Decatur Truck Accident Lawyer You Can Trust
We handle claims involving crashes caused by tractor-trailers and semis
Accidents caused by tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles in Decatur often turn out to be very serious. In an instant, you or a loved one can sustain a severe injury in a crash caused by a truck driver. Knowing what to do next can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights or legal options are might not be clear. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to lawyer as soon as possible familiar with these complex cases.
Our dedicated Decatur attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs have the knowledge and the expertise you need to succeed. Our team of trial lawyers has more than 100 years of combined legal experience. As a result, we’re familiar with the state and federal laws governing commercial truck accidents, including Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the federal trucking laws regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When you need strong legal representation, we’re the law firm you want fighting for you.
What are common causes of truck accidents?
Commercial truck accidents often happen because the truck driver was doing something they should not have been doing behind the wheel. In particular, the truck driver may have been:
- Speeding, especially on busy roads like US Route 33 or Nuttman Avenue
- Texting while driving, looking up directions, talking to a dispatcher or engaging other types of distracted driving
- Operating the truck under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Asleep at the wheel because they didn’t take mandatory breaks as outlined in federal “Hours of Service” (HOS) rules and regulations
- Driving recklessly because they’re not an experienced driver or have a history of reckless driving
These are just a few examples of why commercial truck accidents often happen in Decatur or other parts of Adams County. Whatever the cause of your truck accident, an attorney can investigate your crash and find the facts you need to build the strongest possible legal case.
Who’s responsible for paying for my accident?
Because Indiana is an at-fault insurance state, the at-fault party is the one responsible for financially compensating you for medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost income and other accident-related expenses. What many people might not realize is there can often be more than one at-fault party when it comes to commercial truck accidents. As a result, you may be eligible for financial compensation from one or more of the following people or companies:
- The at-fault truck driver
- The trucking company the truck driver works for
- The company that loaded the truck, particularly if the truck was improperly loaded
- The company that manufactured the products being transported inside the truck, especially if the products were not packaged properly and shifted inside the truck, causing it to roll over or jackknife
- The company that manufactured the truck, if a mechanical defect (defective brakes, tire blowout) caused your crash
In each case, an insurance company will represent each party listed above and anyone else deemed to be responsible for your accident. Each one of these companies may be responsible for financially compensating you for your crash.
How our law firm can help you
It’s important to understand who’s at fault and who’s responsible for paying for your accident. This is why it’s important to have an experienced lawyer working for you. Your attorney can determine who’s at fault, then pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.
To obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve, your lawyer often needs to conduct a thorough investigation. That’s because the at-fault party’s insurance company (and their lawyer) will often do everything they can to deny your claim and not pay you the money you deserve.
Your lawyer can present the facts, demonstrating that you were not at fault and deserve to be compensated for your truck accident. Many insurance companies agree to cooperate and negotiate a fair settlement in these circumstances. If they don’t, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf or take other legal action because we have your best interests at heart.
Put you trust in us. Contact our Decatur law firm.
The stakes can be very high when it comes to a commercial truck accident. If you or a loved one sustained a severe injury in your crash, you might not be able to work ever again due to a permanent disability sustained in your accident. We understand the seriousness of your case. That’s why we want to get right to work on your case.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you. Schedule a free consultation about your truck accident with a lawyer in our Decatur office. We don’t back down when faced with a tough legal case. We will fight for you.