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Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Kentucky
Navigating the dangers associated with large trucks on Kentucky roadways.
Large Trucks on Kentucky Roadways
Because of Kentucky’s central location, we have many
tractor-trailers passing through our state. We all
encounter tractor-trailers, commercial trucks and buses
on our roadways every single day. It’s imperative that
motorists of all kinds, including truckers, be aware of
the dangers we face on Kentucky roads.
The Dangers of Large Trucks
Facing All Motorists
• 64 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred
on rural roads
• 84 percent of fatal crashes and 89 percent of non-fatal
crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays
• From 2010 to 2013, there was a 6 percent increase in fatal
• Chameleon carriers are trucking companies who avoid paying
fines for neglecting safety regulations by opening up an old
company under a new name
• Unsecured loads create major problems on roadways, leading
to falling debris on other vehicles
Truckers Face Dangers, Too
• Parking shortages,
forcing truckers to
drive long hours to
find a safe place to rest
- an issue that has
• Equipment failure
• Health problems,
poor diet choices
and lack of access
• Fatigue and long
hours on the road
Hazards for truck drivers put us all at risk.
These dangers include:
Hours of Service Rules
(from the FMCSA)
All drivers of
1. May drive a maximum of 10 hours after ten
consecutive hours off duty (with passengers) or 11
hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty (without
2. May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour
after coming on duty (without passengers),
following 10 consecutive hours off duty, or may not
drive after having been on duty for 15 hours
(without passengers), following 8 consecutive hours
off duty (with passengers).
3. May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed
since end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth
period of at least 30 minutes (without passengers).
May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8
consecutive days (with passengers).
• Bucket trucks have an extended crane
that enables workers to reach objects
like power lines, and they have a high
center of gravity, making them a liability
• Construction vehicles are found all over
our roadways. According to the Bureau
of Labor Statistics, 40 percent of fatal
work injuries involved vehicle accidents.
• In 2008 -2012, coal mining trucks and
similar mining equipment accounted for
11.1 percent of non-fatal injuries to
underground miners and 11.9 percent of
lost-time injuries for surface miners.
Types of Trucks & Associated Risks
What does it take to be a trucker?
• Obtaining a CDL license
• The road test includes pre-trip inspection, basic controls
and a road skills test
• Tests to upgrade from a B or C class qualification to a Class
A, or vice versa
• Potentially multiple restrictions (no-air brake equipped, no
manual transmission equipped) and endorsements
(hazardous materials, passengers, double/triple trailers)
applied to license
• See more regulations at:
Future of Trucking Safety
• The NHTSA is recommending that collision avoidance
systems be included on all passenger and commercial
• The NHTSA estimates that collision avoidance systems
could mitigate up to 80 percent of rear-end crashes
that have occurred on roadways.
• Many of the biggest truck makers are including
automated systems that are making truckers’ jobs
easier and our roadways safer.
• Always pass on the left
• Always signal before
changing lanes behind and
in front of trucks
• Allow plenty of room
• Never pass in a no-passing
• Be aware of crosswinds
• Don’t slow down after
Safely Driving Around Tractor-Trailers
• Texting and
• Driving under the
• Tired drivers are a
factor in up 30
percent of car
Other Road Safety Considerations
Many Truckers Have Legal Power
on Their Side
It’s a goal of trucking companies to limit their liability to avoid
paying costly court fees. Many companies expect their
truckers to call them immediately following an accident so
they can deploy a team to assess ways to limit their losses,
often times confronting accident victims at vulnerable times
to further reduce the trucking company’s liability.
Injured in a Trucking Accident?
Kentucky truck driver fatigue attorney Billy Johnson has been
named a Super Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report and a top
100 trial lawyer by American Trial Lawyers Association. He’s also a
proud member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar
Advocate Forums. Get him on your side by calling
1-855-433-7531 or fill out his online consultation form
for a free case assessment.