A Jaguar drove under a tractor-trailer killing the 36-year-old driver of the Jaguar. A Boon County Sheriff’s Deputy at the scene said that the driver may have been intoxicated when he rad a red light and drove completely under semi-truck, then came out the other side and went down and embankment early Friday, February 15th.
He also said that speed was most likely a factor in the accident that closed off the intersection of Burlington Pike and Aero Parkway which wasn’t reopened until 4:30 am, Friday. The accident is still under investigation, and with information regarding the accident is asked to call the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 859-334-2175.
Big Rigs and Safety
When cars and semi-trucks tangle, it usually doesn’t go well for the car. This is because a fully-loaded tractor trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. while the average passenger weighs around 3,500 lbs. Any momentum in either vehicle can add to the impact. Common sense tells us to be cautious when driving around larger vehicles, and understanding what makes them dangerous can go a long way in avoiding accidents. Here are some safety tips:
- Stay out of the No Zones: Large trucksand buses have huge blind spots on all four sides. One rule of thumb is if you can’t see the driver in their mirror, then cant see you.
- Pass Safely: Make sure the driver can see you, and then pass quickly not riding next to the rig very long.
- Don’t Cut it Close:. It’s especially dangerous to “cut off” a commercialbus or truck as they can’t stop as quick as a car.
- Stay Back.
- Anticipate WideTurns: Big rigs need a wide berth, and if you can learn to anticipate that, you can avoid injury.
- Be Patient: Frustration can make you do something rash. Slow down and save lives.
- Buckle up: Always wear your seat belt and require your passenger to do the same.
- Don’t Drink and Drive: This is good advice for any driving situation. Impairment puts you and anyone else on the road at risk.
DUI and Big Rigs
Driving impaired is always a poor idea. It puts the driver and all others on the road—and off—at risk of death and injury. When driving around a big rig impaired, it greatly increases those risks. It more difficult to be vigilant and to stay out of the blind spots. Also, even a small mistake with a big rig can end poorly for the driver of a car, and impairment can add to the chance of mistakes.
Do I need an Attorney?
It’s up to each injured person whether they get an attorney. However, in many cases the other insurance company will try to blame the injured party or deny some of the monetary losses the injured party has incurred. it is best to have an attorney on your side that knows the law and can go toe-to-toe with the insurance company and their lawyers.
When you call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, at 800 937-8443, you will immediately speak to a member of the legal team and not a message machine. You can also Live Chat with an expert who can immediately began helping you with your claim.