Kokomo Truck Accident Lawyers
We investigate crashes caused by tractor-trailers and other commercial trucks
Truck accidents in Kokomo can be complicated legal cases. Because many commercial truck drivers work for a trucking company or another business, you’re not just taking legal action against the driver who caused your crash. Your case often involves several different companies, their insurance companies and their attorneys.
Such cases are also often very challenging because the injuries sustained by yourself or other people in your vehicle are often very serious. That’s why it’s critical that you have a lawyer on your side who knows how to investigate accidents caused by commercial truck drivers. Otherwise, you might not get the money you deserve for your accident expenses.
Our attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan in Kokomo can help you every step of the way. We understand the state and federal laws governing commercial truck accidents in Indiana. We know how the legal system works. That’s because we have decades of experience handling complicated cases in Howard County and throughout Indiana. Our law firm was founded in 1913 and we’re ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
What evidence matters?
Accidents caused by big rigs, tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and other large commercial vehicles are unlike many than other accidents. That’s partly because the evidence related to such cases can often be very different. That’s why it’s important that you have a lawyer investigating your accident with experience handling commercial truck accident claims.
Evidence often includes data recorded in a truck’s electronic data recorder. Sometimes referred to as a “black box” or engine control module, these devices record important information related to your accident, including:
- The speed the truck was traveling at the time of the crash When the truck driver last took a break
- Whether the truck driver applied the brakes or not before the crash
Other evidence that can also often be very useful in truck accident cases includes:
- Truck inspection reports (or evidence that the truck was not routinely inspected)
- The truck driver’s driving history, especially if the driver has received traffic violations for speeding, drunk driving or other infractions
- The trucking company’s hiring records, especially if the trucking company knowingly hired a driver with a history of reckless driving
These are just a few examples of important evidence unique to truck accident claims. Your lawyer can search for evidence and other important details when investigating your case.
Who can I sue after my truck crash?
Unlike other accidents, truck accidents often involve many different people and several companies. If any of them were responsible for causing your crash, you can take legal action against each one of them. Such parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company the driver works for
- The owner of the truck’s cab if it’s a different company
- The owner of the trailer in cases involving tractor trailers
- The company that loaded the truck, especially if the content of the truck shifted and caused a rollover truck accident
- The company that packaged the contents in the truck, especially if the contents in the truck came lose and contributed to the cause of the accident
- The company that manufactured the truck or certain truck parts, particularly the truck’s brakes and the truck’s tires. Tire blowouts sometimes occur due to manufacturer defects
- The insurance company for the truck driver or any of these companies, especially if they make a low settlement offer or deny your accident claim
Whoever was at fault, it’s important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action in Indiana. The deadline (known as the statute of limitations) for filing a lawsuit related to a truck accident is two years.
Two years might seem like a long time, but what many people might not realize is trucking companies do not have to save electronic data or other important evidence for two years. They have the right to destroy evidence much sooner. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to a lawyer right away who can thoroughly investigate your truck accident claim.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
Many times, trucking companies or their insurance providers make settlement offers to people injured in truck accidents or their families soon after an accident. While it might be tempting to accept their offer, most settlement claims don’t come close to covering all your accident-related expenses. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider an offer before agreeing to accept it.
It's also important to realize that you often can only accept one settlement offer for all your current and future accident expenses. If your expenses go up significantly in the future or if you need additional medical procedures, including follow-up surgery, you cannot go back and ask for more money once you have accepted a settlement offer.
Your lawyer can help you review any settlement offers you receive after your truck accident. An experienced attorney can also calculate how much your accident claim should be worth, including all current and future anticipated expenses, including medical bills and replacement income if you or a loved one have a permanent disability due to your accident.
Why should I hire Vaughan & Vaughan after my truck accident?
Experience matters when it comes hiring a lawyer to handle your truck accident claim. It’s also important to hire an attorney who knows your area and understands how the legal system works in your state.
For more than a century, our lawyers have been standing up for the rights of people injured in accidents caused by commercial truck accidents in Indiana. Founded in 1913, our law firm has the knowledge and experience you need to demand the money you deserve. We’re also familiar with the state and federal laws governing commercial truck accidents, including all applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations.
Learn more about how we can help you after your truck accident. Contact us and schedule a free consultation at our law firm’s Kokomo office. We’re conveniently located on North Washington Street a few blocks away from the Howard County Courthouse.