Most truck accidents will result in some kind of injuries to the driver while they were on the clock and working for their employer. They can file certain kinds of claims or lawsuits to pay for their missed time from work and lost wages or other damages.

A semi truck was involved in an accident on the Indiana Toll Road in Hammond near the Illinois state border.

Semi truck crosses onto other side of the highway and smashes into guard rails

Police believe the accident may have been caused by the truck driver suddenly crossing from the eastbound lanes to the oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes and colliding with guard rails on the west side. The force of the impact pushed the guard rails several feet and knocked the hood off of the front of the truck where it first made contact with the railing.

All westbound traffic heading into Illinois was detoured onto Indianapolis Boulevard for some time as the road was cleared. There was no information available about injuries or if the truck driver will be cited for careless driving. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Injuries to the driver

The most obvious outcome of an accident such as this is that the driver will sustain injuries while they were working and transporting cargo. Their main remedy is to file a workers compensation claim for lost wages and missed time from work. An attorney who specializes in work related injuries can lead you through the process to file a claim properly and make sure an employer is not withholding wages from an injured worker, as this is illegal. As long as no foul play is detected and the worker was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, most workers compensation claims are generally granted.

Negligence lawsuits against others who may be responsible

If the driver wants to file a lawsuit against anyone else, there will need to be an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and who is at fault. As a general rule, lawsuits that follow motor vehicle accidents must identify a person or business who is responsible for causing injuries and property damage. The plaintiff can then file an initial complaint for a lawsuit that describes what happened, how the defendant caused the accident, and the value of the damages they caused including things like medical bills and costs of property repairs.

Personal injury lawsuits and negligence

Personal injury lawyers file cases related to car and truck accidents regularly as a part of their practice. The types of lawsuits that follow most accidents are actually negligence actions. This is a specific legal term to describe when a defendant caused injuries to the plaintiff by breaching the relevant standard of care and causing injuries or losses. These cases can become very valuable if the victim sustained any kind of serious or life changing injuries. However, it is always best to speak with an attorney about the specifics of each truck accident.

Filing lawsuits after trucking accidents

To learn more about the possibility of filing a lawsuit after a collision involving a truck in Hammond and surrounding areas, contact Marshall P. Whalley and Associates. They can provide a free consultation, and their phone lines are open 24 hours a day.