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Time for those fighting against your claim to pump the brakes.

Trucks are large, heavy vehicles that have the capacity to inflict serious damage on smaller vehicles when involved in a crash. Motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial trucks and semi trucks often result in severe or fatal injury, leaving innocent victims with irreparable damage or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Because of the size and weight of these types of vehicles, they can take longer to stop than other types of vehicles. In fact, braking capability and distance is a factor in a significant number of truck accidents. If you were hurt in an accident involving a semi truck in Indiana, you may find it beneficial to find out how you can seek a full recovery, both physically and financially.

Why does braking distance matter? 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, loaded semi trucks can take 20 to 40 percent longer to stop. There are several factors that can impact the distance that a truck needs to brake safely and avoid a collision, including:

  • Rain or poor weather conditions
  • Following too closely
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive or distracted driving
  • Poorly maintained brakes 

When a truck driver is tired, untrained or inattentive, it can mean that he or she may not be able to stop in enough time to avoid a collision. Fatigue is also a major factor in truck collisions. Despite the fact that truckers must follow regulations regarding how many hours they can drive, some of these individuals get behind the wheel too tired to drive safely or accurately judge the distance needed to stop in enough time.

Proving liability in a truck accident claim

Who is to blame for the injuries that you suffered in an accident involving a semi truck? You may unsure of your options and what you should do next in order to ensure that you receive the care that you need, but securing the guidance of an experienced attorney is a positive first step. 

Through physical evidence collected from the accident scene and more, it is possible to identify if braking distance did indeed play a role in your crash and if the crash was preventable. The evaluation process will also identify the parties financially liable for your accident injuries.

Your full and fair recovery

If you were hurt due to the negligence of another driver, you have the right to a full and fair recovery, even if that person was driving a semi truck. It is not always easy to secure rightful compensation from trucking companies and their insurance providers, but with the right help, you can effectively fight for the medical care and restitution you deserve.

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