When we see a large truck on the road near us, we hope that it's in good condition and the driver is experienced and alert -- not drowsy or distracted. The last thing we want is for a truck driver to be watching a cellphone video behind the wheel.
For some time now, truck drivers across Kentucky and the nation have argued that the current rules dictating when they must stop and rest are too restrictive. Now, changes may loom in terms of how long and how often today’s truck drivers must rest. Debra Broz, Attorneys at Law, PLC, understand that relaxing trucker drive-time regulations means more fatigued truck drivers would be traveling U.S. roadways, and we also have considerable experience helping clients hurt in crashes involving fatigued truckers seek recourse in the aftermath.
You probably already know that truck accidents on the Kentucky highways can cause serious injuries that lead to major expenses. If you were involved in one of these accidents, the law could potentially require responsible parties to pay you back for the money you have already spent or will spend in the future to recover.
When a large truck collides with another vehicle, the crash can be extremely devastating for those who are involved in the accident and their loved ones. Sometimes, a large truck accident may involve multiple vehicles, and these wrecks can be particularly tragic. For example, a large truck driver may be driving too fast and lose control of their vehicle, resulting in a collision which involves two, three or even more vehicles. The aftermath of these collisions can be terrible and there may be multiple people struggling with serious injuries or even fatalities. If you were involved in such a collision, you should look into any legal options that may be available.
The destructive potential of the large semi-trucks that people see driving around Bowling Green may mean that those involved in truck accidents can reasonably expect to have to deal with massive recovery costs. These can include both medical expenses, lost wages and automotive repair costs. Yet before one can seek compensation for such expenses, it should first be determined who is liable: the truck driver or the company that employs them?
Residents in Kentucky who have ever heard or seen stories about accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles have good reason to be concerned about these events. Very often, commercial drivers work long hours and may be prone to becoming fatigued which, in turn, may increase the risk of an accident. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed a new set of rules dictating when rests are to be taken and identifying the maximum number of hours that may be worked each day or week.
Kentucky truckers share the road with plenty of non-commercial vehicles every day. This can understandably make some nervous, as trucks - especially commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers - can dwarf almost every other car on the road. Knowing more about these vehicles can help. Today, we look at some contributing factors of truck accidents.
If you are part of a fleet of drivers that work for your employer in Kentucky, chances are your superiors have implemented some protocols designed to encourage you and your cohorts to be safe on the road. Some of the things they may have done include requiring you to undergo a background check, requiring you to maintain a clean driving record and limiting your access to various devices while you are operating company vehicles.
If you are like most people who live and drive in Kentucky, you see your fair share of tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks on the road. From time to time, you might even see one of these trucks swerve or make some type of maneuver that makes you wonder if the driver inside is fatigued or otherwise distracted. These are legitimate concerns as they directly relate to your safety when sharing the road with big rigs.
You can find wet roads, construction zones and gravel roadways throughout Kentucky. Although accidents can happen to anyone under these circumstances, when it involves large trucks driving too fast for the given conditions, it is reckless.