Indiana has the nickname, “Crossroads of America.” We have many major roadways that connect our state to the rest of the country. Because of that, we see many commercial trucks coming and going throughout Indiana at all times. And with Hammond, Indiana’s proximity to Chicago, it’s entirely likely that drivers will encounter a high number of semi trucks on the road.
Most drivers have nothing to fear. However, you should always drive safely and cautiously, especially when approaching a large commercial truck. Ending up in an accident with one of these massive vehicles can wreak havoc, which could result in expensive damages as well as sky-high medical bills.
But if you were not to blame for the accident, you shouldn’t have to pay for the damages or hospital bills. Instead, you might want to consider filing a personal injury claim. Winning your claim won’t erase the accident from ever happening, but financial compensation may be able to make the recovery process just a bit easier.
Don’t miss out on the financial compensation you deserve. Instead, trust our team of experienced Hammond truck accident lawyers to handle your case.
Please get in touch with us at your earliest convenience. You can call us at 317-472-3333, chat with us online, or use our online contact form. As part of our commitment to accessibility, someone from our team will be around to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your case truly matters to us.
Passenger vehicles just aren’t a match for commercial trucks
The fact of the matter is that commercial trucks tend to cause more damage in accidents due to their sheer size. A fully loaded semi truck can weigh up to about 80,000 pounds. An average car that weighs about 4,000 pounds just doesn’t stand a chance. When large commercial trucks collide with passenger vehicles, they cause a substantial amount of damage. Sadly, this sometimes also results in personal injuries or even fatalities.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 4,998 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2020 across the United States. This is a five percent decrease from 2019, but it’s still an alarming statistic. Even if a person is not killed in an accident, they may sustain incredibly serious, life-altering injuries after colliding with a commercial truck.
Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Drivers failing to adhere to poor road conditions, including poor weather conditions
- Distracted driving, including drowsy driving
- Overloaded trailers
Most truck drivers are fully trained and understand what is expected of them when they get behind the wheel of their truck. Rules and regulations even exist to dictate how long drivers can be on the road without a break.
However, some truck drivers skirt around the rules and don’t always comply. Sadly, they put everyone else on the road in danger when they aren’t fully following the rules. This is when accidents occur and innocent people get seriously hurt.
If this happens to you, you do have options.
Follow the proper channels after your accident with a truck
After any accident on the road, it’s imperative to call proper authorities. If the situation is serious, it’s a good idea to call 911. They will send the necessary first responders to the scene of the accident.
However, the Hammond Police Department has non-emergency numbers and department offices you also might need to get in touch with.
- Hit and run unit: 219-852-2940
- Records: 219-852-2901
After your accident, you’ll need to get in touch with the police’s record department in order to obtain a copy of your accident report.
After the police document the accident, it’s an excellent idea to seek proper medical treatment. If your injuries are serious enough, first responders might take you straight to the hospital from the scene of the accident. But if not, you should follow up with a professional healthcare worker who can thoroughly examine you.
Unfortunately, Franciscan Health permanently closed at the end of 2022. But there are other healthcare facilities near Hammond that would gladly examine you:
- Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana: 219-836-1600
- St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, Indiana: 219-392-1700
- St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Indiana: 219-942-0551
If you plan on pursuing a personal injury claim, it’s important to seek out proper healthcare treatment – even if you feel fine. It’s entirely possible that you have hidden injuries that won’t show up until later. On top of that, your truck accident lawyer will need copies of your medical records in order to prove that you deserve financial compensation for your injuries.
You have friends on your side when you choose to work with us
In the aftermath of your truck accident, you might be incredibly confused and overwhelmed. It’s hard to know what your next steps should be. That’s where we would like to step in and help. You can trust the Hammond truck accident lawyers at Hensley Legal Group to help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys in Hammond are always fully committed to success and client satisfaction. We will never guarantee results, but you can always rely on us to act with integrity and treat you like family. And our reputation speaks for itself. You can always read through reviews from our clients and hear from them. We’ve had the pleasure of representing Hoosiers in Hammond and throughout the state of Indiana, and we would be happy to work with you as well.
Our team also operates on a contingency basis, so we will never charge you for our services unless we win your case for you.
Time is of the essence here, so don’t wait. When you’re ready to talk about your accident, contact us at 317-472-3333, chat with us online, or use the contact form on our website. We are able to start working on your case in under an hour.
When you find yourself injured in an accident with a truck in Hammond, Indiana, you can always count on your friends at Hensley Legal Group to lend a helping hand.