Truck Accident Attorneys in Louisville
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According to the 2018 Kentucky Traffic Collision Facts report, about 10,620 trucks were involved in traffic collisions statewide in 2018. Accidents involving trucks — also known as semi-trucks or 18-wheelers — are often very serious and result in severe injuries or even death. If you were hurt in a truck accident or if you believe that a truck driver's negligence or carelessness caused the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Grossman Green PLLC, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive legal counsel and compassionate representation to victims of truck accidents and their families. As experienced attorneys, we will fight aggressively to protect your rights and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries or loss. Our team will offer you the knowledgeable guidance, assistance, and support you need during this challenging time.
Kentucky Laws About Truck Accidents
Under Kentucky law, motorists involved in a truck accident are required to provide "reasonable assistance" to other people injured in the accident. The driver should help the victims with transportation to a medical facility.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for truck accident claims in Kentucky is complex, and we urge you to contact a lawyer as soon as you have been injured. Below are some general rules, but they may vary based on the exact facts of your case.
These are general rules only, and you should hire an attorney right away and seek an opinion for exceptions or variation under Kentucky law.
- Personal injury: Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 413.140, an action for an injury to the person of the plaintiff shall be commenced within one year from the date of the occurrence, in most but not all cases.
- Wrongful death: According to Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 413.140, an action for wrongful death must be filed within one year from the date of the death or one year after the appointment of the personal representative, but not to exceed two years from the date of death. If loss of consortium (loss of love and affection) is involved, you may need to consider filing within one year of the date of death.
- Property damage: Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes Section 413.125, an action to recover damaged personal property shall be commenced within two years from the date of the accident.
Under Kentucky law, motorists involved in an accident should notify law enforcement of any known injuries, fatalities, and motor vehicles rendered inoperable. If no investigation was carried out, the driver is required to file a written accident report with the state police within 10 days of the accident.
Depending on the circumstances leading to the truck accident, a number of different people may be held liable for the accident.
These parties include:
- Truck driver: The truck driver may be held responsible for an accident when the driver was found to be committing a traffic offense, driving while fatigued, speeding, or acting negligently due to improper training.
- Truck company: The trucking company that hired the driver may be held responsible for a truck accident that occurred as a result of errors such as setting unrealistic expectations, inadequate safety inspections, or hiring an unqualified driver.
- Truck manufacturer: The parts manufacturer or truck manufacturer may be held liable if the traffic collision occurred as a result of a defective part, such as a mechanical failure or faulty brakes.
- Cargo loaders: Unfortunately, a truck accident may occur as a result of loose or unsecured cargo. During shipment, equipment or boxes may shift or fall off the truck, causing an accident. In such cases, the cargo loader may be held liable for the failure to properly secure, inspect, or balance the cargo.
- Maintenance personnel: Maintenance personnel who are expected to carry out routine repairs; safety checks; or inspection of engine, brakes, electronic systems, and fluid, may also be held responsible for a truck accident if the incident occurred as a result of the person's oversight in performing their expected duties.
Steps to Take After a Truck Accident
The period after a truck accident can be difficult and emotional. However, the steps you take or fail to take after the incident could significantly impact the outcome of your injury claim.
When involved in a truck accident, you should take the following steps:
- First, get to safety and help other accident victims to safety.
- Call 911 and seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries.
- Report the truck accident to law enforcement.
- Collect relevant information, including the truck driver's name, address, phone number, license number, trucking company's name, and insurance information.
- Obtain a police report, accident scene photos, and eyewitness statements and testimonies.
- Document all your medical treatments, medical costs, doctor's appointments, and personal account of the event, as well as the impact the accident has on your day-to-day life.
- Notify your insurance company about the truck accident.
- Hire a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance carrier or file an personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
As time passes, those involved in the truck accident can easily forget important details and information. Therefore, it is always advisable that you act sooner rather than later.
Work with Knowledgeable Attorneys
Getting hurt in a truck accident or losing a family member can be a tragic and overwhelming experience. Such an accident can affect you financially, physically, and emotionally. However, you don't have to go through it alone. Retaining a knowledgeable personal injury law firm is imperative to protect your rights and help pursue your rightful compensation.
At Grossman Green PLLC, our attorneys have dedicated their careers to fighting for and protecting the rights of truck accident victims and their loved ones. As your legal counsel, we can:
- Fight to protect your rights and represent your best interests
- Review and investigate the details of your case
- Gather all required pieces of evidence, information, and documentation
- Work to prove fault and establish liability
- Determine the full impact of your injuries and estimate case value
- Handle all communications with the insurer to allow you to recover
- Pursue a fair settlement with the insurance company
- File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, if applicable
Our attorneys will fight to ensure the people responsible for your injuries are held accountable. We will help pursue fair financial compensation to cover outstanding medical expenses, lost income, funeral expenses, burial expenses, and loss of consortium. Our team will offer you the experienced legal guidance and compassionate representation you need in your lawsuit.
If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will fight to protect your rights and help you seek compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss.
Experienced and Knowledgeable TeamWith over 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys contribute their unique knowledge and background to help develop a winning strategy for the client.
Fearless Trial AttorneysIf it becomes necessary, we are not afraid to go to trial. In fact, from the beginning, we prepare every case with the potential of trial in mind.
Collaborative ApproachNot only do we collaborate internally, but we also collaborate with outside professionals and specialist in order to strengthen our clients' cases.
Strong Client-Attorney RelationshipsOur team strives to understand each client and their unique situation. In doing so, we're able to develop a tailored approach aimed at achieving the best possible result.
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