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Truck Accident Attorney Near Carmel

Truck Accident Attorney Near Carmel

A fully-loaded 18-wheeler usually weighs about 80,000 pounds. That load usually includes hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. When these massive vehicles crash, the wrecks are often catastrophic. Frequently, so little physical evidence remains that it is difficult to piece together what happened. Additionally, the victims’ serious injuries require immediate and specialized attention.

The truck accident attorneys near Carmel at Holland & Holland fill both these roles, and more. Our professional team diligently collects evidence to build your claim for damages. Additionally, our attorneys connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money. On top of all this, we never stop fighting for the compensation you deserve.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Drowsy driving causes a number of large vehicle collisions. Transportation companies usually pay long-haul drivers by the load and not by the mile. So, they must stay on the road as long as possible to make money on each job. Fatigue also causes a number of tour bus accidents. These drivers are often behind the wheel early in the morning and late at night. People are usually naturally drowsy at these times, no matter how much rest they had the night before.

Alcohol and fatigue have the same effect on the body and brain. Driving with a .05 BAC level, which is a dangerous level of impairment, is roughly the same as driving after 18 consecutive awake hours.

Speed also causes many large vehicle collisions. Excessive velocity increases the risk of a collision and the force in a collision.

Evidence in Truck Wreck Claims

As mentioned, large truck crashes are extremely severe. Frequently, they involve explosive fireballs. So, a truck accident attorney near Carmel must often look to some nontraditional evidence sources, such as:

  • Event Data Recorder: Sturdy EDRs are much like black box flight data recorders. Black boxes usually survive airplane crashes, and EDRs usually survive truck wrecks. Depending on the make and model, this gadget usually tracks and records the truck’s speed, brake application, and steering angle.
  • SMS Report: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains the Safety Maintenance System database. SMS reports are basically multi-state commercial driving records. These records are usually admissible in court.
  • Electronic Logging Device: ELDs are often critical in the aforementioned drowsy driving cases. These gadgets track and record HOS (hours of service) compliance. Indiana and the federal government both have strict laws in this area, including mandatory rest periods. Tortfeasors (negligent drivers) who violate these laws and cause crashes might be responsible for damages as a matter of law.

Evidence is important in negligence cases because victims/plaintiffs have the burden of proof. They must establish liability by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not).

A truck accident attorney near Carmel uses this evidence to build a claim for damages. These damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages might also be available, in extreme cases.

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If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, you are likely suffering from serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney near Carmel, contact Holland & Holland. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these cases.

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