Evansville Truck Accident Lawyer
A collision with any large truck is bound to go poorly for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 4,000 people were killed in large truck collisions in 2018, and just 16 percent of those fatalities were those of the truck driver; dozens of passenger vehicle occupants, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians die every day in crashes with large trucks, while thousands more are injured. If you or a loved one were involved in a large truck crash, the experienced Evansville truck accident lawyers at the office of Indianapolis Injury Lawyers can help you reach a positive settlement, or win your lawsuit in court.
Frequent Injuries We See in Large Truck Collisions
When it comes to collisions with semi-truck trailers, dump trucks, garbage trucks, U-Hauls, and other large vehicles, the medical outcome for the victim is often critical. Common injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Fractured vertebrae;
- Fractured hip;
- Fractured limb or limbs;
- Facial trauma;
- Fractured ribs;
- Torn tendons;
- Serious contusions and other soft tissue damage;
- Fractured clavicle; and
Most Common Causes of Serious Truck Collisions
- Distracted Driving—Nearly all drivers become distracted behind the wheel at some point for every trip they make, and truck drivers are no exception. Examples of distracted driving include using a cell phone in any manner, watching TV or movies while driving, daydreaming, eating or drinking, and staring out the window;
- Aggressive Driving and Speeding—Refusing to yield right of way on an on or off ramp, speeding, tailgating, and making erratic lane changes are all common forms of aggressive truck driving, and are often the cause of collisions;
- Drowsy / Sleepy Driving—According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drowsy driving or falling asleep at the wheel is a contributing factor in nearly one in seven fatal truck collisions.
- Driving Under the Influence—Drunk driving and using illegal or over the counter stimulants is unfortunately a major problem among long haul truckers.
- Negligent Maintenance or Improper Cargo Loading—Improperly loading cargo (or overloading a truck), as well as improper maintenance (such as failing to replace or repair the brakes) are both dangerous forms of negligence when you are towing tens of thousands of pounds.
In order to prove that the truck driver or trucking company was at fault, we work with police, private investigators, eye witnesses, video footage, and crash scene reconstruction experts to determine the cause of the crash. Trucking companies generally have very large insurance policies, and their insurance adjusters often fight tooth and nail to minimize the value of the victim’s claim, either by attempting to assign partial liability on you, the victim, or by arguing that the victim’s damages are not as serious as they really are.
Contact an Evansville Truck Accident Attorney
To ensure that you are compensated fairly after a truck accident, you need to work with an attorney. Do not accept an offer from the trucking company, even if it seems like a good deal; your case is almost certainly worth much more than the other party will claim. To get started on your personal injury claim, call the Evansville truck accident lawyers at Indianapolis Injury Lawyers today at 317-455- 4043 to schedule a free consultation.