Indianapolis Truck Accident FAQ
When you’re injured in a truck accident, you’re likely struggling with an injury and what to do next. Unlike car accidents, these collisions are often devastating, due to the sheer size of the vehicle. As such, you’ll likely need assistance tailored toward your specific scenario, which is where a dedicated lawyer comes in.
The following questions are some of the more common we hear, but if you don’t see your answers listed, don’t worry. Reach out to our Indianapolis truck accident lawyers to get the personalized answers you need.
Who’s responsible for my truck accident?
Although the truck driver might have caused the accident, you may need to look deeper for your answers. Because these drivers are typically at work while on the road, you’ll likely file a claim against the driver’s employer, rather than the driver. With some exceptions, employers are financially responsible for all damages their employees cause while on the clock.
I’m afraid that I’m partially responsible for my accident. What can I do?
If you believe you were partly at fault for the accident, you’ll need to avoid admitting fault. Because Indiana is a state that recognizes modified comparative negligence, you could lose some or all your compensation. For example, if you’re found 20 percent at fault, you’ll receive only 80 percent of your compensation, which can mean thousands of dollars less than what you expected.
What injuries commonly happen in a truck crash?
If you’re injured by an 18-wheeler accident, chances are good you’ve suffered some devastating injuries. The following injuries are common in semi-truck wrecks:
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
What if the truck driver doesn’t think he caused the accident?
If the truck driver believes the accident was caused by another factor, your attorney can look for signs of this. For example, the crash might be the fault of a parts malfunction. When something goes wrong with the big rig itself, it can be difficult or impossible for the driver to stop.
Otherwise, dangerous road conditions could have caused an accident. If the Indianapolis Department of Transportation didn’t fix a dangerous pothole, for example, it can cause damage to a vehicle and cause the driver to lose control.
How can a lawyer help?
When you’re facing a truck accident claim, you want and deserve the maximum compensation you need to recover. Unfortunately, that can be difficult to achieve without a lawyer. When you’re juggling the pain, expense, and emotional trauma of an accident, attempting to build a successful injury claim can feel insurmountable.
Fortunately, our lawyers are there for you, starting with a free consultation. If you’re struggling with your claim, call Kooi Law at 317-569-1335, or reach out to us through the online form below.