Drivers of commercial tractor-trailers must abide by regulations that are established to help ensure both their safety and the safety of other motorists traveling around them. Our Indiana truck accident lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that an accident that occurs as the result of failing to abide by these rules could result in a truck driver and their company facing litigation brought by the victims.
Take, for instance, the case of a 40-year-old woman who was awarded $32.5 million in compensation for an Indiana truck accident she was involved in several years ago. Reports indicate the crash happened in January 2006 on I-65 in Jasper County.
According to an article from ABC 7 News, the victim was the passenger of a vehicle that lost traction on the highway and crashed into a stationary tractor-trailer that had been involved in a previous accident. As a result of the collision, the woman was left paralyzed on her right side after suffering a traumatic brain injury. She also suffered from severe memory loss that stripped her of her independence and left her incapable of caring for her young daughter.
The victim filed suit against the driver and the company who hired him, saying the driver crashed as a result of traveling too fast for the conditions of the road, then created a hazard to other motorists after failing to follow rules requiring the truck’s flashing lights be activated and reflective warning cones be placed behind the truck.
A jury agreed with the victim and handed down the decision.
At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, we recognize the devastation that can be caused by injuries that result from truck drivers not following the rules of the road. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful the decision that was reached in this particular case will bring peace and closure to the victim and her family.