Persuasive Counsel When Truck Accidents Occur Due to Driver Error
Kentucky commercial truck collision attorneys holding drivers and their employers responsible for negligence
Cars weigh only a fraction of what trucks weigh. When an accident between a truck and an automobile occurs, it is the driver or the passenger in the car that is most likely to be hurt. Injuries are often serious or catastrophic. In too many cases, the car driver dies. While truck accidents happen for many reasons, it is typically the driver of the truck who is primarily at fault. Driving is a lonely occupation, and drivers have been known to engage in distracting activities, like talking on a cell phone, or to drive while drunk. Sometimes the driver is irresponsible. Sometimes, the truck company that employs the driver is at fault in an accident case because it pressured the truck operator to drive fast or to drive while they are tired.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky truck accident lawyers have the skill, experience, and resources to get results. We have tried numerous cases, and several of our attorneys have been listed as SuperLawyers or BestLawyers by accrediting organizations. Our legal team includes several nurses, and we work with doctors, engineers, and financial experts when needed. Through our talents and drive, we have obtained large jury verdicts and settlements, some totaling over a million dollars. We are ready to help each Kentucky accident victim and their families to get justice when a truck crash occurs.
How truck driver error happens
Truck driver error often comes about for the following reasons:
- Fatigue.Truck driving is a rough profession. Drivers are often asked to drive across states, sometimes cross-country, to deliver their goods. For many businesses, time is of the essence. Delayed inventory on the shelves can mean lost customers. Truck drivers need to hustle to get their goods delivered on time. If they obey speeding rules, drivers often make up lost time by driving longer hours. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the numbers of hours operators can drive, many drivers push the limit, or even exceed it. A Kentucky truck driver error attorney at Crandall & Pera Law holds drivers and trucking companies responsible when drivers are not properly rested.
- Driver distraction. Truck driving can get boring. Drivers may be tempted to alleviate this distraction by texting while driving, talking on their cell phone, playing with the radio, eating while driving, or doing some act which takes their eyes off the road and their hands off the steering wheel. Driver distraction is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of driver fatalities and injuries.
- Driving while intoxicated. Drunk driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs, is a severe danger to other drivers and passengers. DUI and DWI impair a driver’s judgment, which affects the truck driver’s ability to react to traffic dangers. Impaired driving also makes it hard or impossible for other drivers to react. At Crandall & Pera Law, our skilled Kentucky truck driver error attorneys hold the driver, and anyone who served the driver, responsible for the harm and death they cause.
- Overfilled trucks. Truck companies do overload their trucks to maximize the amount of goods they deliver. There are federal and state laws that regulate the amount and weight of loads to make sure the goods do not spill on the road and make sure the driver has control of the load. Even when the loads are the proper sizes and amounts, they can be poorly secured. Our Kentucky truck driver error lawyers hold wrongdoers accountable in court and through strong and firm settlements.
- Failure to inspect and maintain the truck. Federal and state laws require that each truck be inspected before it is placed on the road and before each time a driver starts the truck up. Inspections help make sure the truck is safe for the driver and for the public. Poorly inspected trucks can cause truck accidents because the driver loses control. For example, tires that are bald or improperly inflated can make stopping in time problematic.
- Bad weather and highway debris. The elements can make driving precarious. Rain, sleet, sun, ice, and other weather conditions mean drivers should use caution or even get off the road. Proper equipment, such as sunglasses or snow tires, can help prevent truck accidents. Likewise, debris on the road, changing road surfaces, split lanes, and other road construction issues also make truck accidents more likely. Drivers should anticipate these problems and take measures to prevent truck accidents when poor weather or road surfaces create real dangers.
Kentucky attorneys holding truck drivers and truck companies responsible for truck driver error
Truck drivers need to have a current, valid commercial truck driver license. They need to make sure they take all necessary precautions to prepare for the loneliness, distractions, and problems that driving long hours can cause. At Crandall & Pera Law, our Kentucky truck driving error lawyers have a strong track record of success in bringing claims against truck drivers and the owners of the trucks. We fight for all the damages you deserve. Contact our office to schedule an appointment at 877-686-8879. You can also fill out our contact form. Our main office is in Louisville. We also see clients in Lexington and at their homes when necessary.