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
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 in 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) 903-4165
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, Our
personal injury attorney 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
- 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.
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