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Elizabethtown commercial truck accidents: What to know

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | Truck Accidents |

Commercial trucking accidents in Kentucky cause severe injuries and fatalities. These collisions are especially hazardous for many reasons. Large trucks cause significant damage because of their size and cargo. Additionally, when collisions occur with smaller vehicles, the other cars have little protection.

You may think interstate driving is the primary concern regarding truck crashes. However, a 2020 study by the Kentucky Transportation Center found that 19% of truck accidents occurred on city or county streets, and 47% occurred on U.S. and state-numbered routes.

What causes commercial truck accidents?

Although there are many possible causes for collisions, most incidents involving large trucks in Kentucky happen due to driver error. Contributing factors include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Following too Closely
  • Driving under the influence

Sometimes, defective truck parts lead to accidents. Factors related to these incidents include:

  • Improperly secured loads
  • Tire tread detachments
  • Faulty brakes
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Malfunctioning steering systems

What do you need to know about truck accidents?

Crashes with commercial vehicles differ from wrecks between two passenger cars. It is crucial to know the relevant rules and regulations when you sustain injuries in this type of accident. If your property damage exceeds $500, you must file a written accident report with the Department of Kentucky State Police within ten days. The law requires that you immediately notify the local police if you have bodily damages from a collision.

The federal government regulates many aspects of commercial driving, such as driver training, minimum insurance requirements, cargo weight limits, and more. Knowing these rules helps you improve your chances of a successful case.