Two men from northern Indiana were killed on the morning of when their pick-up was hit by a tractor-trailer. The men were pulling a boat trailer in their 2005 Chevrolet Colorado truck and turning west onto U.S. 24 when a commercial Mack truck hauling concrete blocks hit them on the passenger side, according to a story by Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette.
About 11:15 a.m., Indiana State Police and Miami County Sheriff’s Department officers were called to the accident scene. There they found the pickup’s driver, 76, and his 21 year-old passenger, both of Akron. Both men died in the wreck. The driver of the 1994 Mack flatbed truck, a 38 year-old Monticello man, was not injured. Despite the fact that everyone in the crash was wearing a seat belt, state police said, the impact was too severe for the restraints to save the men in the pickup. The driver of the semi-truck in the accident was driving for a Logansport-based concrete block corporation.
The number of big truck collisions— also known as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, and big rigs—increased 15% from 2009 to 2010 in the state of Indiana. Of 12,025 crashes involving tractor-trailers, 1,679 resulted in personal injuries, and 105 resulted in fatalities. Of those fatal crashes, 73 victims were the driver of the passenger vehicle.
Trucking revenues skyrocketed to $610 billion last year, and are forecasted to nearly double by 2015. While commercial trucking growth is great news for trucking companies and the national economy, it might be bad news for cars, vans, and SUVs that share the road. Trucking companies and their insurance companies will do everything in their power to minimize their liability in truck crashes. In order to combat their efforts, you will need an attorney who is familiar with the unique nature of big truck accidents to represent you.
The increase of tractor-trailer collisions last year alone involved 8,757 other vehicles—the majority of which were passenger cars. The personal and financial impacts of large truck collisions are staggering. The legal team at the Ken Nunn Law Office has the experience and knowledge necessary to resolve complex trucking accident cases.
As a big truck accident attorney firm, we have extensive experience handling catastrophic multi-axle collisions. We know that it is imperative to understand all facets of truck accident litigation, including commercial insurance, truck mechanics, and federal regulations such as drug and alcohol testing and hours of service requirements. This knowledge, combined with my honest and aggressive work ethic, has led to the resolution of numerous truck accidents in Indiana. If you need help with your commercial truck accident personal injury claim in Indiana, contact the Ken Nunn Law Office now at 1-800-CALL-KEN or click here for free legal advice.