Indiana Tractor Trailer and Semi Truck Accident Lawyers
The top rated Indianapolis law firm and semi and truck accident attorneys in William Bill Hurst’s office are experienced and have been successful for over 35 years in representing hundreds of Indiana victims seriously injured or killed in truck accidents. Bill and his law firm have the top rating given by Martindale Hubble, an injury rating source.
Our Indianapolis attorneys know that Indiana is the crossroads of America. Nine interstate highways crisscross the state carrying thousands of vehicles every hour of the night and day. Each year, more and more of those vehicles are large tractor trailer trucks and semi-truck rigs. Given recent trends, many of those trucks will be involved in terrible truck accidents. Semi-trucks are bigger than anything else on the road and accidents can result in appalling injuries including: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, nerve damage, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and even death.
Semi Crash Statistics
According to Indiana State police statistics, accidents involving large trucks accounted for 4.2% of total collisions (13,941) and 13.3% (143) of fatal collisions in 2011. Of the 13,941 large trucks involved in collisions, 1.5 percent (203) had a hazard release in the collision. For more statistics, click here.
Causes of Semi Accidents
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are four factors that significantly increase Truck crash risk: drivers, vehicles, the environment, and the motor carrier company.
- Driver factors include: fatigue (hours driving before the crash, time and length of last sleep period); driver license status (including crash and violation history); driver experience and training; driver performance during the crash (including any performance errors); and driver working environment (including wages, pay basis, schedule, and company safety record).
- Vehicle factors include: maintenance status (any defects in brakes, tires, steering, or other critical vehicle components); vehicle size, weight, load, and design.
- Environmental factors include: roadway geometry, surface conditions, lighting, and traffic controls.
- Motor carrier factors (in addition to those involving the driver), include: size and type of carrier, carrier operations, and carrier safety history.
The trucking industry is highly regulated by the federal government. Investigating the cause of a truck accident can be much more complicated than in a car accident. Many additional factors need to be considered and many federal laws apply to the operation of an interstate commercial vehicle. That's why it's so valuable to work with a law firm that has extensive experience handling truck accident cases resulting in injury. William "Bill" Hurst has the skills and experience required to handle even the most complex truck accident case.
Seek Help from an Experienced Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck or tractor-trailer crash, contacta truck accident attorney at the law office of William “Bill” Hurst for a free consultation and case evaluation or call us toll free at 1(800)636-0808. We have been helping victims of truck accidents recover financial settlements for over 35 years. We would like to help you, too. �Hablamos Espa�ol!
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