Semi-truck drivers in Indiana and across the country encounter a host of stressors arising from the demands of their job and external influences. Extended work hours, separation from loved ones, feelings of isolation, fatigue, and financial pressures are among the challenges that can impact a truck driver’s physical and mental health. Unfortunately, these issues frequently manifest in the form of aggressive driving on highways, endangering not only the truck drivers themselves, but other motorists. If you find yourself in an accident caused by an aggressive semi-truck driver, you may be wondering what options are available to seek compensation for your losses and injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving is involved in the majority of all traffic fatalities in the United States, making it one of the leading causes of deadly auto accidents. This includes truck accidents, when frustrated truckers engage in dangerous actions such as following too closely, brake checking, aggressive lane changing and speeding.

These large semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, often weighing tens of thousands of pounds, can be extremely dangerous, especially when traveling at high rates of speeds. The consequences of such accidents are incredibly severe, with the capacity to inflict substantial damage or even crush smaller vehicles in their path.

It should be noted that the terms “aggressive driving” and “road rage,” while often used interchangeably, do have some distinctions. Road rage is an extreme form of aggressive driving that involves deliberate and violent actions towards other drivers. It can include verbal or physical confrontations, rude gestures, honking excessively, tailgating, or even intentionally hitting another vehicle. Road rage incidents can escalate quickly and may lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities.

In addition to civil liabilities for negligently causing accidents, truck drivers who engage in aggressive driving and/or road rage may face criminal charges and punishments, even for a first offense. Charges will be more severe if catastrophic injuries or death result from an incident.

If it is determined that a truck accident resulted from the negligence of a truck driver, they can be held accountable for any damages incurred. Many drivers operate under the employment of a trucking company, even if they’re classified as independent contractors. As a result, the actions of a truck driver will typically fall within the responsibility of their employer. An experienced Indiana truck accident attorney who focuses on truck accidents can evaluate not just immediate medical costs, but also consider long-term expenses, lost income from time off work, and potential rehabilitation needs. Time is of the essence in these types of cases, so consulting with an attorney in a timely manner is an important factor that can affect the outcome of a claim.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident in Indiana, contact Hurst Limontes to discuss your options. We have over a century of combined experience fighting for our clients in any number of personal injury claims. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.

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