Commercial trucks are larger and weigh much more than passenger cars. This size and weight difference makes people traveling in smaller vehicles more vulnerable to serious injury or even death when colliding with a truck or other commercial vehicle.
Truck accidents are more complicated than ordinary auto accidents, experienced Louisville truck accident attorneys explain. Here’s why. Contact us for help with your financial recovery after truck accidents.
Truck accidents are much more complicated than ordinary auto accidents. Trucking accidents may involve multiple companies and individuals that be responsible for injuries or death caused by trucking negligence. The experienced Louisville truck accident attorneys at Murphy & Associates understand the details necessary for helping injured clients receive compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies.
The high truck traffic across Kentucky makes it vital that truck companies and truck drivers follow government laws and regulations to protect other drivers on the road. The trucking accident attorneys at Murphy & Associates have access to the people and experts necessary to investigate truck accidents and help victims recover, pay medical bills, and get trucking accident victims’ lives back on track after being seriously injured in trucking accidents.
How Truck Accidents Happen
Just like any auto accident, trucking accidents happen when a driver is careless. However, trucking accidents are more complex than the average fender bender. Because truck drivers have strict deadlines, they may drive unsafely to meet the time requirements of the companies that hire them. For example, truck drivers may drive without enough sleep or drive for long periods without taking breaks. Truck drivers may also speed or drive too fast on slippery roads to meet deadlines. Although the government requires truck drivers to drive at safe speeds and get enough sleep, it is common for truck drivers to speed and drive without enough rest.
Common Causes of Kentucky Trucking Accidents
Tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks can cause accidents for several reasons, including:
- Driver fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel
- Following too closely
- Failure to check blind spots
- Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs
- Truck tipping
- Taking turns too sharply
Common Types of Truck Accidents
- “Jackknife” (when a truck towing a trailer brakes, and its trailer folds around the truck and the trailer faces backward). A jackknifing truck can hit cars in other lanes, guardrails, or parked cars. A truck driver should take steps to avoid jackknifing when he is towing an empty or light load, or if there are large gusts of wind.
- Tire blowout (a truck is nearly impossible to control if it is speeding when a tire bursts)
- Brake failure
- Rear-end. Because of the size and weight of 18-wheelers or other large commercial vehicles, these vehicles gain substantial momentum when traveling down the highway. When a small passenger car is rear-ended by a big rig, the injuries are often catastrophic.
- Rollover accidents
- Truck accidents involving hazardous materials
What Do I Do If I’ve Been in a Truck Accident?
If you have been in an accident involving an 18-wheeler/big rig/semi-truck/flatbed/tractor-trailer or any other commercial vehicle, contact the truck accident attorneys at Murphy & Associates today. Trucking companies will always have attorneys fighting for them and looking out for their best interests, which is why you need someone who will do the same for you.
The experienced attorneys at Murphy & Associates have represented clients injured by 18-wheelers, pizza delivery vehicles, tow trucks, and other commercial vehicles. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that IF YOU DO NOT RECOVER FOR YOUR INJURIES, YOU OWE US NOTHING. We only receive fees when we recover money for you. There is no risk to you. You can have an attorney working on your case today.
For a free consultation, contact the Louisville truck accident attorneys of Murphy & Associates today at (502) 532-8395.