Kendallville Truck Accident Lawyer
We handle claims involving crashes caused by tractor-trailers and other trucks
Some of the most complicated legal cases we handle at our Kendallville law firm involve accidents caused by commercial truck drivers. Whether it’s a crash caused by a tractor-trailer, semi-truck, delivery truck or another type of large truck, these types of accidents often turn out to be complex legal cases. That’s because such crashes often cause severe injuries and may involve several different companies.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in Kendallville caused by a commercial truck driver, we can help. Our legal team at Glaser & Ebbs, has decades of experience dealing with truck accidents. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined legal experience. As a result, we’re familiar with the state and federal laws governing truck accidents. We know how the legal system works in Noble County. We also understand the urgency of such legal matters. When you hire us, we’ll get right to work aggressively investigating your case.
What are common causes of truck accidents in Kendallville?
Collisions caused by commercial truck drivers happen for many different reasons. In general, serious motor vehicle accidents happen because the truck driver was behaving recklessly or not paying attention behind the wheel. More specifically, some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted truck drivers, including looking up directions, talking to a dispatcher or texting while driving, which is against the law nationwide for all commercial truckers
- Speeding or driving too fast during inclement weather, including during ice or snowstorms
- Operating the truck in a reckless manner, including tailgating, changing lanes without looking or not using a turn signal
- Tired truck drivers who don’t take mandatory breaks as outlined in federal “Hours of Service” (HOS) rules and regulations, resulting in drivers falling asleep at the wheel
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
These are just a few examples of why accidents happen caused by commercial truck drivers. Whatever the cause of your crash on Indiana Route 3, US Route 6 or whatever road you happen to be on when a truck crashes into your vehicle in Kendallville, make sure you take your accident seriously right from the start. Seek immediate medical attention at Parkview Noble Hospital or the nearest medical facility. Then talk to a lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.
Who’s responsible for paying for my accident?
Like other motor vehicle accidents in Indiana, the at-fault party (and their insurance company) is responsible for financially compensating anyone who was injured in the crash. What makes commercial truck accidents so complicated is there can sometimes be more than one at-fault party. This may include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company the driver works for
- The owner of the truck’s cab or trailer if they’re owned by another company and the cab or trailer were not properly maintained and poor maintenance was a contributing factor in the crash
- The company that loaded the contents of the truck, especially if the truck was not loaded properly and the contents of the truck shifted, causing the truck to jackknife or rollover
- The company that manufactured the truck, especially in cases involving defective brakes, tire blowouts and other mechanical defects
Each company often has its own insurance provider. These companies often do everything they can to avoid responsibility. That’s because they realize many truck accident claims can easily add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney on your side, holding the at-fault party or parties accountable for their actions.
How our law firm can help you
We understand what’s at stake after a serious truck accident. That’s because we have decades of experience dealing with complex legal cases. As your lawyer, we can help you in many ways, including:
- Conduct an in-depth investigation to determine who was at fault, including:
- Carefully analyze your official accident report.
- Request employment records and driving history records from the trucking company the driver works for.
- Request cellphone records for the truck driver.
- Request access from the trucking company to the so-called “black box” data recorder in the truck, which measures how fast the truck was traveling at the time of the crash, if the driver applied the brakes before the accident and when the driver last took a break.
- Determine whether the driver violated any state or federal trucking rules, including Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the federal trucking laws regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Negotiate a settlement offer on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
- File a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary.
You often only have one opportunity to obtain all the financial compensation you will need for current and future accident expenses. You also often only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. In Indiana, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is two years from the date of your crash. We won’t waste a second getting to work on your case. You can count on us to aggressively investigate your crash.
Put you trust in us. Contact our Kendallville law firm.
Don’t underestimate the complexity of your commercial truck accident. Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us to learn more about how we can fight for you. Schedule a free consultation about your truck accident with a lawyer in our Kendallville office. Tough legal cases don’t intimidate us. We’ll fight for you.