Trucks are Everywhere in Indiana and Some are Dangerous
Indiana is called the "Crossroads of America" for a reason.
More semi-trucks and tractor-trailor trucks travel across Indiana than any other state in the union.
I-94 is one of the most dangerous roads and highways in the entire nation. Trucking accidents, also known as commercial motor vehicle accidents involve big rigs, 18 wheelers, delivery trucks, trailers, buses, taxis, and construction vehicles. There are currently more than five million commercial motor vehicles registered in the United States and approximately 500,000 trucking accidents annually. Our Indiana trucking accident lawyers have represented many of these Hoosier individuals and families that have either been seriously injured or lost a loved one as a result of a trucking accident.
Trucking Accidents Are Different Than Auto Accidents
Trucks are big and dangerous and they can kill people. The No.1 goal of the trucking industry and truckers should be "Keep the Public Safe" -- not "Let's Go Faster and Make Money."
We've seen both kinds of trucking companies and truckers.
Hence, there are special state and federal laws that apply to commercial truck operators and owners, which do not apply to automobile owners. Our Indiana truck accident lawyers have intimate knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations. The federal regulations are required to be followed everyone associated with the trucking outfit -- the driver of the truck, the owner of the truck and the trailer owner (often these are 3 separate individuals/entities).
The commercial trucking industry is an important and huge part of our nation's commercial enterprises. Trucks carry essential goods and supplies including 18-wheelers, oil and gas trucks, moving or rental trucks, construction vehicles, buses and more. Yet, these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of many.
Many people are not familiar with the commercial trucking industry, except when sharing the roads with trucks and upon hearing of truck-related accidents. In fact, commercial motor carriers must comply with strict regulations. When injured in a truck accident, it is important that your lawyers be aware of trucking industry regulations and codes.
Many of these codes and regulations can be found in the federal registry. Others are state unique to Indiana.
In most Indiana truck accident cases the driver of the truck is not the owner of the truck or the trailer being pulled. In commercial truck accident cases against FedEx, UPS, Walmart, Amazon, Coke, Pepsi, U-Haul, Budget, and other type rental or commercial trucks, or any other corporation, it is usually not the driver that owns the truck.
Since most Indiana truck accident cases are often against large corporations, it is important that you hire a law firm that has the experience and knowledge and technological know-how to battle these large companies over long periods of litigation.
In order to prove these Indiana truck accident cases, we regularly work with accident reconstruction experts and other experts to show fault on the part of the company and driver.
Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Cement Truck Accidents
Construction Truck Accidents
Delivery Truck Accidents
Dump Truck Accidents
Garbage Truck Accidents
Moving Truck Accidents
Rental Truck Accidents
Work Truck Accidents
Due to the amount of damage caused in most truck accidents, the injuries sustained by most accident victims are permanent and some can require lifetime medical treatment. Consquently, it is vital to obtain compensation for our client's past and future medical bills.
We can work with your doctors and vocational rehabilitation experts to develop a life care plan that will identify the type of future medical treatment and the amount of money necessary to pay for all future medical care.
We will be prepared to get you full damages, you can count on that.
We Get You Back on Your Feet.
What Are Some Of The Common Causes Of Indiana Truck Accidents?
The following are some of the common causes of truck accidents:
Driver Exhaustion. Both federal and state laws regulate the number of hours a driver can drive during any given day or week.
Improper Loading. Poorly loaded trailers impair the handling ability of the driver and may cause the trailer to tip or fall. The poor loading of the trailer may affect the ability to control the truck and keep it under control.
Driver Inattentiveness. Drivers are often on the road for long hours and can easily lose their concentration.
Exceeding Maximum Load. Drivers must have specific qualification in order to haul specific cargo. Additionally, a driver cannot exceed specific weight limits or the vehicle will be even more dangerous to operate.
Negligent Hiring. Many truck operators fail to do a proper background check on the drivers that they hire to drive their trucks, resulting in the hiring of drivers with either suspended or dangerous driving records.
Improper Inspection and Maintenance. Rigorous inspection and maintenance of the tractor and trailer is required legally and should be performed by the driver at every stop.
Driver Stress. Drivers have pressure to deliver as many loads as they can in a timely manner in order to make more money.
Driver Use of Drugs or Alcohol. Some drivers turn to illegal drugs to get a boost to stay awake. Trucking companies are required to make a mandatory substance abuse screening when each driver is hired. Truck drivers are also required to do regular screenings to monitor for substance abuse. In any commercial truck accident, a driver is required to submit to a blood test within 4 hours.
Driving with an Unsecured Load. Some drivers fail to properly secure or maintain the trailer they are hauling.
Bad Weather. Road conditions caused by rain contribute to a large percentage of truck accidents.
Bad Driving such as Speeding or Improper Passing or Lane Usage. Trucks are particularly dangerous when driven at a high rate of speed given their size and the longer breaking period to stop. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that over 25% of truckers involved in a fatal crash had a prior conviction for speeding on their record.
Shaw Law Offices is here to help you in your time of need when injured in a trucking accident. Call us Toll Free: (855) 343-8325
We Get You Back on Your Feet.