Truck Accident Lawyers with Offices in Valparaiso & Merrillville, Indiana
Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed on our highways. A large portion of these accidents involve crashes caused by trucks.
In 2013 alone, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimated that approximately 95,000 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in the U.S.
Nearly 4,000 people lost their lives that same year to truck accidents.
For more than 30 years, the injury lawyers at Sarkisian Law Offices have represented injured people and the families of those killed in these types of crashes.
At Sarkisian Law Offices, we developed a procedure that we use to learn about the safety history of truck drivers and the companies employing them. This procedure has helped protect the rights of those involved.
Conducting the investigation thoroughly often is the only means to make sure a trucking company, and its insurer, take full responsibility for the losses caused by a negligent driver.
Truck Accident FAQ
- Why are truck accidents more likely to cause injury than other types of accidents? Due to the increased weight and size of a truck, the impact created in an accident can be more severe than car accidents. A large truck can weigh more than 8,000 pounds, while cars weigh around 3,000 pounds.
- What is a “commercial” truck? A commercial truck is what many people call an “18-wheeler” or a “big rig.” However, a commercial truck can be any truck that is operated by a business entity, like a package delivery company or a plumber’s van.
- Why is an investigation critical in a truck accident case? Commercial motor vehicle operators must adhere to numerous safety regulations, such as limiting daily driving hours. Evaluating a driver’s logs and company records can help to establish that the truck driver was at fault for the accident.
- Who can sue for damages in a trucking accident case? Generally speaking, the injured individual or their spouse can sue for damages. In some cases, direct dependents of the injured person can bring a case forward for damages.
- How long do I have to file a truck accident claim? In Indiana, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This means that if you do not file your case within two years of the date of the accident, you will forfeit your right to file a claim at all.
Injury lawyers involved in trucking accidents require knowledge of the laws governing trucks and loads.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are numerous causes of commercial truck accidents in Indiana, including:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate training of drivers
- Sending texts while driving
- Eating and driving
- Other forms of distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol
- Driving while under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs
- Driving poorly in less than ideal road conditions
- Ignoring road construction or caution signs
- Tire blowout
- Improper service to the truck (e.g. poorly maintained braking system)
- Improper distribution of the truck’s load
- Hauling a load that is too heavy
One of the most important things your truck accident attorney must do is investigate the case as quickly as possible. Often, truck driving companies will attempt to conceal or destroy driver logs in order to protect themselves from being held legally accountable for the accident.
Your attorney can obtain important records and evidence from truck driving companies before it is too late.
Who Can Be Held Accountable For Truck Accidents?
Determining who is at fault in a trucking accident is key to bringing a claim for damages against the liable party.
There can be many at-fault parties in trucking accidents, including:
- The truck driver
- The cargo loader
- The truck owner and all aspects he is connected to with properly maintaining his equipment
- The truck driving company
- The manufacturer of the truck parts (e.g., tires, braking system)
Liability issues in these cases can become quite complex. Don’t leave it up to an insurance company to decide for you.
An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you determine who is at fault for the collision and who may be held legally responsible for damages. In some cases, more than one party may be considered at fault, such as both the driver and the manufacturer of the truck parts.
What Kind of Damages Will a Truck Accident Victim Receive?
A truck driving accident claim is designed to help injured parties and their families recover damages for the physical, emotional and financial losses they incurred as a result of the collision.
A truck driving accident claim can include, but is not limited to, the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- In-home care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Vehicle damage
- Other property damage
Working With Insurance Companies to Obtain a Fair Settlement
Some of the first people you will speak to after a truck accident is an insurance company whose goal is to settle the claim for as little as possible.
The first settlement that an insurance company offers is generally significantly lower than what the total expenses of the accident will be.
Accepting the first settlement can leave accident victims and their families with less funds than they need to cover the expenses that arise from the accident. This can be problematic for victims, especially in cases where temporary or permanent disability occurs.
By working with an experienced truck accident attorney instead of accepting a settlement right away, you can protect your right to the full and fair compensation you and your loved ones deserve for your suffering.
Contact a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer in Merrillville Today
At Sarkisian Law Offices, we express care and compassion to all our clients in obtaining the compensation they need and deserve.
When you need an attorney you can trust to passionately advocate for your right to financial restitution after an accident in both settlement negotiations and litigation, we can help.
We are committed to advocating for your rights and best interests under Indiana law and will go above and beyond to help see you and your family through this difficult time.
When you work with us, you will always know where you stand and what the strengths and weaknesses of your case are. We will provide you with the information you need to make important decisions regarding your case and your future.