Indianapolis Truck Wreck Lawyers
A truck accident can be traumatic and devastating. Collisions involving commercial trucks such as dump trucks, cement mixers, and semi trucks often involve serious injury and sometimes fatalities. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that 98% of the car/commercial truck collision fatalities happen to the people in the car, and only 2% to the truck driver.
Commercial trucks are classified according to weight. Medium to heavy duty commercial trucks, including semi trucks, weigh on average between 14,000 – 33,000 pounds. In comparison, the average passenger car weighs 4,000 – 5,500 pounds. Not surprisingly, many drivers become a little nervous when commercial trucks and tractor trailers come rolling past them at high rates of speed on the interstates.
Our Indiana truck wreck personal injury attorneys are located in Indianapolis, but represent clients state-wide, including Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute. We have many years of experience litigating personal injury claims involving heavy duty trucking accidents and have a strong knowledge of the issues that accompany these cases.
What you need to know about semi truck collisions
Several factors can impact the severity of a collision involving a semi truck and a passenger car. The size of the vehicles involved in a collision directly affects the amount of damage. The heavier a vehicle is, the more time it takes to stop.
Maneuverability is another challenge for a commercial truck. Larger vehicles require more room to turn as well as to stop. Semi trucks can jack-knife, fish-tail, or veer across lanes. Commercial trucks also have larger “blind spots” than passenger cars which limits a driver’s ability to see other vehicles and road hazards. Stopping time and maneuverability both make a collision involving a big truck highly dangerous and increases the likelihood that an accident could happen in the first place.
Another factor impacting the likelihood of a truck collision is that most trucks transport goods with tight deadlines. A driver under the pressure of a deadline may drive faster to save time and take as few breaks as possible to arrive on time. Lack of rest coupled with a high rate of speed reduces a driver’s response to changing road conditions and can increase the chance for a trucking accident to occur. Laws and regulations have been put into place to prevent exhausted drivers from operating commercial trucks. The experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of Cohen & Malad, LLP can identify violations that may have contributed to the truck accident and represent you in Indiana courts.
Cohen & Malad, LLP has been fighting for the rights of personal injury victims for over 40 years. Our experienced truck accident attorneys have litigated commercial and semi truck collisions for people who have suffered serious injuries as a result of these incidents. If you or someone you know was seriously injured or killed as a result of a truck accident, contact us.