If you have a collision with a semitruck, there is a good chance you may sustain a life-altering injury. After all, many tractor-trailers outweigh passenger vehicles by more than 75,000 pounds.
Given the transitory nature of commercial trucking, the responsible trucking company’s headquarters may not be in Kentucky. Fortunately, it is possible to seek financial compensation for your injuries from a driver or trucking company in another state.
While there are many truckers and trucking companies in Kentucky, many out-of-state drivers pass through the commonwealth. For a Kentucky court to hear a personal injury case, it must have both subject matter and personal jurisdiction. Luckily, if the collision occurred within the borders of the Bluegrass State, a Kentucky court likely has jurisdiction to handle your injury claim.
Pure comparative fault
Kentucky is friendly to individuals who have sustained serious injuries in collisions with commercial vehicles. That is, the commonwealth has a pure comparative fault statute. This means you may pursue financial compensation even if you were partly or mostly responsible for the accident.
The statute of limitations
You do not want the fact that the trucking company or its driver is from another state to dissuade you from taking legal action. After all, you only have a limited time to seek the compensation you deserve.
In Kentucky, the statute of limitations for most personal injury matters is two years from the date of the accident. While there are exceptions to the statute of limitations, waiting too long to file a claim or otherwise assert your legal rights may cause you to miss out completely.