If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries or even death as the result of a tractor-trailer collision in Pulaski, Warren or Whitley counties in Kentucky, you need an attorney with compassion, understanding, and outstanding expertise in the knowledge of the trucking industry standards and how to apply it to your individual case. Each trucking accident leaves injury and devastation to those involved. A trucking accident is more complex than those of passenger vehicles because there are more parties that may be involved, different evidence to present and higher settlements to consider due to the magnitude of the damages and injuries involved. Depending on the type of accident, the fault may be with the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the company that built the trailer or even the maintenance person that oversees the safety of the truck.
Recovery fees are based on proof of negligence in some way; driver fatigue because they didn't follow guidelines on the length of time they are allowed to drive, an inexperienced driver without the proper training needed to fulfil his job requirements, distracted or careless driving which includes using their cell phone, eating, drinking, or tuning the radio-all causing the driver to not be watching the road like they should. Other basis for a claim could be mechanical failures, not properly securing the cargo or overloading, and failure to obey driving rules such as speeding, improper lane change or failing to signal properly.
Federal law mandates that trucks carry a much higher amount of insurance limits than passenger vehicles are required to carry, which means that more money is at stake. For this reason, the insurance company is going to defend the case much more vigorously and try to get you to sign a settlement. Rest assured, they know what the case may be worth and will try to get you to accept a fraction of its value. Your attorney will explain the reasons not to settle, which may include facts such as you do not know how your medical bills may escalate should your injuries worsen or new ailments come up as time goes on, you may find yourself having psychological problems dealing with the aftermath of the traumatic event and the strain on your personal life as the result of your injuries, or a loved ones, or possibly be dealing with the death of someone close to you.
Your attorney will be aware of all the aspects of your case and, because of prior experience in this field, will know what to get you compensation for. They will ask for medical bills, past and future projected amounts; lost wages current and future, accident and property related expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In the unfortunate case of a fatality, there are funeral expenses, loss of companionship, permanent loss of income if the deceased was the breadwinner, and the cost of how the accident has forever impacted your quality of life. The settlement will depend on the nature and severity of your injuries and no two accidents result in the same amount but, after your attorney obtains and reviews all the applicable insurance policies from the trucking company, they will be able to make an informed decision on the settlement to be reached.