Tractor trailers can be dangerous machinery leaving more than exhaust in their wake. Often times a trucker, trucking company, or the rig itself has a history of negligence, maintenance issues, close calls or accidents. Other factors that can aggravate the risk posed to drivers by big rigs include:
- David v. Goliath: An average truck that is fully loaded can weigh more than 80,000 pounds, while an average automobile weighs less than 5,000 pounds. In these instances, David almost never defeats Goliath.
Click here to read about our client, B.Z., involved in a truck accident where the driver had illegally altered his semi to routinely overload the vehicle.
- Payload: As average Joes we haul our families, friends, and pets. A commercial truck may be hauling multiple trailers, large freight, liquids, and hazardous or flammable materials that can aggravate both the risk of accident and the devastation of the aftermath.
Click here to read about the family (“C.W” [mother] and “Z.M.” [son]) whose motor home was struck by a tractor trailer while Mom and son were asleep in the back.
- Driver Stability: Several factors can contribute to the instability of a truck driver, their reactions and decision-making ability. This can include lack of sleep, drug or alcohol abuse, or improper on-the-job training.
Click here to read about how the defendant’s truck company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million. The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount.
If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a truck accident, consider reaching out to an Indiana truck accident lawyer at McNeely Stephenson. Call our Indiana trucking wreck attorneys to talk about your questions — 1-855-206-2555.
Our Attorneys Helped these Truck Accident Clients
- Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries.Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case. The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount.
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- “B.Z.” was seriously injured in a tractor trailer accident and retained Mr. Stephenson for legal help after two other attorneys had turned down the case. After a thorough investigation, the truck driver was found to be in violation of numerous motor carrier regulations concerning the safe operation of the truck. The truck driver acknowledged in deposition that he had placed a separate axle and set of tandem wheels under his semi so he could regularly haul overweight loads in violation of the motor carrier regulations.
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- “C.W.” was a 34-year-old female on her way home from vacation with her husband and son, “Z.M.” They were traveling in southern Illinois in a motor home, returning from a trip to Arkansas when the motor home broke down in the middle of the night. A call to the state police was made. Before the police arrived, a Foodliner semi ran into the rear of the motor home. C.W. and Z.M. were lying down in a bed in the back of the motor home when it was struck by the semi. The driver logs submitted by the Foodliner driver to the police showed the driver as being current and within regulations. To the contrary, a thorough investigation yielded overwhelming evidence that the driver repeatedly violated Federal Motor Carrier Regulations.
This Family’s Tragic Story
- Our client, “M.R.”, was changed forever when he was driving home and a semi owned by Swift Transportation failed to stop at an intersection and slammed into M.R.’s pick-up truck causing closed-head injuries to M.R. M.R. was a very strong and vibrant young man and had virtually no visible injuries from the accident. However, his head was thrown into the frame of the tractor trailer. Through the use of state-of-the-art technology, medical and psychological evaluations and assessment techniques, Attorney Mike Stephenson demonstrated that the crushing injury from the impact by the semi had forever changed M.R. The matter settled for an undisclosed sum shortly before the beginning of trial.
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Trusted Advisor. Proven Advocate.
We were defense attorneys … now we use what we learned to help our clients prove their cases. Let us share some words of wisdom with you:
- “Don’t Sign Anything!” You hear lawyers on television relentlessly yell this phrase. While annoying – it’s true. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers are experienced in mitigating their exposure to loss in these matters. Insurers often try to reach a quick settlement in an effort to limit their financial responsibility to you.
- Surprised? The truck driver may not be the only party legally responsible for the accident. Trucking accident cases require extensive investigation to identify all aggravating circumstances that contributed to the wreck. Trucking companies, trailer owners, contractors, employers, insurance companies, and shippers may also be held liable and obligated to provide financial compensation.
- You are Responsible for the Investigation. Our police forces are brave and dedicated, but oftentimes also understaffed and underfunded. The accident investigation conducted by law enforcement is primarily concerned with determining criminality – not investigating liability. One of the first calls truckers make in an accident is to their company, who instantly dispatches an investigative unit to begin the process of mitigating their financial loss. You need an investigative team on your side working to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim. Call and our team can get started immediately on your behalf: 1-855-206-2555.
- Your Experts Matter. Knowing the truth and being able to prove the truth are two different things. We are committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) to uncover what happened. Your experts will come from around the world if necessary and help to prove your case.
Truck accident cases can be complex legal claims that require thorough investigation and demand aggressive litigation to secure the best possible outcome for the plaintiff. Attorney Mike Stephenson has more than three decades of experience and substantial financial resources to commit to your case. We build a legal team specifically to handle your case. Call to learn more about our investigative and litigation strategies: 1-855-206-2555.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishes annual statistics on truck accidents. The most recent report available shows that nationwide there were over 100,000 large trucks involved in nonfatal crashes and at least 3,000 large trucks involved in fatal crashes. In Indiana, there were over 100 large trucks involved in fatal accidents.
You are Not Alone. Let Our Attorneys Help.
While monetary compensation can never undo the damage done as the result of a truck accident, a financial recovery can ease the financial burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income, and disability. By choosing to talk with Indiana truck accident lawyer, Mike Stephenson, you will benefit from over 30 years of experience, significant investigative and financial resources, and high standards of client care.
Call McNeely Stephenson at 1-855-206-2555 or use our contact form for immediate attention.