I Have Been in a Truck Accident in KY
The attorneys that represent the trucking companies involved in accidents in Kentucky have in-depth knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern the industry. They have a trucking response team to quickly get to the scene of an accident. It is comprised of investigators, lawyers and other professionals to quickly analyze the evidence and begin making a defense strategy for their clients. When an accident occurs both the driver and the trucking company are potentially liable for damages so steps are taken after any accident to reduce their liability and cost. As a victim of a truck accident you should be aware that these people on the accident scene are working for the trucking company and do not have your best interests at heart! Do not give them any statement or information that can and will be used against you. Avail yourself of the services of a reputable Kentucky lawyer that has a working knowledge of the trucking industry and has had prior experience in handling these cases and refer all conversations and correspondence to them. You should do this immediately so they can get to the evidence before it can be lost or destroyed.
There are things that you can do yourself at the accident scene if you are physically able. You must report the accident to the State Police, and give them your pertinent information such as drivers' license number, vehicle registration, make, year and model of the vehicles involved and birth date; however, don't make statements about the accident or fault, if any, on your part as this will jeopardize your case and influence any compensation you receive. If you have a camera or cell phone with you, take as many pictures as possible from several different angles and vantage points, or ask someone on scene to take them for you if you are unable too. Look around for any surveillance cameras that may have the accident scene as their focal point. Talk to witnesses that were involved in the accident or were in the vicinity and witnessed it. Get their contact information, keep in mind that your most credible witness will be the one with no monetary gain coming from their testimony. Find anything you can to write on or try to commit to memory all the details surrounding the incident that may help your attorney in winning your case. Be observant of such things as long skid marks behind the truck to show the distance it took to brake showing they were distracted or had too heavy a load; does the driver smell of alcohol or acting in a manner that, apart from the trauma of the accident, indicate a stimulant or depressant in their system? Any detail, no matter how small, may make or break the case for you.
Your attorney will work hard on your case with all the knowledge of Kentucky law at his disposal, to get you compensation for present and future medical claims and lost wages. They will present vehicle repair bills, rental costs and out of pocket expenses that have all resulted from the accident. In the case of a fatality, the expenses of the burial arrangement, loss of consortium if a spouse, comfort and companionship of a child and pain and suffering will all be brought before the court to factor into the settlement.