Drivers of passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks are tasked with safely sharing Kentucky's more than 78,000 miles of public roadways and streets. Unfortunately, collisions between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks are an all too common occurrence. According to the Kentucky State Police (KSP), more than 10,000 large trucks are involved in accidents each year, which result in more than 1,000 injuries and approximately 100 deaths.
Kentucky truck accident victims may be entitled to compensation for injuries and other losses sustained in a crash caused by a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Are you considering taking legal action after a serious truck accident? Here's what you should know.
Commercial Trucks on Kentucky Roads
When thinking of large commercial trucks, semi-trucks, big-rigs, and 18-wheelers are probably some of the first examples that come to mind. However, these aren't the only types of trucks that can be involved in a serious accident. The KSP defines a large truck as one that weighs between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds. Truck accident cases may also involve:
- Box trucks
- Dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Refrigerated trucks
- Tow trucks
- Flatbed trucks
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Our skilled personal injury attorneys handle cases involving all types of truck accidents in Kentucky including:
- Rear-end crashes. These accidents can occur when the front of a large truck crashes into the back of the passenger vehicle in front of it.
- T-bone accidents. This type of truck accident happens when the front end of a commercial truck collides with the side of a passenger vehicle. These accidents may also be referred to as side-impact collisions or broadside accidents.
- Head-on collisions. When a large commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle head on, the results can be absolutely catastrophic.
- Truck rollovers. Any rollover accident can be dangerous, but rollover truck accidents are particularly hazardous, often resulting in serious injuries for passenger vehicle occupants.
- Wide-turn accidents. It's impossible for a hulking commercial truck to make tight turns. When a truck driver moves too far to the left before making a right turn, the trailer can swing wide, hitting other vehicles in its path.
- Jackknife crashes. When a commercial driver loses control of their truck, the truck and trailer can swing out, skid, and stop with the two segments at a 90-degree angle.
- Blind spot “no zone” accidents. All vehicles have blind spots, but on commercial trucks, the blind spots are considerably larger. Truckers who attempt to change lanes before checking their “no zones” can cause serious crashes.
- Lost load crashes. These crashes occur when a commercial driver fails to adequately secure their cargo. As a result, the load may tumble into the path of oncoming traffic or strike a following vehicle, leading to an accident.
- Underride accidents. Sometimes, in a collision between a passenger vehicle and truck trailer, the passenger vehicle can slide underneath the trailer, which sheers off its top and often leads to death for the passenger vehicle occupants.
Negligence-Related Truck Accident Causes
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Improper truck driver hiring practices
- Insufficient truck driver job or safety training
- Inadequate driver supervision
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Poor truck maintenance
Consult Our Experienced Attorneys About Your Kentucky Truck Accident Case
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you understand your rights, explore your options for compensation, and determine the appropriate party to name as a defendant in your lawsuit. Depending on the facts of the case, you may have grounds for a claim against both the truck driver and the trucking company that employs them.
Do you have questions about a truck accident case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation to discuss the details of your case with a member of our seasoned legal team.