In the United States, there are more than 3 million semi-trucks drivers operating nearly 2 million trucks on any given day. Each week, truck drivers log an average of 2.5 billion miles, hauling everything from food to building materials to automobiles, fuels, and more. With this many big rigs on the road, it is no surprise that there are numerous truck-related accidents every year. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were more than 4,500 truck-related fatalities in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Sadly, Indiana comes in fourth place in states with the highest average of fatal truck and bus accidents for the years 2014-2016.
Truck accidents are particularly devastating due to the size and weight of these vehicles. Victims that do not die typically suffer severe, life-altering injuries, the cost of which can be a seemingly insurmountable burden. At Wagner Reese, we have been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and their families throughout the state of Indiana for more than two decades. Our Indianapolis-based truck accident attorneys have 120+ years of combined legal experience, and we are prepared to fight for the justice and recovery you and your family deserve.
To learn more about how we can help you with your truck accident claim, call our office at (888) 204-8440 or contact us online for a free initial case evaluation.
Who Is Liable for Truck Accidents?
With passenger vehicles being just a fraction of the size of the large semi-trucks that drive alongside each other on a daily basis, it is important for both auto drivers and semi-truck drivers to be aware of each other and to safely share the road in order to avoid deadly accidents.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do still occur, often as a result of negligence. However, even if a big rig driver acts negligently, he or she may not be the only one liable for the accident. This is because truck drivers operate these vehicles while in the employment of truck companies. In many cases, these companies are liable for the actions of their employees. For example, if a truck driver is pressured to meet an unrealistic quota, he may violate hours-of-service laws, driving while fatigued, or even take stimulants in order to continue driving and make his schedule. If the company that employs the truck driver turns a blind eye to these actions, or even encourages such behavior, it may be liable for any accident the truck driver causes.
Depending on the unique circumstances involved, any of the following parties (or a combination thereof) may be liable for your truck accident:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The company that owns or leases the truck
- The person or company responsible for conducting truck maintenance
- The truck manufacturer or the manufacturer of a certain truck part
Because of the potential for multiple liable parties, truck accident claims are often incredibly complex. It is important that you discuss your rights and options with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Representation in Severe Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
Because of the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks, the vast majority of all truck accidents will result in a fatality or serious injury, mainly because of the physical differences between the two types of vehicles. In fact, statistics have shown that over 95% of all truck accidents will result in a fatality, most often for the individual(s) in the car.
If you or your loved one suffered a severe injury, or your family member was killed in a semi-truck collision, contact Wagner Reese as soon as possible. Our experienced truck accident lawyers in Indianapolis can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed for your losses. While financial recovery cannot undo the suffering you have experienced, it can help with the cost of medical bills, lost income or wages, and pain and suffering. A personal injury or wrongful death claim can also be used to hold the negligent party/parties accountable.
Schedule a free consultation with our legal team; call (888) 204-8440 or submit an online contact form today.