As an experienced truck accident lawyer, Karl Truman has seen the devastating and life-altering effects of this type of motor vehicle accident. Your injuries may be causing you intense pain, trauma and emotional suffering. Truck accidents also commonly lead to expensive medical bills and financial hardship made worse by being unable to work. Karl Truman and our law firm are here to help.
- Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Catastrophic Truck Accident Injuries
- Fatal Truck Accidents
- Federal Trucking Regulations
- Who is Responsible for the Truck Crash?
- Damages You Can Receive
- Truck Drivers Injured On The Job
- Types of Big Rig Accidents
- Next Steps: What Should You Do Now?
During this time of strife and pain, you need an experienced and passionate advocate on your side. In Louisville, Mr. Truman fights tirelessly to obtain the best results for people who have been injured in truck accidents. For a free case evaluation and to get answers to your truck accident questions, please call us at (502) 222-2222.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Some of the most common causes of tractor-trailer crashes are:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Unrealistic schedules
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Overloaded cargo
- Unsecured cargo
- Mechanical failure or defective truck parts
- Inadequate maintenance
- Insufficient driver training
- Dangerous or defective roads
While an accident can simply be the result of poor weather conditions, oftentimes someone's carelessness is the source of the collision. In the scenarios listed above, the root cause can be traced back to the negligence of the truck driver or another responsible party. As an attorney who handles these cases routinely, Karl Truman can investigate your claim to determine who is at-fault for your injuries.
Catastrophic Truck Accident Injuries
Because of their massive size and weight, trucks get involved in some of the most catastrophic accidents occurring on the nation's roads. As the occupant of a much smaller vehicle, you can be very badly injured if you are involved in the crash. The types of injuries caused by truck accidents vary widely, sometimes resulting in death. At the Karl Truman Law Office, our clients have faced life-altering injuries, such as:
- Severe brain injury
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Injuries resulting in loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tractor-trailer accidents result in a higher rate of severe injuries and death than collisions involving only passenger vehicles.
In addition to expensive emergency care and surgery, you may be facing ongoing medical costs on the path to a full recovery. These unexpected and unplanned for medical costs can be devastating to your livelihood. To make matters worse, you may find you are unable to go back to work because of your injuries. It is these accident outcomes that Karl Truman wants to help you face. In an accident case, Mr. Truman fights on your behalf for maximum compensation for all of the ways the injury has affected your life. You deserve the chance to rebuild your life following a crash caused by someone else's negligence.
As an experienced, compassionate Jeffersonville and Louisville truck accident lawyer, attorney Karl Truman is personally committed to helping you and your family recover maximum compensation. Please call the Karl Truman Law Office at (502) 222-2222 to find out if you have a case, or use the contact form on this page.
Fatal Truck Accidents
Tragically, death is sometimes the result of a truck accident. The types of injuries caused in these crashes can easily be deadly. Having advocated for families like yours, who have been affected by a wrongful death, our lawyers know that no amount of compensation can undo the harm of this tragedy. We also know compensation can help you rebuild your life by providing you with the resources you need and deserve for end-of-life expenses related to the death. Obtaining compensation also allows you an opportunity to hold the responsible party accountable, and hopefully lends to preventing similar negligence in the future.
In a wrongful death claim, our lawyers will pursue compensation for damages including:
- Your loved one's medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of benefits and retirement earnings
- Loss of companionship
Only certain people are entitled to file a wrongful death claim, primarily the deceased's dependants or immediate relatives. Like all injury claims, there is a statute of limitations outlining how long you have to file a wrongful death claim in Kentucky or Indiana. Our experienced lawyers can determine whether you still have time to file a case.
Federal Trucking Regulations
Trucking cases can involve an additional layer of complexity related to industry regulations. The trucking industry is bound by strict laws regarding the driver's operation hours, truck maintenance and cargo limitations, as well as other aspects of trucking.
Unfortunately, when a driver or their boss attempts to dodge such regulations, an accident may result. For example, truck drivers must obey certain rules related to how many hours in a row they can drive. If they don't take a mandatory break after a certain number of hours, they would be in violation of trucking regulations. This particular regulation is in place to prevent drowsy driving, which impairs the ability to drive in a way similar to intoxication.
Our lawyers have thorough knowledge of the federal and state guidelines that regulate the trucking industry, and we are committed to helping injury victims recover the financial compensation they need and the justice they deserve.
Who is Responsible for the Truck Crash?
Because there are so many people involved in a trucking operation, there are several parties potentially responsible for the factors that led to the accident:
- Truck drivers
- Big rig owners
- Shipping companies
- Maintenance providers
- Loading agents
Because the various individuals and companies who may share accountability in truck accidents have their own insurance companies and attorneys, it can be nearly impossible to receive fair financial compensation for your injuries without an experienced attorney on your side.
Damages You Can Receive From A Truck Accident
Depending on the nature and severity of your truck accident, damages could include:
- Medical expenses
- At-home care
- Home modifications
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
We can help reduce the stress of your recovery through making sure all of your medical expenses are taken care of, from your immediate hospital stay to long-term care if necessary. Medical debt is a leading cause of bankruptcy in America, but with the right personal injury lawyer at your side, you have a chance to avoid sinking into the black hole of debt that consumes many unfortunate accident victims.
Truck Drivers Injured On The Job
If you are a truck driver and you were injured through no fault of your own while on the job, we may be able to help. We can help you navigate worker's compensation benefits as well as bring a personal injury lawsuit against any third party whose negligence contributed to your accident. You may have a personal injury claim if you were injured due to:
- Slipping on a dangerous surface while loading or unloading
- A mechanical issue with your truck
- A reckless and negligent car driver
- Unsafe conditions in a loading zone or warehouse
Even if you are technically classified as an independent contractor, you may still be eligible for worker's compensation. Many large trucking companies misclassify their workers in order to avoid paying benefits, and we can help determine if you should have been classified as an employee.
Types of Big Rig Accidents
Just about any type of truck or big rig can be involved in an accident claim. The following large, heavy trucks can cause severe injury in an accident:
- Bucket trucks
- Trucks hauling hazardous materials and other tanker trucks
- Agricultural trucks
- Catering trucks and other commercial box trucks
- Cement mixers
- Dump trucks
Regardless of the type of truck, our experienced law team can determine who is liable for your injuries.
Next Steps: What Should You Do Now?
After an accident of this nature, you may feel alone, frustrated and unsure of how to protect yourself. When you contact our law firm, we will make sure you receive clear, accurate and honest information about whether you have a case and what your options are moving forward.
You should not have to suffer the consequences of your injury alone. Karl Truman and our team are ready to stand at your side, to deal with intimidating trucking companies and their attorneys so you don't have to. We encourage you to bring us any and all questions you have about your injury, such as:
- Do I have a truck accident case?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
- What can I do to help my case?
- Can I get assistance for job re-training and medical care?
- Why should I choose you as my accident attorneys?
Questions like these can help you get the information you need to make a decision about what to do next. We will be with you every step of the way, on your path to a full recovery from your injuries.
In Jeffersonville and Louisville, truck accident attorney Karl Truman is driven by obtaining the best possible results for his clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in big rig accident in these areas or the surrounding areas, please call the Karl Truman Law Office, at (502) 222-2222, for a free consultation.