Big Truck Accidents in Kentucky
Every day in Kentucky thousands of tractor trailers drive down our highways without incident, due to the skill of the American truck driver and the training they receive. As skilled as most of these drivers are they are still capable of making mistakes. With the size of an 18-wheeler, mistakes can easily cause serious injuries and fatalities. Commercial trucking accidents now account for almost 10% of all vehicle accidents occurring on the road today.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, 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 against the negligent commercial driver and the company that employs the driver works. 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 the person driving, but rather the driver's company. 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, and with greater injuries, than normal wrecks. Therefore, in many cases, victims may have medical bills in excess of $75,000. These larger insurance limits help ensure that there is enough money available to cover the injuries of someone who is seriously hurt. It can also mean the insurance company is going to fight harder, which is why it is important to have a big truck accident lawyer representing you.
Health Insurance Companies Recover Paid Medical Bills
If your health insurance company paid for any or all of your medical treatment as a result of a trucking accident, they have the right to be reimbursed. This money is taken from the proceeds of any settlement or jury verdict you receive.
In many cases, 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 the last PIP (Personal Injury Protection payment. If the victim dies as a result of their injuries, 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 your free consultation.
Trucking accidents do take time to evaluate and prepare. If you, or a loved one, has been hurt by a negligent commercial driver, do not hesitate. Contact an attorney quickly.
How We Can Help Victims of Trucking Accidents
Hurst & Hurst lawyers can assist you to determine if you have a legitimate claim, help you to settle the claim, and, if needed, we can represent you in your litigation against the trucking company.
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.