Last April two people in a small car were killed and a third suffered serious injuries in a tragedy on Natcher Parkway when a dump truck rammed into their car from behind and pushed it into the guardrail. The dump truck driver said he was distracted and did not see their car, which was in the same lane, ahead of the dump truck, and moving slower than the big dump truck.
When a smaller vehicle is in a collision with a big commercial truck, the damage can be catastrophic. Depending on the type of accident, occupants in the smaller vehicle frequently suffer disabling injuries and death. If you survive an accident of this magnitude, you can count yourself extremely lucky.
Kentucky’s no-fault insurance provides limited compensation for medical costs and lost wages. However, we’ve represented victims of these kinds of accidents and no-fault insurance will not begin to cover the level of medical care they need, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Because damages can run into the millions, trucking insurance companies send a team of experienced accident scene investigators out immediately after they are notified a collision has occurred. The accident scene investigators are there to try to reduce or deny victim’s claims by pointing out evidence that the other driver(s), not the trucker, was at fault.
Isaacs & Isaacs Truck Accident Law Firm Sends Out Investigators Also
The stakes are high in these cases. When you or somebody you love has been injured or killed in a catastrophic collision with a big commercial truck, your claim could be worth millions of dollars. In major accidents, we send out our own team of skilled investigators. Isaacs & Isaacs accident scene investigators will:
- Preserve evidence such as skid marks that could disappear within a short time
- Take pictures of the commercial truck and any other vehicles involved
- Talk to witnesses of the accident and it’s aftermath and get contact information
- Shield you from the insurance people, who may want to ask you questions under the guise of being helpful
It is crucial that you call an attorney as soon as you possibly can to protect your claim or case.
Do Not Say or Sign Anything Without Consulting a Truck Accident Lawyer
It is common for the trucking insurance people to offer victims a settlement early on if they get nervous about damages. They will ask you to sign a release of liability form when they offer you a settlement.
With some serious injuries such as back injury and traumatic brain injury, you might not know how seriously you are hurt until weeks or months later. Once you sign their release, you have signed away your right to further compensation from their insurance company and your own. This is because your insurance company will collect the money from the liable party’s insurance company down the road if you file a claim, and they cannot do so if you signed the release form.
Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Are a Huge Nuisance
Isaacs & Isaacs employs attorneys who used to work in insurance defense, so we know a lot about how they operate. Sometimes the insurance company pays off a claim without disputing it. The insurance company calls these settlements “nuisance settlements.” Nothing could make you a bigger nuisance to a trucking insurance company than when you are smart enough to hire an attorney right away.
Isaacs & Isaacs Is a Truck Accident Law Firm That Will Fight for You
If necessary, we will file a lawsuit in order to gain access to trucking company records and other tangible evidence like the black box recording and the truck itself. The company is under no obligation to provide such evidence until you’ve filed a lawsuit in civil court.
Once your lawsuit is filed, the liable parties will be legally obliged to comply with requests for production of records and evidence. They will have to answer questions truthfully and under oath regarding company practices like overloading trucks, failing to perform inspections and repairs and the like. Company employees will be subpoenaed to testify under oath at a deposition and at trial if it comes to that.
It most likely will not go to trial because once the trucking company and their insurance carriers understand that your truck accident lawyer has built a strong case, they will contact your attorney with a settlement offer that will have to cover all your damages. Especially when egregious negligence on the part of the trucker or trucking company caused a fatal accident, Kentucky juries have the power to award punitive damages (to punish wrongdoers and discourage similar behavior). Punitive damages can run into tens of millions of dollars.
At Isaacs & Isaacs, we understand that no amount of money will bring your loved one back or restore you to health. However, you have a right to receive just compensation from the responsible parties for your injuries and damages.
Moreover, trucking companies frequently cut expenses by not adhering to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration guidelines and regulations for safe trucking practices. By holding these rogue truckers and trucking companies liable for the damages they frequently cause, you will be helping to ensure that another family does not have to go through this nightmarish experience. We want to make it more expensive for truckers and trucking companies to ignore the rules than if they comply.
Isaacs & Isaacs Truck Accident Law Firm Is Here for You Now
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you’re probably hurting and scared about what the future holds for you and your family. You can focus on recovering your health as best you can, and let our skilled attorneys fight to get your maximum compensation from all liable parties. Isaacs & Isaacs experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyers will be at your side as soon as you give us a call. Call our hotline 24/7 at 800-800-888 . We are here for you day and night, seven days a week, to respond to your emergency.