Indiana state highway authorities are conducting a study on a rural highway ramp that has been the site of three serious accidents involving semi-trucks in northern Indiana over the past three months. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department requested the study on U.S. 35 between Kokomo and Galveston. A trucker died in August, and another who crashed in September says he was not sure which way to go when the road suddenly made a turn to the left.
Semi-truck accidents can be extremely traumatic. In most situations, the people traveling in the vehicle involved in the semi-truck accident sustain catastrophic injuries during the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that over 70% of the injuries and deaths in accidents involving semi-trucks and other vehicles are sustained by the people in the other vehicles.
Identifying Who is Liable in a Semi-Truck Accident
When a semi-truck strikes a vehicle, the first priority must be to seek medical attention for the injuries that are sustained. Another priority should be to contact an experienced Indiana semi-truck accident attorney for assistance. The insurance company and the trucking company will have a team of professionals that will investigate the accident, and you should have experienced legal representation on your side too.
An attorney will perform an independent investigation that will identify the liable party in your accident. The sooner an attorney begins the investigation, the better chance your attorney will have of proving fault in your accident. If you are unable to prove fault in your accident, you will not be able to recover compensation for your damages and injuries. Parties that may be at fault for your accident may include:
- The driver of the truck.
- The company that owns the truck.
- The manufacturer of the truck and parts.
- The loader and shipper of the truck.
- Mechanic or body shop that worked on the truck.
In some cases, the driver is at least partially at fault for the accident due to driver errors like speeding, drowsy driving, distracted driving, reckless driving, etc. The trucking company may also be partially at fault if it failed to perform a background check, failed to train their driver correctly, made the driver break laws, or failed to require regular truck inspections.
If the accident was due to defective workmanship or truck parts, the manufacturer of the parts, truck manufacturer, or the mechanic may be held liable for the accident. When it comes to accidents that result from improperly loaded or shifting cargo, a packer or shipper may be held responsible for part of the damages resulting from the accident.
Get Legal Help to Determine Who is at Fault
As you can see, there are a variety of parties that may be responsible for accidents involving semi-trucks. An attorney that is experienced with semi-truck vs. car accidents will be able to review your situation, determine who is at fault, and advise you of your legal options based on your findings. The attorneys at Holland & Holland will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the maximum compensation available for your damages and injuries. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.