What to do After a Truck Accident in KY
Although automobile accidents far outnumber those involving a tractor trailer, the injuries and fatalities associated with a collision with a big rig are far greater due to the massive size and weight differences. A tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while the typical automobile is around 3,000 pounds, making it harder to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Accidents they are involved in cause serious injuries and, unfortunately, many fatalities due to their sheer size. The length of the trailer causes the driver to have different "blind spots" where they are unable to see a vehicle; too close to the back of the truck and in certain areas alongside of the truck.
Truck drivers are under a lot of pressure to deliver their load on time, and meeting these deadlines sometimes causes them to become overtired by not adhering to the rules and regulations of the trucking industry about required driving times and rest stops. This also leads to possible misuse of drugs, particularly those containing stimulants. Fatigue plays a large part in truck involved accidents along with distracted driving; using a cell phone, tuning the radio, reaching for something that has dropped or anything that causes their eyes to leave the road. The driver may not have had enough training on the vehicle they are driving and is not familiar enough with their truck to rapidly respond in an emergency situation.
Not all accidents are caused by driver error, however, as in the case of the trucking company not keeping their vehicles maintained on a regular basis, especially the brakes! Sometimes the manufacturer of the trailer is at fault for shoddy workmanship. The cargo may have been improperly loaded or the trailer overloaded. Improper securing of the load is also a factor in an accident if the load shifts and causes the driver to lose control.
If you are involved in a tractor-trailer collision, in Scott, Bourbon. Rowan or Bath counties in Kentucky, all of these incidents can be investigated by your attorney to prove fault and negligence and get you a fair settlement. Your responsibility is to properly document all that happened, and retain your lawyer quickly before evidence disappears or is destroyed. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you or someone with you who is able, should first of all, seek medical help for those involved, then call 911 to contact the proper authorities. Look around for witnesses, either those involved or a bystander who saw what happened; get names and contact information. Take pictures if possible, from all angles of the scene. Skid marks will quickly fade with weather conditions so capture them on film; they will tell a lot about the accident. When dealing with the police report, give only pertinent information; name, address, drivers' license number, make, model and year of vehicles involved and insurance information. Don't make any speculation on what caused the accident that could implicate yourself. Don't speak to representatives of the trucking company or sign any paperwork for them. Refer them to your attorney who will advise you on your best course of action.