Pursue Your Claim With An Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyer
Most drivers are aware that sharing the road with large trucks can be difficult and at times, dangerous. If a car and a large truck are involved in a vehicle accident, it is almost always the car and its occupant who will suffer the worst injuries – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show approximately 71 percent of all casualties in large-truck accidents are the occupants of the other vehicle in the accident. However, what many are unaware of is that there are specific legal issues that may occur only in accidents where a large truck is involved. If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, contact a knowledgeable auto accident attorney today.
There May Be Multiple Defendants
Unlike auto accidents involving two cars, it is very likely that more than one defendant could plausibly bear the liability for any injury or damage sustained in the accident. No one drives a semi-truck as their personal vehicle; while the driver may have been ‘off the clock’ at the time of the accident, their employer and even certain other parties may be named in the suit, given the complex relationship between large trucks, their owners and their drivers. For example, a large truck may be owned by one company, leased by another, and driven by an employee of a subsidiary company.
Insurance Requirements Can Be Complex
In an accident between two private individuals, insurance information is usually exchanged with minimal issue. If a large truck is involved in an accident, it can be difficult to determine what entity provides its insurance coverage, or which entity should have if none is provided. Sometimes multiple companies provide partial insurance, as each state’s minimum requirement differs – Indiana’s is the same as the federal minimum, $750,000 for nonhazardous loads, but other states require as high as $1.5 million.
There Is A Higher Duty of Care
All drivers on the road have a duty of care toward each other, meaning that they must exercise appropriate caution when driving. However, truck drivers are held to a higher standard than the average driver, simply because they are controlling a much larger and more unwieldy vehicle. For example, a truck driver will often be found to be per se negligent if they have violated a statute, while a private individual will likely have to be proven negligent.
Indianapolis Trucking Accident Attorney
If you or your family have been injured by the negligence of a truck driver, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact an Indianapolis truck accident attorney at Holland & Holland to discuss pursuing your claim today. You may do so via our website or at (317) 581-4400.