In Indiana, 175,821 motor vehicle collisions were reported in 2020. Of those, 8%, or 14,221 involved commercial vehicles. Of those commercial vehicle accidents, 134 were fatal. Accidents with semi trucks or commercial vehicles may lead to more questions than answers for victims. Commercial trucking companies have extensive legal teams ready to prevent you from getting your much-deserved compensation. Accidents often have no easily discernible cause, making it even harder for victims to recover damages.
According to a recent article, two semi-trucks collided head-on after one crossed the center median for unknown reasons. The driver of the semi-truck that crossed the median died on the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital with injuries. The incident combined with several other crashes that day led to massive closures on I-70, bottlenecking roads and diverting drivers.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck crash victims and their loved ones may be left with more questions than answers after an accident. To file a claim, injured drivers and passengers must prove a truck driver acted negligently or breached a duty of care in a way that caused their injuries. This can be difficult when an investigation into the cause of an accident is ongoing and the reason for the accident is not immediately clear. A skilled personal injury attorney with experience in truck accident claims can help understand potential factors that may have caused your accident to evaluate your claim. Attorneys have access to experts that can recreate the accident and determine the cause.
There are several common causes of truck accidents, some of which may be present at the same time. Sometimes defective parts on a truck cause an accident. This would also contribute to negligence on the part of drivers, who are obligated to perform regular inspections and maintain their trucks. To that point, failure to properly maintain a truck can also contribute to an accident. Truck drivers are also required to ensure their loads are within reasonable limits to avoid problems with braking or spills. Overloaded trucks can thus contribute to accidents. Distracted driving is also a common reason for a trucking accident. Other factors out of the truck driver’s control may include winds and air turbulence and the errors of other drivers. If you suspect the truck driver was at fault in your accident, contact an Indiana personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Trucking companies often have a head start in these accidents because these companies have investigators and attorneys to evaluate the scene immediately.
Do You Need an Indiana Truck Crash Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a semi truck in Indiana, call an experienced personal injury attorney. Attorney Burton A. Padove has nearly four decades of experience in personal injury law and can help you and your family recover compensation for your injuries. To schedule an initial consultation today, contact us at 877-446-5294. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our representation unless we can recover compensation on your behalf.