In the United States, there are an estimated 500,000 trucking accidents per year
Truck Accident Lawyer in Louisville, KY
Truck accidents are a common event in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they are the number one cause of death for people who work in transportation and warehousing. The severity of truck accidents can vary depending on what type of truck is being driven and how it is being used.
If you were involved in a truck accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to help you get through this difficult experience and make sure that your rights are protected.
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Find an Answer to Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions
Truck accidents are similar to car accidents in terms of what steps you should take:
- Call 911 to report the accident.
- Take down the information and names of witnesses not involved in the accident.
- Seek medical treatment as necessary. Your health is the first priority.
- Consult with an attorney before making a statement to any insurance company.
Because of accidents involving 18-wheelers or large commercial trucks are often catastrophic, insurance companies work hard to minimize claims brought by those injured by their negligence. There are many state and federal regulations that trucking companies must follow while on the road. Our team of attorneys will research the facts of your case and determine which regulations were violated.
The insurance company for the at-fault truck driver and trucking company will be responsible for compensating you for the medical expenses you incurred as a result of your injuries. Kentucky is also a no-fault coverage state. Insurance on all motor vehicles in Kentucky, except motorcycles, must include basic Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage unless you specifically reject it in writing. Basic PIP benefits pay up to $10,000 for medical expenses, lost wages up to $200 per week, replacement services and survivor’s benefits if someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of who may have been at fault. Your health insurance is another option.
Like other car and motorcycle accidents, calling the police, gathering witness information, seeking necessary medical treatment as soon as possible, and taking photos and video are great ways to preserve evidence. Trucking companies often complete their own investigations of accidents quickly, so contacting an attorney as soon as possible can ensure the integrity of the investigatory process and that crucial evidence collected by the trucking company is not destroyed or altered.
Most importantly, you are a wealth of information. The lawyers will ask you more specific questions during the free initial consultation. If you have information regarding the medical treatment that you’ve received, the medical providers you’ve seen, and the amount of time you’ve missed from work, that would also be beneficial to our team of lawyers.
The compensation available includes past and future medical bills, lost wages, future lost income, physical pain and suffering, and mental pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be imposed by the jury if the party causing your injury acted with wanton, reckless or willful disregard in their actions.
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