Truck Accident Lawyers in Richmond, KY
Helping injury victims and their families in Richmond, Irvine and Berea
Every year there are several thousand truck crashes in Kentucky resulting in over a thousand injuries and numerous fatalities. Crashes involving big rigs and tractor-trailers make up 6% of all traffic accidents, yet they account for more than 10% of fatal wrecks. Given the tremendous size and weight of a semi-truck, it is no wonder that truck accident victims fare far worse than victims of collisions with other automobiles. The truck accident attorneys at Davis & Haymond, P.S.C. in Richmond and Irvine help truck accident victims in central Kentucky through the challenging task of recovering compensation for their injuries from the trucking companies and their insurers.
Common Causes of Kentucky Truck Accidents
Commercial trucking is an integral part of the country’s economy, and truck traffic crisscrosses the state continuously throughout the day night, seven days a week. Commercial truckers have a duty to drive with care and watch out for others on the road, just like the rest of us, but the trucker has the added pressure of delivering the cargo to its destination on schedule. In order to make up for lost time, drivers of 18-wheelers may be prone to speeding, taking stimulants, or simply putting in too much time behind the wheel, any of which create a dangerous risk of a serious truck accident.
Truck accidents may be the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver or the trucking company. The attorneys at Davis & Haymond hold truckers and trucking companies accountable whenever their negligent or reckless behavior causes serious injury to another, including accidents caused by all of the following situations:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Aggressive driving
- Unbalanced load
- Worn or out-of-adjustment brakes
- Worn tires
- Inoperable signal lights
- Unsecured load
Experience and Expertise Investigating Kentucky Truck Accidents
A key component to many truck accident investigations is getting a hold of and reviewing truck driver logbooks and truck company records. These records can help determine whether the trucker and trucking company were in compliance with federal safety regulations regarding maximum hours of service for drivers and time behind the wheel, and required inspections and maintenance of truck components and safety equipment. Unfortunately, log books are often falsified to make it look like truckers were in compliance when they weren’t. Our lawyers know all the trucking company tricks and won’t let them escape liability when they are responsible for another’s injuries.
Get Help Today from Experienced Richmond Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, we know that you are dealing with significant challenges and expenses, and that difficulties may continue for years to come. Let us help you get the compensation you need to deal with those challenges and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. In Richmond, Irvine, Berea and surrounding areas, contact Davis & Haymond, P.S.C. for a free consultation with experienced Kentucky truck accident attorneys.