Lexington Truck Accident Attorney

Benefits of Working with Our Lexington, KY Injury Law Firm

When a person injured by a tractor trailer crash is able to begin investigating the cause of the crash, the trucking company or its "team" is often already many days or weeks into its investigation of the crash. Lexington truck accident lawyer James Vaught can help an injured person gather evidence about a tractor trailer crash, answer questions and help with the entire process, from beginning to end.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a truck crash, contact Attorney James Vaught today. Whether your serious truck accident was caused by a tired truck driver, improperly maintained vehicle, or other causes, you can feel confident in knowing Attorney Vaught is at your side. Mr. Vaught is interested in speaking with you about your situation by telephone, or in a no-obligation consultation.

Call (859) 755-4409 today to request your risk-free case evaluation.

Protecting Individuals Injured in Accidents with Tractor Trailers / Big Rigs / Trucks

Attorney James Vaught is proud to help individuals injured in accidents involving tractor trailers, big rigs, or commercial trucks. Throughout his years of practice, Attorney James Vaught has represented clients injured in tractor trailer accidents and crashes. Unfortunately, truck accidents are not rare; in fact, per the 2012 Kentucky Traffic Collision Report, there were more than 7,000 trucks involved in collisions that year, which resulted in 85 fatal collisions and more than 1,000 non-fatal injuries.

In that report, the following were listed as the most common contributing factors in Kentucky accidents:

  • Load securement
  • Tire failures
  • Defective brakes
  • Oversized loads on truck
  • Defective tow hitches / separated units
  • Defective lighting issues
  • Overweight
  • Steering failures

Other Causes of Trucking Accidents

Driver fatigue also is another cause of some truck accidents. When a driver is fatigued, then the driver's ability to make safe choices on the road can be affected, which can result in unsafe choices and crashes.

A tractor trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds and legally be driven on public highways alongside all other cars and vehicles. If a tractor trailer driver is careless, then serious injuries and death can result, often due to the differences in the weights and sizes of the vehicles involved.

A tractor trailer crash is not the same as a crash involving two automobiles. A tractor trailer driver must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) to drive a tractor trailer, and the driver must follow safety regulations related to tractor trailers while driving. Truck drivers must perform inspections of their trucks before and after each trip. Trucking companies must maintain their vehicles and do research on their drivers to make sure their drivers drive safely.

Who is responsible for my injuries and damages?

When an injury wreck involving a tractor trailer occurs, the trucking company or its insurance company often begins investigating the crash before the scene of the crash is cleared by the emergency personnel. After an injury crash, it is common for one or more of the following people to travel to the scene of the crash to gather information for the benefit of the trucking company: an investigator, accident reconstructionist(s), insurance adjuster, trucking company representative.

Some trucking companies or their insurance companies have quick response personnel on call, 24 hours a day, to respond and investigate a crash, in the event an injury crash occurs. The trucking company's "team" can take photos, video, measurements, witness statements and gather other evidence before the vehicles are moved from the scene of the crash. The information gathered will be used by the trucking company, its attorneys, and their insurance company to defend against any injury claims.

If you would like to learn more about how he can help you, call today to schedule your free consultation!