When many people hear the words “truck accident”, their minds frequently conjure up images of 18-wheelers and other big rigs. What they may not realize is that light duty truck accidents are often more common in Indiana and just as deadly. For proof, take a look at the Indiana Department of Transportation’s traffic safety figures.
According to the most recent data available, there were more than 90,000 light duty truck accidents in 2011. Of those, more than 275 were fatal. In addition, over 1,500 resulted in incapacitating injuries for those caught up in the accident. Many of the drivers involved were impaired or speeding immediately prior to the impact. It is also interesting to note that a large number of those accidents took place prior to 6 p.m.
Big rigs, on the other hand, accounted for slightly more than 12,475 accidents with a little over 120 ending in fatalities. Approximately 234 people were left incapacitated. The majority of the big rig drivers were believed to be sober and doing the speed limit when their accidents occurred. Most of their accidents happened prior to 7 p.m.
Regardless of the size of the vehicle, accident victims should consider calling an Indianapolis truck accident lawyer. An Indianapolis truck accident lawyer can help sift through the police and eyewitness reports. Upon conclusion of their review, they can provide the victims guidance on how to proceed. Should the information indicate that the other driver was at fault, an Indianapolis truck accident lawyer can help the victim fight for compensation.
If you or a loved one ends up in an unfortunate truck accident, contact us. We here at the Ken Nunn Law Office have more than four decades worth of experience handling big and light duty truck accident cases. There are no up front costs involved and you pay nothing unless we win your case.