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Maximizing Settlement Value of Trucking Accident Claims

AutoTruck  Accident Compensation Lawyer Compelling Factors in a Truck Accident Settlement

Trucking accidents impact lives on a large scale and have lasting consequences. When negligence is involved, injured victims deserve full compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies may be quick to initiate a truck accident settlement. However, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney before accepting any settlement offers or else you risk settling for much less than you deserve.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501
 

Estimating a proper settlement in an Indianapolis trucking accident

No two Indianapolis truck accidents are the same. How much your accident settlement is worth depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The extent of injuries
  • How your injuries impact your life and livelihood
  • Where the accident claim is filed
  • The ability of your attorney to present a compelling case

Prior cases and court decisions also weigh heavily on the outcome of an Indianapolis truck accident settlement.

At Ward & Ward, we take the time to understand your complete story and assess the difference in your quality of life before and after a truck accident. We leverage experience and knowledge to obtain fair settlements for accident victims and their families.

Our experienced Indianapolis attorneys maximize recovery

Having the skilled attorneys of Ward & Ward behind you maximizes the value of your settlement in several ways:

  • Access to key resources – We preserve evidence, fully investigate truck accidents, and establish negligence of the other party. We also document the full impact of injuries, including necessary future treatment to ensure bills are paid and families are not left in financial ruin.
  • Specialized knowledge – The trucking industry is governed by complex state and federal laws. At Ward & Ward, we focus almost exclusively on personal injury cases, including truck accidents. So we understand the specifics of Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations and Indiana laws, including the statute of limitations. Our attorneys pinpoint negligent acts, identify trucking law violations, and determine all potential defendants to help you receive the best possible Indianapolis trucking accident settlement.
  • Leverage with the insurance companies – Even before you file suit, the insurance companies may offer to settle your case. However, an early accident settlement is likely to reimburse only a fraction of total damages. Involving an attorney protects your interests and demands that the insurance companies take you seriously and offer full reimbursement for your losses.

Handling your Indiana truck accident and injury cases

If you or a loved one is a victim of an Indianapolis trucking accident, contact Ward & Ward to arrange a free consultation. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How Semi-Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents in Indiana

Indianapolis Turck Accident Injury Attorney When you need an attorney to represent you, select a lawyer with tractor-trailer accident litigation experience to represent you.

With semi-trucks responsible for delivering as much as 75 percent of all cargo shipped across the United States, motorists and trucks are forced to share the roadways daily. However, sharing the roadway with such big vehicles poses some unique hazards.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Most semi-trucks in the United States have six to ten wheels, are more than eight feet wide, 13 feet tall, and weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When semi-truck accidents in Indianapolis occur, the results are often fatal. Seeking guidance from the experienced team at Ward & Ward can help ensure your rights are protected and proper measures are taken to achieve just compensation for your losses.

How truck accidents differ from motor vehicle accidents

A semi-truck accident differs from a regular car accident in a number of ways, including:

Size and construction

The sheer difference in size between a semi-truck and a car often means the damage and injuries in a semi-truck accident are much worse. Semi-trucks are more difficult to maneuver, turn, and control meaning even the smallest obstacle in the road or unexpected turn of events can become a potential catastrophe. The way semi-trucks are constructed and operated also creates opportunity for accidents. Trucks have numerous blind spots that increase the chances a truck may run a car off the road. Also trucks require greater stopping distance that leads to dangerous rear-end collisions when a truck is forced to stop short.

Driver conditions

Because semi-truck drivers are under pressure to reach destinations quickly, they often work long hours without proper breaks and become more easily distracted, prone to the influence of drugs and alcohol to stay awake, and more likely to drive while fatigued. All of these factors can contribute to a potential accident.

Trucking laws and regulations

Laws that govern the operation of semi trucks are much more complex than those for motor vehicles, as are the rules surrounding litigation of trucking accidents versus auto accidents. For these reasons, it is extremely important to seek guidance from an experienced lawyer if you are involved in a trucking accident.

Determining fault is often more difficult than in a car accident. A semi truck accident attorney knows liability may fall on a number of different parties and each may have a separate insurance policy. With so many people and companies involved, it pays to have a skilled attorney who knows how to handle properly an investigation and uncover the responsible party.

Handling your Indiana truck accident and injury cases

At Ward & Ward, our semi-truck accident attorneys have the skills necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one is a victim of an accident in the Indianapolis greater metropolitan area or in the state of Indiana, contact Ward & Ward to arrange a free consultation with a skilled lawyer today. We are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Exhausted Semi Drivers and Inclement Indiana Weather – a Dangerous Combination

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Exhausted Commercial Truck Drivers and Inclement Weather – A Deadly Combination

Bone-chilling temperatures have shaken up even the most seasoned cold-weather veterans in the Midwest. The “polar vortex” pushing through Indiana has brought record freezing temperatures across the region— and life-threatening conditions to our state’s roads. Combine such conditions with an 18-wheeler / semi tractor-trailer, an overworked trucker and snowy, icy highways to create a terrifying nightmare for motorists in Indiana. Many drivers avoid hitting the pedal too hard when the weather gets bad, but too often truck drivers, already operating on a narrow time margin, may not — and the resulting consequences of their negligence can be catastrophic. The risks for truckers driving in winter storms increases, due to a few specific reasons:Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

  • Truckers spend more time on the road than normal drivers. They suffer from exhaustion, which slows reaction times and can prove fatal when roadways are icy and snowy.
  • Due to their sheer size and mass, trucks naturally take longer to stop — in messy winter weather, their stop time can slow even more.
  • Heavy winds may cause a tractor-trailer to jack-knife or blow over.
  • Truck drivers already have limited sight in typical conditions and rely on mirrors to see other vehicles. Snow, hail, rain, sleet and icy rain decreases visibility even more.
  • Because drivers of smaller vehicles may unexpectedly skid out, truckers may have a difficult time gauging how others react in dangerous conditions.

Avoid driving when the roads freeze or when visibility is limited, and maintain a safe following distance from semi trucks or 18-wheeler tractor-trailers. Keep a safety kit in your car. If a truck collides into you on the road, immediately file a police report and seek medical assistance. Afterward, contact an accident lawyer to learn about appropriate legal recourse. Indianapolis trucking accident attorneys are here to help during emergencies. Even when poor weather is partially to blame for a crash, you still may be entitled to collect compensation from the driver at fault.

By Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501

Indiana Truck Accident Injury or Wrongful Death Claims Require Swift Legal Action by an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer

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Most truck drivers operate their vehicles responsibly, exercising care and respect for others. But due to size, weight and velocity, an accident involving a truck can produce severe injuries that dramatically alter a person’s quality of life.

If you or a family member or members have been involved in an accident with injuries or death caused by the negligence of a semi-truck or tractor-trailer big rig owner/driver, you should immediately seek the advice and legal counsel of a skilled injury attorney who has experience litigating complex truck accident claims. The unique aspects of trucking accident claims require immediate action from your legal team including a demand upon defendant(s) to preserve all evidence your lawyer deems essential to the litigation of your claim. Such evidence will likely include black box recovery from the commercial motor vehicle and the download of critical information recorded moments before and up to the time of the crash. Pair black box data with eye witness testimony and a picture begins to form. Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501In addition, your injury attorney will seek to protect from spoliation owner/operator phone records and communications, personnel files, driver’s logs, drug testing reports and service records along with other valuable pieces of evidence critical to your case.

An experienced truck accident lawyer will immediately identify the responsible parties, physically investigate and photograph the scene of the accident, the approach to the scene and the physical surroundings at the scene and discuss the facts of the crash in depth with investigating officers. Your attorney may contact media for news reports and film, request 911 recordings and obtain police report(s) and photographs. If the accident occurred in an area served by businesses, a request for security camera files may be made upon surrounding businesses for the purpose of obtaining additional evidence. And a private investigator hired by your attorney will search for witnesses to the accident and contact each one personally to obtain their statement.

All of this and much more is coordinated and carried out by your lawyer and their legal team as soon as possible after the collision has occurred and before files can become lost, misplaced or corrupted as digital files sometime do.

Wrongful death caused by negligence of a commercial motor vehicle owner/operator

If a person has died from injuries received in a collision involving a commercial motor vehicle, all of the steps mentioned above will occur. But in addition, an estate must be opened for the deceased person and a representative appointed to act on their behalf in the ensuing litigation.

Our truck accident lawyers have the resources to finance your commercial semi-truck accident claim

Like medical malpractice claims, a truck accident claim requires financial resources to effectively pursue litigation of your claim. When you are seeking legal representation for your truck accident claim, you need to be sure that your attorney has the monetary resources required to hire a private investigator and to pay for the necessary expert witnesses that will write reports and testify on your behalf. If the parties involved are unable or unwilling to reach a reasonable settlement agreement, you can be confident that Ward & Ward Law Firm attorneys have the staff and the financial resources to take your claim to trial.

Your legal team, under the direction of your attorney, will devote many hours to your case while you or your loved one focus attention on recuperating from injuries sustained and all matters of health and well-being.

The attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm have more than 85 years of combined experience litigating claims involving commercial motor vehicles and have the financial resources to effectively and successfully represent you or your loved ones. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for an in-depth review and analysis of your claim.

By Charlie Ward
cpw@wardlawfirm.com