The Kentucky State Police Department (KSPD) releases an annual report on traffic collision facts. Recent data from 2015 shows there were 9,196 trucking accidents in Kentucky resulting in 90 fatalities and 1,396 injures. Approximately 80% of those fatalities and injuries were suffered by the people in the smaller, passenger vehicle.
The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented laws to protect motorists in 2003 by decreasing the number of hours that semi-truck 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. Although these measures are helpful, it is still important for every Kentucky motorist to know their rights and legal options in case they get hurt in one of many trucking accidents that occur on the state’s highways each day.
Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC in Louisville is a leading truck accident law firm that accepts claims from clients throughout the state. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to the law firm at (502) 242-8877. During a FREE initial consultation, you can describe what happened and Attorney Oppenheimer or a member of his law firm can tell you if you have a valid claim for compensation.
Should I Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
In the days following your accident you may consider the benefits of hiring an attorney to assist in talks with the insurance company. If your claim has been denied or you are not receiving the treatment you need, you may benefit from consulting a truck accident attorney. By hiring an attorney, you will have a team to help you understand your opportunities for financial recovery and to help you through the claims process.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Kentucky
According to 2015 KSPD crash data, truck accidents across the state were caused by:
|Contributing Causes of Truck Accidents in Kentucky||Number of Collisions in Kentucky|
|Tow Hitch Defective||50|
Other factors that are not reflected in this data chart are:
- 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 deadlines
- Failure to yield right of way
- Disregarding traffic control
- Cell phone usage
Seeking Legal Help After a Truck Accident
Truck drivers can be held accountable for the harm they cause other motorists due to their negligence. The damages paid to plaintiffs in truck accident claims may include medical bills, lost wages, and emotional traumatization. If someone loses their life in a trucking accident, their surviving family members can pursue further damages in a wrongful death claim.
Many trucking companies are well versed in how to minimize their company’s liability after an accident, so they have to pay as little as possible to injured plaintiffs. In other words, trucking companies want to settle cases quickly and on their own terms. To make certain your own rights are not trampled by a trucking company or its insurance provider, team up with Louisville Truck Accident Attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer. He has been representing truck accident victims and their families since 1991, creating an impressive history of case results along the way.
To discuss the specifics of your case, you can contact Attorney Oppenheimer at (502) 242-8877.
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