Commercial Vehicle Accidents
A history of helping the injured in Greater Lafayette
Many of the vehicles we see on the road are owned by businesses or agencies. These commercial vehicles bring their goods and services to people and other businesses. But the pressure of schedules can lead to an accident that leaves people hurt. The commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan help the injured recover compensation.
A truck accident involving a commercial vehicle can be complicated. The driver of the commercial vehicle may have been negligent. But the company that owns the vehicle and hired the driver may also share some of the blame.
Examples of commercial vehicles include:
- Delivery Vans - Delivery drivers face constant pressure to complete their routes on schedule. Some may respond by speeding or driving recklessly.
- Cargo Trucks - Drivers of these trucks usually have limited visibility inside the cab. Some businesses hire inexperienced drivers with little training and supervision who don't know how to safely operate a vehicle under those conditions.
- Mail Trucks - Mail carriers face pressure to complete their routes on time, and drivers may speed or drive recklessly.
- Fuel Trucks - Drivers of these trucks often have tight delivery schedules they need to meet. They are also carrying extremely dangerous cargo. An accident can lead to very serious injuries.
Commercial vehicle crashes complicated
Different types of negligence can cause a commercial vehicle accident. The driver may not be properly trained to drive the vehicle, which is often more difficult to handle than a typical passenger car. Or the driver may have been speeding, distracted while driving, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
The company that owns the vehicle can also be negligent. It may have failed to provide proper training for the driver. Or it may have given the driver an unrealistic delivery schedule. The company also has a responsibility to keep their vehicles properly maintained, and to promptly make any necessary repairs.
But proving negligence after an accident involving a commercial vehicle can be difficult. Neither the driver nor the company is likely to admit responsibility. And insurance companies aren't likely to be much help, either. They are mainly concerned with keeping payouts as low as possible to improve their profit margins.
Record of results
That's why you need an experienced commercial vehicle accident attorney fighting for your rights. Our firm has been helping people injured in accidents since 1913. We have handled all kinds of cases involving all kinds of motor vehicles. We know how to overcome the issues and obstacles that can prevent you from getting the financial compensation you deserve.
We know how to build strong cases that prove another's negligence caused your accident. We build cases insurance companies can't ignore. We know how to get results that matter. Many times, we recover compensation through a negotiated settlement. But if the insurance company won't agree to a settlement that works for you, we're ready to fight for you in court.
If you were hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it's important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with a commercial vehicle accident attorney. Simply call us at 765-742-0056 to schedule a time.