Fishers, Indiana is located just northeast of Indianapolis in Hamilton County. Named a “Best Place to Live in America” by Money magazine, the city has recently reached a population of 95,000. With vibrant marketplaces and an entrepreneurial community, Fishers is a desirable community for many.
Sadly, Fishers can also be a place where you could be involved in a semi-truck accident. If you or a loved one have been involved in a semi-truck crash, reach out to an experienced truck accident attorney today at Wilson Kehoe Winingham.
The U.S. experienced almost 500,000 truck accidents in 2018, according to the latest data available. Trucking accidents are common in rural areas, accounting for 57% of crashes, like those surrounding Fishers.
The majority of semi-truck accidents are the related to an action taken by the semi driver.
Common causes of 18-wheeler accidents include:
Given the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, accidents involving these trucks tend to be more serious. Injuries caused by semi-truck accidents may include:
Being in an accident involving a semi-truck is frightening. Assuming you are not severely injured, take the following steps following an accident:
Emergency police or ambulance: 911
IU Health Saxony Hospital: (317) 678-2000
Ascension St. Vincent Fishers Hospital: (317) 415-9000
Fishers Fire Department Station 91: (317) 595-3200
Fishers Police Department (non-emergency): (317) 595-3300
Driver error often plays into the cause of a crash, but there are other potential contributors. Perhaps a mechanic didn’t repair a component correctly or the trucking company didn’t provide adequate training or looked the other way when drivers hit their legal drive time limits. An experienced truck accident attorney will know to look at all aspects of the case.
The main types of compensation granted following a truck accident are economic damages and non-economic damages.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be awarded, but only in cases where an act of “gross negligence” can be proven.
Working with an experienced truck accident lawyer at WKW is the first step to take towards getting maximum compensation following a crash. Commercial vehicles are typically backed by corporations with legal teams who will work to stop significant insurance claims from moving forward. Our attorneys have experience to walk with you through the process to gain full and fair compensation.
Evidence in an accident involving a truck goes beyond what you would seek in a car accident. It’s important to secure the truck driver’s logbook to see their hours. Work history, personnel file and phone records would need to be turned over. And many trucks now have a “black box,” similar to what you hear about in plane crashes to help learn what happened leading up to the accident.
Without the help of a truck accident attorney from WKW, you run the risk of not negotiating to get maximum compensation. Trucking companies have teams of lawyer working for them and their job is to push as low of a settlement number as possible to make your case go away. WKW truck accident lawyers take every factor of the circumstances into account and look at both damages that have been incurred as well as future damages to negotiate for. If you go it alone, you are very likely to leave money on the table that could have been awarded to you.
Having an experienced lawyer on your team should be a priority. Following an accident, you’re likely overwhelmed just trying to heal and get your life back to normal. A lawyer with experience handling semi-truck accidents knows what steps to take when and how to handle insurance adjusters. They’ll have the knowledge to fight for the best settlement amount possible.
The main priority in selecting a lawyer to work with you is to find someone with relevant experience to your particular case. If you’ve been in a crash with an 18-wheeler, you want to work with a lawyer who has experience in this area. You also want to find someone with whom you have a good rapport as the case may take a while to complete. Lastly, be wary of any attorney who asks for money up front. Most truck accident attorneys will only accept a portion of the settlement amount as payment.
At Wilson Kehoe Winingham, we’re dedicated to helping victims recover from the damage done following a truck accident. We’ll listen to you and explain the process of filing a claim and either reaching a settlement or going to court step-by-step. After a crash, you need to focus on healing. We will be there to help with legal and insurance issues. There’s no need to do it alone.
As per Indiana Statute 34-11-2-4, the state has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury suits. The two years begins on the day or the accident.
The experienced truck accident lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham offer a no-obligation consultation, serving clients in Fishers and the greater Indianapolis area. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is not out-of-pocket cost to you to hire professional help. Give us a call today at (317) 689=0654.
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Insurance companies must follow state guidelines when they determine whether your car can be repaired or if it’s totaled. Indiana uses the total loss formula and sets its threshold at 70%. So, for a car or truck to be a total loss, the cost of repairs would need to be 70% or more of the cash value of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
These cases happen, but they are rare and can be difficult to prove. If a driver acts in a careless or aggressive manner, their actions may cause you to swerve suddenly or not be able to stop in time if they’ve pulled in front of you and then slammed on their brakes. An experienced attorney will know to seek out any potential witnesses or road cameras to see if the incident was captured. Another option would be to work with a professional in accident reconstruction to help prove your case.
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has the following Hours of Service regulations to help ensure safety:
Let WKW put our experience to work for you. Contact us for your free case evaluation.