According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, there were 16,748 accidents involving commercial vehicles in 2017. Out of those accidents, 138 people were killed, and 2,058 people were seriously injured. The tremendous force exerted due to the massive weight of semi-trucks produces devastating injuries, often resulting in life-threatening injuries or fatalities.
Navigating and establishing liability in trucking accident cases can be very complex. In an effort to minimize liability, trucking companies often structure their companies in such a way that makes it difficult to ascertain who is responsible. Parties other than the semi-truck driver may be held financially liable for injuries and damages. It is important that you consult with a legal professional prior to filing your claim.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.
The increase in technology may benefit drivers with vehicles equipped with advanced safety features but bikers are more vulnerable now than ever before. People are paying more attention to their phone messages and Facebook notifications than the road. As a motorcycle rider himself, Attorney Dan Calhoun knows firsthand the dangers distracted drivers pose to bikers.
Calhoun Law can help you in establishing the underlying cause of the accident and navigate you through the process of prosecuting your claim. Never try to negotiate your case alone. The insurance company will not give you a fraction of the compensation you are owed.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed while riding a motorcycle, call our office today and schedule your free consultation!
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
To make bicyclists and pedestrians safer throughout Northwest Indiana, towns have begun installing more pedestrian crosswalk signs and reflective markings. Despite that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 600 cyclists die each year and more than 52,000 people are injured in bicycle vs. vehicle crashes.
Injuries sustained as a result of either bicycle/vehicle or pedestrian/vehicle accidents are significantly more severe and account for a much greater percentage of fatalities than car vs. car accidents. Often, the survivors of these accidents are left with life-long disabilities.
If you know you will be out jogging/walking or bicycling in an area with vehicles, it is important to take safety precautions to help prevent an accident from occurring. Make sure you are visible to vehicles by staying on the right-hand side of the road and wear reflective clothing. Always make sure you have lights on your bike or person when there is a chance you will be out at night.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a vehicle, while on a bicycle or as a pedestrian, call us today for a free consultation.