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Big Rig Accident Attorneys in Indianapolis

Compassionately Helping Victims of Serious Truck Accidents

Nine interstate highways crisscross Indiana, carrying thousands of vehicles across the U.S. each year, an increasing number of which are commercial trucks. Given changing weather conditions and constant road construction, it is likely that many of these semi-trucks will be involved in accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 146 people were killed and 1,271 were injured in truck accidents in Indiana in 2007.

Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents

Due to the massive size and weight of commercial vehicles, anything with which these vehicles collide stands little chance of coming out of the incident unharmed. Semi-truck accidents are almost always devastating and often result in severe, life-threatening injuries and, in some cases, death. Although one of the most important aspects of filing a lawsuit after a semi-truck accident is determining fault, the cause of the incident will also need to be proven.

Common factors that can contribute to a big rig accident include:

  • Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks
  • Lack of driver training or experience
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Poorly maintained truck
  • Defective equipment
  • Defective roadways
  • Negligent drivers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Intoxication
  • Speeding

Of these, driver fatigue is believed to be the most common cause of driver negligence. Statistics show that those who fall asleep behind the wheel or drivers who travel longer than federal regulations mandate contribute to 40% of all semi-truck accidents. Although fatigue by itself can cause a collision, when it is combined with one or more other potential causes, devastating and deadly consequences can ensue.

Why You Need a Big Rig Accident Attorney in Indianapolis

While many would assume that the semi-truck driver is automatically responsible for the accident, such is not always the case. There may be more than one party whom you may hold accountable for any injuries or damages that you incurred following the crash. One of the main reasons why semi-truck accident lawsuits can be complex is because they often involve multiple defendants.

For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel from an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jacobs Law. We have the experience and the skills required to handle even the most difficult and complex semi-truck accident lawsuit. Our personal injury attorneys can review your case and help you to determine who should be responsible for your injuries or losses.

Other liable parties may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the cargo
  • The company that leased the truck
  • Other negligent drivers or motorcyclists
  • The manufacturer of the truck’s equipment
  • The mechanic responsible for maintaining the vehicle
  • The government entity responsible for maintaining the road

If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident and an insurance company is involved, it is often recommended that you refrain from speaking to the provider. The insurance company has its own team of adjusters whose sole jobs are to offer you the least amount of compensation possible. If you accept this settlement without first consulting a truck accident attorney, the claim will be closed, and you will be unable to pursue a claim for compensation or additional damages if your condition worsens in the future.

The Importance of Having an Attorney

Due to the sheer size and weight of the majority of semi-trucks, the accidents are even more dangerous, frequently resulting in serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths. Each year, there are thousands of people who suffer an injury due to a commercial vehicle accident and are not able to acquire the compensation they deserve. In most cases, large commercial trucking companies have a large team of powerful injury lawyers, investigators, and insurance adjusters working to minimize the settlement that is offered. When you contact Jacobs Law, our injury and truck accident attorneys will help to balance the scale and recover fair damages for your injury.

If you would like to have the best chance of maximizing your recovery after being injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact a skilled lawyer right away. At Jacobs Law, we can help you to hold the careless, reckless, or negligent driver liable for your injuries or help you to determine if another party may be liable for the accident such as the trucking company, the manufacturer, the mechanic, or the owner of the cargo.

Investigating the Causes of Indiana Truck Accidents

One of the first and most important steps in helping a person get financial compensation after they’ve been injured in a truck accident is investigating the accident to establish who is responsible for the accident.

Since interstate trucking is such a regulated industry, there are some aspects of truck accidents cases that are unique and sometimes very complicated. It helps to work with personal injury attorneys who have experience handling trucking accident case.

At Jacobs Law, our accident and injury lawyers will work with investigators and experts in accident reconstruction to gain a better understanding of how your trucking accident occurred and who may have been at fault. An investigation is essential to proving that an accident was caused by negligence or reckless behavior.

Is it a Truck Problem or a Truck Driver Problem?

Improper load balancing can cause a truck to roll over, blocking several lanes of traffic at once and causing a chain reaction of collisions. Inadequate truck or trailer maintenance (failing to check truck tires, brakes, or lights) can cause an accident, particularly if a truck is over its weight limit, causing brake failure or tire failure. Defective, broken, or missing tie downs (or other restraint devices) can allow loads on open trailer beds to fall off, striking other motorists.

To schedule your free consultation with our big rig accident lawyers in Indianapolis, please call us today at (317) 794-2024.

“Protecting your family's right is our greatest honor. We've dedicated our lives to serving those wronged by another's negligence.”

- The Jacobs Law Team
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