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Types of Trucks and Accidents

When we hear about truck accidents on the news, it's usually the massive semi-trucks that grab our attention. Their size and the dramatic scenes they create on our roads make them hard to forget. But it's important to know that these big rigs aren't the only trucks out there, and they're not the only ones involved in accidents that can change lives.

Sometimes, the terms used to talk about trucks can be a bit confusing. Ever wondered if a semi-truck is the same as a big rig? Let's clear up some of that confusion and dive into the different types of trucks you might come across on Indianapolis roads.

Tractor Trucks

You might also hear these called bobtail trucks. They're the front part of the truck where the driver sits and the engine runs. These trucks can be seen driving around without any trailer attached, especially on our freeways. But don't let their incomplete look fool you; they're still large and heavy enough to cause significant damage in an accident.

Big Rigs

This term, along with 18-wheeler, semi, and tractor-trailer, refers to a tractor truck hauling a cargo trailer. These are the trucks that play a crucial role in moving goods across the country. Driving one of these giants, especially when fully loaded, requires a lot of skill. A minor collision with a big rig is anything but minor for those in smaller vehicles.

Tanker Trucks

These trucks carry liquids, sometimes including hazardous materials. The combination of a large truck and dangerous cargo means that accidents involving tanker trucks can be extremely serious, with risks of explosions or fires. An accident with a tanker truck can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities.

Delivery Trucks

The boom in online shopping has led to more delivery trucks and vans on our roads, with Amazon being a major player. Delivery drivers often face tight deadlines, which can lead to speeding and accidents. A collision with a speeding delivery truck can result in serious injuries for those in smaller vehicles.

Utility Trucks

This category includes a variety of vehicles, such as street cleaners, ambulances, garbage trucks, postal trucks, and even construction vehicles. Unlike the larger commercial trucks, utility vehicles are seen on all types of roads and highways, regardless of their size. When responding to emergencies, these trucks may move faster than usual, increasing the risk of accidents.

A crucial point to remember if you're ever involved in an accident with a utility truck is that these vehicles are often owned by government entities. This means that if you're injured or your property is damaged, you have a limited window—typically just six months—to file a claim. This is a much shorter period than for accidents involving private or commercial vehicles, so it's important to act quickly.

At our law firm in Indianapolis, we help people who have been involved in serious truck accidents. The aftermath of a trucking accident can be overwhelming. Our role to help injured victims recover physically, emotionally and financially.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Common Causes of Truck Accidents include:

  • Unevenly loaded trailer
  • Overloaded trailer
  • Speeding
  • Driving too fast for road conditions
  • Drunk or drug-intoxicated driver
  • Tired driver
  • Truck safety system failure
  • Failed brake
  • Loss of traction due to an empty trailer

Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents in Indianapolis

Given the size and weight of trucks, a truck accident can often lead to multiple injuries and deaths. Drivers and their passengers who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time can be involved in these accidents. Should the injured person survive, they may face a long recovery, or a life that is forever changed. The types of injuries that can occur in these deadly accidents include:

The Right Truck Accident Lawyer Matters.

After a serious truck accident, the quality, experience, and dedication of your lawyer could not be more important. The process of filing a claim of lawsuit will, in most cases, be far more complex than a regular vehicle accident. The responsible party (such as a trucking firm) may offer a settlement fairly early in the process, at a value far below what could be achieved with the help of an attorney. At Emerson Law LLC, we offer a free consultation to the injured, or to families who have lost a loved one.

No Legal Fee Unless We Recover Compensation for You.

At Emerson Law LLC, we are resolute in seeking fair compensation for our injured clients and their families. Whether your case is resolved in a settlement or at trial, you can be confident that your case will be prepared professionally, and all supporting evidence presented to the court or insurance company in the most persuasive manner. We charge no legal fees unless we win and offer a free case consultation.

Our personal injury attorney is a member of the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has tried multiple personal injury cases to a jury, and her work has led to settlements worth several million dollars or more. Your case will be in the hands of a true professional at Emerson Law LLC.

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