Being involved in an accident can be hard for both victims and their families as they not only have to deal with the pain and suffering but also various financial challenges. The situation can be worse if the accident involved a semi-truck. One such incident recently occurred on Kentucky Route 55, about 90 miles south of Louisville.
According to news reports, a 42-year-old man was killed after his vehicle was hit by a truck hauling a trailer. Reports say that the victim was parked at a construction site when the driver of the truck hit the vehicle, causing it to overturn and hit a third vehicle. Luckily, the occupants of the third car were not injured. However, both the victim’s car and the other car caught on fire as a result of the collision.
Officers from the Kentucky State Patrol arrested the offending driver, who is a resident of another state, and sent him to a nearby detention center. Based on initial findings, the KSP has charged the truck driver with reckless homicide, reckless driving, failure to render aid and failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance. Further investigations are underway.
In the event of a catastrophic truck accident, it is possible under Kentucky law to file a claim for damages against the negligent driver and the trucking company. As the injuries sustained in truck accidents can be more severe than those in other auto accidents, the costs associated with recovery and rehabilitation also tend to be high. Therefore, victims and their families may consider seeking damages by filing a personal injury or a wrongful death claim.