Large truck accidents can result in devastating damages and injuries, especially to the occupants of smaller vehicles. If you or a loved one suffered harm, Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers wants to help you get the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.
Our Kokomo truck accident lawyers can help if you were injured in a collision involving a:
- Big rig
- Farm vehicle
- Cargo truck
- Delivery van
- Garbage truck
- Fuel truck
- Construction vehicle
Kokomo Truck Accidents Can Cause Severe and Fatal Injuries
Big trucks are a familiar sight in Kokomo due to the town’s industry and positioning along U.S. Route 31 and several major Indiana state roads. The city is home to a Coca-Cola bottling plant, several Chrysler plants, and the Haynes International, Inc., headquarters, all of which need large trucks to deliver materials and transport finished goods.
However, large trucks can be a danger to passenger vehicle drivers and occupants. Common truck accident injuries include:
- Broken, fractured, or crushed limbs
- Severe cuts, scrapes, and bruising
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken ribs
- Organ damage
- Sprains and strains
- Internal bleeding
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Kokomo, call 800-333-9999
Our Lawyers Can Investigate Your Accident
Truck accident cases are usually more complex than those involving passenger vehicle drivers because they often concern multiple liable parties. You may have grounds for an insurance claim or lawsuit against the truck driver, their employer, the owner of the truck or trailer, or even the company responsible for the transported goods. Liability for your accident will depend on the cause, which may include:
- Driver negligence – Truck drivers, like all motorists, have a duty to operate their vehicle with care. This includes obeying the same traffic laws as all drivers, as well as rules and regulations that apply to commercial vehicle drivers. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) limits drive times and mandates breaks to prevent driver fatigue.
- Employer negligence – Trucking companies are responsible for maintaining the vehicles they own and to vet and train the drivers they hire. They mustregularly inspect the trucks in their fleet, make repairs, install proper safety equipment, verify their employees’ driving records and commercial vehicle licenses, and perform regular drug and alcohol testing.
- Vehicle problems – Not all trucking companies own the vehicles their drivers use. If a vehicle issue caused your accident, the entity liable for the truck’s maintenance may be financially responsible for your damages. Additionally, if the problem was due to a defect in the truck or its parts, a manufacturer may bear liability.
- Cargo problems – Improperly packed or secured cargo can create a hazard. For example, a shifting load could cause a driver to lose control of their truck or trailer. If issues with the truck’s cargo caused your collision, responsibility for your losses could fall with the owner or loader of the goods.
- Roadway problems – Defective traffic lights, cracked road surfaces, negligent snow and ice removal, and other roadway issues can lead to trucking accidents. If roadway problems caused your crash, you may have a case against a government entity or private owner.
Our personal injury lawyers will investigate your accident and determine who or what contributed to your crash. We will:
- Visit the site of your accident, take photos, and collect evidence
- Locate available cell phone video, surveillance footage, or dashcam video of your collision
- Interview eyewitnesses
- Work with crash reconstruction experts
- Obtain data from the truck’s electronic data recorder (“black box”)
- Gather vehicle inspection reports
- Collect the truck driver’s driving record and the trucking company’s hiring records
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We Will Help You Pursue Awards From All Liable Parties
We want to help you get every cent owed to you. This may mean filing claims or lawsuits against multiple parties to recover the awards you need to pay for your medical expenses and other losses. Our attorneys can help you pursue:
Economic damages include your concrete, out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of:
- Hospital stays
- Physical and occupational therapy
- In-home health services
- Medical equipment
- Lost wages
- Loss of your earning potential if you suffered a disabling injury
- Vehicle damages
- Household services
- Miscellaneous expenses (such as rental car fees, home modifications, or medical travel expenses)
Non-economic damages compensate accident victims for how their injuries affect their overall quality of life. Also called pain and suffering damages, they may include awards for:
- Physical pain
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of mobility or paralysis
- Loss of a limb
- Loss of a bodily function
Wrongful Death Awards
In Indiana, when someone dies because of another party’s negligent actions, a representative of their estate can seek wrongful death compensation. It will be on behalf of the estate and surviving family members, according to IC § 34-23-1-1. Depending on your relationship to the deceased, wrongful death awards may include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- The deceased’s lost wages
- Loss of the deceased’s love, guidance, and support
- Loss of consortium
How Will Indiana’s Statutes of Limitations Affect Your Case?
The statute of limitations establishes a window of time for taking legal action. In Indiana, you generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to IC § 34-11-2-4, and two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, according to IC § 34-23-2-1. If your case is against a government entity, you may have less time.
Insurance claims are not legally bound by the statute of limitations. However, an expired statute could reduce your bargaining power with the insurance company.
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Our Kokomo truck accident lawyers are ready to help you seek justice. We will put Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers’ 400 plus years of combined experience to work for you. We can help you seek compensation at no upfront fees or costs. To learn more, call our offices at 1-800-800-8888.