Indianapolis 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyer
While most of us have driven by an accident on the freeway that involved a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, few realize how often these types of accident occur. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that as many as 116,000 large truck injury crashes took place in 2017 alone. The number of property damage only crashes was even higher at 363,000 accidents.
These statistics are alarming for anyone who spends a significant amount of time on the road, especially when you consider the devastating physical, emotional, and financial toll that these kinds of accidents take on victims. Collecting compensation for accidents caused by negligent truck drivers can be difficult, as their employers tend to be well-funded and are often represented by a team of aggressive attorneys, making it especially important for those who sustain injuries in truck accidents, to speak with an experienced Indianapolis 18 wheeler accident lawyer who can help them seek compensation for their losses.
Common Truck Accident Causes
Semi-trucks, or 18 wheelers, have become an increasingly common sight on our roads, a trend that is in large part attributable to the steady increase in interstate commerce, shipping, and transportation over the last few decades. While this may provide our stores with a constant supply of food and other staples, it also means that other drivers are at a much higher risk of being involved in a collision with a large commercial truck.
These types of accidents have a number of causes, but most can be attributed to one of the following:
- Truck driver fatigue;
- Driving while under the influence;
- Speeding or otherwise driving aggressively;
- Distracted driving;
- Tire blow-outs;
- Mechanical failure; and
- Cargo spills.
Who was at fault for an 18 wheeler accident will have a significant bearing on how injured parties go about collecting compensation for their losses. Please call our office today to learn more about pursuing a claim for compensation after a truck accident.
Violating Federal Regulations
In an effort to curtail the number of truck accidents occurring on U.S. roads, the federal government instituted a series of regulations with which trucking companies and their drivers must comply. These rules cover a number of topics, including:
- Mandatory break times;
- Vehicle weight limits;
- Mandatory safety inspections;
- Procedures for loading and unloading cargo; and
- Driver training.
Unfortunately, not all trucking companies and their employees abide by these rules, which can have serious consequences for others on the road. Negligent companies and individuals can, however, be held liable for their failure to comply with federal regulations. Potentially negligent parties include: at-fault truck drivers, employers that fail to use reasonable care during the hiring and training process, the truck’s owner, or a vehicle part manufacturer.
It is also not uncommon for more than one person or entity to be held liable for truck accident injuries. If, for instance, the driver of an 18 wheeler fell asleep at the wheel, he or she could be found partially responsible for an accident, while that person’s employer could also be held liable if it forced the driver to meet unreasonable deadlines.
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For help with your own 18 wheeler accident claim, please call the dedicated lawyers at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today. You can reach us at 317-455-4043 or via online message.