September 1, 2023
Whenever you’re out on Indiana’s busy interstates, it’s pretty common to see large commercial vehicles coming and going. We really do depend on truckers and their rigs for so much. But when they’re involved in a wreck, catastrophic damage often occurs.
If you’re ever involved in a truck accident, you need to know that you do have options. There are people on your side who care about your case and want to do everything in their power to lend a hand as you get back on your feet.
Our team of Indianapolis truck accident lawyers are here and ready to listen to the details of your case. We understand that you’ve been through a lot. Let us handle your case so you can focus on getting better.
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Indiana is a very busy state when it comes to commercial traffic
As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana receives pretty heavy traffic – including large commercial trucks. These trucks rely on our state’s expansive interstate system to deliver goods and supplies all over the country and even internationally.
In fact, Indiana is the fifth busiest state for commercial freight traffic, as reported by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Because there are so many vehicles on the road, it’s absolutely essential to practice safe driving habits and to be keenly aware of others on the road too.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shares that 4,714 were tragically killed in truck accidents in 2021. Sadly, that’s a 17 percent increase from the previous year. The IIHS goes on to share that 16 percent of the deaths were inside the truck while 68 percent were in passenger vehicles. Another 15 percent of casualties were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
Based on these statistics alone, it’s clear to see that absolutely anyone could be involved in a truck accident. You don’t necessarily have to be behind the wheel of a car.
A wide variety of factors could be involved in a truck accident
As in any collision on the road, a wide variety of factors could be at fault if you were involved in a truck accident in Indianapolis.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- The commercial truck runs out of the travel lane, veers into another lane, or even runs off the road
- The driver has lost control over the commercial vehicle for different reasons, including speeding, cargo shifts, truck system failure and bad road conditions
- Hitting another vehicle that has come into the path of the truck
As you can see based on this information provided by the FMCSA, commercial truck drivers depend on other drivers to make smart decisions on the road too.
Not every driver realizes this, but commercial trucks cannot stop on a dime. They need plenty of space to come to a complete stop, which is why it’s so dangerous for passenger vehicles to veer into their path. Should you need to quickly come to a stop, the trucker behind you cannot simply slam on the breaks and stop their rig.
In fact, many commercial truck drivers refer to the space in front of their rig as “the kill zone.” The best way to avoid an accident with a large commercial truck is to give them plenty of space and stay out of their way.
The vast majority of commercial truckers are highly skilled and trained to handle disruptions on the road. But they aren’t miracle workers. Learning to share the road can greatly benefit everyone.
Contact us soon and let’s talk about your truck accident
After your truck accident, it’s perfectly normal to have questions. Navigating this situation would be difficult for anyone. That’s why we are here to help.
When you get in touch with our Indianapolis truck accident lawyers, you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands. We will listen to all your questions and concerns and do our best to answer them without all the complicated legal jargon.
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Reach out soon and let’s talk about your truck accident case. Trust the team at Hensley Legal Group to handle your case with professionalism and the utmost respect for your needs.