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Evansville Truck Accident Attorneys

Injured in a truck accident? Do you have life-changing injuries that may never fully heal and may require significant lifestyle changes, constant care, and astronomical medical expenses? We’re here to help.

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The Catastrophic Toll of Truck Accidents

As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana sees more than its share of big rigs and tractor-trailers on its roads and highways. Indiana also sees its share of horrific accidents involving these enormous vehicles. While every accident is scary, the damage that can be inflicted by a speeding semi loaded with heavy freight can be catastrophic.

Those hurt in trucking and tractor-trailer accidents often sustain devastating injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, loss of limbs, massive internal trauma, and permanent disability. When the careless actions of another party leave you or a loved one with devastating injuries, exorbitant medical expenses, and seemingly endless complications, the lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers know that you’re overwhelmed. We are committed to working with you, and fighting on your behalf so that you can shift your attention and energy towards your recovery.

With one of our truck accident attorneys on your side, you can feel confident knowing that your claim will be investigated, your interests will be represented, and the settlement offered to you will reflect the full and fair amount that you deserve. Injuries take so much away from victims, which is why our lawyer fight to make sure that victims recover what they’ve lost. For a free case evaluation, give us a call today at (812) 461-6261.

Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?



When you are coping with the physical, emotional, and financial toll of an injury, you do not need to spend your spare energy fighting against insurers. An experienced truck accident lawyer will relieve you of this burden and perform an in-depth investigation of your case. Recovering the accident report, speaking with witnesses, and uncovering every possible source of compensation is critical in calculating what you deserve and securing the best possible settlement.

The blame for a truck accident could potentially be placed on multiple parties, including the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, the cargo loader, and even sometimes government entities. A lawyer that understands this area of the law is best suited to determine who is to blame for your accident and resulting injuries.

Understanding the value of your claim is also critical when taking legal action against those responsible for your injuries. The at-fault party’s insurers tend to hope that injury victims will accept the first lumpsum settlement they are offered. While the temptation of quick money can be enticing, accepting a settlement beneath the amount that you deserve will ultimately work against you. In assessing your past, current, and projected losses, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary, your lawyer will establish how much you are owed from the at-fault parties.

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WHY CHAPMAN INJURY LAWYERS?

Our Indiana truck accident lawyers can help you.

These are life-changing injuries that may never fully heal and may require significant lifestyle changes, constant care, and astronomical medical expenses. I fight for those struggling to recover from these horrible incidents. With a relentless determination to obtain the compensation that my clients deserve and need and the experience to make that happen, I am a personal injury lawyer who can help give you the best shot at being whole again.

There are a number of things that make the causes, impact, and legal issues involved in tractor-trailer accidents different than car accidents. The size of the vehicles and the pressures of the trucking industry play a significant role, as do:

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Why Hire Chapman Injury Lawyers to Handle my Case?

Even truck collisions at lower speeds can be devastating and completely alter the course of your life. When you face a long, arduous, expensive recovery, we know you are looking for the right legal team to handle your case. No matter what your financial losses are, our lawyers understand that the actual cost of a truck accident extends far beyond money. Our team is committed to treating each client like family because we know how frustrating it is to fight against insurers who see you as only a number.

The financial situation of a truck accident victim can often prevent them from attempting to hire an experienced, well-resourced attorney. Take comfort knowing that you can afford to hire us because we work on a contingency basis. Unless we win a favorable settlement or verdict for you, you do not owe us for our services. Additionally, we offer free, no obligation consultations. If you are unsure if you have a case, but you’d like to speak with a lawyer, we are here for you. We will not try to sell you on our services; we’ll listen to you and give you an honest evaluation of your rights and options.

Aside from achieving excellent results for our clients, at Chapman Injury Lawyers we prioritize customer service. Many of the people that reach out to us for help are facing incredible obstacles, and we take pride in being able to carry the torch for them. Injuries don’t just impact individuals; they have a ripple effect on the entire family. We always keep this in mind as we fight for the best possible legal outcome. To truly understand how much we prioritize caring for our clients, look over our reviews.

Truck Accident Cases We Handle

Though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) puts a variety of safety measures in place to make sure that employers are fair, drivers are adequately rested, and commercial trucks meet satisfactory safety standards, serious collisions still happen.

The blame for accidents can fall to multiple parties outside of the driver. For this reason, various parties, in addition to the driver, can be held accountable for their part in causing the collision. Though many factors can cause accidents outside of the truck driver’s behavior, truck drivers who engage in the following behaviors put everyone around them at risk:

Making one mistake while driving a truck can leave accident victims with permanent, even fatal, injuries. If you have been involved in a truck accident, get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Contacting a capable attorney soon after your accident can be tremendously advantageous to your legal standing.

The Unique Causes of Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents are markedly different in nature than auto accidents involving smaller non-commercial vehicles.

Excessive Speed

The deadlines and deliveries truckers have to make can tempt them to drive at excessive and unsafe speeds that don’t take into consideration the road conditions or safety of others. Trucks are less agile than passenger vehicles and take significantly longer to slow down, increasing the likelihood of hitting other vehicles.

Driver Fatigue

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration imposes hours-of-service rules that require truckers to take breaks and drive no more than 70 hours per week. However, like with excessive speed, the economic pressures on drivers can lead them to ignore the rules and drive longer than the law or common sense dictates.

Driver Distraction

The deadlines and deliveries truckers have to make can tempt them to drive at excessive and unsafe speeds that don’t take into consideration the road conditions or safety of others. Trucks are less agile than passenger vehicles and take significantly longer to slow down, increasing the likelihood of hitting other vehicles.

Poor Truck Maintenance

Federal law requires drivers and carriers to conduct routine tractor-trailer maintenance and inspections of their equipment to make sure they are operating safely. When this crucial maintenance is neglected or ignored, equipment failure can lead to otherwise preventable accidents.

Inadequate Driver Training

Safely driving an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer requires special skill and specific training. Without proper training, drivers are more likely to make dangerous and deadly errors. Drivers also may not fully understand how to avoid or correct course in the event that they begin jackknifing.

Loading Errors

Since many commercial trucks can carry up to 80,000lbs, it is important that the cargo is loaded correctly. When a cargo load is not properly distributed, secured, or loaded, it can shift throwing the truck off balance which can easily lead to accidents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Injury victims often find themselves overwhelmed in the midst of a complicated situation. At Chapman Injury Lawyers we know you have questions, and we are here to help. When someone else is responsible for your injuries, we use our legal training to make sure they are held accountable for the injuries, medical expenses, and property damage their actions caused. Read over some frequently asked Indiana truck accident questions and reach out to us at (812) 461-6261 for a free evaluation.

What is Comparative Fault?

Under comparative fault rules, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries even if you are partially to blame for causing the accident. Indiana follows a modified comparative fault system, under which victims of the accident can be found partly responsible for the accident and still collect compensation as long as they are less than 51% at fault. If you are found 51% to blame for causing the accident, you will not be able to collect damages from the other parties involved.

When Should I Call a Lawyer?

If you are suffering from injuries caused by someone else, reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. While Indiana law grants injury victims up to two years from the date of the truck accident to file a claim, the sooner you take action, the better. Not only will prompt action aid in the investigative process, but it can also expedite the path to a quick resolution.

What are “Pain and Suffering” Damages?

In the aftermath of a truck accident, not all losses are financial. Pain and suffering damages are calculated and paid out to compensate injury victims for challenges they’ve faced regarding emotional distress, anxiety, land compromised quality of life. Though it can seem confusing to put a price on these factors, your lawyer can walk you through how these damages are calculated and help you understand if you are eligible for this type of compensation. 

Contact our Truck Accident Attorneys Today

When you are going up against those responsible for your injuries, it’s safe to assume that they will be represented by a team of skilled lawyers. Make sure that you hire a lawyer just as competent, knowledgeable, and tenacious. The lawyers at Chapman Injury Lawyers know how to support you and pursue the justice that you deserve when you are injured in a truck accident. To speak with a member of our team call (812) 461-6261 today.

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Insurance companies handle thousands of claims each year. They treat you like a number. We treat you like family. We take care of your case so you can take care of you.

We represent people on a no recovery–no fee basis. This means we front all the costs of taking on the insurance company and if we don’t win your case, you don’t owe us anything. We are always available to discuss your injury case with you. Call, text or email for a free consultation.

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