$48.5 MILLION

Truck Accident Multimillion-Dollar Settlement.

"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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EXPERIENCED TRUCKING ATTORNEYS

Did the trucker, trucking company, or the rig have a history of negligence, maintenance issues, close calls or accidents? We find out.

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: A fully loaded truck 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.
  • 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.
  • Driver Fatigue: 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.

If you are online researching the legal rights and resources available in the aftermath of a truck accident, reach out to an Indiana truck accident lawyer at McNeely Stephenson. Call our Indiana trucking wreck attorneys to talk about your questions — 1-317-825-5200.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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: 1-317-825-5200.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

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. CASE SUMMARY

PUT MCNEELY STEPHENSON ON YOUR TEAM

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.

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 1-317-825-5200 or use our contact form for immediate attention.

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