Compassionate and Experienced Merrillville Trucking Accident Attorneys
Assisting clients in Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Hammond, Lake County and Porter County
When a large truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the results can be devastating. These crashes often result in serious injury and property damage. If this has happened to you, an experienced accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for medical care, lost wages and other costs. The seasoned attorneys at Schlyer & Associates, P.C. serve injured people throughout northern Indiana and Illinois, providing personal attention and dedicated service as we work hard to get results. We also have members on our team who speak Spanish.
What are the different types of trucking accidents?
In 2012, there were nearly 12,000 accidents in Indiana involving at least one large truck. In our region, many of these accidents occur on the Borman stretch of highway on Interstates 80 and 94. Professional drivers often try to meet mileage goals on little sleep or become distracted by cell phones. The types of vehicle accidents most common with semi-trucks and heavy rigs include:
- Rollovers: A rollover can occur at speeds as slow as 10 miles per hour because of a truck’s very high center of gravity. In many situations, the truck driver and anyone in the truck’s path experience significant injuries.
- Jackknife: This type of accident occurs when a truck’s trailer swings outward — often the result of quick braking. The truck and its trailer form an acute angle resembling the shape of a jackknife.
- Under-ride: This occurs when another vehicle becomes lodged under the trailer of a semi-truck. Because of the sheer size and weight of the truck, these accidents can cause major damage to the lodged vehicle and serious injuries to passengers.
- Lost load: When a truck becomes detached from its trailer or items being carried fall out of or off the back of the truck, it can create serious hazards for other drivers who need to dodge the objects in the road. This may result in a pileup.
- Tire blowout: Although this problem is not limited to trucks, these large vehicles become particularly difficult to control following a tire blowout. When losing control of the rig, a driver may strike other vehicles, or the truck may roll over.
- Air brake failure: This may occur when a truck is descending a hill. An air brake failure prevents the truck from coming to a stop and forces it into a rear-end collision with another vehicle. Air brake failures may be the result of poor maintenance or defective parts and equipment.
- Construction site accidents: Large trucks enter and exit most construction sites on a regular basis. An accident could cause injury to truck operators, construction workers or other motorists driving near the area.
Set up a free initial consultation with a Lake County attorney
If you’ve been involved in a serious trucking accident in Indiana or Illinois, work with the team at Schlyer & Associates, P.C. today. You can reach us by calling 219-757-0225 or by contacting us online. You pay no attorney fees unless you collect damages, and our office is conveniently located in Merrillville near Interstate 65 and U.S. 30 — less than an hour from Chicago.