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Truck accidents are more complex than incidents involving passenger vehicles. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the accident, there will be a formal investigation. State, local, and possibly federal laws could be affected depending on where the truck originated and what type of cargo it was carrying.
There are more stringent rules for commercial trucks and their drivers than for other vehicles. Additionally, the potential for severe injuries and extensive damage is possible even in minor accidents. It benefits the driver of the passenger vehicle involved to stay informed of the investigation and to seek professional legal advice.
Trucking companies are aware of their risks and they will almost always have their own legal team advising them about any traffic incident, which helps to protect the company and keep their costs lower. Without legal assistance, those in the passenger vehicle may not receive the compensation necessary to cover their damages.
Approximately 500,000 truck accidents happen in the United States each year, and about 10 percent of those accidents result in a fatality. In almost 98 percent of those cases, the fatalities are someone in the passenger vehicle. State by state statistics also reveal that the commercial driver is almost always considered at fault.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a truck accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Truck Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.