All crashes involving motor vehicles in Indiana are not the same, with those involving trucks among the most severe. Occupants of passenger vehicles tend to suffer the most serious injuries in truck crashes, as these mishaps are the most complex, involving a variety of factors. Dealing with the aftermath of a truck crash is generally more emotionally and physically stressful than other types of mishaps.
The differences go beyond size and weight
The sheer size and weight of many semi-tractor trailers make truck crashes much more severe. Catastrophic injuries and death can occur when these vehicles fall on top of passenger cars. They also operate differently, taking much longer to stop and can be more difficult to control under some weather conditions.
However, trucks must follow more regulations than passenger cars and can frequently violate those rules. Additionally, more than just the truck driver may bear fault for a crash, including the trucking company, loading companies, service providers, and truck parts manufacturers. Any or all of these entities could be at fault in truck mishaps.
Another factor that can complication the aftermath of a truck crash is the insurance provider covering the trucking company and driver. These companies only have their own financial interests at heart and frequently will offer low injury payments soon after the crash in an attempt to appease victims.
Obtaining compensation for catastrophic injuries
Many personal injuries resulting from truck crashes require extensive surgical intervention and physical therapy. Some victims never fully recover and remain permanently disabled. Typical severe injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine issues, broken or crushed bones, burns and paralysis.
In addition to semis, vehicles like local delivery trucks, construction trucks, logging trucks, tow trucks and even buses cause catastrophic crashes. Negligent incidents involving any larger vehicle may require compensation beyond what insurance companies will pay. Victims can file legal claims asking for compensation from the various responsible parties for medical payments, living expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering resulting from the crash. victims can use the proceeds to make their live more comfortable.