Carmel Truck Accident Lawyers You Can Count On
Vaughan & Vaughan can handle your injury claim for you
If you’ve been driving I-65 near Carmel, Indiana for long enough, you’ve probably had a close call or two with a semi-truck or another large, commercial vehicle. Truck accidents can happen at any time and can come out of nowhere.
Maybe the operator of an 80,000 lbs., fully loaded tractor-trailer didn’t see you in his blind spot when changing lanes. Or a drowsy trucker lost control of his truck and crashed into you. Perhaps there was an equipment malfunction - like a loose wheel or faulty brakes – that threatened your safety.
Every year, Vaughan & Vaughan represent claims for some of the more than 15,000 people involved in Indiana truck accidents. While many of the accidents are minor, about 2,000 of them result in death or serious injuries.
The size and speed of semi-trucks makes accidents with commercial vehicles some of the most violent roadway collisions a person can have the misfortune of enduring. They are also some of the most complicated.
When a truck hits you, it is very rarely the trucker alone who is liable for your injuries and damaged property. Lots of people and companies can be involved in your crash, including:
- Trucking company
- Cargo owner
- Parts manufacturers
- Cargo loaders
- Maintenance crews, among others
Passing the blame
There’s a lot more at stake for negligent people involved in truck accidents compared to crashes involving passenger vehicles. The trucking and transportation industry is highly regulated. Even a small blemish on a truck driver or trucking company’s record could cost them work, perhaps even their careers.
The trucking company, cargo owners, maintenance crews, etc. often have their own company lawyers to help them get out of trouble for the accident. Most of them will do all they can to deflect blame and put it back on you, the victim.
You shouldn’t be the only one at the negotiating table without a lawyer in your corner. We can be there for you, fighting for your rights. Vaughan & Vaughan represents most accident victims on contingency. As a result, the insurance companies pay our fees, not our clients.
We appreciate the amount of pressure the negligent trucker and industry associates are under during a crash investigation, but our firm is more concerned with justice for the people they injured – and that includes you.
Our firm will fight for your rights
Vaughan & Vaughan knows how to investigate truck accidents and negotiate for maximum compensation. For more than a century, our firm has helped injured people in Carmel and the Indianapolis Metro area get their lives back on track following bad accidents.
We know the law. We know how the local legal system works. We believe we can help you. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a free case review. We can help you understand the value of your claim and explain your legal options.
Common causes of truck accidents
When a semi-truck hits another vehicle in Indiana, it is often the trucker’s fault. Many of the top causes of semi-truck accidents are driver-related, according to state data. Only about 2 percent of crashes are caused by natural circumstances like poor weather or animals in the road.
There are three main types of large truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They are:
- Exiting the travel lane – either into another lane or off the road.
- Loss of vehicle control due to speeding, cargo shift, vehicle systems failure or poor road conditions among other reasons.
- Colliding with the rear end of another vehicle in the truck’s travel lane.
Some situations are at higher risks than others to cause a large truck accident. The biggest risk factor is cargo shift. This happens when a truck’s freight was improperly loaded or overloaded and it shifts during travel. The movement can throw off the balance of the truck and cause a rollover or jackknife accident.
Other risk factors include:
- Driver illness
- Illegal turn or another banned maneuver
- Tailgating (following too close)
- Driver inattention
Carmel truck accidents
Since the mid-1990s, Carmel has been on a mission to reduce traffic accidents in the city. The main tool used for the job is the roundabout. Carmel is home to more than 138 roundabouts - more than any other city in the U.S., according to local officials.
When Carmel began installing roundabouts, the city had about 20,000 residents and 200 accidents per year. Today, the number of accidents hasn’t changed much, but the population has increased dramatically. More than 100,000 people now live in Carmel.
The traffic accident rate has plummeted here, but has not disappeared. There are still areas that are more prone to accidents than others. When commercial trucks are involved, those areas are often on the highway and busy main strips. According to fatal data crash statistics, some of the deadliest roads in Carmel are:
- 106th Street
- Main Street
- 146th Street
Types of truck crash evidence
Due to all the regulations attached to the trucking and transportation industries, companies are required to meet rigorous standards and keep extensive records. Some of these records may be excellent evidence to support your claim.
If it’s relative to your case, Vaughan & Vaughan will go after evidence that includes:
- Black box recordings
- Miles traveled
- Hour logs
- Medical histories
- Toll receipts
- Criminal histories
- Loading dock camera footage
- Enforcement orders
- Product recalls
- Education, licenses, and certifications
We recover compensation for the injured
If you were hit by a truck trailer, you may be owed money for your medical expenses, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. To access these funds, you must file an insurance claim and successfully negotiate with an insurance adjuster, who is often backed by a team of corporate lawyers, to get all the money you deserve.
With your health and financial stability on the line, it is critical that you hire an experienced lawyer with a long track record of truck-accident claim success. Vaughan & Vaughan has been practicing law in Indiana since 1913. Among our recent settlements and verdicts, we obtained $4.4 million for a semi-truck accident and $1 million for the family of a loved one killed in a tractor-trailer accident.
You can trust that brothers attorneys Charles V. and Charles R. Vaughan will not settle for anything less than the best possible outcome on your claim. We’re not interested in making a quick deal that will provide you with barely enough money to cover an ambulance ride to St. Vincent’s. We want you to get everything you are owed.
Vaughan & Vaughan offers free case evaluations to truck accident victims. We will listen to the details of your accident and learn more about the extent of your injuries and losses. We can explain, in plain English, how the law applies to your situation.
Call or email us to schedule an appointment and start working on your claim today.