Elizabethtown Semi-Truck Accidents Can Have Serious And Lasting Consequences
Wrecks involving 18-wheeler trucks can be the most devastating kind of motor vehicle accident. A terrifying instant can have life-changing repercussions. When you or a loved one has suffered such anguish, you deserve all the compensation to which you are entitled.
At Aldridge & Birdwhistell Law Firm, PSC, with offices located in Louisville and Elizabethtown, our attorneys understand that you are under incredible stress, financially, physically and emotionally. We aim to assist in all ways we can in ensuring that you can get back to the quality of life you deserve.
Not only do truck accidents cause serious injuries, but they are also all too often fatal. And it can be a more daunting insurance process because there is often a trucking company involved. Big rig accidents also involve a great deal of investigation to determine a cause and whether the driver of the truck acted negligently.
Reasons For 18-Wheeler Accidents In Hardin County
Here are a few of the causes that commonly cause these serious accidents:
- Training: In regard to safely carrying materials, including hazardous materials
- Equipment: Weight limits, tire blowouts, improper straps
- Driver fatigue: Often due to unreasonable expectations or policies by the trucking company
Truck Accident FAQ: Exploring Your Options
Here at Aldridge & Birdwhistell Law Firm, PSC, we ensure that our clients get prompt answers to all of the questions they have about truck accidents, potential compensation and their legal rights. To help you get started, below are four of the most common questions we see. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further answers or legal guidance.
What is the truck accident statute of limitations in Kentucky?
As with other personal injury cases, Kentucky does have a statute of limitations for truck accident cases. It is two years after the date of the accident or the discovery of injuries that are clearly related to that accident. However, you should never wait that long to get started. Quick action by an attorney can make sure important evidence is preserved.
Why should I settle my truck accident case?
Settling a case can be helpful because it quickly gets you the money that you need to cover medical bills, lost wages and many other costs. Be careful not to settle too quickly, though. You need to be sure that the settlement includes comprehensive coverage for all your financial needs, which could include things like long-term medical care or lost earning capacity.
How much can I get from a truck accident settlement?
It depends on the specifics of your case. Generally, though, truck accident settlements can provide compensation for immediate medical costs, long-term medical needs – such as physical rehabilitation or medication – immediate lost wages, lost future earnings or lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Are trucking companies liable, or just the truck driver?
Most of the time, the trucking company is considered jointly liable with their employee for accidents caused by the employee. There are exceptions, such as when a driver is self-employed or guilty of some deliberate action that caused the wreck. In addition to the trucking company, however, liability may extend to loading companies, mechanics and more.
Experienced In Commercial Truck Collision Litigation Throughout Kentucky
Due to the seriousness and complicated nature of tractor-trailer accidents, it is important to work with a personal injury lawyer with courtroom confidence. Our seasoned litigators offer the advice and guidance to get the results you deserve.
Call 270-872-0912 in Elizabethtown or 502-907-2899 in Louisville, or send us an email to get started. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay unless we get a settlement for you.