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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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