When traveling at high speeds on crowded Kentucky interstates, drivers need to stay hyperfocused at all times, especially when massive vehicles like tractor-trailers are present. Drivers in smaller passenger vehicles should always give tractor-trailers the respect they deserve. Never follow too closely, always maintain plenty of space between vehicles and, most importantly, pay attention. Losing focus for just a split second is enough to cause a fatal crash. Tragically, truck accidents have a much higher chance of being fatal due to the massive size of these commercial vehicles.
Recently in McCracken County, a crash involving a tractor-trailer claimed the life of a man. The accident happened during the afternoon hours on Interstate 24 near mile marker 14. According to reports, the driver of an eastbound pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer traveling the same direction.
Reports said police arrived on the scene to find the pickup truck lodged underneath the rear of the tractor-trailer. The driver of the pickup truck was badly injured and airlifted to a local hospital. Tragically, the driver died a short time later at the hospital, authorities said.
In order to legally operate commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers, drivers must undergo hours of training and obtain special licenses. However, despite hours of training and experience, truck drivers can and will make mistakes. When negligence in truck accidents results in injuries or death, victims and families in Kentucky may want to consider consulting an experienced legal representative. If negligence is proved, a successful claim could result in much-needed compensation to help families get through this tragic experience.