Car accident in the street

On Tuesday May 16, 2023, a motor vehicle accident occurred between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle.

Matt Troutman May 18, 2023

On Tuesday May 16, 2023, a motor vehicle accident occurred between a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle. The accident took place in the early morning hours. It took local authorities from 430 am to 6 am to clear the intersection located at Kentucky highway 286 and McKendree Church Road. There has been no report of injuries, but it is safe to say there were serious injuries to those in the passenger vehicle because it does not take 1 and 1/2 hours to clear an accident scene if there was not a serious impact. The accident is being investigated by the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.

Tractor Trailers Normally have High Insurance limits.

If you are involved in an auto accident in Kentucky and you suffer significant injuries, one of the biggest obstacles to obtaining a fair settlement is the amount of insurance available for the claim. The minimum coverage required for a passenger vehicle in Kentucky is $25,000.00 and many Kentucky drivers have this amount of coverage, which is insufficient to satisfy a significant injury claim. Commercial trucks are required by federal laws to have much higher limits and, in order to protect the assets of the company, commercial vehicles have limits higher than the federal laws require.

How to avoid accidents with Commercial Trucks?

Obeying the fundamental safe driving rules such as keeping a lookout ahead and staying in your lane will help you avoid all accidents, including accidents with commercial trucks. I believe there are some specific rules to follow to avoid accidents with big trucks. The first thing to realize is that big trucks cause death and serious injury when they are involved in an accident. Therefore, your level of concentration should be elevated when you are traveling near commercial trucks or in an area where you tend to find trucks.

One of the rules I follow, especially on the interstate, is to not travel behind or beside a large truck. It completely blocks your view of the traffic ahead which takes away valuable reaction time if there is a hazard or problem up ahead. Another rule I follow is to simply stay away from trucks, if at all possible. I will adjust my speed to pass and get away from trucks because accidents involving trucks cause death and destruction. Another consideration with commercial vehicles is their need for space when turning and to make sure you give them that space. Finally, always be mindful on roads with four lanes of a truck attempting to change lanes. They have lots of mirrors, but they still have blind spots and as many distractions as other drivers and, therefore, you have to pay close attention to their movement to anticipate a lane change. Be ready to use your horn and to avoid being on their blind side. Whenever I am passing another vehicle and approaching their blind side, I am always looking at their position to see if they may be changing lanes or drifting.


The circumstances involved in the big truck accident in Pikeville, as described above, will require the services of an experienced Kentucky auto  accident attorney to investigate and locate all available evidence to determine liability and to maximize all insurance benefits available to anyone injured or killed in this auto accident. Matthew Troutman, Kentucky auto accident lawyer, of the Troutman Law Office has been handling auto accident claims, almost exclusively, since 1986 and has the experience and talent to obtain the best result for the victims in the above car accident. It is very likely that the at fault driver will not have enough insurance to fully compensate the victim’s estate, and, therefore, it will be important for there to be underinsured motorist benefits available to the victim’s estate.

If you need legal assistance due to a motor vehicle accident, contact Kentucky auto accident attorney Matthew Troutman directly at 859-696-0001 or 502-648-9507 and he will meet with you in the hospital, your home or wherever is convenient for you. He will give you direct access through his cell phone and guide you through the difficult process necessary to obtain the best result possible for you in your car accident claim. To learn more about the Troutman Law Office, click here.