Truck Accident Attorneys in Northwest Indiana
Accidents involving commercial semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, or other large vehicles can be some of the most devastating accidents on the road. These trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles, and accidents involving them can be very serious. Tragically, thousands are involved in fatal large truck accidents every year.
If you or a loved one are the victim of a truck driver’s negligence, you may have the right to legal compensation for your injuries and the medical bills you have incurred. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you consider your legal options. At Harper & Harper, our attorneys have more than 80 years of combined legal experience. From minor injuries to accidents involving serious bodily injury, our attorneys work to make sure that semi-truck crash victims get the compensation they deserve.
Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries
Even a simple truck crash can involve complicated legal claims. An experienced truck accident lawyer can help you determine whether you have a right to compensation and how to make your strongest claim. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident with a large truck, legal counsel can help you determine whether the truck driver, trucking company, or even truck manufacturer may be at fault for any number of reasons, including:
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Lack of driver experience or training
- Failure to maintain the truck
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
An experienced lawyer can also help you determine the type of damages that you may be able to recoup. Car accident victims can often receive compensation for many types of damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Physical disability
- Wrongful death
At Harper & Harper, our attorneys have experience helping accident victims in Indiana determine whether they have a legal claim and the damages they may be able to recover.
Contact Harper & Harper for a Free Initial Consultation
Contacting an attorney early can ensure that you have the guidance you need every step of the way. At Harper & Harper, our attorneys look forward to meeting with you during a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and your potential case. Contact our office today at (219) 762-9538 to discuss your case. Our phones are answered around the clock.
10 Things to Never Do If You’re Injured in a Truck Accident
- Never let the other driver convince you to NOT call the police. The other driver may have a suspended license, an outstanding warrant or be under the influence of intoxicants and may ask that you keep the police out of it. Don’t. In other words, always call the police. A police report can be invaluable post-accident.
- Never leave the scene without exchanging your name, your contact information and your vehicle registration number with everyone involved. If the accident results in physical injury, or death, call the police, or 911, immediately. Wait for the police to arrive. Leaving the scene of the accident without taking these steps, even for a minor impact, can be a crime.
- Never assume the police will take pictures of the scene or of the vehicles. In other words, if you’re physically able, take pictures at the scene, or ask a friend or family member to do so.
- Never engage in extensive conversation, other than with the police or medical professionals, at the scene of the accident, especially about the circumstances of the accident. In other words, limit your conversation, except with the police or medical professionals.
- Never assume someone else, whether the police or otherwise, will get the names and contact information for witnesses. Witnesses oftentimes won’t wait around for the police to come. In other words, get the names and contact information of any witnesses as soon as you’re physically able.
- If you’re hurt or in pain, don’t wait to get medical treatment. If you’re not in pain but reasonably believe you might be hurt, seek medical treatment. Symptoms of injury don’t always present themselves the same day, or even the same week. Slight pain can become severe pain in the days following a collision. A delay in treatment can provide an excuse for an insurance company to later deny your claim.
- Don’t wait to talk with an attorney. Insurance companies don’t wait to take statements of witnesses or wait to gather evidence. Memories fade, cars are repaired and people move. Talk with an attorney.
- Never give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company or investigator without first talking with an attorney.
- Never sign any document, unless it’s for the police or your own insurance agent. Most importantly, never sign a release without first consulting with an attorney.
- Never forgot to ask your insurance agent to provide proof of insurance to the State. Indiana law generally requires, if you’re involved in a collision, that you provide proof of insurance to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, generally within 90 days. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of your license.