Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyers
Lexington and Louisville commercial truck wreck attorneys protecting your rights
Few types of motor vehicle accidents are as severe as those involving 18-wheelers. The massive size of a big rig makes it nearly impossible for any vehicle that comes into contact with one to come away unscathed. Fortunately, when you are dealing with the physical, emotional, and psychological damage the accident has caused – whether to you or to a loved one – you may find some relief by seeking financial compensation for your losses.
The attorneys at Wilt Injury Lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of injury victims across Kentucky. Our Louisville and Lexington truck accident lawyers work to determine who should be held accountable for what you have been through, what you will live with in the future, and ensure that you are able to get the most out of your claim at the time when you need it most.
How can we help today?
- What makes a truck accident case different from a car accident case?
- What types of injuries do commercial truck accidents cause?
- Who is responsible for my Kentucky truck accident?
- How can I maximize the value of my Kentucky truck accident settlement?
- Can I file a claim if the truck that hit me was from out of state?
- Should I accept the insurance company’s first offer for my accident?
- What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?
- Do you have a truck accident attorney near me?
What makes a truck accident case different from a car accident case?
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety reports that, in 2021, commercial trucks were involved in 102 of the 806 fatal traffic accidents across the state.
Several factors in accident cases involving trucks make them unique:
- The sheer size of a truck makes it more dangerous in a collision. An 18-wheeler with a full load of cargo can weigh at least 20 times more than an ordinary passenger car. This means trucking accidents are more likely to result in catastrophic or fatal accidents than other types of wrecks.
- The liability in a truck accident is often more complex. Potential defendants in a lawsuit could include the trucker, their trucking company, their insurer, the manufacturer of certain parts of the vehicle, or even a mechanic who serviced the truck.
- Commercial truckers are often in a different driving situation than non-commercial motorists. Driver fatigue, distraction by text or phone or other means, and pressure to make deadlines and possibly speed are all unfortunately common causes of accidents.
While our firm puts your well-being first and foremost, we also recognize that one important aspect of pursuing a lawsuit is to bring accountability where it is needed. Our lawyers research all the evidence available and present a compelling claim for compensation. We strive to maximize the amount you are able to recover, whether it comes through a negotiated settlement or a civil trial.
What types of injuries do commercial truck accidents cause?
Eighteen-wheelers are known for causing traumatic injuries, more so than any other type of motor vehicle accident. In fact, surviving a collision with a tractor-trailer is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering many individuals later succumb to their injuries. It is not uncommon for individuals who are involved in a truck accident to suffer from catastrophic injuries like:
Injuries of this nature can take months or even years to fully heal, if they ever heal at all, and many accident survivors will cope with the permanent damage left by their injuries for the rest of their lives. For this reason, if you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a collision with a big rig, you may want to consider speaking with one of our truck accident attorneys in Louisville or Lexington to discuss your legal options to recover compensation for your suffering.
Who is responsible for my Kentucky truck accident?
Determining who is culpable for the cause of the accident, as well as your subsequent injuries, is an integral part of the Kentucky claims process. The issue with trucking accidents is that there are so many individuals and entities that work on the 18-wheeler’s safety, operation, and maintenance that it can be difficult to determine from where the cause of the accident actually stems.
For example, you probably assumed, at least at first, that the truck driver was to blame for your accident. Maybe you thought they were drunk or on drugs, or perhaps their aggressive driving caught your attention a few miles back prior to the crash. It is also possible that the trucker was too drowsy to drive or was distracted by something when the truck struck you.
Though these are among some of the most common causes of trucking accidents, there are many other parties that could have played a part, some of which include:
- Safety inspectors
- The trucking company
- Cargo loaders
- The owner of the truck
- Maintenance technicians
- Parts manufacturers
Your lawyer will need to carefully investigate the cause of the accident to ensure that any and all parties that contributed to causing the injuries you endured are held accountable in your Kentucky civil lawsuit.
How can I maximize the value of my Kentucky truck accident settlement?
If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim, we do everything we can to maximize the amount of your injury settlement. There are seemingly endless ways your life is likely devastated by the truck accident, and each one should be taken into consideration when calculating the worth of your Kentucky injury claim. Following is a little bit about how that works:
To increase the amount of your settlement, you’ll need to prepare to divulge information about the most traumatic ways your life has been damaged by the accident and your injuries. Maybe you haven’t been able to maintain relationships with your spouse (also called “loss of consortium”) and children since the accident, or perhaps you are now unable to work and lost out on a sizable compensation package with your Kentucky employer.
These are just a few examples of losses you may not have thought to take into account, but they can exponentially increase the value of your claim.
Keep in mind that it is not as much the specific injury you sustained that matters; what matters is the effect that the accident and your injuries have had on your life. You have the right to be fully compensated for these damages from the person or persons who are found to be at fault.
Can I file a claim if the truck that hit me was from out of state?
Many commercial trucks travel through Kentucky as they haul cargo throughout the country. If you are involved in an accident with one, the fact that the truck itself is registered in another state is irrelevant to your ability to file a lawsuit. As long as the tractor-trailer accident occurred within the state of Kentucky, a claim can be brought against the at-fault party in civil court.
The investigation may be slightly more difficult, but a truck being from out of state has little to no bearing on your ability to be awarded full compensation for all you’ve been through. The attorneys at Wilt Injury Lawyers can explain all of this in more detail at a consultation.
Should I accept the insurance company’s first offer for my accident?
Without having reviewed the offer presented to you, we cannot say for sure what decision you should make. However, more often than not, when an insurance company makes you an offer out of the blue like that, it is usually because they are trying to get you to accept a settlement for far less than you deserve.
The temptation to accept fast cash is great for injury victims struggling to get by, and the insurer is often attempting to capitalize on this. Your best option here is to have your lawyer review the offer before making a decision to either accept or reject the settlement. Our Kentucky truck accident attorneys always have your best interests in mind.
What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?
Economic damages are the most commonly thought of type of losses, as these focus on the monetary losses you endured, such as the healthcare expenses you’ve incurred and your loss of income, for example.
This is in contrast to non-economic damages, which have nothing to do with money. Your non-economic damages include every other way your life has been affected by the accident you were involved in. Pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and emotional distress are a few of the most commonly sought non-economic damages.
Do you have a truck accident attorney near me?
Wilt Injury Lawyers has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
However, if you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Louisville and Lexington truck accident lawyers with integrity
When you are ready to regain control of your life following a collision with a big rig but aren’t sure what your next steps should be, reach out to a highly trained Kentucky truck accident lawyer at Wilt Injury Lawyers. Please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-fee consultation. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.