Law Firm with a Focus on Truck Accident Injuries in Fort Wayne, IN
Truck drivers are licensed professionals. Still, truckers in Indiana and throughout the country frequently engage in careless and reckless driving that endangers the safety of everyone who shares the road with them. If a negligent trucker recently caused a crash that injured you or caused the loss of your loved one, then you have the right to seek justice and pursue full and fair compensation for the harm you have suffered. Contact our Fort Wayne truck accident lawyer today.
The truck accident attorneys at Truitt Law Offices are ready to help you. Make your first call, your only call. With more than 40 years of experience with handling truck accident claims on behalf of victims and their families in Fort Wayne, Huntington and throughout Northeast Indiana, we will know the way forward.
Truck accidents require immediate investigation. So, waiting is not an option. Contact our accident law firm today for a free and timely consultation. We will start work on your case right away, and we will charge no fees unless we secure compensation for you.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Should You Do After a Truck Accident in Fort Wayne?
- 2 How Can a Lawyer Help You After a Fort Wayne Trucking Accident?
- 3 What Are Common Causes of Indiana Tractor-Trailer Accidents?
- 4 Does It Matter If the Trucking Company Violated Regulations?
- 5 Who Can You Sue in a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Indiana?
- 6 What Damages Can You Recover in an Indiana Truck Accident Claim?
- 7 How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Indiana?
- 8 Our Fort Wayne Truck Accident Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
What Should You Do After a Truck Accident in Fort Wayne?
If you are involved in a crash with a large commercial truck in Fort Wayne, calling Truitt Law Offices should be your first move. Personal Injury Attorney Richard Truitt, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and attorney Daniel Brophy will know the right steps to take in order to protect your rights and prepare your claim for damages. Additionally, you should try to do as much of the following as possible:
- Immediately seek medical attention. A doctor can diagnose your injuries and start your treatment. As you move forward, make sure to follow your doctor’s orders.
- Report the accident to your insurance company. Your auto insurance policy likely requires you to give notice – regardless of who was at fault.
- Keep everything related to the crash. Keep your photos, the clothes you wore, your medical bills and receipts of all other out-of-pocket expenses. You should also keep copies of any letters or e-mails from insurance companies.
- Get a copy of your crash report. You can check with the agency that responded to the crash such as the Fort Wayne Police Department or Allen County Sheriff’s Office, or you can order a copy online at Buy Crash.
- Write down what happened. Take a moment and jot down everything you can recall about what occurred right before and after the time of impact. Your notes will help to refresh your memory later on. You may also want to keep a journal that documents your recovery from the crash.
- Don’t talk with the trucker’s insurance company. Trucking companies and their insurers are aggressive – and completely out to protect themselves. Never give a statement or access to your medical records, and never accept a settlement offer until you discuss the matter first with your lawyer from Truitt Law Offices.
- Stay positive and keep fighting. It is easy to get confused, stressed and discouraged after such a traumatic event as a truck accident. Don’t let this happen to you. Stay focused on your physical recovery and your family and rest easy while knowing that Truitt Law Offices is working hard to pursue maximum compensation for you.
How Can a Lawyer Help You After a Fort Wayne Trucking Accident?
Trucking companies and their insurers will move quickly to protect their interests after one of their drivers gets involved in a crash. You will need to move quickly, too, with help from an experienced truck accident attorney in Fort Wayne.
At Truitt Law Offices, we will promptly take steps to preserve, collect and analyze evidence such as:
- Photos from the crash scene
- Data from the electronic data recorder (or “black box”)
- GPS data
- Driver logbooks
- Inspection and maintenance records
- The truck driver’s cell phone records
- The trucker’s alcohol and drug test results
- Statements from eyewitnesses.
Typically, in tractor-trailer accident cases, we will also turn to our network of highly knowledgeable experts in fields such as engineering, accident reconstruction, and transportation safety in order to determine why a crash happened and who should be held responsible for it.
While you focus on your rehabilitation and your loved ones, we will also gather your medical records, consult with medical experts and take other measures to calculate the damages you deserve. We will aggressively pursue a settlement with the insurance company (or companies) and, if necessary, we will be prepared to take your case to trial.
Our clients and their families serve as our top priority at Truitt Law Offices. We value our client relationships. From the start of your case, we will pay close attention to your needs, and we will always focus on what is important to you. If you have any questions, you can feel free to ask your attorney.
We represent truck accident victims on a contingency fee basis. So, you will pay no legal fees unless we secure compensation for you through a settlement or court award. We don’t want your concerns about paying upfront for an attorney to keep you from getting the legal help you need.
What Are Common Causes of Indiana Tractor-Trailer Accidents?
The most recent Indiana traffic crash facts show that commercial vehicle collisions are on the rise in Fort Wayne and across the state – and the negligence of truck drivers clearly is driving up those figures. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of commercial vehicle collisions in Indiana rose by 6 percent each year. The “primary factor” in about 94 percent of those crashes was a driver-related action, including:
- Following too closely
- Making an unsafe lane movement
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Unsafe backing
- Improper turning
- Speeding (or going too fast for weather conditions).
As we have seen at Truitt Law Offices, the underlying cause of these crashes often is driver behavior such as:
- Distracted driving (talking on a cell phone or texting while driving)
- Drowsy driving (driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel)
- Driving while impaired (by alcohol, controlled substances or certain types of prescription drugs that cause drowsiness)
- Failing to inspect and maintain the truck or trailer
- Failing to use proper equipment on the truck (such as blind-spot mirrors)
- Driving away without properly loaded and secured cargo.
You can count on Truitt Law Offices to thoroughly investigate your case and consult with experts in fields such as accident reconstruction, transportation safety, and engineering to determine the cause of your semi-truck crash.
Does It Matter If the Trucking Company Violated Regulations?
The commercial truck industry is subject to state and federal regulations that are aimed at promoting safety and preventing accidents. Truck drivers and trucking companies must comply with these regulations in addition to obeying Indiana’s motor vehicle laws. If a trucker or truck company violates these regulations, and you or a loved one suffers harm as a result of that violation, it may establish negligence as a matter of law, or negligence per se. For instance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations:
- Require routine inspection and maintenance of large commercial trucks
- Establish certain requirements that a driver must meet before being hired
- Mandate drug and alcohol testing of drivers
- Limit the hours that a driver can work during certain stretches of time (hours of service regulations)
- Prohibit texting while driving and the use of hand-held mobile phones
- Impose weight limits on tractor-trailers and their cargo.
Additionally, these regulations require truckers and trucking companies to keep logbooks and other records, and they require certain levels of liability insurance coverage (which reflects the major damage that can result in a crash). Our attorneys understand the ins-and-outs of these regulations, and we will be able to readily identify whether any violations contributed to a crash that has affected you and your family.
Who Can You Sue in a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Indiana?
If a truck driver’s negligence caused an accident that injured you or caused the loss of a loved one, that driver can and should be held liable. However, in a trucking accident case, many other parties may share responsibility, including:
- The truck driver’s employer
- The owner of the truck and/or the owner of the tractor-trailer
- A mechanic who inspected and worked on the truck
- A freight broker who oversaw the freight shipping process
- The manufacturer of a defective truck or truck part.
Truitt Law Offices will work hard to identify all responsible parties and all sources of compensation that are available to you and your loved ones.
What Damages Can You Recover in an Indiana Truck Accident Claim?
Attorneys Richard Truitt and Daniel Brophy and our legal team understand the types of life-changing injuries that people often suffer in collisions with tractor-trailers, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe fractures
Our team will pursue a full and fair recovery of all damages you have suffered. For instance, a personal injury claim that we file on your behalf may seek damages that include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Diminishment in your future earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages (in exceptional cases).
If you lost a loved one in the semi-truck accident, Truitt Law Offices can pursue damages through a wrongful death claim, including compensation for the loss of your loved one’s support and services.
How Long Do You Have to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit in Indiana?
Under Indiana’s statute of limitations, you typically must file a personal injury claim within two years from the date that a truck accident happens. If your loved one died in the collision, you must bring a lawsuit within two years from the date of his or her death. If you fail to do so, you could lose your right to compensation.
Your lawyer will need time to investigate and prepare your truck accident claim. So, the sooner you seek legal assistance, the better off you will be.
Our Fort Wayne Truck Accident Attorneys Are Ready to Help You
Don’t wait to get legal help if you were involved in a trucking accident in Fort Wayne, Huntington or elsewhere in Northeast Indiana. The trucking company and its insurer will act quickly and aggressively to protect its interests. You need to have an experienced lawyer on your side to protect you. Contact our car accident lawyers at Truitt Law Offices today for your free consultation.