Passenger vehicles often do not stand a chance against large commercial trucks in a collision. Those in the smaller, lighter car often suffer the worst damages and injuries during a crash.
If you or your loved one sustained serious or fatal injuries, a Lyndon truck accident lawyer from our team can help you seek justice. The team at Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills and more.
We Will Stand Up for Your Rights Against Negligent Drivers and Trucking Companies
Truck accident cases are rarely straightforward. Often, they involve out-of-state drivers and the trucking company that employs them. To win compensation, you will need to prove the driver or their employer acted negligently and caused your crash.
Be prepared for the trucking company to dispute your insurance claims. Seeking a settlement can quickly become complicated, and you may even experience intimidation or pressure to accept less compensation than you deserve. Our attorneys are here to help you stand up for your rights. We have handled accident cases involving:
- Big rigs
- Cargo trucks
- Tow trucks
- Fuel trucks
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Lyndon, call 800-333-9999
We Can Work To Prove Someone Else Is Liable for Your Damages
Our team can collect evidence, obtain photos and videos, locate witnesses, and work with crash experts. We will do what it takes to prove negligence and help you take action against the party responsible for your collision. This may include:
The Truck Driver
Because of their size, trucks can cause serious harm to passenger vehicles and their occupants. To keep themselves and others safe, drivers must obey traffic laws and adhere to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. A driver may be responsible for your crash if they were:
- Driving drowsy or sleeping behind the wheel
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Making an improper turn
- Following too closely
- Driving longer than allowed by the FMCSA’s hours of service regulations
- Disobeying traffic lights and road signs
The Trucking Company
Trucking companies must make sure the drivers they hire have the correct licenses and training and a clean driving record. They must also administer drug and alcohol screenings before hiring and throughout a driver’s employment. Additionally, the trucking company has to make sure the vehicles in their fleet are well maintained and properly equipped.
The Entity Responsible for the Transported Goods
Overloaded trucks or improperly loaded cargo can create a hazard. For example, overweight or shifting loads can cause a driver to lose control, while improperly secured goods could tumble out and injure others on the road. When the truck carries hazardous material, like gasoline or chemicals, it can be especially dangerous.
If cargo issues cause a collision, liability may rest with the cargo owner or the company that packed the truck.
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What Awards Can You Recover?
If your accident was not your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses: Medical damages include bills you have already received, as well as an estimated sum for your future treatment. You can seek awards for emergency treatment, hospital stays, rehabilitation, long-term care services, and any other necessary medical care, medications, and medical equipment.
- Lost wages: You can seek compensation for lost wages and the loss of your future earning capacity. However, Kentucky caps wage replacement damages at $200 per week, according to Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-130.
- Vehicle damages: You may recover the cost of fixing your vehicle or receive compensation for its fair market value if the damages are a total loss.
- Physical, mental, and emotional suffering: Severe injuries can have a lasting effect on your quality of life. You may receive compensation for loss of a limb or bodily function, loss of mobility, physical pain, depression, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful death: According to the Kentucky State Police, truck accidents in 2019 accounted for about 4 percent of all vehicle collisions but made up just over 9 percent of fatalities. If your loved one suffered a fatal truck accident injury, a representative of their estate can seek compensation on behalf of the estate and surviving beneficiaries.
How Will Lyndon’s Insurance Laws Affect Your Case?
Kentucky is a choice no-fault insurance state. This means personal injury protection (PIP) insurance is included in insurance policies by default, but you can opt out. If you do have PIP insurance, you must first turn to your policy to pay for medical expenses, regardless of who caused your accident.
According to Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-060, you can seek additional damages from the at-fault driver if your medical bills total more than $1,000 or you have a severe or disabling injury. However, if you waived PIP coverage, you have the unrestricted right to pursue compensation from the liable party.
Kentucky’s Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations establishes a time limit for taking legal action. In Kentucky, you generally have two years from the time of your vehicle accident or last PIP payment to file a lawsuit, according to Ky. Rev. Stat. § 304.39-230(6). The same statute allows you to file a wrongful death case within two years of your loved one’s passing.
Even if you believe your case will settle without going to court, you should be mindful of the statute of limitations. If an insurance agreement is not possible, you want to make sure you have time to pursue legal action. Additionally, an expired statute could work against you during insurance negotiations.
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At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we get results. Our case victories include multi-million-dollar truck accident settlements and verdicts. Our Lyndon truck accident lawyers will fight for a fair settlement for you and your family. If we cannot achieve adequate compensation, we will not back down from taking your case to trial.
We do not collect a fee unless we win your case or settle your claim. To learn more about how we can take your case on contingency, call 1-800-800-8888 for a free consultation. Our team includes Spanish-speaking attorneys and paralegals.