Tractor Trailer/Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer – Hazard, KY
Some of the worst traffic accidents involve large commercial vehicles such as 18 wheelers. Although commercial truck drivers and trucking companies are held to higher standards and regulations at both the state and federal levels, these accidents are still occurring at an alarming rate. More than 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the United States each year resulting in catastrophic injuries and approximately 5,000 deaths. Roughly one in eight traffic deaths in the United States involves an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or semi-truck accident.
The reason why is some commercial truck drivers and trucking companies attempt to cut corners by not following the basic rules of the roadway and the heightened standards and regulations. Some truck driver related causes of commercial vehicle accidents are speeding, tailgating, reckless driving, operating too fast for road conditions, inexperience, drug involvement, and alcohol involvement. Some trucking company related causes of commercial vehicle accidents are negligent hiring, failure to properly train drivers, overworking the drivers, failure to properly maintain the commercial vehicle, and overloading the commercial vehicle.
The two most common commercial vehicle accident causes are speeding and fatigue. The general competitive nature of the trucking industry demands promptness, which in return encourages speeding and possibility of fatigue. Pressed by hard deadlines and long hauls, truck drivers may operate their commercial vehicle at excessive speeds while being severely fatigued. Such truck drivers may fall asleep at the wheel or lack sufficient attention and readiness to avoid an accident when a split second may mean the difference between life and death. This is especially true in rural areas with narrow curvy roads such as in Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Tennessee.
If you or a loved one are in need of a tractor trailer/commercial vehicle accident lawyer, the attorneys at Mullins Law Firm, PSC are ready to put their experience to work for you in maximizing your legal compensation against the negligent truck driver, the trucking company, and their insurance company. Contact the Mullins Law Firm, PSC for your free consultation. And remember, there are no up-front-costs, the Mullins Law Firm, PSC works on a contingency fee basis, meaning they do not get paid unless you do.