Louisville Motorcycle Collisions with a Truck Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident with a truck or large commercial vehicle, call the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Sampson Law Firm. The team at Sampson Law Firm has been serving the people of the Louisville area for over 20 years, and we are here to help in your time of need. We are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents.
We believe that when someone walks through the door, we are seeing not only a victim and a client but also a neighbor and a community member. At Sampson Law Firm, we understand that being the victim of a motorcycle accident, especially in an accident with a truck, can be traumatic and have long-lasting consequences.
A serious motorcycle accident involving a commercial vehicle can include broken bones, severe bruising, torn ligaments and joint damage, head trauma, spinal issues, and paralysis. Healing from these and other wounds can be a process that may involve ongoing trips to the doctor, multiple surgeries, and physical therapy. Additionally, you may be feeling pressure from a growing stack of medical bills that you are concerned about paying since you have lost wages due to the fact that you have not been able to work. Being the victim of an accident can be very stressful. You do not need to deal with all this stress on your own. Call Sampson Law Firm today at (502) 584-5050 so that we can help you get the compensation you need.
Over the years, our team has helped countless accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We know how to get results and have secured millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident with a truck or 18-wheeler, call the compassionate and dedicated lawyers at Sampson Law Firm today at (502) 584-5050 for your free consultation.
Motorcycle and Truck Accidents
When a motorcycle and a truck collide, there are often serious and potentially deadly consequences. Unlike car accidents, where people have the extra protection of a metal frame and airbags, a motorcycle accident usually means a direct impact on the rider. While many people enjoy riding a motorcycle, the realities of crashes can be scary. Motorcycles may be more likely to be in an accident because they are less visible to other drivers, they can be less stable when they hit a bump or debris in the road, and they can be prone to lose balance and control, especially if the motorcycle driver is also carrying a passenger.
Below are some alarming statistics about motorcycle accidents from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
- In 2015, per every mile traveled, the number of deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents was 29 times more than those resulting from car accidents.
- In 2015, there were 5,029 motorcycle accident fatalities.
- In 2015, there were 88,000 motorcycle accident injuries.
- In 2016, there were 5,286 motorcycle accident fatalities.
- In 2016, 60% of motorcycle accident fatalities involved another vehicle.
These facts coupled with the realities of truck crashes can be doubly frightening. Large commercial trucks are massive vehicles, and they can cause catastrophic damage when they are in an accident. Below are some alarming facts about truck accidents from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- In 2015, there were 32,166 fatal accidents on roadways, with 3,838 of those accidents involving at least one large truck.
- In 2015 there were 6,263,000 nonfatal accidents on roadways, with 476,000 of those accidents involving at least one truck.
- In 2016, 3,986 people died in truck crashes. Of those people, 16% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
Truck drivers can cause dangerous accidents due to the sheer size and weight of the vehicle they are operating. Truck drivers are often tired from being overworked, and they can commit errors while driving. Furthermore, they may have limited visibility because they are carrying large loads that can obstruct their line of vision and cause blind spots in their mirrors. A truck driver causing an accident with a motorcyclist can have devastating consequences, often resulting in severe injury or even death. Unfortunately, truck accident statistics indicate that the number of collisions involving large trucks is only increasing.
Driving can be both a necessity and a pleasure for many Americans. People who ride motorcycles do so for a variety of reasons: it is fuel efficient, it is easy to park, there is a sense of camaraderie with fellow riders, self-image, and it can be fun. Whatever the reason an individual chooses for riding a motorcycle, the fact remains that they can be dangerous to drive.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. Having to deal with a trucking company can be intimidating and frustrating. When dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, there are some important legal issues to take into consideration. For instance, the statute of limitations (the time frame in which one has to file a lawsuit) is something to keep in mind.
The statute of limitations for injuries and damaged property resulting from an accident is two years from the date of the accident. Importantly, Kentucky also recognizes wrongful death claims. This means that if your loved one died as the result of a motorcycle accident with a truck, a family member or estate representative may be able to file a lawsuit on the deceased’s behalf. The time limit to file a wrongful death lawsuit is one year from the deceased’s date of death.
Even if a motorcycle rider is wearing appropriate safety gear, a collision with a truck will likely have devastating consequences for the rider. You should not have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses, property replacement, and other expenses associated with a serious wreck that was not your fault. Call the lawyers at Sampson Law Firm so that we can help you get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as the result of a motorcycle accident involving a truck, call the experienced lawyers of Sampson Law Firm today at (502) 584-5050. We are here to help you get justice after a serious accident. You do not have to go through this challenging time alone. For over 20 years, the team at Sampson Law Firm has been helping victims of motorcycle accidents get the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (502) 584-5050 for your free consultation.
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