When Truck Driver Negligence Causes Serious Injuries

Because trucks are so much larger than passenger cars, they are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. A collision with an 18-wheeler is often catastrophic for the driver of the smaller vehicle, so safe driving is of the utmost importance for truck drivers.

At Garmer & Prather, based in Lexington, we are respected trial attorneys handling truck driver negligence claims for accident victims throughout Kentucky. We have helped many people recover full and fair compensation for injuries caused by unsafe drivers.

Why Do Drivers Skip Safety Precautions?

Many truck drivers are put under a great deal of pressure to cover long distances in less and less time. Because of these demands, sometimes truckers skip vital safety precautions in order to make their tight deadlines. Examples of negligent behavior by truck drivers may include:

  • Driving while distracted by onboard equipment
  • Using a mobile device or cellphone while operating a vehicle
  • Driving while fatigued or sleeping at the wheel
  • Violating hours-of-service regulations
  • Failing to properly secure a load
  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Illegal stopping and parking

This behavior can be deadly to other motorists and bystanders. Our trial lawyers have successfully represented the families of many victims of trucker negligence, including one motorist whose car was run over by a truck on the interstate and a telephone line man who was paralyzed as a result of a truck driver negligently knocking him out of a powerlift bucket.

When trucking companies create policies that encourage or condone unsafe behavior by their drivers, they may share liability if the driver causes an accident. Click here to learn more about trucking company negligence.

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Our founding partner, Bill Garmer, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall of Fame. Judges, clients and our peers in the legal community recognize our commitment to success and legal ethics.

We represent the victims of serious truck collisions statewide. If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, please contact us to arrange an initial consultation at no cost.