Florence Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Claims in Northern Kentucky & Southern Ohio
Have your or someone you know been injured in a Kentucky truck accident? Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial freight vehicles can cause devastating accidents that often result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. Because so many individuals and companies are involved in trucking operations, however, insurance claims and litigation can be tricky.
At Greene & O’Malley Attorneys at Law, we understand truck accident claims. We will build you a strong case that will obtain the fair and just compensation you are entitled to if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident. Our truck accident attorneys in Florence have over 50 years of combined legal experience and have won countless victories for clients just like you throughout Kentucky and Southern Ohio.
Common Truck Accident Causes in Kentucky
Determining the cause of a truck accident can be complicated due to the amount of destruction often caused in such crashes as well as the myriad factors that can lead to a wreck.
Many truck drivers work long hours and are under pressure to make tight deadlines, which can cause them to make reckless decisions while driving, for instance. Truck crashes also commonly occur because the driver was unfamiliar with the terrain, driving in bad weather, or didn’t see a vehicle traveling in the adjacent lane due to their large blind spots.
Some more of the most common truck accident causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Driver fatigue
- Reckless driving
Before you can file a claim, you must understand what exactly caused the accident so you can file a claim against the liable party. We can investigate the cause of your truck accident using our skills and experience in such matters and by drawing on our firm’s resources, such as enlisting the help of accident reconstructionists. We have seen it all and are confident we can accurately identify and prove the cause of your crash.
Determining Semi-Truck Accident Liability
Trucking operations are complex affairs. Many entities are responsible for moving large amounts of freight across the country, which can make it difficult to determine who exactly to file a claim against.
Typically, one person or company is responsible for loading the truck. Yet another company probably owns the actual vehicle, and they employ drivers to transport freight from one location to another. Plus, there are truck manufactures, maintenance personnel, and people who create trucking rules and regulations to consider. Depending on the nature of your accident, any of the above could be held responsible. For this reason, it is imperative to be as certain as possible what caused a trucking accident before making a claim against the responsible party.
What to Do After a Trucking Accident
If you have been involved in a collision with a heavy truck, there is a strong chance you will have to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit in order to receive adequate compensation for your injuries and property damage to your vehicle. Therefore, it is essential to collect as much evidence from the crash site as possible and do everything you can in the aftermath to protect your future claim.
Do as much of the following after a truck accident as you can:
- Seek medical attention immediately: Truck accidents often cause serious injuries. If you are relatively unhurt, call an ambulance for anyone who is seriously injured. Remain on the scene long enough to take care of the subsequent steps below and then head to a doctor. Some injuries, like brain damage or internal bleeding, may not show symptoms right away, so it is essential to visit a doctor regardless of how you feel. Having a medical professional assess your health will also help you and/or your attorney figure out much compensation you need to cover your injuries. Keep copies of all medical bills and receipts.
- File a police report and obtain a copy: This will allow the police to assist with the accident investigation and can also act as evidence to support your truck accident lawsuit.
- Document the crash scene: Take photos of the crash site, ideally before any vehicles are moved and debris is cleaned up. Photograph or video as much of the area as you can, focusing on any property and vehicle damage, injuries, and tire skid marks on the road. Also, write down your own account of how the accident happened while your memory is fresh. Exchange contact information with witnesses if there were any as well as with other motorists involved in the crash.
- Report the crash to your insurance company: Notify your insurance carrier that you were in a crash. However, do not sign anything or give a written statement regarding the collision without first seeking legal advice. Most attorneys offer legal guidance for free, so we highly recommend taking advantage of this. If your insurance company asks you for more information, let them know that you are retaining a truck accident lawyer in Florence and that the attorney will get in touch with them soon.
- Do not speak with the at-fault party’s insurance company: As soon as a crash occurs, the insurance companies involved will start building cases against each other’s respective clients. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company calls you, do not speak to them—even if they seem friendly or concerned about your well-being. All insurance companies usually care about is their bottom line. Anything you say or share could be used against you and significantly hurt your case. As a rule, never sign anything or discuss the crash with anyone without consulting with an attorney first.
- Stay off social media: Do not post photos or share anything on social medical after your crash. Not only do you want to avoid posting about the crash itself but posting about your daily life can hurt you as well. If you claim to be injured but are sharing photos of yourself participating in social activities just after your crash, this could be used to discredit your claim.
- Save any documentation regarding accident-related expenses: Any medical bills, car repair receipts, and other documentation related to your accident should be saved and given to your attorney.
- Contact a Florence truck accident lawyer: If you haven’t already, seek legal advice from a local truck accident attorney. Even if you end up deciding not to take legal action, meeting with an attorney for a consultation should be free and come with no obligation, so there is nothing to lose but much to gain by taking advantage of one. If an attorney tries to charge you for advice, find another one.
At Greene & O’Malley Attorneys at Law, we have handled many cases relayed to semi-truck accidents in Kentucky. We can help you receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To receive the truck accident settlement you and your family deserve, reach out to our firm today.
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