You May Be Eligible For Compensation Following A Truck Accident
Much like car accidents, truck crashes are unfortunately a frequent occurrence on Kentucky roads. The difference is that most trucks are substantially larger than an average compact car, sedan or SUV, meaning crashes are more likely to involve serious injuries and damage to personal property.
This is especially true in crashes involving larger trucks such as 18-wheel tractor-trailers weighing up to 80,000 pounds. When these massive trucks collide with smaller vehicles like cars and motorcycles, serious injuries become a real possibility. Attorneys at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold have handled many truck accident cases and are adept at studying the salient details of your case to determine if the other driver was negligent.
Holding Negligent Truck Drivers To Account
It is no coincidence that the stresses of commercial truck driving can add to the reasons for an accident. In many cases, commercial truck drivers are under tremendous pressure to drive long distances in short periods of time. Fatigued from lack of sleep, a driver may have been inattentive or asleep at the wheel at the time of the crash. By investigating these important details of the case, an attorney at our Richmond, Kentucky, law firm can determine whether a driver and his or her employer were negligent at the time of the crash.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that as of 2013, commercial truck drivers must adhere to following rules and limitations:
- Limit the maximum average workweek for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from the previous maximum of 82 hours
- Allow truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when their body clock demands sleep the most — from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
- Require truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift
If a trucking company forces its drivers to violate any of these rules, this could serve as solid evidence of negligence in a truck accident case.
Contacting Our Firm For Assistance
For immediate assistance following a truck accident, you should contact an attorney for assistance. Although you may be tempted to take a settlement from an insurance company, this is likely much less than the sum you could receive if you had the assistance of a lawyer negotiating upon your behalf.
Our attorneys not only understand the law, but they are also skilled litigators who will unrelentingly advocate for you throughout the case. Strong advocacy is crucial to the success of your case.