You Need an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
We’re the legal team Fort Wayne can count on to take on the trucking companies
Big trucks are an everyday sight on I-69, I-469, and other highways in the Fort Wayne area. Usually, they pass through without incident, but when they’re involved in crashes with smaller vehicles, the injuries sustained can be severe – and life-altering. Your future is at stake after a serious truck accident. The trucking company, though, is just in it to protect their bottom line. That’s why you need the right attorney to even the odds. The trucking company, though, is just in it to protect your bottom line. That’s why you nee the right attorney to even the odds.
With over 100 years of legal experience, Glaser & Ebbs has what it takes to stand up to the trucking companies and fight for your legal rights. We have a proven track record in high-stakes trucking litigation, and we will bring our experience to your case while you focus on getting better. Schedule your free consultation with a Fort Wayne truck accident attorney today.
We know how to get to the bottom of truck accidents
Tractor-trailers are potentially dangerous because of their sheer size and high center of gravity. They take wide turns and have a much longer stopping distance than smaller cars, and their huge blind spots can easily put other vehicles at risk. That’s why truck drivers are held to high legal standards. They need to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) which requires additional training and testing, and they are required to stay sober and rested while on the road.
Unfortunately, under pressure from the trucking companies, too many drivers do not meet those legal standards, and they’re a threat to everyone on the road in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana. When we investigate a trucking accident, we look at:
- Hiring and supervision records. Did the trucking company conduct a background check? Were they aware the driver was dangerous but failed to do anything about it? These details can demonstrate negligence on the trucking company’s part.
- Hours of Service (HOS) log. Truckers are required by law to take breaks and not exceed a certain number of hours worked in a given time period. These hours are recorded in the HOS log. We’ll take action to preserve and obtain that log, which may show us that the driver was fatigued or otherwise impaired.
- “Black box” data. The GPS data in the black box will tell us the truck’s speed and direction of travel. This can be useful to show the truck was speeding, or to cross-reference with other information – if the HOS log says the trucker was taking a break, but the black box says the truck was moving at that time, that’s a red flag.
- Maintenance records. Trucking companies need to make sure their vehicles are properly maintained so that they’re safe on the road. If your crash involved a problem with the truck’s brakes, a tire blowout, or another mechanical issue, these records may show negligence on the part of the trucker or trucking company.
- Witness information. We not only talk to witnesses who saw the crash itself, but also others who interacted with the trucker prior to the crash. Did they appear well-rested or fatigued? Were they under the influence? The trucker’s own statements, too, may shed light on the situation.
Ultimately, truck accident cases are won and lost based on the quality of investigation, especially here in Fort Wayne. The juries here want to see the evidence. The trucking company knows this, which is why they often have “rapid response” teams on the scene of an accident within hours to start building their case. We know how to match them shot for shot.
We fight for full value for truck accident victims
Truck accidents often cause severe injuries that have far-reaching effects on your quality of life. You deserve full compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other costs. We know how to calculate the full value of your case, and we won’t take the “lowball” settlement offered by the trucking company or their insurance company. We have strong relationships with expert witnesses who can speak to the extent of your injuries, and we are in this for as long as it takes to get a positive result.
This can be a hard-fought process. In a trucking case, there are often multiple insurance companies involved, and even if they’re ostensibly competitors, they are united in trying to pay the injured person as little as possible. We are only interested in a resolution that meets your needs and protects your rights. If we can reach a fair settlement with the insurance companies, that’s fine. If they won’t pay up, we are ready to take your case to court.
We do all this on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us a cent out of pocket. We only get paid if and when we win your case. Our firm advances the costs of litigation and deals with the insurance company on your behalf while you focus on getting better. You can afford to hire us. The only question is whether you can afford not to.
Schedule your free consultation at our Fort Wayne office
Whether you were hurt in a jackknife accident, underride, truck rollover, rear-ended by a truck, or any other accident involving a commercial vehicle, it’s important to take legal action as soon as possible. It takes time for an attorney to sort out the situation, especially if there are multiple insurance companies or the trucking company is located out of state. Moreover, we need to act promptly to secure critical evidence before the trucking company can destroy it. That’s why you need to contact us as soon as possible.
Don’t go it alone after a truck accident in Fort Wayne. Put experience and resources on your side. Contact Glaser & Ebbs today to schedule your free consultation at our Fort Wayne office.