Multi-Vehicle Wreck in Pulaski County

by | Aug 31, 2022 | Car Accidents

Three vehicles, including a semi-truck, were involved in a collision that killed one person and injured several others.

Kentucky State Police Troopers said it appeared a 41-year-old Hemet, California man was driving west on Cumberland Parkway when he lost control of his car and crossed into the path of a truck driven by a 19-year-old. A semi-truck was also involved in the crash and was hit by both vehicles, according to a release from officials.

The California man died at the scene.

Car Crash Injuries

A fully-loaded large truck weighs over 80,000 pounds. Although today’s cars and trucks are much safer than they were twenty years ago, they cannot possibly absorb all the force in such a wreck. This excessive force causes serious injuries like:

  • Severe Burns: Large truck weight isn’t the only issue when it comes to burns. Most trucks also carry hundreds of gallons of explosive diesel fuel. Many victims are pinned under these massive vehicles as they burn. As a result, they sustain catastrophic third and fourth-degree burns.
  • Head Injuries: A head slamming into an airbag is like a head slamming into an inflated balloon. The airbag absorbs some force, but not nearly all of it. Because the force in a  truck wreck is so extreme, head injuries are still very common in such wrecks. These injuries are permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate.
  • Excessive Bleeding: Exsanguination, mostly from internal injuries, is usually the official cause of death in truck crash cases. The aforementioned motion causes internal organs to smash into each other. Since kidneys and other organs have no skin, slight abrasions bleed badly. This internal bleeding is hard to spot and even harder to stop.

Because of these serious injuries, medical treatment is the top priority for Lexington personal injury lawyers. Attorneys usually connect victims with top-notch doctors who charge nothing upfront for their professional services.

Duty of Care

Medical bills and other accident-related expenses must be paid eventually. So, the next order of business is obtaining compensation for these injuries. This compensation is available if the other driver was negligent, a legal term which basically means a lack of care.

Most drivers have a duty of reasonable care under Kentucky law. They must be at their best physically, mentally, and otherwise before they turn the key, drive defensively while they’re behind the wheel, and obey all rules of the road during every trip.

Since they are professional motorists, truck drivers and other commercial operators have a higher duty of care. 

The formal rules of the road reflect this difference. For example, the BAC limit is lower for commercial operators than it is for noncommercial drivers. Furthermore, the speed limit is usually lower for truckers than it is for noncommercial drivers.

Informal rules reflect this difference as well. For example, the recommended following distance for noncommercial drivers is a two-second cushion. The recommended cushion is at least seven seconds for truck drivers.

The higher duty of care makes it easier for a Lexington personal injury lawyer to establish negligence, or a lack of care, and settle a claim out of court on favorable terms.

Your Claim for Damages

A few car crash claims settle before the victim/plaintiff files legal paperwork. If all issues in the case are crystal clear, an insurance company has a legal duty to settle the claim within weeks. However, there are usually questions concerning liability for the wreck and/or the damages the wreck caused.

Liability issues often involve insurance company defenses, such as comparative fault. Many car wrecks, like many other tragedies in life, have multiple causes. As for damages, the aforementioned injuries could be treated in different ways. Predictably, insurance adjusters are only willing to approve the cheapest approaches.

Because of these disputes, most attorneys file legal paperwork. This move pressures the insurance company into settling the case. Unfortunately, that pressure often isn’t enough to prompt a quick settlement.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The best evidence, such as electronic evidence, often isn’t available until discovery begins. So, if a case settles too quickly, the best evidence, and therefore maximum compensation, is unavailable.

If informal negotiations break down, most Fayette County judges refer the case to mediation. A third party mediator ensures that both sides negotiate in good faith. Mostly because of this additional court supervision element, mediation is almost always successful.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. You have a limited amount of time to act.