Protecting Your Rights After A Kentucky Truck Accident
Commercial trucking companies and their drivers are subject to state and federal safety regulations that do not apply to drivers of smaller vehicles. Violations that lead to an accident on the highway can lead to significant liability for the trucking company.
At the law firm of Satterley & Kelley PLLC in Louisville, our lawyers have the experience to take on large trucking companies and their insurance companies and win. We represent people throughout Kentucky who have been injured by careless truck drivers and their employers. We also represent families who have lost loved ones in fatal truck accidents.
Establishing Liability In Truck Accident Cases
In the aftermath of a serious truck accident, the insurance carrier covering the truck is likely to send investigators to the scene in hours. Their goal is to gather evidence that shifts blame away from the truck driver and toward you. To protect your rights, you need boots on the ground protecting your interests.
- Was the truck driver distracted by cellphone use?
- Did the driver take required rest breaks to avoid fatigue?
- Was the driver qualified to operate a big rig?
- Was the driver taking drugs to stay awake?
- Was the truck overweight?
- Were brakes and other safety equipment in proper working order?
- Was the driver operating the vehicle safely?
- Was the driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
- Had the driver or trucking company been involved in accidents or violations in the past?
An injured person should contact an attorney immediately following an injury. I know that seems somewhat counter-intuitive sometimes, but the insurance companies and the defendants that are involved in your situation, they start investigating immediately. If it’s a truck collision case, the trucking company and their insurance company, they get someone on site at the scene of the collision. They get an advantage immediately following something that is catastrophic that has occurred to you. You have something more important to do which is deal with your health, but you should certainly contact a lawyer at the quickest possible moment that you can, so that we can begin protecting you, your family, and your rights.
Insurance companies and other corporate defendants pretty much exist to take advantage of people and if you don’t know the law and if you don’t know all the mechanisms that are available to you to successfully pursue your case, they’re going to take advantage of you. They’re not going to pay for the value for your case. They will likely evaluate your case at a higher level than what you might be willing to settle for just because you don’t have the basis of information to make those decisions for yourself.
Lawyers can step back. We understand the law. We understand from experience how these insurance companies operate. We understand what their goals are and more importantly, we represent you. We’re here to serve your best interest. The insurance company and the corporate defendants are most certainly not here to serve your best interest and they will take advantage of you and you should not enter into any agreement without consulting a lawyer and making sure that your needs are being represented. We have the experience. We have the resources. We have the resolve to represent you and maximize the recovery that you deserve for the injuries that you’ve suffered and certainly the trauma that you’ve experienced as a result of it.
Holding Trucking Companies Accountable For Highway Safety
Louisville is a hub for truck traffic in Kentucky. We are the home of distribution centers for UPS and other carriers, and sometimes drivers rush to make deliveries. Collisions with smaller vehicles can result in devastating injuries and wrongful death. While trucking companies are well-insured, they and their insurance companies will fight hard to avoid paying large damage claims.
No one should have to suffer from someone else’s negligence, nor should you have to pay for medical bills or struggle due to lost income as a result of your injury. Our lawyers can help you pursue a case against negligent and reckless truck drivers and ensure that you obtain the compensation you rightly deserve.
We Can Review Your Settlement Offer
The first offer insurance companies make is not always the best because it does not always cover a victim’s full financial and medical needs. Our attorneys carefully review settlement offers to determine if the offer is fair or if further negotiations are necessary.
Speak To A Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in an accident involving a truck or commercial vehicle in Kentucky, our law firm can and will help you handle legal matters with confidence. Put boots on the ground with help from Satterley & Kelley PLLC.