NORTHWEST INDIANA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you will need an aggressive, experienced, respected attorney from the Alvarez Law Office. While there are many attorneys who claim to handle truck accident law, we have handled these cases for over 200 years with our combined experience in trucking litigation. We are an aggressive and experienced team of lawyers that will fight for you and your loved ones. Trucking accidents more often result in severe injuries or death due to the size and weight difference between semi-trucks and other vehicles. It is important to understand what can happen to you and your loved ones if you’re involved in an accident with a large truck, as well as what to do to protect yourselves.
Risk Factors of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents involve unique issues and may be caused by truck drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fail to brake correctly, refuse to allow another vehicle to merge, drive too fast for conditions, are fatigued, or swing too wide when making turns. Truck drivers can also cause accidents when they shed tires or other objects on the road, drive a load that is too big or heavy, drive a load that is improperly secured, fail to properly inspect tires, brakes, and lights, or are driving defective or poorly maintained rigs.
Quite often, truck drivers work illegally long shifts and have unrealistic schedules that could contribute to their negligent driving behavior. Another risk factor is the volume of cargo contained in the truck, according to a study performed by Taylor & Francis in 2013. The results showed that an increase of just 1% in the truck’s volume caused a disproportionate increase in the crash severity probability. What this means is that trucks that are more weighted down with excess cargo are more likely to cause significantly severe crashes.
The study also reported that trucks are responsible for more than 4,000 deaths per year in the United States. A crash with a semi-truck often causes major property and productivity losses, as well as significant personal injuries to those involved.
A Rise in Truck Traffic
Throughout northwest Indiana, we’ve seen an increase in the number of semi-trucks on the road in recent years. Across the nation, trucks account for approximately 8% of all traffic, yet are involved in more than 10% of fatal crashes. The rise in truck traffic, combined with increased distraction and other concerning risk factors has caused an increase in the risk of being involved in a crash with a semi-truck.
What Should I Do After a Truck Accident?
If you have been hit by a semi-truck, an 18-wheeler, or another similar vehicle, the first step you need to take is to contact the police for emergency services. The police will arrive on the scene and make an official report, which will become especially important during the future negotiation process with your attorney. Avoid making any statements about what may have happened or who is at fault in the crash.
You should also seek medical attention for any injuries you sustained during the crash. It’s important to make sure you understand what is at stake financially, especially when it comes to medical bills and treatment costs. The injuries sustained in a truck accident can be severe, potentially causing you or loved ones to deal with ongoing medical concerns, and miss work and other activities. You need to know exactly what has happened to you, which will give you the information you need to proceed with taking legal action.
After seeking medical attention, you may need to reach out to your auto insurance company to file a claim. After you follow these steps, you can contact the team at the Alvarez Law Firm to get more information about taking legal action against the driver of the truck or the trucking company. There is certainly a chance that the accident was caused by driver negligence, and if this is the case, that individual or their employer should be held responsible for the damage. The trucking company could also be at fault for negligence, whether due to insufficient training, excessive cargo, or failure to maintain the safety of their vehicles.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
The most common question that comes up among our clients is the cost of hiring us as their truck accident attorney. At the Alvarez Law Firm, we charge no fees unless we win your case. This is known as a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay us for our services, but rather we collect a portion of the settlement you receive. Additionally, we offer free consultations to help our potential clients determine whether or not they have a strong case and how we will go about assisting them. Our goal is to provide professional legal services to everyone who deserves them, not just those who can afford to hire a lawyer. We will become your representative to ensure that your case is investigated thoroughly. At the Alvarez Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with the services you deserve without charging a fortune.
Working With the Alvarez Law Firm
The unique nature of an accident with a truck makes it more important to hire an aggressive and experienced trucking accident attorney from the Alvarez Law Team. Hiring an attorney who is familiar with the issues associated with trucking accidents can give you more protection and increase your chances of a successful outcome. During the process, your trucking accident attorney will take a number of steps to protect you and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Contacting us sooner rather than later allows us to begin the process to get all the information we need before critical evidence is no longer available. The steps we will take include:
- investigating the scene of the crash
- Obtaining any necessary records from the driver and the trucking company
- Obtaining the police report from the scene of the crash
- Reaching out to and interviewing witnesses
- Reviewing evidence from the crash
- Working with both insurance companies
- Negotiating settlements on your behalf
he timing of hiring an attorney does matter, as the statute of limitations for taking legal action begins when the crash occurs. If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, contact us at the Alvarez Law Firm to start the process and find out how we can help.
We will fight for you and your loved ones to get the compensation that you deserve.