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Your legal rights after a truck accident

What might start out as a relatively ordinary commute to the job or to the grocery store one day may end up being one of the most expensive drives you will ever take if you end up in a trucking accident. Due to the heavy weight and large size of a semi-truck, an accident involving such a truck can easily be more serious than one involving another passenger car. The accident can be costly from a physical, financial and emotional standpoint.

Sometimes a heavy truck crash is the result of the truck driver's carelessness behind the wheel. For instance, he or she might not have been paying attention to the road closely. If you have suffered injuries in this type of accident, it is within your rights to seek justice through the civil court system in Indiana.

Truck driver mistakes

As a general rule of thumb, the drivers of commercial vehicles are skilled at their jobs. However, a wide range of characteristics that are inherent in the truck driving business may contribute to trucking accidents. For example, perhaps a truck driver did not receive adequate training on driving techniques.

In other situations, compensation systems might encourage drivers to drive faster and to work more consecutive hours than what would typically be advisable. Trucking companies may also have unrealistic expectations and schedules designed to make drives move more quickly in spite of the safety risks that come with doing so.

Truck driver investigation

If a truck accident has caused you injuries, an attorney in Indiana can investigate the accident and help you to pinpoint all parties who may be liable for your injuries, such as the truck driver and his or her employer. Much of the information that your attorney will use if you file a personal injury claim is information from the site of the accident as well as from the police's own investigation.

However, your attorney in Indiana can also help you to obtain the driver's qualification file, which is a particularly important source of extra evidence. According to the law, this file must contain information about the driver's yearly reviews, employment application, drug and alcohol test results and comprehensive driving record. This information may be helpful in your efforts to seek the reimbursement of damages sustained in the collision.

If you are successful in your heavy truck crash case and receive a damage award, these funds may be helpful for addressing medical bills as well as pain and suffering stemming from the collision.


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