Tractor-trailers are a convenient way to transport goods and merchandise throughout the country. These commercial vehicles utilize the many interstates and major highways that cross the state of Kentucky. In order to operate one of these massive trucks, drivers must undergo hours of training and obtain special licenses. However, no amount of training or licensing can totally prevent mistakes from happening. Truck accidents injure thousands of people every year across the country.
Recently in Mayfield, the driver of a tractor-trailer made an illegal turn and caused a crash that injured a motorist. The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Interstate 69. According to reports, the driver of the tractor-trailer was attempting to return to Interstate 69 and made a U-turn at a spot where U-turns are not allowed. Reportedly, the sharp turn caused the truck to cut its air lines and block the road.
Reports said the driver of a northbound Jeep was attempting to enter the interstate on-ramp and had to swerve to avoid colliding with the tractor-trailer. Apparently, the sudden evasive move caused the Jeep to flip. The driver of the Jeep suffered injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for blocking a highway and improper turning.
These days, more and more large commercial vehicles are sharing crowded roadways with smaller passenger vehicles. Due to the massive size of tractor-trailers, any accident involving these big trucks is more likely to result in serious injuries or death. Those in Kentucky who have suffered injuries or loss due to negligence in truck accidents could benefit by discussing the matter with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.