Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyer
Helping Victims get the compensation they deserve
If your world is shattered because you’ve been injured in a crash with a large truck, the most important thing you can do to take care of yourself is to hire an experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer. Medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other set-backs do not have to compound your trauma. With a skilled attorney like Billy Johnson at your side, you can feel confident that trucking companies, manufacturers and insurance companies will be held accountable for damage done, while you focus on recovering and putting your life back together.
Choosing a Kentucky truck accident attorney is an important decision. You can’t do better than the Johnson Law Firm. Attorney Billy Johnson is both highly skilled and compassionate when representing clients who have been injured in truck crashes. He is aggressive when going after the negligent parties, and at the same time he is caring toward the families he serves.
For a free initial consultation about your case, contact attorney Billy Johnson at 606-437-4488. We’re here for you.
Why Do I Need a Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for physical, emotional and financial losses that resulted from the crash. An experienced Kentucky truck accident attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf demanding that negligent trucking and insurance companies pay you the financial compensation you deserve.
One of the worst things a truck accident victim can do is to negotiate directly with trucking companies or insurance adjusters. These people are very skilled at accident investigations and are highly motivated to limit any payouts. A victim’s oral or written statements may be used against him or her at a later time.
It’s important to contact an experienced Kentucky truck accident attorney as soon as possible after you are injured in a truck wreck, because any delay can cause critical evidence to be lost and make it harder to prove fault. Truckers are expected to call their companies immediately following an accident. Companies then quickly send an investigation team to begin figuring out the best ways to limit their financial losses. Trucking company representatives may even confront accident victims at a most vulnerable time and try to manage the scene in an effort to limit or lessen the liability of the trucking company.
To learn more about truck regulations and requirements as well as a wealth of other data and information about trucking, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) here. This federal agency is tasked with providing safety oversight of trucks.
Call attorney Billy Johnson today at 606-437-4488 so that you have an advocate on your side. The actions you take now can have far-reaching effects on your family’s financial stability in the future.To learn more about truck regulations and requirements, visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This federal agency is tasked with providing safety oversight of trucks.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney in Kentucky?
No out-of-pocket money is required to file your lawsuit. Your Kentucky truck accident lawyer works on contingency, which means that he gets paid only when you get paid. If you win a financial settlement, your attorney fees are paid by the guilty parties. In the event that your claim is unsuccessful, then you owe us nothing.
Here’s the great news – it costs you nothing up front to hire a Kentucky truck wreck lawyer.
Types of Compensation A Truck Accident Lawyer Can PursueWHILE EACH TRUCK CRASH IS UNIQUE, THERE ARE SEVERAL ITEMS FOR WHICH A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY CAN SEEK COMPENSATION.
Many truck crashes are severe, and sometimes they’re catastrophic. That’s why the U.S. legal system awards compensation for damages done to drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles, and that includes money for their pain and suffering. Victims’ compensation can run into millions of dollars in some cases. As a truck accident attorney experienced with representing clients aggressively, Billy Johnson pursues every form of compensation his clients deserve. Based on the severity of the accident and the circumstances surrounding its cause, damages may include compensation for:
- Property damage (such as automobile repairs or replacement)
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Loss of current and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Contact Kentucky truck accident attorney Billy Johnson today! Call 606-437-4488.
What to Do – and Not Do – Immediately After a Truck CrashBY FOLLOWING THE STEPS OUTLINED HERE, YOU CAN ENSURE THAT YOU GET THE MEDICAL TREATMENT YOU NEED AND POSITION YOURSELF WISELY FOR A LEGAL CLAIM.
- Call 911 and request a response by police and emergency medical personnel.
- Exchange vehicle information with the other driver, such as car insurance, VIN number, license plate number, phone number and name.
- If witnesses are present, try to get their names and contact information if possible.
- If you are able, use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident, including damage to both vehicles, skid marks, damaged roadside railing or signs, and your own physical injuries.
- Go to the hospital to be checked out by a doctor after the crash.
- Call a Kentucky truck accident attorney.
- Do not engage in conversation with the other driver.
- Do not acknowledge blame or fault for the accident.
- Do not sign any paperwork or documents provided by insurance companies until you and your truck accident lawyer have thoroughly reviewed them
HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH?
If you have been injured and another party is found to be liable, you are entitled to compensation for all your costs associated with the accident. This value will be different for every case, but generally includes medical expenses for treatment of the injury, medical expenses for future treatment of the injury, lost wages, the costs of disability (both with respect to quality of life and employability), pain and suffering, property damage, and numerous other costs. You are entitled to be restored, insofar as is possible, to the condition you were in prior to the relevant actions of the liable party. We understand that there is no one answer to the question “how much is my case worth?” because each crash is so unique and has many different variables. If you’d like to talk to Billy in greater detail about all of the factors involved in your unique case, call him at 606-437-4488 for a free initial consultation. Billy will be glad to answer your questions and explain factors affecting the compensation you may be entitled to.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS AFTER I HIRE A TRUCK CRASH ATTORNEY?First, your truck accident lawyer will meet with you promptly to hear your version of events. He will ask questions, answer your concerns and take notes. Then your attorney will examine the evidence, review police reports and witness statements, look at photos of the crash scene, review the results of medical test and doctors notes, and hire an expert witness if it is needed in your case. Your attorney will build a powerful legal claim on your behalf that names the negligent parties and requests financial compensation for all that you’ve suffered. Attorney Billy Johnson knows the ins and outs of a courtroom and he has successfully secured settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients.
“Billy & Brittney really came through for me when I had my car accident. Although I did nothing wrong, I was so scared and already stressed with having 5 children and so much to do day to day that I really didn’t want to talk to all the doctors and lawyers and bill collectors…they handled it ALL for me. The whole staff was amazing and with those two by my side, I wasn’t scared and all my anxiety went away. I felt so protected and cared for. No comparison anywhere to the treatment you’ll get with Billy Johnson Law Firm. Highly recommend.” – Lori Day
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents
A skilled Kentucky truck accident lawyer knows the elements needed to successfully prove negligence in truck crashes. One of the first things your attorney will examine are problems with the truck, driver and roadways that could be potential causes of the accident. These can include:
- Mechanical or tire failure
- Unsafe road conditions
- Poorly maintained brakes
- Speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes and other instances of careless driving
- Driving while texting/talking on a cell phone
- Driver fatigue or falling asleep
- Driver inexperience
- Alcohol or medication abuse by driver
- Inadequate lighting or road signage
- Rain, snow, wind or inclement weather.
An aggressive attorney like Billy Johnson will read every police report, interview witnesses, examine evidence, visit the scene and even hire experts, if necessary, to prove your case and win financial compensation. For a free initial consultation about your case, call Billy at 606-437-4488.
A CLOSER LOOK AT WHERE AND WHEN LARGE TRUCK CRASHES HAPPEN
A highly skilled and experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer who has represented multiple clients in these types of cases knows what to look for when gathering evidence and building a solid case. An effective truck crash attorney will look at not only how a crash happened, but also when and where it happened. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS and HLDI) provide a snapshot of this data:
- A total of 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018.
- 16% of these deaths were truck occupants, 67% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
- The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31% higher in 2018 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975.
- The number of truck occupants who died in 2018 was 51% higher than in 2009.
A Closer Look at Where and When Large Truck Crashes Happen
A highly skilled and experienced Kentucky truck accident lawyer who has represented multiple clients in these types of cases knows what to look for when gathering evidence and building a solid case. An effective truck crash attorney will look at not only how a crash happened, but also when and where it happened.
- 60% of deaths in large truck crashes in recent years occurred on major roads other than interstates and freeways.
- 7% of deathsin large truck crashes happened on minor roads.
- 48% of large truck crash deaths occurred between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., significantly more than the 30% of crash deaths during that same time period not involving large trucks.
- 16% of large truck crash deathsoccurred on Saturday and Sunday, compared to 34% of crash deaths not involving a large truck.
Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent more distance to stop than cars do, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Attorney Billy Johnson is very familiar with these IIHS and HLDI statistics and knows how to use data to build a strong case for his clients.
Truck Drivers Working Longer Than Permitted
Just ask a skilled Kentucky truck accident lawyer and he will tell you that truck driver fatigue often leads to deadly accidents. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch. Surveys indicate, though, that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted, often because they are under pressure to reach destinations quickly. Truck accident attorney Billy Johnson always reviews driving logs carefully to determine whether a sleepy driver could be at fault for the crash. For more information about driver negligence in truck crashes, contact Billy Johnson at 606-437-4488.
A Truck Accident Attorney Looks For These Things …A KENTUCKY TRUCK WRECK LAWYER KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUILDING A LEGAL CLAIM.
Many times human error on the part of the truck driver can lead to catastrophic crashes. Our attorneys always research the certification and preparedness of truck drivers who have injured our clients in accidents.
To Qualify to Drive a Truck, a Person Must…
- Be 21 years of age or older and able to speak and read English
- Be in good health and have a valid medical certificate
- Be qualified to drive a truck and have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license
- Pass a truck driver’s road test
- Provide employer with a signed list of all motor vehicle violations, free of violations within the last 12 months
- Know how to safely load and secure cargo for the truck.
While Driving, a Truck Driver Must…
- Wear a seat belt at all times while operating the truck
- Obey driving time restrictions and truck weight limits
- Comply with all safety standards and make sure the truck meets all requirements by regularly checking the following: brakes, tires, reflectors and warning devices, mirrors, lighting, steering systems, emergency equipment, etc.
- Not possess or consume alcohol within 4 hours of being on duty
- Not possess or consume drugs, including narcotics, derivatives or amphetamines.
If we discover that a truck driver has violated any rules and regulations while causing a crash injury or death, our attorneys will use this information to build an air-tight case when requesting financial compensation.
ARE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL A PROBLEM FOR TRUCK DRIVERS?
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has conducted many studies on drug/alcohol use by truck drivers. The findings consistently tend to show that the long hours alone driving over monotonous roads may lead truckers to drug/alcohol use and abuse. Alcohol and marijuana are the most commonly used substances, followed by cocaine and amphetamines/methamphetamines. Stimulants are often attractive options to truck drivers who may be pressured to stay awake longer, log more miles and deliver their cargo sooner.
IS FATIGUE A PROBLEM FOR DRIVERS IN TRUCK ACCIDENTS?
Yes. In fact, just last year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers in an attempt to limit working hours and reduce truck driver fatigue. The rules restrict the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours (down from a maximum of 82 hours) to ensure that all truck operators have adequate rest. They can resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two off-duty periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. This is known as the 34-hour restart and has yielded scientific evidence that it is more effective at fighting fatigue-related crashes than the prior rule.
WHAT AREAS OF KENTUCKY DO YOU COVER?
Although our offices are in Pikeville, the seat of Pike County, our personal injury attorneys are pleased to serve clients located in towns and cities all across the state of Kentucky. In fact, Billy Johnson has handled litigation in other states and has been named a Super Lawyer by U.S. News & World Report as well as an American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 trial lawyer. His decision to enter into personal injury law was deeply rooted in his compassion for others. He welcomes the chance to help you. Give him a call at 606-437-4488 or use our convenient online contact form.
Were You Injured in a Large Truck Accident in Kentucky?
Do not go it alone. You may be entitled to financial compensation. You need a strong and experienced Kentucky truck accident attorney who knows how to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies and get results. If you’ve been injured or a family member has been killed in a horrific crash with a large truck, your life has been turned upside down and you are probably filled with a lot of fear. Questions run through your mind like “how will I ever pay all these medical bills?” and “will I be able to return to work?” It’s understandable that you’re worried and your family is scared.
While no amount of financial compensation can make up for the injuries and devastation that you’ve experienced, courts do provide a legal remedy that can at least help your family restore some normalcy and start building a new future. Though it may not feel like it now, things can get better. Attorney Billy Johnson has decades of legal experience helping families just like yours. He will aggressively fight for your rights and seek the financial compensation you deserve. Contact our team of highly trained truck wreck attorneys for a free consultation. We don’t get paid until you win your case.
Contact our team of highly trained truck wreck attorneys for a free consultation. We don’t get paid until you win your case. Ask for Billy Johnson at Johnson Law Firm at 606-437-4488. We’re waiting for your call.
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