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The Alarming Results of CVSA’s Brake Safety Day

Commercial Truck Accident Attorney Indianapolis

Most of us will agree that large commercial vehicles must install brakes that can stop them within reasonable distances. Unfortunately, the results of the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day indicate critical brake violations in a significant percentage of trucks on the road, putting motorists at risk. Specifically, brake-related violations placed 14 percent of the 7,698 inspected vehicles out of service on Brake Safety Day.

Truckers and Trucking Companies Have a Duty to Maintain their Vehicles

The parties that operate large commercial vehicles have a duty to maintain them in safe, operable conditions. Unfortunately, they all too frequently fail in this duty, and as a result, every year they injure thousands of people in accidents. Brakes, of course, are not the only truck parts whose failure could result in serious accidents. Other components necessary for safe truck operations include:

  • Coupling devices
  • Headlights and taillights
  • Trailer lights
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Cruise control systems
  • Turn signals

You May Hold Manufacturers Liable for Accidents Caused by Faulty Truck Equipment

While truckers and trucking companies have a duty to maintain their vehicles in good working order, in some instances the equipment itself was designed, manufactured, or marketed in such a way as to make it inherently dangerous. In these cases, victims may hold the truck or truck equipment manufacturer liable for their losses.

Identifying Faulty Brakes or Other Equipment Can Require Significant Investigation

Accident victims don’t always have the experience to know when faulty brakes or other vehicle defects resulted in their accidents. For this reason, every truck accident victim should review the case with an attorney. A lawyer will analyze the way in which the accident took place, determine whether to conduct an additional investigation and compel the production of evidence through a legal process known as discovery. Evidence that may prove relevant to truck accident cases includes:

  • Vehicle maintenance records
  • Onboard computer data
  • Eyewitness accounts of vehicle maintenance practices
  • The opinion of accident reconstruction experts

Speak With an Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorney Today

Accidents involving commercial trucks like 18-wheelers, semis, and tanker trucks can leave victims with extremely serious injuries, many of which could damage their lives for months or even years. At the Law Office of William W. Hurst, we work hard to help truck accident victims recover compensation for their injuries and are not afraid to stand up to large trucking insurance companies. For a free case evaluation with a truck accident lawyer in Indianapolis, call our office today at (317) 636-0808 or send us an email through our online contact form.

 

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Our Fees

It cost $0 up front to hire our office. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if we settle your case or obtain a verdict on your behalf.

If we’re unable to obtain a settlement of verdict for you we eat the costs we’ve advanced to litigate your case, which includes costs for ordering medical records, filing your case, hiring experts, deposing witnesses, and many other things.

If we do settle your case or obtain a verdict for you our standard rate is 33% of the settlement or verdict, plus reimbursement for the expense we’ve previously advanced. Our fee never increases like some personal injury attorneys, even if we have to take your case to trial.

Case Worth

As a victim, establishing damages, negotiating with the insurance company, or filing a lawsuit can be daunting and next to impossible without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled under Indiana law.

Why Hire?

Choosing an attorney that has experience dealing with personal injury law is important to protect your legal rights. If you are trying to recover damages from a business or other type of organization, you can bet that they are going to have a legal team on their side.

Medical Bills

If you were injured by an accident you may be struggling to determine who is responsible for paying your medical bills and holding them accountable. Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer at The Law Office of William W. Hurst and learn if we may be able to help.

Recovery

After you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation. The type and amount of compensation depends on the injury, bills, the cause of the injury, negligence/bad faith of the defendant, etc. The attorney you retain can also heavy influence your recovery through knowledge, experience, and dedication. Legal terms and phrases can be confusing even after you retain an attorney. If you have been injured, you may wonder how much your case is worth or what your “damages” are. The worse the injuries, the higher the value of the case and the greater need for an experienced attorney