Truck & Bus Accidents

Truck & Bus AccidentsTruck & Bus Accidents

Kentucky and the surrounding region is one of the prime shipping locations in the United States based on its central location and easy access to a large percentage of the U.S. population.  UPS is based in Louisville.  Fedex is based in Nashville.  And because of this, trucks fill our roads and our highways, from our North-South interstates of 69, 65 and 75, and our east-west highways in Routes 64 and 24.  Not to mention our state’s thriving parkway system.  We at the Ellis Law Group have a great respect for truck drivers, and come from a long line of long haulers and truckers dating back three generations. Nevertheless, because of this history, we are acutely aware of the dangers involved when a truck or bus is involved in vehicle accident.   And the statistics are not good.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) publishes an annual report about truck and bus crashes.  In the five year period between 2009 and 2014 have increased 55 percent over the prior five year period.  This is troubling, as we were seeing a steady decline in truck and bus crash injuries from 2004-2009.  There are a lot of reasons that this increase has occurred, but regardless of the reason, the fact is that accidents involving large trucks and other large vehicles are some of the most severe accidents on the road.  Common injuries following a truck or bus accident are brain injuries, spinal injuries and paralysis, limb amputation, broken bones and fractures, and, in some cases, even death.  If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a truck, 18 wheeler or a bus, contact us today at the Ellis Law Group to protect your rights and find out how we can help.

Determining What Caused The Truck or Bus Accident

There are many reasons a truck or bus accident could have occurred, and we have the experience and figuring out what happened is going to be critical to your recovery.  We evaluate every angle to determine who was responsible for your injuries, including evaluating:
  • Driver negligence and distraction
  • Driver medical issues, including a history of sleep apnea
  • Driver substance abuse and drunk driving
  • Overloaded or unsecured cargo
  • Unreasonable schedules and driver fatigue
  • Failure to train and monitor the driver
  • Failure to maintain the truck or bus
  • Product defects within the truck or bus, such as brake failure
  • Road construction defects or maintenance issues
Because of the inherent danger of trucks and busses and risk of serious trucking accident injuries, trucks, truck drivers and the shipping companies that use them are subject to multiple strict regulations designed to protect public safety.  Evaluation of a trucking or bus accident will require careful consideration of a wide variety of details, including the weight and size of the truck or bus, the applicable regulations and driver history (including the driver’s medical records and sleep apnea history), and a complete analysis of the accident scene.

Time Matters:  Quick Action is Critical

In any case involving a truck or bus, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately.  Once you do, the lawyer can contact the necessary experts and assistants to capture and document the scene, speak to the relevant witnesses and examine the truck or bus involved in the truck or bus accident.  This makes sure that all necessary and critical evidence is collected.  Some evidence, like skid marks and scuffs, may disappear quickly.  Moreover, if there was a problem with the road construction or sight lines, government officials or property owners will work quickly to fix it, eliminating evidence of how the scene appeared at the time of the accident. While the police may perform their own investigation, often the information they obtain may not be complete or may have missed some important piece of evidence.  And sometimes the police get it wrong.  You need someone on your side to make sure that your rights and interests are protected, and we at the Ellis Law Group are trained and ready to help you with your claim.

What You Can Expect In A Truck Or Bus Accident Case

If the Ellis Law Group determines you have a claim, we will seek recovery of all damages you can recover under your applicable state law.  Kentucky allows for the recovery of (among other things):
  • Past Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Future expected medical expenses and treatment costs
  • Future lost wages and lost income
  • Replacement costs for services you are unable to perform
  • Recovery for your pain
  • Recovery for your mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium damages for your spouse or minor child
  • Funeral expenses and other expenses related to a wrongful death of a loved one
A number of parties could be responsible for payment of your damages, including:
  • Negligent Driver
  • Driver’s employer
  • Truck owners
  • Truck leasing company, and their owners
  • Trailer owner
  • Trailer leasing company (if different)
  • Shipping company and motor carrier
  • Government contractors charged with maintaining the highway
  • Truck servicers and maintenance providers
  • Loading agents
  • Truck and trailer manufacturer
If you or a loved one were in a truck or bus accident, contact us today and start getting the recovery you deserve.