Truck Accidents

Indianapolis Personal Injury Law William W. Hurst

In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were in fatal crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Given their size and weight, truck accidents are exceedingly dangerous, and trucking companies are therefore required to carry more insurance than the average driver. Unfortunately, the insurance companies that provide truck accident coverage may offer accident victims lowball settlements that aren’t enough to pay for the injuries suffered.

If you were in an accident with a commercial truck, call the Law Offices of William H. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or contact us online to discuss your potential case.

Who Was at Fault?

Establishing fault is critical for determining liability. However, it is not always obvious who was at fault in an accident, or to what extent. Factors related to the truck, the trucking company, and even the municipality where the accident took place are relevant for establishing fault:

  • Experience. Was the truck driver adequately trained and experienced in handling the truck? Does the trucking company or the driver have proof of this experience through training, certification, and hours on the road? Any investigation to determine fault must include a review of the driver’s experience and records.
  • Distraction. Was the truck driver distracted? Did any witnesses see whether the driver used a cell phone or was subject to other in-cab distractions?
  • Drowsiness. Driver fatigue is a common cause of truck accidents. Driving logs may show the driver’s compliance with or violation of legal limits for driving hours.
  • Maintenance. What condition was the truck in at the time of the accident? Trucking companies are required to keep maintenance logs, and track when future maintenance is due. Truck owners breach the duty of care to other road users if they fail to properly maintain their trucks.
  • Road conditions. What were the road conditions at the time of the accident? Was there a roadway hazard that road improvements could have prevented, or a hazard created by improperly marked construction zones? Documentation of road safety conditions is necessary for a complete accident investigation.

What Are the Damages?

Common damages in truck accidents include:

  • Medical costs, including ambulance, hospitalization, doctor visits, surgery, radiology, and prescription medication
  • Property damage, including car repair or replacement
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future wages, or lost earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation and recovery costs, including assistive devices
  • Long-term care for permanent disabilities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

A lawyer can help determine the damages for which Indiana law entitles you and will work to ensure your rightful compensation.

Your Next Step: Call the Law Offices of William W. Hurst

If you were injured in an Indiana truck accident, speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of William W. Hurst have years of experience helping to protect the rights of truck accident victims. If you were in a truck accident, call the Law Offices of William W. Hurst at (317) 636-0808 or use our online form and contact us.

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Indianapolis Personal Injury Law William W. Hurst
William W. Hurst

Bill Hurst has successfully represented hundreds of accident victims, and has limited his practice to personal injury cases for over thirty-five (35) years.

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