I didn’t see the stopped truck before I crashed into it. Could the trucker be responsible for the accident?

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back of semi truck on snowy roadYes, it is possible that the trucker is legally responsible for the crash and your resulting injuries. Below, we will explain why a trucker may be liable for an accident even if the truck was stopped at the time of the crash, and what you need to do to protect your claim for compensation for your accident injuries.

Trucker Duty to Warn of Disabled Vehicle

Federal regulations require commercial truckers to warn other motorists when they are stopped for reasons other than a red light, traffic, or other routine matters. If a truck is stopped on the road or the shoulder of the road because of a truck maintenance problem or for any other reason, the trucker must:

Put on hazard lights.

Trucks are equipped with flashing lights to provide an immediate signal to other drivers. As soon as a trucker pulls over, the truck’s flashing hazard lights should be put on.

Put out warning devices within 10 minutes as required by federal regulations.

If the law requires warning devices, then the devices must meet certain standards. Typically, six fuses, three flares, or three reflective triangles must be used.

A truck driver who fails to follow these federal regulations may be negligent, and you may be able to recover damages for your injuries even if you crashed into the idle or stopped truck.

Possible Compensation for KY Truck Crash Injuries

Your damages depend on the unique injuries you suffered but could include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.

The question of liability for your crash must be answered before you can recover damages. Our truck accident lawyers know what evidence to review and what questions to ask to determine whether a trucker warned you of a stopped truck, as required by law.

Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Louisville office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation. 

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