When an accident occurs involving a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle, those in the passenger vehicle are more likely to get hurt. Therefore, it's important for all drivers to understand why large vehicles get into accidents. In some cases, wrecks occur because the truck is not properly maintained. This could result in worn brake pads or other serious issues with the vehicle that can make it harder to control.
In 2017, 4,102 people died in crashes involving large trucks on roads in Kentucky and throughout America, and this was a 29% increase since 2009. According to government data, 68% of those who died were occupants of passenger vehicles while another 14% were either pedestrians or people on motorcycles. The number of fatal accidents involving large trucks is three times the rate of fatal accidents overall.
Even if they have never been involved in an accident, people who live in Kentucky know that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen on a rather regular basis. While a good number of accidents may not cause serious harm to any people, other accidents change lives forever in the blink of an eye. Lifelong injuries and disabilities or even fatalities impact not only those directly involved but their family member, friends, employers and more.
Kentucky residents who share the road with truck drivers also may experience some of the unique risks associated with trucks. Today, we at the Law Office of Richard Hay will examine the impact of fatigue on truck drivers and how it can in turn impact you.
An accident involving a large truck can be devastating, no matter how many people were involved. However, it is even more terrifying and dangerous when a truck crash involves another large passenger vehicle, such as a bus. With many large trucks and buses traveling along Kentucky’s highways, serious accidents sometimes occur.
It is virtually impossible to travel Kentucky’s roadways and not encounter commercial trucks, but that does not make sharing the road with these heavy, oversize vehicles any less anxiety-inducing for motorists. While semi-trucks present certain dangers simply because they are so large, which can make them difficult to see or navigate around, they can prove substantially more dangerous when their drivers abuse substances while driving them.
Commercial truck accidents in the Somerset area are more complicated than typical auto accidents. Collisions that involve commercial trucks may end up including additional parties in the matter than just the driver who struck your automobile. To make sure you do not lose out when you seek injury compensation, you should know what information to collect following the wreck.
At the Law Office of Richard Hay in Kentucky, we know that if you crash into a large truck or it crashes into you, you and your passengers likely will suffer more injuries than the truck driver. In addition, the extent and severity of your injuries likely will be greater.
If you have shuddered upon hearing reports about a serious crash involving a drunk or drugged driver in Kentucky, you are not alone. Your concerns, frustrations and even anger at the impaired driver are certainly understood, especially when that driver is operating a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle while on duty. It would be nice to think that these truckers would take their responsibilities to drive safely seriously but sadly some do not.