When traveling along Dixie Highway, you will inevitably end up driving around large commercial trucks. Tractor-trailers and other types of commercial trucks are the lifeblood of the economies in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, and every other surrounding state. However, these large vehicles present significant risks on the roadway, particularly for those inside traditional passenger vehicles. Truck versus passenger vehicle collisions often result in severe injuries for victims. At the Dixie Law Group, PSC, our qualified team is standing by to help when you need a Dixie Highway truck accident lawyer by your side.
The Dixie Highway has historical significance in this area. Beginning in the early 1900s, the Dixie Highway became a system of interconnected roadways that brought the US Midwest and the southern United States closer together. Kentucky residents are all familiar with the Dixie Highway, and many traverse this system each day. However, there are also thousands of large commercial trucks that travel the Dixie Highway as well, and these large vehicles can lead to significant accidents.
Why choose Dixie Law Group, PSC to help with your case?
After sustaining a severe truck accident injury along Dixie Highway, you need to turn to an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally.
- At the Dixie Law Group, PSC, we take the time to get to know each client so we can tailor our legal strategy to meet their goals and needs.
- We have extensive resources that we can bring to the case, including trusted medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and economic professionals.
- Our team has an extensive track record of success in securing significant settlements and verdicts for those involved in Dixie Highway traffic collisions.
Dixie Highway truck accidents are often severe
According to data available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), we know that a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. The size and weight discrepancy between commercial trucks and other passenger vehicles on the roadway means that any collision could result in severe injuries and even fatalities for those involved.
Data available from the Kentucky Transportation Center states that there are more than 165,000 total commercial trucks registered in Kentucky, but this does not take into account the thousands of out-of-state commercial trucks that travel along Dixie Highway each day. According to the Kentucky Department of Transportation, there were 10,620 commercial truck crashes across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year of data. These incidents resulted in 116 fatal collisions and 1,580 non-fatal injury collisions.
Liability in a Dixie Highway truck accident case
Liability for truck accidents often falls onto the truck drivers and truck owners or operators. Truck drivers have a responsibility to operate these vehicles safely. All commercial truck drivers that operate along Dixie Highway must have their commercial driver’s license. Some of the most common causes of commercial truck crashes along this highway involve a driver:
- Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Operating while distracted by phones or other devices
- Ignoring the FMCSA hours of service requirements and driving while fatigued
- Not following traffic laws
- Operating too fast for conditions
Liability for these incidents can also fall to the truck owners and operators. All commercial truck owners are responsible for:
- Ensuring that their vehicles are inspected and maintained regularly, per
- FMCSA regulations
- Properly training every driver to operate the trucks
- Implementing quality controls concerning the hiring of drivers
- Ensuring that no truck is overloaded
The proper inspection and maintenance of commercial trucks is vital because vehicle failure is one of the main contributing factors of truck collisions along the Dixie Highway. In particular, the following contributing factors make up a significant percentage of these collisions each year:
- Defective brakes
- Defective headlights
- Other lighting defects
- Steering failure
- Tire failure
- Tow hitch failure
- Overloading or improperly loading
- Oversized load
Truck drivers and trucking companies must be held accountable if their careless or negligent actions lead to any collision and injury along the Dixie Highway.
Time limit to file a Dixie Highway truck accident claim
Each state is responsible for setting time limits for how long truck accident victims have to file lawsuits in civil court. Dixie Highway truck accident victims need to be aware of several time limits that could affect their case.
The Kentucky personal injury statute of limitations is one year from the date an injury occurs. However, we also handle Dixie Highway vehicle accident claims from other states as well. In Illinois, the personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the accident occurs, while the Missouri personal injury statute of limitations is five years from the date of the accident.
Any victim who fails to file a personal injury lawsuit within the required amount of time set by law in the state where their accident occurs will lose the ability to recover any compensation from the alleged negligent party.
Types of compensation available for a Dixie Highway truck accident
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a truck accident along the Dixie Highway, there may be various types of compensation available. If the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company caused your crash, the team at the Dixie Law Group, PSC will work diligently to secure the following on your behalf:
- Full coverage of your medical bills
- Any out-of-pocket costs you incur
- Lost income if you cannot work while recovering
- Property damage expenses
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
The total amount of compensation available in the aftermath of a Dixie Highway truck accident will vary depending on various factors related to each particular crash.
Affording a Dixie Highway truck accident lawyer
Victims of commercial truck accidents along the Dixie Highway are often placed into extremely difficult financial situations. These victims typically face incoming medical bills, tremendous out-of-pocket expenses, as well as lost income if they cannot work while they recover. That is why the team at the Dixie Law Group, PSC takes these cases on a contingency fee basis.
Dixie Highway truck accident victims will not have to pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for their case. Our attorneys will only collect legal fees after we successfully recover the compensation our clients deserve. If we do not win your Dixie Highway truck accident case, you will not pay a dime.
Contact a Dixie Highway truck accident lawyer for a free consultation today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver along the Dixie Highway, you need to speak to a skilled attorney immediately. At the Dixie Law Group, PSC, our qualified team is standing by to help you today. We have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case in order to obtain full compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Visit Our Dixie Highway Office
Getting to our office is not difficult, and you can find us in the shopping center where Dixie Highway and Upper Hunters Trce meet. Our office is located right next to Sunny Nail Spa.
From the North
If you are heading our direction from the North, you will want to hop onto Dixie Highway heading South until you pass the Neil Huffman Subaru Dealership on your right. From there, take a left at the next intersection onto Upper Hunters Trce and you will be in our shopping center.
From the East
If you’re coming our direction from the East, hop onto Henry Watterson Expy (I-264) heading West. Make sure you take Exit 8A to 31W South, and then get onto Dixie Highway heading Southbound from there. Keep driving until you pass the Neil Huffman Subaru Dealership on the right. You will then take a left onto Upper Hunters Trce into our shopping center.
From the Southwest
If you are heading our direction from the Southwest, get onto Dixie Highway and drive North. Stay on Dixie until you pass the Aldi grocery store on your right, and then take a right onto Upper Hunters Trce and into our shopping center.