Injured in a Semi Truck Accident?
Contact Hensley Legal Group today for a free conversation about your truck accident claim.
Hensley Legal Group Is Here for You after a Semi Truck Accident
You can call our office or contact us online 24/7 for a free conversation about your truck accident. We’ll answer your questions and see if we can help. We’ll even arrange an in-person meeting at your home, place of business, or other location that’s convenient and comfortable for you.
Although we’re based in Indiana, Hensley Legal Group is equipped to handle semi truck accident cases across the country. Regardless of where your accident occurred, where you’re from, or where the trucking company is based, our attorneys can help with your case.
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Who’s Responsible for My Semi Truck Accident?
Perhaps the only thing worse than getting into a car accident is getting into a semi truck accident. The size and weight differences between a passenger car and a semi truck are extreme. What would be a minor accident between two cars can result in devastating injuries if it’s between a car and a semi truck. Specifically, the driver and passengers of the car are at much greater risk for serious injury than the driver of the semi truck.
The severity of injury is just one way semi truck accidents are different from car accidents. Fault takes on a whole new meaning when applied to semi truck accidents. Instead of being limited to two drivers, fault may apply to multiple parties in a semi truck accident, including:
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck driver
- The company that loaded the truck
- The company that maintains the truck
With all of these parties potentially involved, you can expect the insurance companies to put up a good fight. Hensley Legal Group can face the challenge when you’re clearly the victim of negligence. Our lawyers fight to help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
How the Law Applies Differently to Semi Truck Accidents
Not only are more people potentially responsible for a semi truck accident, but the law also enforces more rules on the trucking industry than on a random driver. Truck drivers must have special licenses called commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs). They can face punishment if their CDL is expired or they don’t have one at all.
Truck drivers also must adhere to the Hours of Service regulations that require them to get enough sleep. The Hours of Service regulations limit truck drivers to a maximum of 11 hours on the road after 10 consecutive hours off duty. They also determine how long drivers can go without rest breaks and how many days in a row they can drive before they have to spend a significant amount of time off duty.
There are still more rules imposed on truck drivers from both a company and a legal standpoint. Legally, for example, truck drivers must adhere to rules about when and where they can transport hazardous cargo. They must make sure their cargo adheres to the rules about weight and height limits before driving on certain streets. From a company standpoint, truck drivers may be subject to policies that limit their speed, even on major highways with higher speed limits.
Semi truck accidents are different from normal car accidents for the truck driver as well. Because truck driving is the person’s livelihood, the truck driver may be eligible for workers’ compensation if an accident occurs while they’re on duty. If you’re a truck driver, you’ll want an attorney who can pursue your workers’ compensation claim as well as your personal injury claim against the driver who hit you.
Hensley fought hard for me and ensured that I was treated fairly in the end. I would recommend them to anyone who is in need of help after an accident.
A Risk-Free Guarantee from Your Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys
After a semi truck accident, you may be suffering from severe injuries. Let Hensley Legal Group handle your claim while you focus on what’s important: your health and your family.
You’re likely dealing with the effects of lost wages, increasing medical bills, multiple doctors’ appointments, a property damage claim, and maybe estimating future medical expenses if your injuries are long-lasting or even permanent. The last thing you should have to do is pay expensive retainers or hourly fees to hire an attorney.
That’s why Hensley Legal Group works on contingency. Until we recover a settlement or award for you, we work for free. You won’t owe us a single penny until we’ve put money back in your pocket.
And if we don’t get you a settlement or award, you don’t owe us anything. We won’t ask for any fee if we don’t secure compensation for you.
Browse our website for blogs, articles, frequently asked questions, and videos all about truck accidents. For general information about what to do after an accident, be sure to download our free ebook, Consumer’s Guide for Injured Victims. You can also download A Quick Guide to Property Damage for free to help you handle your property damage claim after an accident.
When you’re ready, give us a call or contact us online for a free conversation about your case.