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Accidents involving these vehicles often have catastrophic consequences such as severe injuries or wrongful death. In the state, truck accidents can occur on various roadways, including highways, freeways, and local streets, and can involve different types of commercial vehicles.

The trucking laws in Indiana require all motorists, including truck drivers, to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle, including following traffic laws, maintaining safe speeds, and avoiding distracted or impaired driving. 

If drivers or companies fail to adhere to these regulations, they can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused as a result of their negligence. If you suffered an accident involving the negligence of another party, we can help to determine the impact of the damages and negotiate with insurance companies to recover. 

Common Injuries Caused by Trucking Accidents in South Bend

Although Indiana is considered a safe place to live, accidents can sadly occur at any moment. And in the aftermath, understanding the consequences is key to requesting a fair amount of compensation to cover expenses resulting from the accident

In our firm, we defend cases from people who have suffered from many types of injuries, from minor cuts to disabilities that have a life-long impact. Some of the most common injuries related to truck accidents for which you can claim may include: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions
  • Burns
  • Whiplash
  • Emotional and psychological injuries

Moreover, if the accident caused a fatality and you lost a loved one due to a truck accident, you might be entitled to present a wrongful death lawsuit. According to the Indiana Code § 34-23-1-2, you have the right to demand compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship and support, and other economic and non-economic losses.

We know these are extreme cases that represent a lot of pain and are emotionally challenging for sure. That’s why at Christie Farrell Lee & Bell we are experts in providing compassionate help to help you recover from this situation as much as it’s possible.

How to Know if You Can Claim Compensation

In the aftermath of an accident, determining if you are eligible to claim compensation for your injuries and damages is a crucial step to know if it’s worth it to proceed with a lawsuit or negotiation with insurance companies. Here are some factors to consider in such cases:


In the state, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to exercise reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle, including following federal and local trucking regulations

If it can be proven that the truck driver or the trucking company’s negligence caused the accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries and damages under Indiana’s personal injury laws.


To seek compensation, you must have suffered damages as a result of the trucking accident. Such damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses. 

Gathering documentation of your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other relevant expenses can help support your claim for personal injury.

Understanding The statute of limitations

There is a time limit, known as the statute of limitations, for filing a personal injury claim. According to Indiana Code § 34-11-2-4, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years from the date of the accident and it’s important to be aware of this deadline and take timely action to protect your right to claim compensation.

You must be aware of this deadline and take prompt action to protect your right to claim. Delaying the filing of your claim can harm your case, as evidence collection may take time, and the window for legal action may close if the statute of limitations expires. 

Recoverable Damages You Can Claim After a Trucking Accident

It’s important to understand the types of damages you may be entitled to claim in order to seek compensation for your losses. Trucking accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and damages, and knowing your rights can help you protect your legal interests. 

Here are some potentially recoverable damages you can claim after a trucking accident, based on Indiana law:

  • Medical expenses: Hospital bills, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, and other healthcare costs.
  • Property damage: Cost of repairs or replacement.
  • Pain and suffering: You may be eligible to claim damages for the physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by the trucking accident.
  • Disability or disfigurement: Damages that impact your quality of life, future earning capacity, and emotional well-being.
  • Lost wages: You may be able to recover lost wages and earning capacity, including both past and future lost earnings.
  • Punitive damages: When a trucking accident was caused by egregious or willful misconduct, you may be eligible to seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter similar conduct in the future. 

Still, the number of damages that may be recoverable after a trucking accident can vary depending on the unique facts and circumstances of your case, as well as the applicable laws in Indiana according to your portion of responsibility.

Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer to Sue Responsible Parties

The consequences of a trucking accident can be devastating for all involved. Whether it’s due to negligent or unsafe behavior on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, or other factors, seeking justice is the start to hold the responsible parties accountable.

At Christie Farrell Lee & Bell, our team of South Bend personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in handling truck accident cases and understands the unique complexities of trucking accidents, including the differences in damages, causes, and regulations that apply to the trucking industry.

We can help you with the legal process, including filing a lawsuit, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court. Request a free consultation and let us help you seek the justice you deserve.

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