cause a truck to crash. Some of the more typical types of accidents our Kentucky trucking accident lawyers handle include:
- Jackknife accidents. When truck axle brakes lock, the tractor and trailer can land at right angles to each other.
- Rollover crashes. Trucks have a different center of gravity than cars. The center of gravity can shift depending on the size and weight of the load the truck is carrying. Trucks the speed, go around curves too quickly, or hit a bad spot in the road can flip over killing or seriously injuring the driver and any cars in the truck’s way.
- Multi-car crashes. If cargo spills or a truck rolls over, any vehicles in the same lane can get entangled in the collision. Because trucks are so large, when they fall, they often stretch into oncoming lanes of traffic, which means more vehicles and occupants may be damaged or hurt.
- Underride accidents. Some small cars can actually fit under a small truck. If a truck stops too suddenly, a car or motorcycle can get stuck under the truck or trailer. Underride accidents often cause fatalities to the occupants of the other vehicles.
- Road construction accidents. Construction zone work creates a problem for any vehicle. Trucks, in particular, can have a hard time navigating through a work zone area.
- Explosions. Gas tanks still do explode. Trucks that transport flammable liquids or hazardous materials can ignite. Explosions usually create a ball of fire that can involve other trucks and cars. Truck accidents due to explosions ore often deadly.
Who is liable?
One of the crucial tasks our Kentucky truck accident attorneys begins each case with is determining which entities may be responsible. When we review how the truck accident happen, we make a determination about which of the following parties may be at fault:
- The truck driver
- The truck owner
- A company that hired the truck and/or driver to ship the goods
- A maker or seller of any defective part
- The companies involved in the shipping contract
- A government agency that had responsibility for the road
- Any repair shops that failed to do their job
Get advice and tough counsel by contacting a skilled Kentucky truck accident attorney right away
An experienced Kentucky trucking accident lawyer is ready to help you get justice for your injuries or the loss of a loved one. Our firm works tirelessly to prove fault and to demand full compensation for every injury. Our lawyers demand payment for hospital stays, doctor visits, medications, medical devices, lost income, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Contact our friendly firm today at 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form for an appointment. We make arrangements to see clients elsewhere when necessary. Our primary location is in Louisville, Kentucky and we also see clients in Lexington and the surrounding areas.