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Kentucky Injury Lawyers

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Kentucky Truck Accident Case

Published on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm in Trucking Accident.

Attorney Tad Thomas and fellow lawyer Ron Hillerich recently filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of four people who lost their lives in a March 2013 tractor-trailer crash on Interstate 65 north of Sonora, according to a recent article in the Courier-Journal.

In the crash, a tractor-trailer rear-ended the family’s vehicle, claiming the lives of the two parents, three of their children, and a family friend.  Those who lost their lives had become trapped in the vehicle, which caught fire and burned, killing them.  Two other children were able to escape the family vehicle.

Understanding the New Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

Published on Mar 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm in Trucking Accident.

Kentucky Trucker Hours of ServiceHours of Service (HOS) rules are some of the most important safety rules that truck drivers face and are a focus for many experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyers.  These rules limit the amount of time a driver can spend behind the wheel and the amount of time a driver can spend “on duty,” whether or not he or she is actually driving.  The purpose of these limits is to ensure that drivers get sufficient rest and sleep, thus decreasing the risk of fatigue-related truck crashes.

Currently, a controversial set of new HOS requirements is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013, although whether the rules will start on that date and what they will require is still being discussed in court.  If the planned rule is implemented in its current form, it will impose new requirements on truck drivers, including:

Distracted Driving Suspected in Kentucky Tractor-Trailer Crash

Published on Mar 4, 2013 at 11:37 am in Trucking Accident.

Three adults and three young children were killed on I-65 near Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Saturday when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. According to Fox News, the Kentucky State Police are investigating whether distracted driving may have played a part in the accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 15 people are killed and 1200 injured each day as a result of distracted driving which includes such things as using a cell phone, texting or eating while driving. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) banned cell phone use for commercial tractor-trailer drivers. Because of their size and the heavy loads they carry, tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous. Their drivers are required to comply with a multitude of federal regulations, such as performing pre and post-trip inspections of their vehicles, maintaining driving logs tracking their hours driven and passing medical examinations.

FMCSA Launches “Teens and Trucks” Campaign to Promote Teen Driving Safety

Published on Jun 16, 2011 at 10:00 am in Trucking Accident.

A recent press event held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sought to keep teens safe on the road this summer by stressing three major points: leaving space for large trucks, never driving in a truck’s blind spots, and agreeing not to send or read text messages while driving.

The event included representatives from the National Organization for Youth Safety and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, as well as FMCSA officials. On June 2, these representatives visited the Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, where they offered teen drivers key tips on avoiding truck accidents, such as: