Trucking Accidents

Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyer

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,852 people were killed in truck accidents in 2015. When truck accidents occur, the people most likely to suffer injuries are people riding in passenger vehicles. 69% of people killed in truck accidents were riding in passenger vehicles, with 16% of the deaths being truck occupants. This means that when a truck driver makes an error behind the wheel, or when a truck's equipment fails, the people most likely to suffer the consequences are innocent drivers on the road.

Truck drivers and companies are required to abide by strict federal and local laws. When truck drivers or companies cut corners or break these laws, they can put drivers and others on the road at risk. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, are Kentucky truck accident lawyers who fight these companies when their actions result in the injury or death of drivers and passengers on the road. Victims of truck accidents may experience serious injuries, may face long recoveries, may miss time from work, and may experience pain and suffering. If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Call the truck accident lawyers at Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, in Kentucky today at 859-781-9100 .

Federal Truck Laws, Kentucky Truck Laws

Personal injury claims and lawsuits involving trucks differ from accidents involving passenger vehicles because victims may be seeking claims from large companies, more stakeholders may be involved in the accident, and truck drivers and companies are required to abide by federal and Kentucky trucking laws that can impact the outcome of a case. The Kentucky truck accident attorneys at Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, will take the time to review the facts of your case, police reports of your accident, and research the truck company involved in your accident. In some cases, an investigation can reveal violations and other shortcuts a company may have taken, that could have contributed to your crash.

What are some laws your Kentucky truck accident lawyer at Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, will consider? Here are some of the major truck laws:

  • Federal Hours of Service Laws. Truck drivers are limited in how long they can drive for a single shift or in a given period of time. When drivers break this law, they may be driving while fatigued. Research indicates that driving while tired can increase the risk of accidents. Some research even suggests that driving while fatigued can be just as bad as driving while drunk. In regular passenger vehicle accidents it can sometimes be hard to prove that a driver was tired behind the wheel. However, truck drivers are required to log their hours and shipping companies keep records of delivery and pick-up times. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, your Kentucky truck accident attorney can review your truck driver's logs, shipping schedules, and the truck company's policies to determine whether the truck driver responsible for your accident may have been tired behind the wheel.
  • Driver Medical Testing. Drivers are required to pass medical tests to get their licenses. However, this testing may not happen often enough and sometimes drivers develop new conditions which can impair their ability to drive. Drivers may take medications that could impact their ability to operate a large truck. Truck companies have a responsibility to properly vet their drivers before hiring. If a truck driver was drinking and driving, was under the influence of drugs, even prescription drugs, or if your driver is later found to have a driving record in another state, the trucking company may be responsible for your accident. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, are Kentucky truck accident lawyers who can investigate all avenues to hold all parties responsible accountable.
  • Insurance requirements. Truck companies and drivers are required to hold high insurance policies to protect them in the event of an accident. Some of these policies may be as high as $1 million. Victims and families who don't know how to navigate the insurance system may face challenges as they seek a recovery from adjusters. Adjusters sometimes use formulas or computer programs to estimate the value of a claim. These values may be lower than what you may be entitled to receive. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, are truck accident lawyers in Kentucky who can estimate the value of your claim and fight insurance companies to help you get the maximum possible settlement permitted under the law.
  • Weight Limits. Kentucky state law has specific requirements in place for trucks that exceed weight limits. The weight limit for trucks is 80,000 pounds. However, there are certain exemptions to these limits within certain conditions. Truck companies that put overloaded trucks on highways, put individuals at risk because drivers may have more difficulty controlling an overloaded truck.
  • Maintenance. Truck companies are required to perform regular maintenance on their vehicles. When they fail to do so, truck brakes can fail, tires can explode, or other systems can fail. If you were in a crash due to a truck's brake or tire failure, you may be entitled to seek damages under the law.

There are many truck laws and regulations on the books. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, are truck accident lawyers in Kentucky who will take the time to investigate your accident and fight to hold negligent parties accountable. While many truck drivers are hard-working individuals, sometimes they face dangerous pressure from large truck companies to deliver goods in unreasonable time schedules. Truck companies may try to increase their bottom lines by cutting corners when it comes to safety. If you or a loved one was hurt due to the negligence or neglect of a truck company or driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation under the law. Contact Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, today to learn more.

Seeking Justice Against Large Truck Companies

The trucking industry is big business in Kentucky. It can feel daunting to fight a big company to pay for your damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but you have rights. However, you may only have a limited amount of time to seek damages under the law. Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, are truck accident lawyers in Kentucky who fight for the rights of the innocent. We work hard to hold negligent companies accountable for their actions. Truck companies may have teams of lawyers on their side—you need Gatlin Voelker, PLLC, on yours.