Indiana has long been a hub for semi-truck drivers using I-465, I-65, I-70, and I-74 as routes to haul freight throughout the Midwest.
And with online retailers like Amazon increasing the need for delivery services, Indianapolis and its surrounding cities are seeing an even larger number of 18-wheelers on our highways and interstates.
According to an Indiana University Public Policy Institute publication, Indiana saw a 5.7% increase in collisions involving large trucks between 2013-17. This same time period also saw an increase in injury and fatalities related to semi-truck incidents.
If a semi-truck accident left you with injuries, it is important to understand why your case is unique and how an experienced accident lawyer can help.
Big Trucks Carry Big Accident Policies
Simply said, semi-truck accidents are largely unique because they often carry valuable insurance policies.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires semi-trucks to have a minimum of $750,000 in coverage. A semi-truck’s high-dollar policy means your collision represents a significant liability for the insurance company.
As a result, adjusters will respond quickly and aggressively to reports of semi-truck accidents, no matter the size, location, or number of vehicles involved.
In fact, it is possible that adjusters were at the scene of you accident collecting witness statements and evidence without your even knowing. This is done in an attempt to decrease the percentage of fault assigned to their driver.
Put a Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer on Your Side
There are a number of ways an experienced semi-truck accident lawyer can benefit your claim, each of them significant.
1. Handling a recorded statement
The questions an insurance adjuster asks a semi-truck accident victim may seem innocent, but the truth is there is an art to recorded statements.
Adjusters are trained to ask questions that can easily cause a victim’s words to be used against them.
The Boulton Law Group will determine whether or not a recorded statement is even necessary. If so, attorney Boulton will be present when you give your statement, helping to ensure no mistakes are made.
2. Securing evidence
Attorney Boulton can place a hold on the vehicles so that evidence associated with your case is not lost or damaged by tampering.
Additionally, it may be necessary for us to access the semi-trucks log-book and check the number of hours driven between mandated breaks, etc.
Without the appropriate evidence, the value of your case can significantly decrease or be outright denied.
3. Uncovering policy limits
Because semi-truck accidents often leave victims with severe injuries, the associated medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering tends to be significant.
For this reason, attorney Boulton requests certified documentation that reveals the total coverage available to his clients. Depending on the size of the truck and cargo-type, it is not uncommon for our office to locate $1,000,000 or more in coverage
Additionally, semi-trucks may carry separate policies for their rig and trailer! The severity of your injuries may enable attorney Boulton to recover compensation from both policies.
4. Examining your medical records and bills
It is not uncommon for semi-truck accident victims to sustain significant injuries. The resulting medical treatment is lengthy and the bills expensive.
Hiring the Boulton Law Group ensures that a professional summary of your injuries, treatment, and recovery are presented to the insurance company in a clear, convincing manner.
Without an attorney on your side, it is possible that injuries and treatment are minimized by the insurance company.
5. Negotiating and settling the claim
There are no second chances when it comes to negotiating and settling an injury claim.
Attorney Boulton has more than 20 years of experience handling semi-truck accident claims. He understands the complexities of negotiations, and knows when and how to counter the insurance company’s offer(s).
Having an experienced attorney helps to ensure no mistakes are made and you receive an appropriate offer.
Why Choose the Boulton Law Group?
When you become a Boulton Law Group client, our office handles everything related to your case from start to finish. Your only responsibility is to follow your doctor’s advice and focus on your health.
Attorney Boulton has handled semi-truck accident claims throughout the entire state. His experience has taught him that victims in these accidents face unique circumstances.
Attorney Boulton and his staff work to ensure everyone feels like family. Whether you are a resident of Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, or a closely surrounding city, attorney Boulton will visit with you at your home, the hospital, or wherever you feel most comfortable.
Free Case Semi-Truck Case Evaluation
The Boulton Law Group offers semi-truck accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. Youwill never be charged a consultation or investigation fee, and the Boulton Law Group only receives payment if we win your case.
To speak to attorney Boulton about your semi-truck accident case, contact him direct by dialing 317-350-2680. Additionally, you can write to us using our confidential contact form, or by chatting with us live on our website.
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.