Indianapolis Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney

We Aggressively Represent the Rights of Individuals Injured in Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Every day, Indianapolis residents see tractor-trailers on the road. Also called “big rigs” and semis, tractor-trailers carry food, petroleum, clothing, and other commodities around the country. Because of their size and weight, tractor-trailers can cause catastrophic injuries when they collide with passenger vehicles.

At The Law Office of William Hurst, we are qualified to represent the rights of truck accident victims and do everything possible to make sure our clients obtain the full and fair value of their claim. We will evaluate your case for free, and you will not incur any legal fees unless we get you compensation for your losses. Call us today to schedule your free consultation with an Indianapolis truck accident attorney.

How Tractor-Trailer Accidents Happen

According to the Department of Transportation, there are more than 1 million interstate motor carriers on the road. The vast majority will reach their destinations safely and without incident. Nevertheless, tens of thousands of accidents occur each year, and the results can be devastating. Tractor-trailers often collide with passenger vehicles for the following reasons:

  • Driver inexperience
  • Intoxication or drug use
  • Fatigue
  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Defective vehicle parts
  • Shifting cargo
  • Jackknifes

Catastrophic Injuries

Because of their size, tractor-trailers can cause more damage than other vehicles when they collide. We have represented clients who have suffered from some of the following:

  • Crushed limbs
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Compressed nerves
  • Sprains and strains
  • Paralysis
  • Severe burns

If you have been injured by a tractor-trailer, seek medical help immediately. Early intervention often makes the difference between life and death, or between permanent disability and recovery. Many injuries, like spinal cord injuries, need immediate treatment so that victims can regain as much functioning as possible.

Errors Trucking Companies Make

Frequently, accidents are not solely the fault of the driver. Instead, trucking companies are as equally to blame because of errors or omissions they made in the hiring and training of their drivers. For example, we have seen trucking companies make the following mistakes:

  • Hiring unqualified drivers
  • Failing to perform the necessary background checks on potential hires
  • Failing to confirm that their drivers have passed federally-mandated physicals
  • Offering improper or inadequate training
  • Setting unrealistic deadlines for drivers to meet that cause them to drive in excess of federal hours of service requirements
  • Creating incentives for drivers to cut corners

Extensive federal regulations apply to trucking companies, and if they violate them and accidents occur as a result, victims may be able to hold them liable for their losses.

Financial Compensation Is Often Available

Devastating injuries can cost tens of thousands of dollars to treat or more. In addition, victims are often unable to return to work or to take care of their loved ones. Some of the damages that are often available in commercial truck accident cases include:

  • Reimbursement of medical expenses, including the costs of surgery, prescription drugs, hospital stays and doctor’s visits, or rehabilitation
  • Replacement of lost wages, if your injuries are so serious you cannot return to work
  • Reimbursement for damage to your vehicle involved in the collision
  • Compensation for pain and suffering, including disability, emotional distress, and disfigurement

Unless you have extensive legal training and experience, it is very difficult to determine how much your case may be worth. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident, it is highly advisable to speak to a lawyer before taking any action that could affect your legal rights.

Crash Site Investigation May Be Necessary

In some truck accident cases, liability is contested—which means that you will need to prove that either the driver or the trucking company was negligent or reckless and their conduct caused the collision in order to recover compensation. In cases like this, you may need to gather evidence in support of your position—which is best accomplished by an experienced attorney.

At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, our team may:

  • Interview you to understand your side of the story
  • Track down witnesses to the crash to find out what they observed
  • Request documents from the trucking company that might reveal negligence
  • Obtain a copy of the driver’s log book to see if they drove too many hours or falsified entries
  • Consult with expert witnesses to identify precisely how the crash unfolded

We will keep you informed every step of the way so that you know how your case is progressing, but otherwise, you will be free to focus on your physical and emotional recovery.

Tractor-Trailer Settlements

Although television and the movies create the impression that all cases go to trial, in reality, a majority of cases settle. A settlement has many advantages for our clients, including:

  • Quicker access to financial compensation
  • Less stress knowing you won’t have to testify in court
  • Privacy—trials are public, whereas settlement agreements do not need to be disclosed

Our Indiana truck accident attorneys are aggressive negotiators who fight for our clients’ rights and will work to obtain a settlement that adequately compensates you for your losses and other injuries. At the same time, the choice whether to settle is always yours, and we are prepared to take the case all the way to trial if that will increase your chances of obtaining a favorable result. Likewise, the decision whether to accept a certain amount in settlement of your claim is also yours. If you are not happy with what the trucking company’s insurer offers you, then we will decline the amount on your behalf.

Avoid Delay

Indiana does not give accident victims an unlimited amount of time to seek compensation. Instead, the state’s statute of limitations states that you only have two years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit. This might sound like a long time, but you need to carefully investigate your crash and fully understand the severity of your injuries. If you do not file a lawsuit in time, the defendant can ask a judge to throw your case out of court, which means you will not receive compensation for your injuries.

Speak With an Indianapolis Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

At The Law Office of William W. Hurst, we fight every day to ensure that our clients receive justice. We have over 35 years of experience and are prepared to use it on your behalf. Call us today at (317) 636-0808 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.

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