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Kentucky truck accident kills 1, injures another

For truck drivers, the importance of proper training and adherence to safety standards cannot be stressed enough. They drive trucks that dwarf every other vehicle on the road and, as such, can do catastrophic damage when they cause an accident. Sadly, truck accidents are a fairly common occurrence in Kentucky. Drivers are asked to drive for long periods of time on unfamiliar roads and carry unwieldy loads.

According to a Lewis County Sheriff, May 19 in Lewis County, a semi collided with a passenger car, eventually leading to the death of the passenger and critically injuring the driver, who is recovering in a hospital. The damage was so severe that both people had to be cut out the car. Investigators at the scene said that the vehicle pulled in front of the tractor-trailer. 

Seems like a cut and dry case. The driver of the car must be at fault, right? Not necessarily. Even if police determine an accident happened one way doesn’t mean it did. Mistakes happen and evidence can be interpreted incorrectly. If the family of the passenger or the injured driver chose to file a wrongful death suit, an attorney could conduct his or her own investigation into the crash using accident experts.

They could examine several factors. Was the truck properly maintained? Were the brakes in top condition? Could the driver of the truck have stopped faster? Was he or she distracted or fatigued at the time, effectively slowing response time?

Trucking companies have a duty to make sure their vehicles are operated safely at all times. If the driver or the company is found negligent, the victim’s family could be entitled to compensation that would cover medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages.

Source: wsaz.com, “Passenger Killed in Lewis County, Ky Accident,” May 19, 2014

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