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Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Attorneys Serving Madison County and Hamilton County
There are thousands of truck accidents in Indiana each year, and these often result in serious injury or death for those involved. After being in an accident with a truck, you may be up against the lawyers and insurance providers of one or several large companies. Skilled truck accident lawyers understand how these situations are very different than ordinary car accidents. Your lawyer must understand how to gather the necessary evidence in these highly technical cases, have experience negotiating with large insurance companies, and know how to win in trial if an acceptable settlement is not offered.
There Are Numerous Causes Of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by driver error or by external factors, just like any other auto accident. However, there are many unique risks and factors involved in trucking that can result in devastating wrecks. To win a truck accident compensation claim, your lawyer will have to demonstrate exactly who was negligent, and show how this negligence directly resulted in your accident and injuries. Of the many different causes of truck accidents on Indiana roadways, yours may be caused by one or several of the following:
- A distracted truck driver
- A trucker who suffers from fatigue due to driving too long without rest
- An intoxicated truck driver
- A poorly built or maintained truck
- A truck driver who is not properly trained
- A reckless driver
- A third party who carelessly creates a hazard on the roadway
Trucks And Drivers Are Subject To State And Federal Trucking Regulations
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by state and federal governments. Indiana laws detail specific requirements for trucks such as liability coverage, claim procedures, and the statute of limitations in accidents. However, the United States Federal Government sets most trucking safety standards through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Knowledgeable truck accident attorneys are familiar with these regulations and will understand how to determine if they were violated by a trucker or trucking company in your accident.
Among the many specific safety regulations that are mandated by state agencies, DOT, and FMCSA, some include:
- Detailed rest requirements for truck drivers
- Maximum weight allowed for certain types of trucks
- The issuing and renewal of Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs)
- Regular reviews for the maintenance of trucks
- Specific rules on the transport of hazardous materials
Devastating Injuries Can Result From a Truck Accident
The largest trucks on Indiana roadways can weigh over 70,000 pounds, and they cause significant damage when involved in an accident. Truck wrecks at any speed can impact many other vehicles and pedestrians. The serious injuries suffered by victims of truck accidents can be numerous and life altering, and often include:
- Crushed limbs and damaged organs
- Lost limbs
- Broken and fractured bones
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Psychological trauma
Truck injuries usually result in long recovery times, and you may require very expensive medical attention. Our clients rely on us to help them recover financially after being badly hurt in a wreck. Your accident may keep you out of work for months, and injuries can result in permanent disabilities. As truck accident lawyers, we understand how important it is to recover compensation from the negligent driver or trucking company involved.
Winning Your Truck Accident Claim
Recovering damages for you and your family after a truck accident is crucial to your recovery. Your lawyer will have to gather all necessary evidence to show who was negligent, and then use this evidence in negotiations with insurance companies while seeking a settlement offer that is acceptable. If you are not offered a financial settlement that is appropriate given your injuries, then your lawyer must take your case to court in order to win a favorable judgement.
Our lawyers understand how to build strong truck accident cases by reviewing all of the relevant evidence, which can include the following:
- Police reports
- Photo and video evidence
- Dash cam video
- Witness accounts
- Medical records of those involved
- Truck driver’s background check
- Driving logs and vehicle maintenance records
- Analysis of vehicle damage
- Accident reconstruction data
A Truck Accident Lawyer at GDS Law Group, LLP Can Help You
Truck accidents frequently result in death or serious injuries. If you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident, you will need a skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover the compensation that you need. Indiana’s statute of limitations law requires that you file your truck accident claim within two years of the accident or else risk having your case thrown out. For this reason, and given the complexity of truck accident claims, it’s important that you call your attorney as soon as possible after being in an accident.
Contact the truck accident lawyers at GDS Law Group, LLP to discuss your options and how we can help you recover after a serious truck accident. Call us today at 765-313-7092 or use our online contact form.