Get Compensation & Justice Following An 18-Wheeler Crash With the Help of a Louisville Tractor-Trailer Injury Attorney
Trucking accidents are the cause of nearly 5,000 deaths per year in the United States, as well as the source of tens of thousands of serious injuries. Because of the nature of these crashes, truck drivers often suffer only minor injuries, while the passengers in other vehicles are left with head injuries, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures.
Trucks are not just more dangerous than other vehicles because of their size and weight, but they are also more dangerous because of the negligent actions of trucking companies and truck drivers. If you or a loved one have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, it is vital to understand why and how the accident happened, and who is ultimately responsible for the damages that resulted from the collision. Kentucky truck accident attorney Seth Gladstein is here to help you get to the bottom of your case, and get you the compensation and justice that you seek.
To request a free and confidential truck accident case review, please call our legal team today at (800) 991-0474.
Types of Kentucky Trucking Accidents
Because of their great weight and size, the most common types of trucking accidents are different than the most common types of accidents involving smaller vehicles. Also, because of their size, accidents that would normally only cause slight damage and minor injuries can be catastrophic – even simple rear-end accidents or accidents occurring at relatively slow speeds. Some of the most common types of trucking accidents include:
- Rear-ended a vehicle that they were following
- Collide with a vehicle coming head-on
- Intersect vehicles
- Run their truck off the road
- Swerve out of their own lane of traffic
- Turn into the path of another vehicle
- Roll their semi or truck
- Side-swipe another vehicle such as a car, motorcycle, truck, or bicycle
- Hit objects in the road
Six Common Causes of Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Many different types of commercial truck accidents can be traced back to the negligence of both the driver and the trucking company. As you will see below, errors by the drivers, and failures by their employers, result in dangerous truck accidents waiting to happen.
Six common causes of 18-wheeler accidents and semi accidents include:
- Distracted driving. A trucker may be distracted because of a mobile device, a meal, a CB radio, an in-cab computer, or any number of activities. In many cases, causes of distractions, including smartphones, are illegal for drivers to use behind the wheel.
- Fatigued driving. Truckers drive tired due to poor federal regulations and pressure from their employers. Truckers may also be tired due to driving late at night or early in the morning, when there is less traffic.
- Driving under the influence. A shocking number of commercial drivers are caught driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, and illegal prescription drugs. The blood alcohol content of a commercial drivers cannot be above .04 in Kentucky.
- Mechanical failures. Some truck accidents occur because trucking companies don’t properly maintain their vehicles, or don’t take action when parts of their truck are recalled due to defects.
- Improperly loaded trucks. If a truck is improperly loaded, there is a chance that the contents could shift suddenly in the trailer, causing a rollover or a sudden lane change. In these cases, the company that loaded the truck may be responsible for all damages.
- Improperly vetted, trained, or supervised drivers. Too often, trucking companies cut corners by not giving proper attention to their drivers. They may fail to do a background check of their drivers to make sure that they don’t have a history of addiction, reckless driving, or dangerous medical conditions. They may also fail to train their drivers on matters of safety, or to supervise their drivers while they are on the road.
These underlying causes can, in turn, cause truckers to make serious errors while driving, including:
- Running a red light.
- Exceeding the speed limit.
- Driving recklessly.
- Not obeying laws, regulations, and rules of traffic.
- Following closely behind another vehicle.
- Driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Forcing vehicles off the road.
- Changing lanes without signaling.
Learn More About Your Kentucky Truck Accident Claim Today
If you, a friend, or loved one has been involved in an accident with a truck, semi, or tractor-trailer, you need to know the full story behind your case. At Gladstein Law Firm, we are all too familiar with the common ways that commercial tractor-trailer accidents happen, and can help you investigate and file your claim. Even if you are not sure who was at fault for your crash, we can help you understand the underlying causes of your accident, as well as your options for possible legal action.
We offer all victims of Kentucky tractor-trailer accidents and their families a complimentary, no-obligation meeting with an attorney. To schedule yours, please call our office today at (502) 855-4177 or toll-free at (800) 991-0474. You may also fill out our short contact form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.