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Los camiones de carga, camiones de 18 ruedas, camiones tractor, semirremolques, camiones comerciales, tengan el nombre que tengan, ocasionan algunos de los accidentes de tránsito más graves en el país. Si se tiene en cuenta que la mayoría de los camiones comerciales en la carretera pesan más de 30 toneladas, mientras que sus vecinos, los automóviles comunes, pesan alrededor de 1300 kg, es fácil comprender por qué los choques con camiones suelen resultar en lesiones graves o la muerte de al menos una de las personas involucradas. El transporte por camiones comerciales está fuertemente regulado Los legisladores han estudiado esta situación (en que camiones de gran envergadura se desplazan cerca de los automóviles, furgonetas, todoterrenos y vehículos similares), y hoy en día existen normativas locales, estatales y federales con respecto a los camiones comerciales. Estas leyes abracan una amplia variedad de aspectos, como qué cargas puede transportar o remolcar un camión, por qué caminos pueden viajar y durante cuánto tiempo pueden conducir los conductores. La normativa Horas de Servicio (“HOS”) prohíbe que un conductor maneje durante más de 11 horas seguidas. Los estudios han demostrado que los conductores cansados chocan los camiones. La fatiga del conductor es una de las causas principales de los accidentes con camiones. (El clima, los peligros en la carretera, la formación y supervisión inadecuadas, la falta de inspección y mantenimiento y el desplazamiento de cargas son otras de las causas principales.) Reclamos tras un accidente de camión Cuando se produce un accidente con un camión comercial, las pruebas deben preservarse rápidamente. Se debe encontrar a los testigos y entrevistarlos, y se deben hacer estudios de la carretera, los vehículos y todos los involucrados en el accidente. Luego, deben hacerse reclamos contra todos aquellos que puedan compartir responsabilidad por las lesiones de la víctima: el camionero, el propietario del camión, el fabricante del vehículo, el propietario de la carga, el negocio que esperaba la entrega y hasta algunos organismos gubernamentales pueden tener parte de la culpa. Debería ponerse en contacto de inmediato con un abogado de nuestro estudio en el estado de Indiana que esté especializado en accidentes con camiones para proteger sus intereses. Si usted o un ser querido ha sufrido heridas o ha muerto en un accidente con un camión comercial grande (camión grande, de 18 ruedas, camión remolque o semirremolque), puede tener derecho a recuperar daños y perjuicios por una variedad de pérdidas, incluidas desfiguración física, dolor y sufrimiento, pérdida de ingresos y la pérdida de capacidad de ganancia. En caso de muerte, puede haber indemnizaciones por homicidio culposo disponibles para quienes lloran a sus seres queridos. Cómo puede ayudarlo un abogado especializado en accidentes con camiones del estudio jurídico Kenneth J. Allen Law Group del estado de Indiana En el estudio jurídico especializado en daños personales Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, del noroeste de Indiana y Chicago, dos abogados dedican un porcentaje considerable de cada día de trabajo a ayudar a las víctimas de accidentes de camiones. Uno de ellos, el abogado Bryan Bradley, es hijo de un conductor de camiones y comprende como nadie las circunstancias que rodean a la industria del transporte, las presiones impuestas a los camioneros y las causas profundas detrás de lo que parecen simples errores humanos.

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Semi-Truck Crashes & the Potential Damage They Cause

Big Rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailer trucks, semis, and commercial trucks: no matter what you call them, they cause some of the deadliest motor vehicle accidents in this country.

Considering that most commercial trucks on the road weigh 80,000 pounds while their neighbors on the road, standard automobiles, weigh around 3,000 pounds, it is easy to understand why truck crashes usually result in serious injury or death for at least one of the individuals involved.

Common Types of Truck Accident Lawsuits

Lawmakers have studied this situation – big trucks driving alongside cars, minivans, SUVs, and the like, in dangerous proximity – and today, federal, state, and local regulations exist regarding commercial trucks. These laws dictate a wide variety of things, such as what loads a truck can carry or haul, what roads they can travel, and how long their drivers can be on the road. Hours of Service (“HOS”) regulations prohibit a driver from being on the road for more than 11 straight hours.

Studies have shown that tired drivers wreck trucks. Driver fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents. (Weather, road hazards, inadequate training and supervision, lack of inspection and maintenance, and shifting loads are other major causes.)

Accidents involving big rigs can occur for any number of reasons. Some of the most common types of truck accident lawsuits include:

  • Negligence: If the driver of the semi-truck was inexperienced, failed to obey traffic laws, didn’t make required stops at weigh stations, was fatigued because of driving too long without a break, operated an oversized truck on a narrow road, or if the truck was overloaded, the trucking company may be liable for negligence.
  • Product liability: In some cases, trucking accidents are caused by defective parts or machinery, and not necessarily because the truck driver or trucking company did anything wrong.
  • Wrongful death: Family members of someone who was killed as the result of an accident involving a semi-truck may be entitled to sue for damages because of their loved one’s death.

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

Victims of a truck accident, or their loved ones, may be entitled to receive economic, non-economic and/or punitive damages because of the accident.

Available compensation will depend on the specific circumstances of the accident. However, in general terms, the following types of compensation may be available:

  • Medical expenses: The trucking company or other responsible party may be required to pay for both current and future medical expenses that arise because of the accident.
  • Lost wages and future loss of earnings: Being injured because of an accident with a semi-truck often means the victim is unable to work for a period of time while recovering. In some cases, victims will not be able to return to work. The law protects victims by providing for compensation for lost wages, whether temporary or permanent.
  • Non-economic benefits: Victims may also be entitled to receive compensation for their pain and suffering, emotional distress and/or loss of consortium.
  • Punitive damages: Punitive damages may also be available to serve as a punishment for the trucking company or other responsible party, and deter similar accidents in the future.

Commercial Trucks Regulations

Lawmakers have studied this situation — big trucks driving alongside cars, minivans, SUVs and the like, in dangerous proximity — and today, federal, state and local regulations exist regarding commercial trucks. These laws dictate a wide variety of regulations, such as what loads a truck can carry or haul, what roads they can travel, and how long their drivers can be on the road. Hours of Service (HOS) regulations prohibit a driver from being on the road for more than 11 straight hours.

Studies have shown that tired drivers wreck trucks. Driver fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents. (Weather, road hazards, inadequate training and supervision, lack of inspection and maintenance, and shifting loads are other major causes.)

Claims After a Trucking Accident

When a commercial truck crash occurs, evidence must be preserved quickly. Witnesses must be found and interviewed, and studies must be done of the roadway, the vehicles and everyone involved in the accident. Claims must then be made against all those who may share responsibility for the victim’s injuries: the trucker, the truck owner, the manufacturer of the truck, the owner of the cargo, the store expecting the delivery, and even some governmental agencies may be partly at fault. You should contact an Indiana truck accident attorney at our firm immediately to protect your interests.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident with a large, commercial truck (Big Rig, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or semi), then you may be entitled to recover damages for a variety of losses including physical disfigurement, pain and suffering, lost income and lost earning capacity. If life was lost, then wrongful death damages may be available for grieving loved ones.

How Indiana Truck Accident Attorney Kenneth J. Allen Law Group Can Help

At the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland personal injury law firm of Kenneth J. Allen Law Group, two trial lawyers dedicate a significant percentage of every workday to helping victims of truck crashes. One of them, Attorney Bryan Bradley, is the son of a truck driver and uniquely understands the circumstances surrounding the trucking industry, pressures placed upon truckers, and the big-picture causes that usually exist behind seemingly simple human error.

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