Late last week in Campbell County, one individual was killed and three were injured after two semi-trucks collided. According to a report by a local Kentucky news station, the accident and subsequent explosion occurred on I-75 in Campbell County.
Apparently, one of the truck drivers crossed into the center median and caused a head-on collision with another semi-truck.
One of the tractors was carrying batteries, and the other was carrying an unknown "oxidizing" agent. This combination only exacerbated the already dangerous situation by causing a large explosion. The explosion then caused a deadly fire and a cloud of thick smoke.
Three undisclosed individuals were treated for injuries and one was killed as a result of the accident and explosion.
Kentucky's Duty to Safely Operate an Automobile
Kentucky truck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with the utmost care and awareness of their surroundings. Despite the extensive training and licensure requirements, many truck drivers fail to abide by established safety practices.
Truck drivers must follow safety protocols set in place, especially when they are transporting highly hazardous materials. Although all truck drivers must maintain an established level of care, those who are responsible for hazardous or toxic materials must maintain a higher level of care.
The duty includes being aware of the materials they are transporting, ensuring that all safety mechanisms are working properly, and maintaining a level of awareness and alertness of their surroundings.
A failure to fulfill this duty can result in serious bodily injury and property damage that often has lasting effects on all involved.
Establishing Liability in Kentucky Truck Accidents
As is the case in many types of accidents, truck drivers may be held liable to those involved in an accident that they caused. Although levels of liability, damage, and compensation differ, each case is evaluated relative to its specific circumstances.
The victim or family of the victim must be able to establish that the accident was a result of some action on the part of the other driver. They must then show that they suffered some type of harm or physical injury. If an individual did not suffer physical harm, he or she may still be able to bring a claim based on emotional distress. However, this aspect can be difficult to establish because there are several elements that must be met.
If a Kentucky driver is able to establish liability, he or she may be entitled to be compensated for the damages that he or she incurred as a result of the accident. These damages may include hospital bills and property reimbursement.
Have You Been Injured in a Kentucky Accident?
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Kentucky truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered. In many cases, insurance companies are the entities that are in charge of paying damages, and dealing with these agencies can be confusing and time-consuming. If you feel that you have been injured as a result of another individual's negligence please contact our office online or at 502-583-2300 to set up a free initial consultation.
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