Helping the injured in Lafayette
There are many different types of trucks that can be seen on the streets and highways of Indiana on any given day. These include delivery trucks, dump trucks, box trucks, tankers and flatbeds. And any of these could be involved in a serious accident. But none are as dangerous in an accident as semi-trucks.
Sometimes called big rigs, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers, semi-trucks can cause severe damage in a truck accident. People can be left with catastrophic injuries, which are sometimes fatal. The truck accident attorneys at Vaughan & Vaughan know the serious consequences of a crash with a semi-truck. We help victims recover financial compensation so they can rebuild their lives.
One factor that makes semi-trucks so dangerous is their size. Fully loaded, a semi-truck can weigh 80,000 pounds. And they often travel at high speeds on the highway. A collision with a much smaller passenger car or pickup truck that weighs 5,000 pounds is no contest. The force of impact can cause massive damage and leave drivers and passengers seriously hurt.
Types of tractor-trailer accidents
Another factor is the different types of accidents semi-trucks can cause. In certain situation, the trailer of a semi-truck can swing out and crash into cars traveling in other lanes of a highway. This is called a jackknife crash. In some cases, a semi-truck can roll over and slide into other vehicles at high speed. A smaller passenger car may collide with the rear or side of a semi-truck and slide under the trailer, with devastating results. This is known as an underride accident.
Yet another factor is the trucking companies. A negligent trucking company can put a semi-truck on the road that is an accident waiting to happen. For example, the company may neglect to perform required maintenance or wait too long to make needed repairs. Or it may hire drivers who are inexperienced or have a history of reckless driving.
The serious injuries suffered in an accident with a semi-truck can include broken bones, internal injuries, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Amputation may be needed in some cases. Victims may be left with permanent disability and some may require lifelong medical care. In each case, medical expenses can quickly become overwhelming.
Experienced local attorneys who get results
Our law firm knows how to hold negligent drivers and trucking companies accountable. We know how insurance companies operate and the tactics they use to try to avoid responsibility. Our legal team investigates trucking accidents and gathers the evidence that proves your injury was caused by negligence.
We determine the true amount of damages you suffered and fight to recover fair compensation. We build a strong case and focus on getting the best possible outcome, no matter how long it takes. Our firm has a long history of getting results for our clients through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.
If you've been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, it's important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Call our firm at 765-742-0056 for a free consultation with an experienced semi-truck accident attorney. Contact us today.