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Indianapolis is nicknamed the “Crossroads of America” for good reason: It’s a major hub for cross-country freeway traffic, with trucks heading north, south, east, and west on Interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74.
Unfortunately, the increased truck traffic leads to accidents. In 2006 alone, there were well over 1,600 injuries caused by truck crashes in Indiana, including 140 fatalities.
Accidents involving semi-trucks or tractor-trailers often involve legal issues that are different from traffic accidents involving small vehicles and private individuals.
Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 40 tons, and accidents often occur at a high rate of speed. Additionally, trucks are more difficult to control in bad weather, and they have large blind spots. Any and all of these factors can lead to serious accidents.
Injuries and the subsequent recovery periods from truck accidents involving small vehicles can also be far more severe than small vehicle accidents. An accident between a large truck and a passenger car is more likely to inflict damage such as brain and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can be extremely costly to the victim and involve extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Currently, federal insurance regulations require a far higher level of coverage for an interstate commercial vehicle than state regulations require for passenger cars.
One of the underlying reasons for the number of crashes involving trucks can be traced to the fact that truckers often drive while they are drowsy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck drivers are 4.5 times more likely than the average driver to get into a drowsiness-related accident. Drivers are required to limit their time on the road according to federal regulations, but the records they keep are usually handwritten logs that can be easily fudged. When truck drivers are paid by the mile, it creates a financial incentive for them to drive as far and as fast as they can.
Liability for truck accidents can be confusing. For example, the carrier is liable for negligence on the part of a truck driver if the truck is under lease at that time. Don’t navigate these complicated issues alone. We are here to help.
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.