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.

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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
  • Overweight
  • 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 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. For this very reason, it is vital to your case that you hire an experienced Lexington truck accident attorney to fight on your behalf!

Don't wait! Call our firm today to schedule your free consultation.