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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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Indiana is known as “The Crossroads of America” . . . and for good reason. More major highways intersect in Indiana than in any other state. With a total 1,190 miles of interstates traversing it – most of them converging in Indianapolis – Indiana leads the country in interstates per square mile.

While convenient, these interstates pose unique dangers.

Those of us who live and/or work in Indiana benefit from the convenience of these multi-lane thoroughfares. Perhaps you are one of the commuters who regularly use one of these Indiana interstate highways:

  • I-64, with 123 miles in Indiana
  • I-65, with 261 miles in this state
  • I-69, of which 224 miles are in Indiana
  • I-70, with 156 miles going through Indiana
  • I-74, which has 172 miles traversing the Hoosier state
  • I-80, with 152 between our borders
  • I-90, with 156 miles in Indiana
  • I-94, with just 46 here.

CarInsuranceComparison.com ranks Indiana in the top three of the states with the safest highways, outranked by only Iowa and Minnesota. And yet, we have become accustomed to hearing news reports of accidents on Indiana interstates, some of them deadly. Read More: Highway Work Zone Accidents

At the Indiana law firm of McNeely Stephenson, we have been representing clients injured in vehicle accidents for more than three decades. Our accident attorneys have successfully litigated cases involving cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles. Some crashes occurred on rural roads, some on city streets, and still others on those thousands of miles of Indiana interstates.

Example Accident Lawsuits

What causes interstate accidents?

One or more of the following primary factors could be the cause of an interstate crash:

Weather – About 50 vehicles were involved in a massive pileup on Interstate 70 in Hendricks County, Indiana, on January 31, 2013.The accident occurred in heavy snowfall, and road conditions were described as slick.

Reckless or distracted drivers:

  • On October 1, 2013, state and county police responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-70 in Clay County. A driver struck the rear of another vehicle, causing both vehicles to run off the road and one to flip. Witnesses reported that the driver had been speeding and weaving in and out of traffic prior to the crash. He was cited for reckless driving, unsafe lane movement, and following too close.
  • On the last day of September 2013, a man was killed in a multi-vehicle crash that closed I-69 for several hours. He had been stopped in traffic which was waiting to exit the interstate and was struck from behind by a car which did not brake. The force of the crash pushed the front vehicle into another car and into the path of an oncoming semi-truck. The semi then veered and struck yet another car.

Heavy truck traffic – A truck driver was blamed for a fiery crash on August 16, 2013, which happened on I-65 and killed seven family members. Their Jeep Cherokee was rear-ended by the semi and the impact pushed them into another semi ahead of them. The car was crushed between the two trucks.

Wrong-way drivers – A car going the wrong way on Interstate 74 in central Indiana on July 24, 2013, crashed head-on into a semi trailer, starting a fire and closing the highway for hours. The trucker said he saw the car coming toward him fast and he was unable to avoid the crash.

Drunk drivers – Drunk driving was responsible for a motorcycle accident that shut down Interstate 65 on September 2, 2011. Three motorcycles were traveling together; at least two of the drivers were drunk. Two cycles collided, throwing the drivers from their bikes. One was killed.

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

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Vehicle Accident Injuries

If you have been injured in an accident that occurred on an interstate in Indiana, attorney Mike Stephenson can help you recover damages from the responsible parties. Whether that was a drunk driver, an irresponsible trucker, a negligent work crew, or a company transporting goods by interstate shipping, Mike will diligently investigate the accident and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. Put an Indiana interstate accidents lawyer on your side.

Call 855-206-2555 or use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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