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Kentucky Truck Accidents

The Kentucky State Police release an annual report on Traffic Collision Facts. The most recent data (2015 release) indicates there were 9,196 trucking accidents in Kentucky. Of these 9,196 accidents involving tractor trailers, there were 90 fatalities and 1,396 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. A truck is defined as a vehicle with a registered weight of 10,000; semi tractor trailers have a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds.

What are the Causes of Trucking Accidents in Kentucky?

The Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts for 2015 find that the following factors were involved in trucking accidents in Kentucky:

Contributing Causes of Truck Accidents in Kentucky

Number of Collisions in Kentucky

Tire Failure

136

Load Securement

125

Defective Brakes

78

Oversized Load

51

Tow Hitch Defective

50

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 yield right of way
  • Disregarding traffic control
  • Cell phone usage

What Should I do if I'm involved in a Trucking 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.

To discuss the specifics of your case, you can contact Brett at (502) 242-8877 or by sending him a message online.