- In 2011, there were 303,530 individuals involved in collisions. Of those, 156,020 (51 percent) were involved in light truck collisions and 21,040 (7 percent) were involved in large truck collisions
- In 2011, there were 749 fatalities in truck collisions, 41 percent (309) were people involved in light truck collisions and 20 percent (151) were involved in large truck collisions.
- Of the 151 people killed in large truck collisions, half (76) were drivers of the other vehicle
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18 Wheeler Accident? Contact Indianapolis Semi Truck Accidents Lawyer Merry Fountain
Traffic accidents involving large commercial semi trucks can have disastrous consequences. Any accident between a semi truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious injuries or death. Frequently, truck drivers don’t want to bear the responsibility for the collision and risk losing their jobs. If you or loved one has been involved in a collision with a semi truck, you are entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. As an experienced Indiana truck accident attorney, I can determine whether you have a claim. Preserving evidence after an accident is crucial, especially after a semi accident. Reconstructing the scene can be difficult and requires an experienced professional. Proper reconstruction can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. Don’t lose important evidence by waiting. After a collision, the trucking company and its insurance company will send adjusters and investigators immediately to collect evidence in their favor.
You will need an experienced Indianapolis semi truck accidents lawyer who will act in your best interest and protect your rights. Contact an Indiana truck accident attorney prior to signing a statement that may assign fault to you. The insurance adjuster may say he or she needs to take a taped statement before helping you. This is not true and could damage your case. Your recovery in a personal injury action can include compensation for your medical expenses, hospital bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future medical or physical therapy expenses, and compensation for any lost wages resulting from the accident. You may be entitled to other compensation for special losses. As an accident victim myself, I know what you’re going through and understand that you may feel lost and unsure of who to trust. I know it’s overwhelming — where do you even start? Before I was an attorney, I was injured in a collision with a commercial truck. My hand was broken, and I had facial scarring and neck pain from the accident. It seemed natural to work with the insurance company. I thought it would keep my best interest at heart and help me. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that was not the case, and I promptly hired an attorney to protect me.
Since I became an attorney, it has been my goal to help others through this difficult process. I have been honored to help hundreds of people just like you settle their personal injury cases. From personal experience, I know that you are already concerned about lost wages, medical bills, transportation, etc. It can be devastating, but you don’t have to go through it alone. I will personally help you through this, and I will NOT charge a fee until your case is settled.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Truck Accident?
One of the most important aspects of your truck accident case is determining which parties can be held responsible for your losses. This will vary from case to case based on the circumstances that led to your accident, and you must file a claim against the correct party or parties to be successful in your case. The following are some parties who may be responsible for your losses:
Truck drivers: According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), error on the part of the truck driver is the most common cause of semi truck crashes. Truck drivers can be negligent in many ways, including the following:
–Texting or other types of distracted driving
–Drinking or using drugs and then driving
–Driving while fatigued or exceeding FMCSA “hours of service” regulations
–Excessive speeding, dangerous lane changes, and other types of aggressive driving
–Not adjusting speed and driving for adverse weather or road conditions
–Driving with serious health problems that could lead to a dangerous health event on the road
–Not complying with all Indiana traffic laws or with FMCSA regulations
If a truck driver has engaged in any of the above or another type of negligent behavior that caused your crash, he or she should be held personally responsible for your injury-related losses, and you can file a claim through his or her insurance policy or in civil court. In cases of drunk or drugged driving, a criminal case is not enough for you to be fully compensated for all your losses, so you will likely need to seek a separate claim for financial recovery.
Trucking companies: In addition to drivers themselves, trucking companies that employ drivers can often be held liable for the negligence of their employees. This is based on complicated legal principles, and I can identify when both a driver and his or her employer can be liable to obtain maximum compensation for you. Furthermore, companies may also be negligent and may lead to your crash in different ways, including the following:
–Negligent hiring or risky or unlicensed drivers
–Negligent supervision of employees
–Failure to discipline or suspend drivers who engage in dangerous behavior
–Not conducting required drug and alcohol tests on drivers based on FMCSA regulations
–Not adequately inspecting and maintaining its trucks
–Encouraging dangerous driver behaviors for faster deliveries and higher profits
Fountain Law Firm carefully investigates what happened in your accident to make sure that every possible liable party is identified. I will also explore every possible avenue for you to obtain compensation from insurance claims to personal injury lawsuits in Indiana civil court and will handle every aspect of your case so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Whether you have suffered relatively minor injuries or catastrophic, life-changing injuries, you deserve to receive full compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
Free Consultation! Merry Fountain, Indianapolis Semi Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind. Merry Fountain will personally ensure you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding. As an experienced Indianapolis semi truck accidents lawyer, Merry is committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.