KY Truck Wrecks & Kentucky Trucking Injuries
Truck Injury Lawyers & Semi Truck Attorneys
Bowling Green** | Lexington** | Louisville**
Owensboro ** | Paducah
When an auto is involved with a truck in an accident, one outcome is for sure: the auto loses. If you do not select Gordon, Elias & Seely, or a firm that regularly handles commercial motor vehicle accidents, as your truck accident lawyers, you could lose twice. Hiring dedicated truck accident attorneys may mean the difference of receiving tens of thousands of dollars or millions of dollars. Simply put, if you hire just any lawyers and not a concentrated truck accident law firm, you may be making a serious mistake.
You need to retain a firm that concentrates one of its area of practices specifically in truck accidents.
Though we are Texas based, oftentimes, it makes sense to retain firms from other states, such as ours, because of their truck injury experience and knowledge. Our firm currently maintains licensure in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Washington, D.C.
Kentucky Licensure Relationship
If your case requires any Kentucky accident lawyer legal services to be performed within the Commonwealth of Kentucky and/or a state or federal court within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we have a relationship with Jeff Bloomfield and Brian Katz of Bloomfield & Katz for Kentucky truck accidents, Kentucky bus accidents, Kentucky semi accidents, Kentucky 18 wheeler accidents and other Kentucky commercial vehicle accidents. Their address is Bloomfield & Katz, 2226 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY 42001. With, or through, these lawyers that are licensed within KY, though their office is in Paducah, they are licensed in Kentucky and can represent persons injured in Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, and other cities.** When Jeff and/or Brian are utilized, you pay no additional fee and you actually get two law firms for the same total fee as one.
Though Gordon, Elias & Seely’s lawyers are not licensed within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, many times, though the injured auto occupants may live in Kentucky or could just be passing through KY, the truck company is from a state other than Kentucky or the truck driver lives outside of Kentucky and, therefore there are other "venue" options outside of Kentucky.
Your Kentucky Trucking Accident Needs
You need truck accident attorneys that do the following:
- Answer the phone when you make that first call;
- Send out an investigator to obtain photos and make measurements and, if forensic work is necessary, send out a trucking accident reconstructionist;
- File any necessary equitable relief, e.g., writs of sequestration, pleadings to protect the truck from any repairs that would alter the evidence;
- Get you to Board Certified Physicians to make sure that you receive the best medical care possible for your injuries;
- File your suit as soon as possible and aggressively fight for your rights taking depositions, sending out discovery and building your legal case. However, before filing suit, the lawyers need to select where to file suit. This decision is called "venue selection". Venue selection is ultra important as some venues are clearly better than others; and
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, treating you like family instead of just a client. We know full well what a severe disabling and permanent injury, or worse yet, the death of a loved family member means to you. We find that some law firms around the country have lost their way and often times forget that they are representing a person, and not just a paper file. We pledge to you that you will always be able to call us and ask whatever you want and get a full explanation. Please do not misunderstand, we like to make money as much as the next guy but, we know that if we work hard and do a good job, always with compassion for our client, the money will follow. We pledge to you that you will always be able to call us and ask whatever you want and get a full explanation. Please do not misunderstand, we like to make money as much as the next guy but, we know that if we work hard and do a good job, always with compassion for our client, the money will follow.
You never saw it coming. A quiet drive became pure chaos when a commercial truck collided with your car. Fear of the future and physical pain set in as you wondered how this could have happened to you. Negligence was likely the culprit. Negligence from an inattentive, sleep-deprived, or impaired truck driver are often the cause of a Kentucky 18 wheeler, or Kentucky semi accident. At Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P., our job is to identify the negligence and secure the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer crash that occurred in Paducah, Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, or in or around the cities listed below, contact us toll free at 800-773-6770.
Act Now to Protect Your Rights
Do not hesitate to contact an attorney at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. following a tractor-trailer crash. Time is of the essence in retaining seasoned legal counsel. Money problems should not prevent you from picking up the phone as we do not require any up-front fees from you. All truck wreck claims are handled on a contingency basis. We are dedicated to securing the compensation you deserve for injuries caused by:
- Rear-End, Head-On Crashes and Jackknives
- Poor Maintenance, including Tires and Brakes
- Driver Fatigue
- Unsecured Loads
- Aggressive Driving
- Dangerous Roads
- DWI / Drug Use
- Lack of Reflectors and Poor Visibility
Contact us if you have been injured in a truck accident while driving on I-64, I-71, I-75, I-65, I-24, I-264, I-265, Hwy 68, Hwy 31, Green River Parkway or Cumberland Parkway.
Holding Drivers and Trucking Companies Accountable for Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers work long hours and are often pressured by their employer to complete their tasks by any means necessary. That results in shortcuts that amount to negligence. Drivers are required to adhere to regulations involving time on the road, number of breaks, and weight of the load they carry. Under the law, a trucking company can be held liable for the negligence of its drivers.
Experience and Resources to Mediate or Litigate Your Kentucky Trucking Accident Claim
We use experience and thorough legal knowledge, coupled with vast resources, to build your tractor-trailer crash injury claim based on the facts. Expertise comes from our network of trucking industry experts and accident reconstructionists. From there, we seek the best resolution, through negotiation, mediation or litigation.
Catastrophic Injuries When Safety Was Not a Priority
Before getting into the truck cab, a driver is required to perform a pre-trip inspection so that when a truck driver before the driver turns the ignition key, they are doing so with the notion that everything is safe. The pre-trip inspection is to detect problems before the rig gets on the street. There have to be periodic brake checks, including caliper settings, hydraulic, pneumatic and air brakes, adequate sleep and rest time in accordance with federal laws, and a trailer load that is properly secured, loaded and manageable. If they fall short, each and every car they pass is at risk of an accident. Every driver could suffer injury or death. These requirements apply to all interstate drivers and the failure to do any of these things often results in negligent driving and is often the cause of a truck accident resulting in serious injury. It does not matter what kind of truck as these requirements apply to:
- Tanker Trucks - Oilfield Trucks- Pipe Haulers- Chemical Trucks and other trucks with trailers carrying hazardous materials
- Slow Moving - Log Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Dump Trucks, Cement Trucks, Gravel Trucks and Construction Zone Trucks entering and exiting a highway construction zone, Wide-Load Convoys, Bulldozers, Farm Equipment and slow moving Paving Equipment
- Freight Liners, UPS, DHL, Fed-Ex, U-Haul, Mayflower and other van lines
- Shuttle Bus, Casino Buses, Vacation Bus, Tour Bus, Greyhound Buses
- Most all other 18-wheeler, Big-Rig, Flatbeds, Tractor/Trailer combinations
Commercial Trucks Not Large In Size But With A Large Insurance Policy
The difference in size of cash settlements in commercial truck cases are potentially much larger than auto to auto accidents generally for two reasons: (1) the injuries usually suffered in an auto vs. commercial
vehicle accident are more serious and permanent due to the size and weight of the commercial vehicle and (2) the size of the insurance policy covering the negligent truck driver. You know that your personal auto
policy is sometimes as low as the Kentucky state mandatory minimum limits of $25,000. When there is a commercial vehicle involved, such as a company van, company pick-up, tow trucks, etc., the policies of insurance coverage are usually much larger and you can be fairly and fully compensated for those very serious injuries when the driver is negligent.
Your Needs for Experienced Advocacy
Putting your trucking accident case in the hands of less-experienced attorneys is not a wise strategy. You
need seasoned and aggressive lawyers who are not looking to "quick settle" and will not shy away from the courtroom. You require counsel that will build your case based on the facts and using a network of
experts to identify negligence and hold the negligent party accountable. In this regard, the lawyers at Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. and/or Bloomfield & Katz have a combined legal experience of over a half a century.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced personal injury lawyer following a tractor-trailer crash, please contact us.
Kentucky Trucking Companies
**In addition to representing persons in Paducah where they office, Bloomfield & Katz are able to represent persons living in, or injured in, Lexington-Fayette, Louisville, Owensboro, Bowling Green, Covington, Hopkinsville, Frankfort, Henderson, Richmond, Jeffersontown, Pleasure Ridge Park, Florence, Valley Station, Elizabethtown, Ashland, Radcliff, Newburg, Nicholasville, Madisonville, Georgetown, Fern Creek, Okolona, Newport, Winchester, Erlanger, Fort Thomas, St. Matthews, Danville, Highview, Shively, Independence, Murray, Fort Campbell North, Glasgow, Fort Knox, Somerset, Burlington, Campbellsville, Middlesborough, Bardstown, Mayfield, Shelbyville, Berea, Edgewood, Lyndon, Paris, St. Dennis, Lawrenceburg and Maysville.