Morrin Law Office
Commercial Vehicle Accident attorney in Richmond, KY
If you were in a truck accident in Madison County, a commercial vehicle accident attorney in Richmond, KY, from the Morrin Law Office could seek and recover compensation for your injuries. We pursue justice for our clients after incidents caused by drivers on the job. These include truck accidents, work van crashes, and delivery truck collisions. Whether you were hit head on by a large truck, rear ended by a heavy truck, or even if you hit a truck from behind that was illegally parked, we help folks get back to their best life while making the insurance company pay for the injuries their driver caused.
Our injury professionals review traffic accident cases every day and at 100% free of charge to determine whether it makes sense for you to hire private personal injury representation. We will discuss your legal options for your financial and health recovery with you at no cost to your family. Our office focuses exclusively on helping injured drivers in Kentucky and we are eager to answer your questions and explain the many ways we protect your health and financial security.
What is considered a commercial vehicle?
Commercial vehicles are owned and operated by businesses, non-profits, and agencies. The drivers are generally on the job or taking care of tasks that benefit their employers at the time of the accident. Many of these vehicles are much larger and heavier than most cars and trucks, including tractor-trailer trucks.
Common commercial vehicles you may encounter on the roadways include garbage trucks, such as Waste Management, Rumpke, Advanced Disposal, and other companies as well. Other company trucks you may get into accidents with can include large, heavy construction vehicles, delivery vehicles for Amazon, UPS, Fedex, USPS, DHL, and any other vehicle on the road for commercial or business purposes.
While truck accidents are not among the most common types of auto accidents, they do cause a significant number of fatalities. These vehicles are much heavier than typical transportation cars or trucks, so when they hit your vehicle, the heavy load causes severe damage to vehicles and other people on the roadways.
According to a report from Kentucky State Police, law enforcement responded to 156,758 collisions in 2019. About two-thirds involved more than one vehicle. Four percent were tractor-trailer crashes.
The report shows:
- 9,821 total truck accidents in Kentucky in 2019
- 98 fatal collisions
- 1,319 injury crashes
- 108 people killed
- 1,916 injured
If you were in an accident and suffered serious injuries in Madison County, a Richmond personal injury attorney from the Morrin Law Office could help. We can develop a claim and pursue compensation based on your expenses and losses. Our firm represents clients injured in all types of collisions, including commercial vehicle accidents. We focus on maximizing your health recovery by making sure every condition is treated by the most experienced and talented medical professionals.
Recovering compensation for the injuries and damages suffered in Richmond, KY
Kentucky traffic accident law differs somewhat from many other states. This could allow you to recover the first $10,000 in medical bills and lost wages through a claim based on your own insurance policy. This policy is called PIP (personal injury protection) or BRB (basic reparation benefits).
When accident-related losses exceed the $10,000 limit, you should then seek additional compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. This could allow you to recover a cash payout for your losses. You might also file a lawsuit to compensate you for these losses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if they missed work
- Reduced earning potential for lasting injuries
- Vehicle repair costs or the replacement value
- Other property damage costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability and disfigurement
Our Kentucky truck accident injury professionals build claims for victims and ensure they seek the compensation available based on the facts of their case and applicable laws. We also represent clients who lost a loved one by developing a wrongful death case. This could allow families to recover:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support the decedent brought to the family
- Loss of affection and guidance
- Costs for funeral and related services, such as burial or cremation
You can learn more about recovering money damages after a traffic accident in Kentucky by requesting a copy of our free guide and ebook, Fighting for Justice: Winning Car Insurance “Games.”
The Morrin Law Office represents victims hurt in commercial vehicle crashes
At the Morrin Law Office, our commercial vehicle accident lawyers handle claims and lawsuits for those injured in Richmond, KY. We know how to build a case and fight for the financial recovery and justice you deserve if a truck driver caused your accident. When we represent a client hurt in one of these crashes, we:
- Investigate the Madison County commercial vehicle collision, gathering any available evidence
- Preserve the evidence held by the trucking company and others involved in the crash
- Handle all communication with the insurance adjuster
- Communicate with other involved parties, such as attorneys
- File claims with all liability insurance policies
- Prepare all legal paperwork on our client’s behalf
- Value the case and demand a fair payment
- Negotiate a potential settlement when possible
- Prepare and file a lawsuit if we do not get an appropriate settlement
- Represent the client at trial as needed
Our legal professionals concern ourselves with our clients’ physical and financial recoveries. We believe an attorney can help because of the unfair cap on lost wages set by Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-130. Among the reasons why we believe an attorney can help is because of the unfair cap on lost wages set by Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-130.
We also want you to be prepared before you are in a crash. Our accident notification app automatically notifies your emergency contacts after an accident and walks you through the initial stages of gathering evidence at the collision scene.
Liability in a Richmond, KY, commercial vehicle accident
When the Morrin Law Office handles a commercial vehicle accident in Richmond, Kentucky, we:
Prepare no-fault claims for our client
Identify the liable parties
File any available liability claims
Liability is not always synonymous with fault in commercial vehicle accidents. This is because there could be several liable parties. This could include:
The negligent driver
The driver’s employer
The company that maintains the vehicle
The manufacturer of the truck or its components
Madison County, the City of Richmond, or another agency tasked with maintaining the road
A third-party driver who contributed to causing the collision
Cases when a truck driver fails to yield the right-of-way in an intersection are relatively straightforward. Their employer is likely vicariously liable because of a legal doctrine known as “respondeat superior.”
We will pursue a claim against every potentially liable party in your case as long as we have evidence to support the claim and are legally able to do so. This could allow us to recover money damages for a wide range of losses you suffered.
Time limits for holding liable parties accountable for your Richmond, KY, crash
When our Richmond, Kentucky, accident attorney files liability claims in your case, we seek an appropriate settlement from the insurance companies. This does not always work. If we can’t reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, our injury professionals could sue the liable party (or parties). This could deliver the money our client needs and deserves.
The deadline for settling a claim or filing a lawsuit is 2 years, per Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304.39-230 .
Speak with an injury professional at our office for free today
The Morrin Law Office will review your Richmond, KY, commercial vehicle accident case 100% free of charge today to help you determine your next best steps. It doesn’t always make sense to hire private counsel, but if we can add significant value, then we will offer representation. We represent clients based on contingency, meaning we get paid only if you get paid.
Call (859) 358-0300 to discuss your options with us today.