EXPERIENCED INDIANAPOLIS TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Did the trucker, trucking company, or the rig have a history of negligence, maintenance issues, close calls or accidents? Our Indianapolis truck accident lawyers 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. As part of McNeely Stephenson’s evidence gathering, we’ll find out the true history of any big rig involved in an accident with our client. We will not rest until we know the facts and secure financial compensation for truck accident victims.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recent statistics show that nationwide more than 100,000 large trucks were involved in nonfatal crashes annually, and at least 3,000 big trucks were involved in fatal crashes. Each year in Indiana, more than 100 large truck accidents resulted in fatalities.
While monetary compensation can never undo the horrific damage done by a truck accident, a financial recovery can ease the burdens caused by overwhelming medical bills, loss of income and disability. If you’ve been injured in a big truck collision, talk to Indiana truck accident attorney Mike Stephenson at 317-825-5110 or use our contact form for a free initial consultation. You will benefit from Mike’s 30 years of experience, significant investigative and financial resources, and high standards of client care.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
An experienced lawyer who has won many truck accident cases has data at his fingertips that can help prove your case. He knows how to track down legal records, police reports, internal memos, maintenance logs and other documents required. This expertise is essential to winning. A truck accident attorney has been trained to aggressively take on big trucking companies and their insurers without flinching.
Don’t go it alone. Courtrooms and the legal process can be intimidating, especially if you’re still injured from an accident and not feeling very well. While you go to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, we’ll handle the legal end of things on your behalf.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
Our initial consultation is free. During that conversation, we will determine whether you have a case that is winnable. Our Indiana truck accident lawyers like the hard cases and never shy away from claims that are difficult to prove. That’s why we’re here.
Once we take on a case, we work on a contingency fee. That means that we are paid only if you win your compensation. This is an ideal arrangement for many clients because they will not incur a financial loss if their case is unsuccessful.
Big Truck Crash Statistics in the U.S.
As you might expect, when semi-tractor trailer rigs collide with passenger vehicles, occupants of the smaller car sustain most of the injuries and deaths. In 2016, the majority of these crash fatalities (83%) were riding in the passenger vehicle, not in the large truck, according to FMCSA data. Consider these other statistics from FMCSA:
- In 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 2% increase from 2015.
- There was a 28% increase in the number of fatal large truck and bus accidents between 2009 and 2016.
- Since 2009, the number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 62% to 97,000 in 2015. In 2016, there were an estimated 119,000 injury crashes, based on new CRSS data collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Fatal crashes involving large trucks tend to occur in rural areas and on Interstate highways. Approximately 61% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27% occurred on Interstate highways, and 15% fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways.
- 37% of all fatal crashes, 23% of all injury crashes, and 20% of all property-damage-only crashes involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.).
- The vast majority of fatal crashes (84%) and nonfatal crashes (88%) involving large trucks occurred on weekdays (Monday through Friday).
- In 2016, 27% of work zone fatal crashes and 8% of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck.
- There were 12.0 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2016, a 13% increase from 10.6 in 2010.
These statistics show why U.S. roadways can be so dangerous. If you or a family member has been injured in a crash with a big rig, talk to Indiana truck accident attorney Mike Stephenson at 317-825-5110 for a free initial consultation. You will benefit from Mike’s 30 years of experience and his exceptional client care.
Why Do Large Truck Accidents Happen?
Consider these factors that aggravate the risk posed to drivers by big rigs:
- 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 ignite into flames upon impact.
- Driver Fatigue: Several factors can contribute to the instability of truck drivers, their reaction time and decision-making ability. Lack of sleep, drug and alcohol abuse, or improper on-the-job training can all lead to dangerous collisions.
Your Indiana Truck Accident Lawyer: Trusted Advisor, Proven Advocate
Our job as truck accident lawyers is to advise and guide our clients throughout the legal process and protect them from opponents’ tactics. Here are some suggestions we want to share 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. Our Indiana truck accident lawyers are committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (regardless of cost) to uncover what happened. Your experts will come from around the world if necessary and help prove your case.
- You are Responsible for the Investigation. The accident investigation conducted by law enforcement is primarily concerned with determining criminality – not investigating liability. One of the first calls truckers make after an accident is to their company, which instantly dispatches an investigative unit to begin the process of mitigating their financial loss. You need an investigative team on your side working just as hard to secure the evidence needed to prove your claim. That’s why you need to contact a truck accident attorney at McNeely Stephenson promptly. Please call us at 317-825-5110 for a free initial consultation.
Transportation Accident Statistics in Indiana
The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) collect data annually to track transportation crash statistics:
- In 2016, 223,733 collisions occurred in Indiana, 768 of which were fatal.
- The mean number of collisions per county was 2,432, and the mean number of fatal collisions per county was 8.
- Marion County ranked highest in the total number of collisions (37,447), and Pike County ranked highest in the percentage of all collisions that were fatal.
- In 2016, 46% of all vehicle occupants killed in Indiana collisions were not wearing seatbelts.
- There were 5,487 work zone collisions in Indiana in 2016.
- In 2016, 46,384 young drivers (ages 15 to 20) were involved in collisions (13.4% of all drivers involved). Forty-seven young drivers were killed in 2016 collisions.
- In 2016, there were 16,873 traffic collisions involving one or more commercial vehicles; of these, 88% (14,709) involved large trucks.
- Commercial vehicle collisions in Indiana have increased from 2012 to 2016 by about 6% per year. From 2015 to 2016, there were increases in collisions involving large trucks (4%) and buses (6%).
- Of the 114 fatal collisions that included a commercial vehicle in 2016, 96% (110) involved large trucks.
- 131 commercial vehicles were linked to fatal collisions in Indiana in 2016, and almost all were large trucks.
Large Truck Types
- single 2-axle, 6 tires
- single 3 or more axles
- truck/trailer–not semi
- tractor–cab only, no trailer
- tractor/one semi-trailer
- tractor/double trailer
- tractor/triple trailer
In Indiana in 2016, large trucks were involved in:
- 87% of all commercial vehicle collisions (14,709 total)
- 89% of all commercial vehicle injury collisions (1,972)
- 97% of all commercial vehicle fatal collisions (110)
Commercial Vehicle (CV) Definitions in Indiana
People sometimes think “commercial vehicle” and “large truck” mean the same thing, but not in Indiana. Traffic officials define large trucks as just one type of commercial vehicle. When you see “CV” it can mean:
- large trucks
- combination vehicles
- pickup trucks over 10,000 pounds
- buses with 15+ passengers with driver
- school buses
- any vehicle with a hazardous materials (hazmat) placard.
In 2016, commercial vehicles were involved in:
- 16,873 total collisions
- 2,222 injury collisions
- 114 fatal collisions.
Contact an Indiana Truck Accident Attorney Now
If you’ve been injured in a big truck collision, talk to Indiana truck accident attorney Mike Stephenson at 317-825-5110 for a free initial consultation. Set aside worry and confusion about legal matters and concentrate on healing and getting better. Mike has 30 years of legal experience, significant investigative and financial resources and high standards of client care. He will confront the trucking companies and insurers and stand up for your rights.
When and Where Do Large Truck Accidents Occur in Indiana?
- January is the most dangerous month of the year in Indiana for truck accidents. This is likely because it is one of the worst months for cold and icy weather when visibility is low.
- According to the ICJI, a total of 7,842 total commercial vehicle collisions occurred in Indiana in the month of January between 2012 and 2016, or an average of 1,568 each year.
- The least dangerous month during that period was April (5,435 total collisions, or 1,087 each year).
- The most dangerous day of the week in Indiana for truck accidents is Tuesday.
- A total of 13,997 total commercial vehicle collisions occurred on that day between 2012 and 2016 (2,800 per year on average).
- The least dangerous day: Sunday (3,856 total collisions, or 771 per year during that period).
Source: Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI)
Feeling Alone and Confused After a Large Truck Crash?
When you’ve been injured in a vehicle collision, everything can feel overwhelming. Hospitals, doctors, X-rays, lab tests, phone calls from insurance companies, certified letters in the mail. An experienced Indiana truck accident attorney can bring order to this confusion and create a much-needed, quiet refuge for you while you recover. By taking charge of the situation on your behalf, a personal injury lawyer can reduce your stress, sleeplessness and frustration. We can bring calm to a tumultuous situation.
TALK TO OUR INDIANA TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE A 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 for you.
Call to learn more about our investigative and litigation strategies: 1-317-825-5200.