Investigating Truck Accidents
Indianapolis Truck Accident Injury Attorneys
The truck accident and injury attorneys at Jacobs Law, LLC have more than 25 years of experience tackling tough personal injury and wrongful death cases involving semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, big rigs, and all other types of trucking cases.
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.
Because 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.
Jacobs Law truly understands the unique laws that regulate interstate trucking, trucking companies, van lines, and truck drivers.
Investigating the Causes of Indiana Truck Accidents
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. 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.
One of the most common truck accident problems relating to drivers is driving too long without a rest period. Some drivers may falsify their logs to hide it. Other driver-specific factors can include truck driver drug or alcohol use, driving too fast for weather conditions, and failing to follow traffic regulations. Truck drivers often do not see smaller vehicles while changing lanes on the highway. Trucks take longer and are harder to stop, especially in bad weather.
There are many reasons why trucks can sometimes be so dangerous on our streets and highways, even when a truck driver is trained and properly licensed. If you or a family member has lost a loved one or suffered serious injuries in a semi or tractor-trailer trucking accident, the truck accident lawyers at Jacobs Law can help. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation, or call us toll free at 877-418-5589.
Is a Wrongful Death Case Criminal or Civil?
A wrongful death, technically, is any death that was not a person passing “naturally”. However, when it comes to the courts, the term “wrongful death” is reserved for civil cases. While a wrongful death might result in criminal charges and a civil lawsuit, criminal courts use terms like homicide, manslaughter, and murder to address wrongful […]READ MORE