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Reasons Semis Overturn and Cause Kentucky Semi-Truck Crashes

You may have been driving along behind a semi truck when you began to see it tilt to one side. All of a sudden, it overturned, and you were forced to slam on your brakes. Thankfully, you didn’t hit the truck and another driver didn’t hit you; however, your mind was instantly filled with questions: What if I was driving next to the truck instead of behind it? Would I be dead now? 

While you are fortunate to have not been involved in this crash, others aren’t as lucky and find themselves seriously injured or dead in overturned truck accidents. 

Why do trucks overturn? 

Some recent Kentucky semi-truck accidents that involve overturned trucks have included these reasons:

  • Drunk Driving – On September 5, 2012, a large truck carrying coal overturned in southeastern Kentucky while en route to Louisville. Because the truck driver couldn’t make the turn on U.S. 421 in Harlan County, he went off the side of the road and overturned. The Kentucky State Police ended up charging the truck driver with drunken driving and reckless driving.  
  • Load Shifting – On September 6, 2012, a tractor-trailer overturned in Belfry, spilling the logs it was carrying onto U.S. 119. It was stated that the load shifted in weight towards one side instead of staying evenly distributed. 
  • Losing Control – On September 13, 2012, a truck driver lost control of his semi truck and overturned onto the grassy shoulder in the northbound lanes of I-75 in Lexington, near mile marker 107 and the Man O’ War Boulevard exit.
  • Traffic Accident – On September 14, 2012, a truck crash in Lexington caused a delivery truck to overturn after a car collided with the truck on Tates Creek Road near Man O’ War Boulevard.

Overturned trucks sometimes simply cause traffic congestion without involving another car. However, when trucks are involved in accidents that cause their trailers to overturn, serious injuries and even fatalities can occur to truck drivers and innocent motorists. If a large commercial truck overturns, the truck can hit a vehicle in the next lane and even land on another car when tipping over – crushing the other vehicle and injuring anyone inside.  In these cases, serious injuries can occur, including:

  • Crush injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Death 

When an Overturned Truck Causes Damages

If you were injured or know someone who died in a Northern Kentucky truck accident caused by an overturned semi, you may have rights to pursue compensation. If the truck driver was distracted, speeding, or drunk, he may be liable for your injuries and responsible for your damages. 

Because semi-truck crashes can be complex and will require investigation, you should talk with the experienced Northern Kentucky truck crash lawyers at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson to find out more about your rights at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 in a free, no-obligation legal consultation today.

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