Truck Driver Inattention: What Studies Have Found

Published on May 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm in Truck Accidents.

While inattentive or distracted driving is dangerous for all drivers, truck drivers may be especially dangerous when they are inattentive, distracted or simply not paying attention.  Studies have found that truck driver inattention is a common reason for serious truck crashes.  If you have been injured in such a crash, it is important to contact a Kentucky truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

Federal Government Study on Truck Accident Causes

According to the federal government’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS), truck driver inattention is a critical reason for a truck wreck in 29% of U.S. truck crashes, and an associated reason for a truck wreck in 20% of U.S. truck crashes. The government has found that distracted or inattentive truck drivers rank highest on the danger index for truck accident causes.

Fatal Paducah, KY Semi-Truck Accident Claims Two Lives

Published on May 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm in Truck Accidents.

Our thoughts are with the families of two motorcyclists who tragically lost their lives in a fatal semi-truck accident in Paducah, Kentucky on Tuesday on Interstate 24.
According to the McCracken County Coroner, Robert A. Storrs, 30, and Jessica R. Caroe, 27, passed away at the scene of the accident.

The accident was allegedly caused when 60-year-old truck driver James Hoerman did not stop in time and struck the back of a 1998 Honda Shadow motorcycle being ridden by Storrs and Caroe. Both bikers were thrown from the motorcycle and died from the injuries they sustained.

Traffic had slowed because of an earlier accident on the I-24 bridge over the Ohio River.

Why Do Most Kentucky Semi-Truck Accidents Happen?

Published on May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm in Truck Accidents.

It seems like we read about them every day in the news, or are stopped on the highway because of them. Serious Kentucky semi-truck accidents happen on a regular basis. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 1,403 injuries from crashes involving large trucks in 2010 alone—not including the semi-truck crashes resulting in fatalities.

Most accidents involving tractor-trailers are due to the fact that the driver cannot stop his rig in time. When this happens, one of three things usually occurs:

  • The truck driver ends up rear-ending smaller, more vulnerable cars in front of him.
  • The truck driver will try swerving to the left or right shoulders and side-swiping other cars.
  • The truck driver will lose control of his truck altogether, which results in the rig jackknifing and blocking traffic, causing the other cars to strike his load.

The Casey Anthony Murder Trial is Interesting

Published on Jun 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm in Legal News.

The ongoing Casey Anthony Murder Trial is as interesting for its subplot as it is her being innocent or guilty.  Now, as a disclaimer, I have not watched much of the trial to this point. Further, my practice now is limited to Kentucky Civil Cases.  But in my limited viewing I came up with an interesting take on this case.

Casey’s Defense Lawyer’s in Opening Statement claimed that Casey was sexually abused by her Father.  Actually, they have zero witnesses in which to make this claim other than Casey herself.  Therefore, the larger issue now is whether Casey will take the stand in her own defense.  She almost has to in order for their story to remain credible.  But if they choose to do so the Prosecutor’s will almost surely tee off on Casey and the many other inconsistencies of her story/stories.

Car Accident Injures Three People On Highway 45

Published on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm in Auto Accidents.

A two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening injured three people in Graves County, according to Kentucky State Police.

Troopers say that the collision happened at 5:41 pm at the intersection of KY 408 and U.S. Highway 45, near Viola. A Lincoln truck driven by 51-year-old Ronnie M. Barnett of Hickory was eastbound on KY 408 and was crossing the northbound lanes of Highway 45. He did not see the 1996 Monte Carlo driven by 29-year-old Virginia R. Richeal of Boaz, and she was unable to avoid a collision, striking the truck in the passenger side.

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