Louisville Truck Accidents
There were 7,950 trucking accidents in Kentucky accounted in 2012. Of these 7,950 accidents involving tractor trailers, including 85 fatalities and 1,257 injures. When large trucks are involved in an accident, the statistics show that nearly 80% of fatalities will involve the occupants of another passenger vehicle. The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented laws to protect motorists in 2003 by decreasing the number of hours that semi drivers can log without a substantial period of rest. In Kentucky, lawmakers are responding to this problem of tractor-trailer accidents by spending over $1 million on increased traffic enforcement. While these and other efforts are being made to protect passenger vehicles, serious trucking accidents continue to occur with little or no reduction in the number of highway deaths.
Semi tractor trailers and 18 wheelers have the potential for dangerous collisions largely due to their size; and trucks continue to get larger due to economies of scale. The average car or SUV weighs about 4,000 pounds. By law, a tractor trailer can be 80,000 pounds, and many exceed that size. It is no wonder that the impact of a vehicle that is 20 times heavier can be devastating.
What are the Causes of Trucking Accidents in Kentucky?
The Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts for 2012 indicate that the leading causes of accidents in our state are:
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Many other factors contribute to the high incidence of trucking collisions:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver inexperience
- Aggressive driving and speeding
- Drug or alcohol use by the truck driver
- Driving in inclement weather
- Unsafe under-ride equipment
- Excessive work shifts and shipment deadlines
- Failure to install blind spot mirrors
Speak to Brett Oppenheimer about Your Accident
When factors such as these contribute to an accident and injuries or fatalities occur, the truck drivers and the trucking companies are liable for the damages incurred by the other vehicle’s occupants. Damages may include medical bills, lost wages, or even loss of life. It is important that victims of trucking accidents immediately protect their legal rights. Many trucking companies are well versed in how to minimize their company’s liability after an accident has occurred. Trucking companies want to settle cases quickly and on their own terms. Therefore, it is critical that victims or the victim’s family understand their legal rights. Attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer in Louisville, Kentucky has been representing people who have been injured in truck accidents and their survivors since 1991. (Click here to read about one of Brett’s trucking accident cases in Kentucky). You can contact Brett via email or at (502)749-5700 to discuss the specifics of your case.