Were you injured in a crash with a truck or another large commercial vehicle? The Kentucky truck accident attorneys of Hare Wynn will fight to get you the compensation you are owed.
Truck accidents happen fast and can cause catastrophic injuries or may even be fatal. Trucks, especially those hauling cargo, are heavy vehicles and even a minor accident can have significant consequences for everyone involved. If you have been injured in a truck accident or if you’ve lost a loved one, it’s essential to get the help you need as soon as possible. When you contact Hare Wynn about your accident, we’ll work fast to protect you and build a convincing case on your behalf.
At Hare Wynn our experienced Kentucky truck accident attorneys are prepared to fight for you. We’ve helped clients win for over 125 years, and we’re proud to help accident victims secure compensation for their injuries. We’ve been recognized by The National Law Journal, The Best Lawyers in America®, and many other publications. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, let us put our knowledge and expertise to work for you.
If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a truck accident, contact Hare Wynn for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Call us at (859) 550-2900 or fill out our contact form today.
How Can a Kentucky Truck Accident Attorney Help Me?
When you’re injured in a truck accident, the paperwork alone that accompanies an accident claim could be more than you can handle. A truck accident attorney can take care of your case so you can focus on healing. A truck accident attorney can:
- Gather and preserve crucial evidence from the accident scene and from the trucking company, including electronic data recorder records, maintenance records, and driver logs.
- Review police reports and medical records.
- Evaluate your claim and determine the compensation you may be entitled to.
- Work with investigators and local authorities to identify the driver who was responsible.
- Handle complex negotiations and work with insurers to get you the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
- Prepare lawsuits against third-parties such as equipment manufacturers.
- Litigate your case and take it to completion.
If you’re involved in a truck accident, it can be difficult to get the compensation you need. Insurers may try to low-ball your and companies may not take responsibility for the truckers they employ. You’ll need someone on your side with the knowledge and resources to succeed. When you’re injured, let the attorneys at Hare Wynn advocate for you.
Truck and 18-Wheeler Accident Cases We Handle
Truck accidents may be more complicated than typical car accidents. Truckers are often employed by trucking companies who must comply with Federal and state laws. This means that they often must have specific pieces of safety equipment installed on their trucks, and they must train and monitor drivers.
If you’re injured in a truck accident, we can help you. We have decades of experience investigating truck accidents and representing truck accident victims. We’re experienced in all types of truck accident cases. These include:
- Accidents due to drugs or alcohol. Like others, truck drivers drive when they shouldn’t. Drugs and alcohol are extraordinarily dangerous when mixed with heavy equipment.
- Driver fatigue. Many truckers keep unusual hours that can disturb their sleep schedules. Others may not get the rest they need. When a tired trucker is on the road, it can spell disaster for everyone.
- Distracted driving. Truckers are susceptible to distractions like everyone else. When truckers take their eyes off the road, the consequences can be severe.
- Reckless driving. Truck drivers are often under extreme pressure to get their deliveries done. It’s no excuse for reckless driving, but some drivers still risk the safety of others to get their job done.
- Failure of trucking companies to maintain their fleet. Trucking companies are required to maintain their fleets and keep records. When they fail to do so, they may be liable.
- Insufficient training of drivers. Truckers must be up to date on new equipment and regulations. When they’re not, they make mistakes that can cost you everything.
- Failure to monitor and correct driver behavior. Trucking companies are expected to monitor their drivers and correct bad behaviors. When a company lets a bad actor continue in their position, it can lead to injury and accident.
- Equipment failures such as brakes and tires. Even the best-trained truck drivers may be helpless if their equipment fails. We can pursue cases against truck equipment manufacturers when their designs or manufacturing leads to injury.
- Wrongful death. It’s too easy for trucking accidents to lead to death. If you’ve lost a loved one, we can help you honor their memory.
Trucking companies are expected to monitor their drivers, and drivers are expected to prioritize safety on the road. Too often this isn’t the case. Companies and drivers may play fast and loose with the rules to get their deliveries where they need to go. The trouble is that these behaviors can easily result in an accident that costs you everything. If you’ve been injured, speak with one of our attorneys. They’ll help you pursue the justice and compensation you need.
Types of Truck Accidents
We pursue truck claims by looking at the specifics of each case. That includes the specifics of the trucks involved. Trucks come in a variety of sizes, and they differ in purpose, location, limitations in movement, and risks they present. Knowing more about the truck that caused your accident can tell us more about your injuries, the causes of your accident, and the best way to pursue your claim for compensation. Some of the common types of truck accidents we often see at Hare Wynn include:
- Big Rig: A big rig, also called a semi, semi-tractor trailer, or an 18-wheeler, is perhaps the most obvious and famous truck on the road. These trucks transport all manner of goods across the country. These large movers include a cab that may or may not have a sleeping compartment, where the driver sits, and usually one or two trailers attached behind.
- Moving Van: Moving vans can include vehicles of different sizes, including anything from a minivan to a box truck that move individuals and families across the country. Moving vans may be a greater risk on the road because some companies allow families to drive their own moving vans, and these drivers are likely inexperienced handling a vehicle so large. Even experienced professional moving van drivers present a risk because of the potentially awkward freight they carry.
- Delivery Van: Delivery vans are used by businesses that deliver any number of products either to businesses or homes. A common sight in every town, delivery vans are usually very tall but lack the separation between the cap and trailer found with a big rig. Because they navigate through neighborhoods and narrow streets, they are at a greater risk of causing accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists, and stationary vehicles.
- Flatbed Truck: Flatbed trucks have an open, flat floor on which to place freight. Without a roof or sides, these trucks are easier to load for businesses, but they also increase the risk of part of the freight coming loose and causing accidents on the road.
- Tanker Truck: A tanker truck is, as the name suggests, a truck with a large metal cylinder (or “tank”) towed behind. These tanks are often filled with dangerous gases and liquids that, in the event of an accident, can lead to catastrophic damage to individuals and property involved in that accident.
- Fuel Truck: A fuel truck is a type of tanker truck that is designed to carry gasoline or other types of fuel (such as jet fuel for airports). Like tanker truck freight, fuel truck freight is a risk because it can cause explosions in addition to the initial damage of an accident.
- Cement Mixer: Construction companies make regular use of cement mixers. These large trucks have enormous, revolving drums that allow for the mixing of fresh cement when building homes and other buildings. Because of their size and a lack of visibility from the driver, they can cause major accidents on residential streets or highways.
- Tow Truck: A tow truck is designed to help move other vehicles, but when a tow truck driver doesn’t secure the other vehicles properly, there is a risk the vehicle will swerve into other lanes, disconnect from the tow truck, or force the tow truck into other lanes or off the road.
- Box Truck: Box trucks includes a cab and a cube-shaped cargo area. These are very popular options for moving vans and delivery vans (although the separation of the cab and the cargo hold technically make them trucks, not vans). Like moving vans, these vehicles are often driven by those without significant experience, and therefore there’s a greater risk of accidents.
- Cargo Truck: Cargo truck is another broad category that can include a large number of different kinds of vehicles. A cargo truck can include anything from a pickup truck that uses the bed for cargo to a moving van or a flatbed. Any time a truck is carrying significant cargo, it increases its weight, which then increases the force with which it hits other vehicles in the event of an accident. Cargo that is poorly loaded can also lead to the truck swerving into another lane or being unable to stop at a reasonable distance.
- Dump Truck: A dump truck transports material to and from construction sites. Because there is no roof (so the truck can be loaded), it’s easy for material to fall out of the truck and cause damage to nearby vehicles. Dump truck accidents can also involve the full contents of the truck falling onto other vehicles, leading to very severe injuries.
- Garbage Truck: Garbage trucks collect garbage from homes and businesses and then dispose of it in garbage dumps. Similarly, recycling trucks gather up recyclable materials and take them to a recycling center. These vehicles are very large and move very quickly through residential areas and other places where pedestrians may not expect to see large vehicles, increasing the risk of an accident.
- Refrigerator Truck: A big rig or other truck can have a refrigerated cargo hold so that foods and other materials that have to be kept cool are not allowed to heat up during transportation.
- Coal Truck: The transportation of coal for the purpose of providing energy is done by coal trucks. These trucks may leave coal exposed, allowing it to fall out in a way similar to dump trucks. Since coal also ignites, it may lead to similar issues to fuel truck accidents.
- Log Truck: A log truck is a long truck, often a flatbed, designed to move huge logs that have been cut for timber uses. If not secured properly, these logs can roll off and cause incredible damage to nearby vehicles. They can also lead to the truck tipping or swerving between lanes.
- Firetruck and Other Emergency Vehicles: Emergency vehicles are meant to provide assistance, but because they speed and often deal with distractions, they also can potentially cause serious accidents.
Because of their size, the speeds they reach, and the high risk of issues like fatigue their driver’s experience, any kind of truck can cause a serious accident. Knowing more about the truck that caused your accident will help us make sure the cause of your injuries is discovered, which will, in turn, allow us to better establish the fault that will help you get the compensation you are owed.
Truck Accident Statistics
According to the 2017 Traffic Collision Facts Report:
- Trucks accounted for 4% of all vehicle collisions but made up 7 percent of vehicles in fatal collisions.
- There were 164,556 registered commercial trucks in the state of Kentucky in 2017.
- A total of 9,819 trucks were involved in collisions, 82 in fatal collisions, and 1,461 in non-fatal injury collisions.
- 32 percent of hazardous cargo collisions occurred on interstates.
How Our Firm Can Help You
If you’ve been injured, you may have a long road to recovery. The Kentucky attorneys at Hare Wynn can help you get there. With decades of experience, our truck accident attorneys know how to investigate your case and get the compensation you need.
Our attorneys will review your case and build a strategy for your success. We’ll handle the review of trucking company records, negotiating settlement offers from insurers, and any lawsuits you need to file. We’ll also review the law with you and lay out your options for recovery. Medical bills, pain and suffering, replacement of property, and many other types of recovery may be available. We’ve handled every type of truck accident, and we know how to build the strongest case for you.
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
At Hare Wynn we understand how serious truck accidents can be. Trucks are powerful, and when they’re mishandled, they can lead to tragedy for everyone involved. Serious injury and even death are common. If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a truck accident, we can help you fight for the compensation you need.
At Hare Wynn we’ll work with authorities, local investigators, insurers, and trucking companies to investigate the accident and get you compensation for your injuries. When you’re injured, focus on healing and let us handle the rest. For a free consultation, contact us at (859) 550-2900 or fill out our online form.