When you’ve been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you’ll want experienced representation on your side so you can protect your rights and best interests. A Louisville tractor trailer accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices will help navigate the complicated legal process of your truck accident case. While a tractor trailer collision can cause debilitating injuries, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything we can to fight for your right to fair compensation.
Tractor trailers present different risks on the road than other vehicles like cars or motorcycles. To understand how devastating tractor-trailer wrecks can be, let’s go over the types of accidents and injuries they can cause.
Tractor Trailer Accidents and Injuries
Tractor trailers can be involved in a few different types of accidents. The following can occur with a tractor trailer:
- Jackknife. This can occur when the driver is speeding, has an overloaded trailer, or otherwise loses control of the trailer. The trailer will swing out beside the tractor, putting those around the truck in danger of colliding with the trailer. Once the trailer swings out, it’s unlikely the driver will be able to regain control.
- Rollover. Taking a turn too sharply or at fast speeds can cause a rollover. Both the truck driver and anyone near the truck can be put in danger.
- Underride/Override. Truck drivers who follow cars too closely, slam on their brakes, or change lanes without looking, can drive over cars and trap them underneath the truck.
These accidents can cause severe injuries because of the truck’s sheer size and weight. Often, truck accident injuries require hospitalization and a long recovery process that can include surgery, medication, and rehabilitation like physical therapy. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
Some of these injuries could potentially never fully heal. While they will heal to a point, the permanent consequences can be devastating. Losing brain function, movement or feeling in limbs, or losing a limb due to extreme nerve damage are all catastrophic injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life.
The more severe the injuries, the higher the medical expenses. Your Louisville tractor trailer accident lawyer will look at your medical bills, past and future, and take the days of work you’ll miss into account when calculating your compensation. To do this, we’ll examine medical records to find the extent of your injuries and make sure your compensation will provide you with the financial relief you deserve.
Who Is Liable for a Tractor Trailer Accident?
When you’ve been injured in a truck accident and are seeking compensation, you’re going to need to know the identity of the negligent party. A Louisville tractor-trailer accident lawyer from our firm will gather evidence from the scene to determine who caused your accident. In some cases, the truck driver may have acted negligently. We’ll see if they were doing any of the following before the truck accident:
- Using their phone
- Driving while drowsy
- Driving while intoxicated
- Made a driving error like oversteering
- Failure to signal
It’s also possible the truck driver was inexperienced and didn’t know how to safely operate the truck. For example, experienced truck drivers are aware of their blind spots, understand it takes time to slow down and gain speed, and give themselves plenty of time for maneuvers like turning or making a lane change. If the person operating the truck wasn’t experienced or didn’t have a commercial driver’s license, we’ll find out.
However, it’s also possible the truck driver was as much of a victim as you were. The truck company has responsibilities to put safe trucks on the road and the companies that manufacture auto parts are responsible for providing safe products on the market. Negligence from either of these parties can result in the following:
- The truck wasn’t inspected
- The truck had known dangers but the company approved it for travel
- The tractor had an improperly loaded or overloaded trailer
- An auto part failed
The truck driver may not realize there’s a serious issue with their vehicle until it’s too late. In Kentucky in 2006, a tractor-trailer’s rear outer tire failed. The truck driver lost control, went off the road, and overturned. Unfortunately, all the examples above could cause a serious accident.
No matter what reason led to your injuries and losses, a Louisville tractor trailer accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices will stand by your side and find out who was responsible. Then, we can move forward in fighting for you to get justice.
Thomas Law Offices Helps Tractor Trailer Accident Victims
We have helped many clients get their lives back on track after suffering from a tractor-trailer accident. Our lawyers have seen first-hand how the expenses for recovery, time away from work, and emotional trauma of the accident can take a toll on people. We’re here to help you.
It’s important to contact a tractor trailer attorney from Thomas Law Offices as soon as possible after an accident. Personal injury cases have a statute of limitations. If you wait too long past the accident date, you may not be eligible to seek compensation for your damages. The sooner we start fighting for you, the sooner you can have the means to recover financially, physically, and emotionally.
You’ll meet with one of our skilled lawyers for an obligation-free consultation to go over what happened to you and to discuss your options. We’ll find the best way for you to move forward.