A fully-loaded semi tractor-trailer weighs 80,000 pounds. While most commercial operators are well-trained and cautious, an 80,000-pound vehicle in the hands of a careless operator is deadly. At Forsythe Law, we have handled countless semi-tractor crashes for clients in both Indiana and Kentucky and are awaiting your call to discuss your case—free of charge.
Because semi cases involve commercial carriers, these cases require a higher level of expertise than most personal injury matters. To properly address a big truck case, it is important to locate a lawyer who knows how to initiate a thorough forensic investigation, download information from the on-board semi computer systems (black box), and, in appropriate cases, to work with an accident reconstructionist. Because time is of the essence in these cases, a lawyer’s first steps in a semi case are vital to develop legal theories capable of securing the compensation clients need and deserve.
At Forsythe Law, we have the resources and bandwidth to conduct a full-blown investigation of your semi crash. With our no-fee promise, we don’t get paid unless and until you get paid. This promise allows you and your family to concentrate on healing and recovery while we work to secure adequate compensation to reimburse you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Why did the semi driver hit me?
Big truck crashes are not “accidents.” Most tractor-trailer accidents are avoidable when the trucking company and its drivers take proper precautions. A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) that reviewed more than 120,000 large truck (trucks with gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds) collisions concluded that 87 percent of the truck crashes were due to negligence of the driver.
These actions included:
Recognition: The truck driver was distracted, inattentive or failed to observe a situation adequately.
Decision: The truck driver followed too closely, was driving too fast, or misjudged road/weather conditions.
Performance: The truck driver exercised poor directional control, failed to maintain a proper lookout, panicked, and/or overcompensated.
Non-Performance: The truck driver was fatigued, disabled, sick, asleep, or physically impaired.
Other factors: The truck driver misjudged traffic flow, performed an illegal maneuvers, or was unfamiliar with roadway.
The FMCSA concluded that the remaining 13% of factors causing a truck accident were divided into 10% maintenance problems, such as worn out tires, and 3% environmental factors, such as bad weather.
Given what we know about trucking and truck drivers,
Forsythe Law is uniquely positioned to win your big truck case.