Louisville Trucking Company Negligence Lawyers
The inherent danger posed by large commercial trucks and 18-wheelers may be tempered by proper maintenance and extensively-trained, well-rested drivers. However, when trucking companies are negligent and either fail to properly maintain their fleet or fail to operate within the mandated state and federal safety standard regulations, Louisville drivers are put at significant risk of a devastating accident involving one of their vehicles.
The Louisville trucking negligence lawyers at the Sampson Law Firm know precisely what regulations trucking companies must uphold and are prepared to hold trucking companies responsible for their negligence. Our highly skilled attorneys will fight tooth and nail to hold negligent companies accountable and to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck or 18-wheeler in Louisville, our Louisville legal team can help you determine whether their negligence played a part in your accident. Call us today at (502) 584-5050 to set up a free consultation with a member of our legal team so we can learn the details of your case.
Why Hire A Lawyer for Your Trucking Company Negligence Case?
Seeking compensation for your injuries can be a very complicated process, especially when doing so involves taking on commercial entities, such as trucking companies. Since many individuals are involved in truck maintenance and operation, it can be challenging to find all responsible parties and to hold them accountable for their negligence. Law firms have the resources necessary to investigate your case and file a claim on your behalf. These cases can also be complicated by the extensive rules and regulations governing the trucking industry.
A skilled and experienced lawyer will be aware of relevant laws and can help ensure that individuals who disobeyed the law are held accountable for doing so. Experienced lawyers also know how these cases often progress and can anticipate challenges and prepare for them.
Often in these cases, trucking companies or their insurance providers will attempt to pressure victims into quickly accepting a settlement. While these settlements may seem promising, it is essential to have legal representation, so you’re not taken advantage of by signing away your right to sue for too little compensation. Your lawyer will work diligently to investigate your claim, collect and present evidence, file a claim, and negotiate and litigate on your behalf.
Why Choose Sampson Law Firm to Handle Your Trucking Company Negligence Case?
At Sampson Law Firm, we pride ourselves on always putting our client’s needs first. We have devoted our decades of legal practice to defending the rights of injured Kentucky residents. We take carelessness and negligence very seriously and honestly believe that when someone else causes you unreasonable harm, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill.
We will work tirelessly to hold negligent truck operators accountable and above all, fight for your just compensation. Our firm has the knowledge, skill, and experience you need to pursue damages from negligent trucking companies successfully. Our legal team is prepared to put our experience to work for you.
Attorney Keith Poynter is certified in crash reconstruction and crash investigation. He also brings professional experience as a police officer and insurance industry account manager to the table. Our unique backgrounds make us well equipped to take on even the most complex trucking company negligence cases. We also understand the stress our clients are facing while suffering from a truck accident. We will work to earn your trust and to serve as a compassionate resource in your difficult time.
After an accident, you might be concerned about how you’ll afford quality representation. Don’t be. Our lawyers operate on a contingency basis; this means that you only pay us if you receive an award in your case. This allows you to focus on what matters most, your recovery, while still having access to excellent legal representation.
Most Dangerous Forms of Trucking Company Negligence
While every trucking company is likely to have its own way of doing business, all trucking companies are obligated to uphold state and federal safety regulations. When trucking companies do not uphold these obligations, they may be held liable for one or more of the following dangerous and common forms of negligence:
- Hours of Service Violations– The government acknowledges the dangers that tired and fatigued drivers can pose, especially when operating massive vehicles. In order to protect truck drivers and others on the road, the Department of Transportation sets limits on when and for how long drivers may be on duty or drive. For example, drivers may not drive for more than eleven hours in a row, they are also limited by hours per week, and when they must take a break. However, truck drivers and companies are often subject to tight deadlines. This, unfortunately, means that companies can pressure drivers to exceed the limits on their hours of service. Exceeding these limits can endanger everyone on the road as fatigue and tiredness can sharply increase the risk of serious accidents. If drivers exceed their time limits and injured you or a loved one, their employer may be liable for damages.
- Negligent Hiring-Truck drivers are entrusted with the safety of others on the road and must meet specific requirements to be hired. Failing to properly vet employees can make truck companies liable for accidents caused by unqualified drivers. For example, if a truck driver was hired without a background check, the company who hired them could possibly be held accountable if they had drug convictions and then operated a truck under the influence.
- Failure to Train-Truck drivers must be properly trained to operate such large, potentially dangerous vehicles. If a company fails to train one of their drivers, they are not upholding their duty to employ qualified individuals. If an untrained driver causes an accident, the company which negligently allowed them on the road may be held accountable.
- Failure to Maintain Vehicles-It is the responsibility of trucking companies to make sure that their vehicles meet reasonable safety standards before going on the road. This means that vehicles must be adequately maintained and repaired, so they do not pose a danger to others. If vehicle maintenance is neglected and an accident occurs as a result, the trucking company may be liable for your injuries.
- Improper Cargo Loading– Improperly secured or too much cargo can be dangerous if, for example, vehicles are unbalanced or cargo falls onto the roadway. If a trucking company loaded its trucks improperly and this contributed to an accident, they may be held accountable.
Our highly experienced Louisville legal team may be able to help you find justice if you have been involved in an accident with a negligent trucking company. There are many acts that may constitute negligence on the part of a trucking company. If you were injured in a truck accident and believe the trucking company may have contributed to your injuries, a lawyer can help you determine how best to seek compensation and hold the right people accountable.
Consult a Louisville Trucking Company Negligence Lawyer
At the Sampson Law Firm, our trucking company negligence lawyers will aggressively pursue financial restitution from any trucking company whose negligence contributed to your accident in the Louisville area. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligent trucking company, call our Louisville offices at (502) 584-5050 today to set up a free consultation.