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Truck Accident Claims: Big Rigs Cause Big Accidents

Truck Accident Attorney Indianapolis IN

Did you know that a cargo-laden tractor-trailer weighs 20 times more than your car (80,000 pounds vs. 4,000 pounds)? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015, among the 263 million registered U.S. vehicles, 8.4 million were single-unit trucks, and 2.7 million more were combination trucks (tractor-trailers). That’s a lot of commercial vehicles on the roadways, which unfortunately exposes motorists and their passengers to the risk of involvement in a serious accident.

Although they may share common aspects with car accidents, truck accidents are often more serious and complex. As a result, truck accident victims should be sure to retain an attorney familiar with the specialized issues that often arise in truck accident litigation in order to fully protect their rights.

How Are Truck Accidents Different?

For starters, with a car accident, it’s usually easy to point fingers. Usually, one of the drivers involved can be held liable for the crash. But with a truck accident, there’s more to it. Besides the driver, other responsible parties may include:

  • The trucking company: Under a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior or vicarious liability, a trucking company could potentially be held liable for the negligent acts of its employee. Additionally, the truck company may have been itself negligent in hiring or training its employee, may not have followed the law, or may not have properly maintained the vehicle.
  • The truck manufacturer and/or dealer: Did a defect cause or contribute to the accident? Did the manufacturer build the truck poorly? Or was it designed in a way that made it inherently dangerous? If the answer to these or similar questions is “yes,” it may be possible to hold the manufacturer and/or dealer liable for the accident.
  • The customer: Commercial trucks carry loads—products, merchandise, goods, commodities, packages, food, furniture, equipment, inventory, etc. In some cases, the party who hired the trucking company to transport goods or materials can be held liable for any damage sustained in an accident.

 

What Other Differences between Truck Accidents and Car Accidents?

Here are some other ways that commercial truck accidents differ from crashes only involving privately owned cars, trucks, and motorcycles:

  • More insurance coverage. That’s no surprise, given the size and nature of trucking.
  • More laws apply. All those tractor-trailers (or semis) you see on the roads? They are usually delivering between states. When they are, these vehicles must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). They are subject to more regulations than car drivers (for example, maintenance, special licenses, inspections, keeping logbooks).
  • More serious damage to property and bodily injury
  • More expensive medical bills. Truck accidents often cause more severe injuries than car accidents. There’s a greater possibility of a catastrophic accident, with lengthier hospital stays, more diagnostic tests, longer recovery, and rehabilitation, longer missed work.
  • More likelihood of death.

 

Call Us Today to Speak with an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule, a free case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Indianapolis, fill out and submit our online contact form or call our office today at (317) 636-0808.

 

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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