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Any car accident that you’re in is going to come with an injury in some form or another. That said, when you interact with different vehicles, it can impact how serious the accident is–with some vehicles being more dangerous than others.

One person was killed and two others were injured in an afternoon collision with a loaded dump truck in Bardstown. According to a story from WAVE, the accident happened on Boston Road around 4:41 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024. The Bardstown Fire Department responded to the scene, and were able to extract two people from the passenger vehicle with minor injuries, while the other person was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Is a Dump Truck More Dangerous Than Other Vehicles?

On its face, it might not seem like a dump truck is any more or less dangerous than any other large vehicle. But, as the story above shows, when it’s loaded down with dirt, gravel, or some other material, it changes the mechanics. So, if you’re involved in a collision with one of these vehicles, it’s important to understand the differences:

  • Size and weight – Dump trucks are significantly larger and heavier than standard vehicles, which can increase the severity of accidents if a collision occurs.
  • Limited visibility – Due to their size and design, dump truck drivers may have limited visibility, especially in their blind spots, making it more challenging to detect nearby vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Maneuverability – Dump trucks may have limited maneuverability, particularly when navigating tight spaces or making sharp turns, which can increase the risk of accidents.
  • Cargo hazards – Dump trucks often transport loose materials such as gravel, sand, or debris, which can pose hazards if not properly secured, leading to spillage or shifting loads that can cause accidents.
  • Construction zones – Dump trucks are commonly found in construction zones or other work areas where there may be additional hazards such as uneven terrain, construction equipment, or workers present.

What Should You Do After a Bardstown Truck Accident?

Similar to how the law treats a car accident like any other in Bardstown, you should also handle them similarly as a victim. If you find yourself in a collision involving a dump truck or any other vehicle, follow these steps to take care of your health and safety:

  • Move your vehicle to a safe location, away from traffic, to prevent further risks.
  • Check yourself and passengers for injuries. If anyone is hurt, call for an ambulance immediately.
  • Report the accident to the police. They will investigate and create an official report. Inform them if the other vehicle was a dump truck.
  • Take photos and videos of the accident scene and any vehicle damage. Collect contact information from witnesses and ask for any additional evidence they may have, such as photos or videos, to strengthen your case and understand your legal options.

Remember, prompt action is essential after any accident, especially one involving a dump truck or construction vehicle. Seeking legal guidance from our team of personal injury lawyers can significantly improve your chances of receiving the necessary financial assistance for your losses.

This can include:

  • Medical expenses and treatment costs
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Loss of earning potential if you’re permanently injured
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and anxiety
  • Loss of enjoyment of life or companionship
  • Wrongful death expenses, if the accident is fatal

Contact Kaufman & Stigger Today For a Free Consultation

At Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, we know that car accidents can be tough to deal with. But when it involves a dump truck or some other large vehicle, it adds unique challenges because of the severity and companies involved.

Our team is experienced in handling these cases. We’ll gather evidence, identify the responsible party, and guide you through the claims process. Don’t wait–contact us today for a free consultation.