Louisville Truck Accident Lawyer
Fighting for Victims of Semi-Truck & Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Kentucky - (502) 242-8872
Truck driver negligence accounts for 87% of all semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents, according to a study conducted by the FMCSA. Because of the tremendous dangers posed by large trucks, trucking collisions frequently leave victims with catastrophic injuries that completely upend their lives.
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, delivery vehicle, or 18-wheeler, you need an experienced legal advocate who can represent your best interests and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our truck accident lawyers in Louisville have more than 30 years of experience handling complex truck accident litigation involving:
- Truck driver negligence
- Improper training and other truck company negligence
- Overloading or improperly loading truck beds
- Improper maintenance
Throughout the past two decades, we have earned a strong reputation for effective truck accident litigation. Our investigative techniques, thorough case development and aggressive litigation style have impressed upon other attorneys and insurance companies the seriousness of our representation.
Who is Usually Liable for Truck Accidents?
Through the diligence of our quick-response team and field of accident experts, we often learn that there was more than one cause of the accident. In these cases, we can pursue multiple claims on your behalf to seek the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Liability for a truck accident generally falls to one (or more) of three parties:
- The truck driver: If the truck driver deliberately drove while drunk or distracted, or violated regulations that mandate how long they may drive without a break, and this negligence led to an accident, then the truck driver may be held liable for damages.
- The trucking company that owns the vehicle: If the trucking company that owns the vehicle hired a driver who should not have been on the road or did not schedule regular maintenance checks for their trucks, and this negligence led to an accident, then the trucking company may be held liable for damages.
- Vehicle part manufacturer: Defective auto parts, particularly tires and brakes, are frequently the cause of trucking accidents. If this is the case in your accident, we can pursue damages from the manufacturer of the defective parts.
Liability in a truck accident can be complicated, and it’s not something you should have to deal with when your main concern should be on your recovery. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, our Louisville truck accident attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of those who have been injured due to another’s negligence.
Advantages of Working with an "Inner Circle" Attorney
Attorney Tyler S. Thompson has succeeded in obtaining multiple multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. These successes have led him to become a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
When you have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury in a truck accident, ensure you find a lawyer who knows how to effectively handle your claim. Reach out to Tyler Thompson and the rest of our skilled team of advocates today. Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC has the experience and resources needed to take on large trucking companies, and we want to fight for you.
Call us today at (502) 242-8872 to discuss your legal options and rights.
Can I Seek Compensation Outside PIP?
Kentucky is a "no-fault" accident state, which means drivers are required to purchase their own Personal Injury Protection insurance policy to compensate them for any losses sustained in the event of an accident. However, the minimum PIP policy limit is only $10,000 which is not usually enough to cover the high expense of catastrophic injuries that occur in trucking collisions.
Thankfully, there are exceptions to this rule that allow truck accident victims to seek further compensation from the at-fault party:
- A fracture or broken bone
- Permanently disfigurement
- Permanent injury
- Permanent loss of bodily function
If your medical expenses total at least $1,000 and you meet any of the above criteria, a Louisville truck accident lawyer can help file a claim with the negligent truck driver or trucking company.
Common FMCSA Violations
Trucks pose a significant hazard to other vehicles on the road due to their size and weight. Because of this, there are federal regulations for truckers and their employers to ensure the safety of drivers on the road. However, trucking companies frequently put profits ahead of safety and either pressure their drivers into exceeding their limits or outright violating the regulations altogether.
Some of the most common FMCSA regulation violations include:
- Truck drivers exceeding the hours of service limit
- Truck drivers operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Trucks that are improperly loaded or overloaded
- Trucking companies that do not perform regular maintenance of their vehicles
Semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents can have one or multiple causes. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway we have an experienced team of accident investigators and reconstructionists that help us determine the exact cause of your accident so that we can pursue all avenues of compensation for you and your loved ones.
For more information about our experience handling truck accidents throughout Kentucky, contact our truck accident attorneys in Louisville at (502) 242-8872. We are here to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries or loss.
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