Semi Tractor Trailers are an essential component of the United States economy. For years, the trucking industry has been an integral part of American commerce and transportation systems. It is the vast expansion of this industry; however, that also makes big trucks so dangerous. There are currently more trucks on the road than any other time in our nation’s history, and because of this, there are also more inexperienced and unqualified drivers on the road than ever before. If not operated in a safe manner, semi trucks can be quite dangerous. These huge rigs usually weigh more than 40 tons and travel at speeds equal to most cars. The combination of lack of driver experience, driver error, and the size and weight of the rigs and their loads, can lead to deadly consequences. Accidents involving large semis and the smaller cars sharing the road with them can lead to catastrophic consequences.
The United States Department of Transportation reports that more than 500,000 trucking related accidents occur each year in this country, and more than 5,000 of those accidents lead to the loss of life.
Accidents involving semi trucks are not only emotionally devastating to the families or individuals involved, they are also financially taxing on both trucking companies and their insurance companies. It’s this expense that encourages these insurance companies to send their employees directly to the scene of accidents in an attempt to resolve their losses as quickly as possible. It is not unusual for these companies to work quickly to try to close a file before it opens by working with victims at the scene of an accident. For that reason, victims and their families should hire an experienced Indiana trucking accident lawyer to represent them, one familiar with the trucking industry and the hurdles presented in pursuing such claims.
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