Truck accidents are a severe hazard on the roads of Kentucky. Although there are many truck accidents in a given year, the vast majority of them spring from the same general causes.
Two women were killed in a crash that occurred on March 7 on the Caroll C. Cropper Bridge in northern Kentucky. The crash happened around 11:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway. The two fatalities were identified as a 59-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman.
Kentucky residents may be surprised to learn that hours limiting drive time apply not only to truck drivers but to anyone who drives a commercial motor vehicle. The full regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration went into effect July 1, 2013.
Every year, large trucks in Kentucky and across the country are involved in hundreds of thousands of collisions. Data gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2012, large trucks were involved in 333,000 collisions. Over 3,900 people died in those collisions, and 88 fatal truck accidents occurred in Kentucky alone.
The ramifications of being injured in a truck accident may last long after you are released from the hospital. For many victims, it becomes impossible to work for some time, and the wages they lose are only made more of a serious issue by the fact that their medical bills continue to rise all the while. No matter what the circumstances of your truck accident injury were, legal action may be necessary to recoup its costs, and it is important to take the right approach when pursuing recompense.
A volunteer firefighter and nephew to the chief of the Glendale volunteer fire department died on Aug. 6 after responding to an accident on Interstate 65. The 25-year-old man and his mother were reportedly getting equipment from a fire truck when a tractor-trailer struck the firefighters and the emergency vehicle.
It is estimated that nine percent of annual traffic fatalities in Kentucky involve commercial vehicles. This would add up to more than 90 deaths each year.