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Semi-Truck Freeway Accidents

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Semi-trucks are big, heavy and dangerous to others on the road as they haul their freight getting goods from one place to another. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the freeways. Because of the weight and size of the trucks and the speeds on the freeways, crashes can be much more deadly.

Two People Hospitalized in Semi-Truck Van Accident

A passenger van was crushed and pinned between a semi-truck and a concrete barrier after an accident at the 71/75 split in Boon County. The accident happened Wednesday, December 17, 2019, and two people—believed to be occupants of the passenger van—were extricated from the wreckage and transported to a local hospital.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says that the cause of the crash was unknown, and there is no word on the condition of the two people taken to the hospital.

Semi-Truck Crash Injuries

A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 lbs while the average passenger car weighs around 3,000. When a car or small truck collides with the heavier semi-truck, the devastation and injuries can be great.

These crashes are especially violent and tend to produce some commonly seen injuries, some of them are:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Broken legs/arms
  • Fractured/Displaced Ribs
  • Chest Compressions
  • Crush Injuries
  • Organ Damage
  • Internal Injuries/Bleeding
  • Airbag injuries

Commercial Truck Accident Liability

Semi-truck and other commercial truck drivers have a duty to operate their trucks in a safe manner so that others can proceed in safety. Since a truck is by its nature more dangerous than other vehicles, the law places a greater burden on a truck driver to use due caution.

If the driver fails to do that and causes an accident and injuries, then the driver or trucking company is responsible for all damages. Both federal law and Kentucky law require trucks to have at least $750,000 in liability coverage before getting out on the highways.

In many cases, because of the severity of the crash, these higher minimum caps might not be enough.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

Accident victims often wonder if they need an attorney, and the answer is almost always yes. The insurance company agents have years of experience and are good at their job which is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all. You need someone just as experienced to help you level the field.

Talk to a Louisville Personal Injury Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law.The attorneys at Kaufman &  Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443 or click here to contact them online.

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