Accidents of any kind that involve motor vehicles are often traumatic but when it occurs between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer, the results can be devastating and sometimes fatal. Some sources say that 10% of accidents on United States highways involve big rigs and due to the sheer size and weight of them, fatalities occur. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in Montgomery County, Kentucky involving a big rig, you need an attorney skilled in the particulars of your case. There is a difference in lawsuits between smaller vehicles and trucks, the weight of the truck and the trailer must be considered along with the speed it was traveling when assembling a report. The injuries associated with a truck collision can cause spiraling medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need a lawyer with experience in these types of crashes, and knowledge of the trucking industry as it pertains to Kentucky law to get you the settlement you deserve. They will do their best to see that the trucking company, driver or whomever the responsible party is, will be held accountable.
Most courts, once you have gotten this far, will want to see that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations complies with the original accident report, along with any local industry standards. The FMCSRs attempt to set federal regulations on the trucking industry by enforcing licensing requirements, hours worked limitations, weight, size and route limitations and trucking insurance minimums. If all the basic checklists have been met, the case becomes more complicated and any local regulations can complicate it even further. This is why you need a skilled and knowledgeable attorney working for you.
In Kentucky you generally have two years to file a claim, but with the passage of time, a lot of evidence is lost. On site evidence such as skid marks and road scuffs can quickly disappear. Likewise, the trucking companies are only required to keep evidence and accident reports for a certain length of time and will, of course, dispose of them as soon as possible. Hiring your lawyer quickly will ensure that he will have access to these records in a timely manner.
Your Kentucky lawyer will have experience recovering for damages that include medical bills that are ever mounting and injuries that prevent you from returning to work to keep up with escalating expenses. The accident may have forever changed your quality of life and the negligent party should be held accountable for loss of past, present and future wages, along with all medical bills. Pain and suffering that you have endured that may include disfigurement, paralysis, multiple surgeries and broken bones need compensation. You will have vehicle repair or replacement costs, possibly rental expenses and in a worst case scenario-funeral and burial expenses. All of this will be handled by your attorney to give you some peace of mind while you deal with the catastrophic effects of the accident.