Big Truck Accidents in Kentucky
Every day in Kentucky thousands of tractor trailers drive down our highways without incident. This is largely because of the skill of the American truck driver and the training they are provided. As skilled as most of these drivers are they are still capable of making mistakes. And with the size of a 18-wheeler those mistakes can easily cause serious injuries and fatalities. Commercial trucking accidents now account for almost 10% of all vehicle accidents occurring on the road toady.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a big truck you should speak with a big truck accident lawyer. It is likely that you will need representation to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. The lawyers at Hurst and Hurst can help ensure that you are fairly compensated.
What Can Victims Of Trucking Accidents Recover?
Victims injured by the negligence of a commercial vehicle operated can usually recover money damages for the following;
- The medical treatment they have already had,
- The medical treatment they will need in the future,
- Lost wages,
- Damage to their vehicle and
- Pain and Suffering.
If the victim dies as a result of the accident their estate can make a claim for Wrongful Death claim against the negligent commercial driver and the company the driver works for. The proceeds from this suit generally go to the family of the victim.
Who Would I Sue?
If you are hurt by a negligent truck driver the person you would sue is often not actually a person driving. But the company the driver works for. Trucking companies are required to carry insurance policies with far higher policy limits than what most people have on private automobiles.
Accidents involving semi-trucks can be much more severe, with greater injuries than normal wrecks. Therefore, in many cases victims may have medical bills of over $75,000. These larger insurance limits can ensure that there is actually enough money available to cover the injuries of someone who is seriously hurt. It can also means the insurance company is going to fight harder. Which is why it is important to have a big truck accident lawyer in these cases.
Your Health Insurance Company Gets To Recover Any Medical Bills They Paid From Your Trucking Accident
If your health insurance company paid for any or all of your medical treatment as a result of a trucking accident they have a right to be reimbursed. This money is taken from the proceeds of any settlement or jury verdict you receive.
In many case your attorney can negotiate a smaller settlement amount with your health insurance provider.
When Is The Deadline To File A Law Suit For An Auto Accident?
The Statute of Limitations for victims of trucking accidents is two (2) years from the date of injury or last PIP (Personal Injury Protection payment. If the victim dies as a result of their injuries then the claim is for Wrongful Death. In those situations the Statute of Limitations operates under a more complicated set of rules. If applicable one of our big trucking lawyers would explain this to you during a consultation.
Trucking accidents do take time to evaluate and prepare. So if you are a loved one has been hurt by a negligent commercial driver do not hesitate to contact an attorney quickly.
How We Can Help Victims of Trucking Accidents
As we do with all Personal Injury Actions, we represent victims of trucking accidents on a contingent fee basis. This means you do not have to pay us anything up front, our fee is earned as a percentage of what you are paid. If we do not win at trial or obtain a settlement your behalf, you owe us nothing.