Indiana Failure to Yield Right of Way Truck Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Indiana where the truck driver failed to give you the right of way, you have options. The Indiana truck accident attorneys of Custy Law Firm | Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party so you can get compensation.
There’s no reason you should have to pay for the medical bills associated with your injuries when the accident wasn’t your fault. Call us today at (219) 286-7361 for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us help you get your life back on track after a truck accident.
What Is a Right-of-Way Truck Accident?
A right-of-way accident occurs when a truck fails to yield to other motorists. This can be during a turn, during a lane change, while backing, while entering or leaving an intersection, or any other instance where the truck driver does not give way to other vehicles or pedestrians on the road as they are required to do.
Here are some good examples of the types of accidents caused by failing to yield the right-of-way:
- Merging accidents: Truck drivers merging into a lane of moving traffic have to give way to the other vehicles already in the roadway. If they do not check their blind spots and cause an accident, they are liable.
- Left-turn accidents: A truck driver has to carefully judge the amount of space they need to turn left across oncoming traffic. If they do not judge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic accurately, they can cause a wreck.
- Right-turn accidents: Drivers of large trucks often have to make wide right turns to get their cargo trailer safely around a corner. If they do not check blind spots on both sides before doing so, they can run vehicles off the road and cause accidents.
- Failure to stop: Truck drivers are required to yield to the driver on their right at stop sign (uncontrolled) intersections, just like every other driver on the road. If a truck driver doesn’t see another vehicle at the intersection or decides to ignore this rule, they can be held liable for any injuries or damage.
- Lane change accidents: Truck drivers are required to carefully check blind spots and the surrounding roadway before they change lanes. If they fail to do so, they can be held responsible for any accidents.
Why Are Right-of-Way Accidents Dangerous?
Any accident involving a large truck is more dangerous than an accident involving passenger vehicles simply because trucks are enormous. A typical 18-wheel over-the-road truck can be seventy feet long, eight feet wide, and weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. That’s more than 20 times heavier than a standard passenger car.
Large trucks can be slow, are ungainly, and are difficult to maneuver in tight quarters. They are also surrounded by blind spots, or “no-zones,” that are almost invisible to the driver. This lack of visibility makes sharing the roadway with big rigs and other trucks very dangerous under good road conditions and downright treacherous when the roads get bad or after dark.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Right-Of-Way Accident?
The answer to this question depends on the severity of the accident and your injuries, though even if you don’t think you have a valid injury claim against the responsible party, you should speak to a qualified injury attorney to make sure. If you have a minor accident with little property damage and no injuries, filing an injury claim might not make sense. However, if you or someone you love was seriously injured in an accident where a truck driver failed to yield the right of way, you may be entitled to compensation.
Here are some of the reasons hiring an attorney for your injury claim is a good idea:
We know the law. We are well-versed in Indiana injury law, and we know how to use it to your advantage. We will review your accident thoroughly and determine whether an injury claim is worthwhile. We will bring all our skills and experience to bear on your case and help you seek compensation to make up for the losses you and your family suffered as a result of the accident.
We know how they work. Though it may seem as simple as filing a standard insurance claim, when you file an injury claim and request compensation after a truck accident, the insurance company takes notice. They will throw huge resources and an entire legal team at your case to find some way to clear their customer of any liability. They will hound you with telephone calls and try to convince you that your injuries are not severe enough to warrant compensation or that you don’t need an attorney. They may ask why you want to share your settlement check with a lawyer or even try to run out the statute of limitations on your claim so you can’t file suit. We are well aware of all the tricks of their trade, and we know how to counter them.
We do the hard stuff. Building an injury claim takes time and work. If you or your family are injured after a right-of-way accident, you have better things to do than track down eyewitnesses or medical records. When you hire an attorney, we do the work. We will investigate the accident thoroughly, gather all the evidence and documents, and build you a solid injury claim that is hard to refute so that you can get back to recovering from your injuries or caring for your family.
What Kind of Damages Can I Get?
Filing an injury claim is all about recovering compensation to cover the losses you suffered as a result of another party’s negligence. The total amount of compensation you can obtain depends on the circumstances of your accident and the injuries involved. Each injury claim is unique, so estimating an actual value for your claim is difficult without knowing the particulars.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Long-term disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
Contact Us Today
If you’ve suffered injuries in Indiana because a truck failed to give you the right of way, don’t wait any longer. Call Custy Law Firm | Accident & Injury Lawyers today at (219) 286-7361 for a free, no-obligation consultation and let us help you get on the road to recovery.