Lexington Truck Accident Attorney
Benefits of Working with Our Lexington, KY Injury Law Firm
Being involved in an accident with a semi truck can be tricky. Oftentimes,
the trucking company is already many days or weeks into its own investigation
of the crash before most
injured victims even begin their own investigation. Lexington truck accident lawyer
James Vaught can help you gather evidence about your 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, an improperly maintained vehicle, or other causes, you can feel
confident in knowing Attorney Vaught is at your side.
today to request your
FREE case evaluation.
Contributing Factors of Kentucky Truck Accidents and Statistics
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, according to the
Kentucky State Police public records, the 2018 Kentucky Traffic Collision Report shows that there were over
11,000 collisions that involved a large truck. These accidents resulted
in over 2,100 injuries and 97 deaths, as well as 9,600 accounts of property damage.
The most common contributing factors of accidents with trucks include:
- Load securement
- Tire failure
- Defective brakes
- Oversized loads on the truck
- Defective tow hitches / separated units
- Defective lighting issues
- Steering failures
Other Causes of Trucking Accidents
Truck driver fatigue is among the most common causes of truck accidents.
Long hours on the road, can lead to truck drivers getting drowsy, creating
an unsafe situation. 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 crash is not the same as a crash involving two automobiles.
A car is considerably smaller than a 80,000 pound semi truck. 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
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. For this
very reason, it is vital to your case that you hire an
truck accident attorney to
fight on your behalf!
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