Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Personal Injury Laws in Indiana

Below are the answers to common initial questions many clients have when they first contact Keller and Keller. We hope that the information below address many initial concerns you may have, but if  you don't find the answers here, please contact us with questions specific to your case. The consultation is free and confidential.

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  • What are some of the most common motorcycle crash injuries in New Mexico?

    Motorcyclist on a Quiet Albuquerque RoadThe bright sun and clear blue skies of New Mexico tempt bikers of all ages and abilities out onto the long, straight roadways. Whatever brings you out on your motorcycle in the Albuquerque area, you should be able to ride without worrying about another driver causing a crash that leaves you seriously injured. Unfortunately, injury crashes are all too common for bikers in New Mexico. Here, we discuss the kinds of injuries riders often sustain and how to get the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver.

    Motorcyclists Are Vulnerable

    You may feel powerful and free when you are riding your motorcycle, but the lack of protection around you—even if you are wearing a helmet and safety gear—makes you very vulnerable to serious injury if you crash. Distracted, impaired, and just plain lousy drivers can make your life as a biker very difficult. When a car cuts you off, clips you, or runs you off the road, you may sustain one or more of the following injuries:

    • Broken bones. When a biker hits the pavement, the impact can break any number of bones. A serious compound fracture or a broken pelvis or vertebra could result in permanent disability.
    • Spinal cord injury. When the spinal cord is damaged in a motorcycle crash, the rider could be left partially or completely paralyzed.
    • Traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when wearing a helmet, a biker can suffer brain damage when the impact of the crash rattles his brain in his skull. Loss of cognitive ability and motor control are possible outcomes of a motorcycle crash TBI.
    • Road rash. While it may not sound serious, when bare skin hits pavement, the rider can lose layers of flesh, requiring skin grafts and risking deadly infections.
    • Internal injuries. The rider may look fine on the outside but may have suffered organ damage or other internal injuries from the impact of the collision. He or she will need immediate medical treatment to diagnose these serious injuries.

    Any of these injuries may be catastrophic enough to require extensive medical treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, and ongoing care for many years. This kind of treatment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and, whether you have private insurance or not, you should not have to pay when someone else caused the accident.

    Our Attorneys Will Fight for the Motorcycle Accident Recovery You Deserve

    The motorcycle attorneys at Keller & Keller get bikers because we are bikers. We support your right to be on the road and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve when a careless driver causes your crash. Contact our Albuquerque office as soon as possible after your injury. We are here for you when you need us most.

     

  • Can I get Social Security disability for arthritis?

    Doctor Meeting With a Patient for Musculoskeletal System DisorderIf you have arthritis that prevents you from being able to work, you may be approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In fact, musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders are the most common disabling conditions supported by SSDI. We take a look at some of these conditions.

    Musculoskeletal System Disorders Eligible for SSDI

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a listing of conditions that can qualify the sufferer for disability benefits. The first entry in the Listing of Impairments, also referred to as the Blue Book, is Musculoskeletal System Disorders. The musculoskeletal system is made up of your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue. We place stress on the components of the musculoskeletal system daily, particularly if our work is physically demanding. This likely explains why more SSDI claims fall into these diagnoses than any other category:

    • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in joints to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that targets the lining of joints. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, which can become debilitating. Many people live with arthritis and can manage the symptoms. However, when a person’s osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis limits their ability to work, they may be eligible for SSDI.
    • Back pain. While you may suffer from general upper or lower back pain, you will need a diagnosis of an approved condition such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, or another spinal disorder. If the condition prevents you from being able to function normally and is expected to last for at least a year, you may qualify for benefits.
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome. Often caused by repetitive use, carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which nerves in the wrist become compressed. Symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain in the wrist, fingers, and thumb. When it becomes difficult to grip objects, and the pain extends to the elbow, it may interfere with the ability to work.
    • Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is characterized by widespread, chronic pain in the joints, tendons, muscles, and soft tissue. Many sufferers are unable to find a treatment to ease the pain and are unable to perform any type of gainful work.

    Injuries and disorders involving soft and connective tissue can be hard to provide medical evidence for. These claims are often denied because the applicant isn’t able to adequately document the disorder. With the help of our experienced SSDI attorneys, however, you can build a strong case to convince the SSA of the severity of your disorder. Contact our Indianapolis office today to learn more.

     

  • How can I protect myself as a motorcycle rider this summer?

    Motorcycle on an Indiana Road During the Summer MonthsIt’s finally time to roll the machine out of the garage and tune it up for summer riding. You’re looking forward to the freedom and thrill of riding your motorcycle in beautiful Indiana summer weather but are also, as always, worried that this year will be the year you become a highway statistic. Bikers are always at higher risk of serious injury or death than other motorists, but you can take some steps to improve the odds that you’ll make it through to fall unscathed.

    First—Take the Time to Tune Your Ride

    After sitting in the garage all winter, your bike is sure to need a few touch-ups to get it road ready. It’s important that you check the bike out completely before riding it to make sure everything works as it should. At the very least, do the following:

    • Top off fluids. Now is a good time to change the oil and oil filter and replace the fuel filter. You’ll also want to bleed the brakes, add brake fluid, and inspect the brake lines and pads.
    • Check the battery. Your bike’s battery could have been drained by exposure to cold over the winter. You will likely need to charge the battery and may need to replace it if you see white powder, or if it won’t hold the charge.
    • Get new spark plugs. Look for wear and tear on the spark plugs and replace any that are worn or damaged.
    • Adjust the chain. If the chain has loosened over the winter months, it’s time to adjust it and lube it.
    • Inspect tires for wear. Worn and cracked tires are dangerous. Check the air pressure and take a close look at your tires. If there are flat spots or cracks, it’s probably time to replace them.

    Once your bike passes your inspection, you’re ready to hit the road, but don’t forget the importance of defensive riding.

    Defensive Riding Reminders

    As an experienced rider, you already know that your safety is often up to you. Being aware of the dangers around you and knowing that drivers have little regard for your presence, it’s important that you:

    • Make yourself as visible as possible by wearing bright clothing, but also by positioning yourself in the lane so that other cars can see you.
    • Most accidents occur at intersections, so approach junctions with extreme caution.
    • Overtaking slower vehicles is risky, particularly around blind curves, so always pass carefully.
    • Yes, your bike can go fast, but that doesn’t mean it’s always safe to speed. Keep your speed in check in residential, downtown, and congested areas.

    Being cautious doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable ride, but it could mean your chances of returning in one piece are greatly improved.

    Call an Indiana Motorcycle Attorney If You Are Injured

    If despite your commitment to being a safe rider, the driver of a car or truck causes a crash that leaves you seriously injured, you need an attorney who is sympathetic to motorcycle riders. Keller & Keller has represented bikers in accident claims for years. You can trust us to fight for the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.

     

  • Do I need an attorney for my New Mexico car accident claim?

    Fender-Bender Wreck Involving Two CarsThe hours and days after a car crash can be stressful and confusing. In the midst of the chaos, you may be contacted by lawyers trying to convince you that you need their help. Do you? It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Before you hire an attorney in New Mexico, you should make sure that he will be earning the share of your settlement he will get at the conclusion of the case. Some claims can be easily handled by those involved while others will benefit from a strong advocate. We take a look at the difference here.

    When You Probably Don’t Need a Lawyer

    Thankfully, most car accidents in the Albuquerque area are minor. If you were involved in a fender bender and were not injured, there is no need to hire a lawyer to represent you. If the other driver was found to be at fault and you suffered minor injuries that do not require you to miss work, you will most likely be able to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover your costs. A lawyer can do this for you, but you will give up some of your settlement unnecessarily.

    Hiring a Lawyer Makes Sense in These Situations

    When financial losses from a crash are high, it is a good idea to at least consult with a lawyer about the case. Personal injury lawyers almost always offer a free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with a lawyer to discuss your specific situation. Times when you will want to do this include the following:

    • You were seriously injured. If you or a passenger suffer catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, broken bones, burns, or a disfiguring injury, an attorney will fight to get you the compensation you will need to recover as fully as possible.
    • There is a dispute over who is at fault. Under New Mexico’s comparative fault laws, the amount of compensation you get from the other driver will be reduced if you are found to be even partially to blame for the crash. If you did not contribute to the cause of the crash, an attorney could offer evidence on your behalf.
    • The insurance company offers less than you need. If your claim for compensation is denied or the insurance company makes a low-ball offer, you may need an attorney to negotiate on your behalf—or file a lawsuit if necessary.
    • A commercial vehicle was involved. If a semi-truck driver caused your accident, you would definitely want an experienced truck accident attorney on your side to take on their team of lawyers. These cases can be worth millions of dollars.
    • Someone was killed in the crash. If a passenger in your car was killed, the stakes become too high for you to try to settle the case on your own. An attorney can evaluate the possibility of a wrongful death suit.

    A reputable law firm will not force you into hiring them. If there is nothing they can do for you that you can’t do for yourself, they should let you know up front.

    Keller & Keller Are Here to Help in Albuquerque

    When you meet with Keller & Keller in your free initial consultation, we will be honest about what we can do to help you. If it is a straightforward case that you can handle on your own, we’ll tell you how. If we know you will get more out of the claim by working with us, we’ll explain what we’ll do for you. Call to schedule your free initial consultation with us today.

     

  • Does my back pain have to be caused by physical impairment to qualify for SSDI?

    Company Employee With Serious Back PainWorldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability and is one of the most common reasons for missed work, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Back pain can be agonizing and incapacitating, but unless there is a medically determinable impairment, you will not be likely to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Getting the right diagnosis for your back pain is the key to qualifying for the benefits you need.

    Causes of Debilitating Back Pain

    Chronic back pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, some of which are temporary, such as muscle strains and minor fractures. In order to qualify for SSDI, your condition must be caused by an impairment that is expected to last for at least a year. The condition must also involve a physical abnormality of the spine or spinal column that is documented by an x-ray, MRI, doctor’s notes, or another acceptable medical test. Some back conditions that may qualify for SSDI include the following:

    • Degenerative disc disorder
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Spondylitis
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Herniated disc
    • Nerve root compression

    Even if you are diagnosed with one of these conditions, you will not automatically qualify for disability benefits. You will have to provide medical records proving that your symptoms match the requirements in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) listing of impairments for spinal disorders and you will have to demonstrate that your condition prevents you from performing tasks required by your job.

    How Keller & Keller Helps People With Debilitating Back Pain

    The SSA sees more applications citing back pain than any other condition, so it is vital that you work with an experienced disability attorney to present the most complete application possible. The attorneys in our Indianapolis and Granger offices will make sure that your back pain has been properly diagnosed, that you have the required medical documentation, and that you have proof that your functional limitations prevent you from working. If you are suffering from back pain and are unable to work, contact us for a free case evaluation. If we can help you, we will.

     

  • What is an Administrative Law Judge Hearing?

    Administrative Law Judge HearingIf you have paid into the Social Security system for at least five of the last ten years, you should be considered fully insured and, if you become disabled and are unable to work, you should qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It may sound simple enough, but it is unfortunately not often that simple. An estimated 65 percent of first time SSDI benefits are denied. This is not the end of the road, however, and a qualified SSDI attorney from Keller & Keller can help you through the appeals process. One step along the way is the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing.

    What Happens at an ALJ Hearing?

    If your original application is denied and you have good cause to file an appeal, your case may be reconsidered. If it is denied again, you may be able to file another appeal and be granted a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. Here is how this works:

    • This is an informal hearing with a judge in a conference room, not a courtroom. Hearings generally last about an hour and a half.
    • Attending the hearing will be you, your attorney, the Administrative Law Judge, and a hearing monitor to record the proceedings. The judge may also want to hear from vocational and medical experts. Your attorney may also call witnesses to testify on your behalf.
    • You will be asked questions about your work history, education, medical history, symptoms, perceived work limitations, daily activities, and more. The judge’s goal is to determine your level of disability.
    • Your attorney will prepare evidence of the emotional and physical pain you have experienced and how the injury or illness has affected your ability to work.
    • In Indiana, roughly 45 percent of these hearings find in favor of the claimant.

    Indiana has hearing offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, and Valparaiso, and remote meetings can also be scheduled.

    Do Not Go Through the Appeals Process Alone

    While you are not required to have an attorney representing you for the SSDI application and appeals process, it is highly recommended that you do. Fill out our free case evaluation form to find out how the Indianapolis office of Keller & Keller can help you through this difficult and frustrating process to get you the benefits you have earned.

     

  • What is the Compassionate Allowances program?

    Social Security Administration Building When a person has been diagnosed with a rapidly progressing or fatal condition, getting help quickly is essential. The average waiting time for a decision about a Social Security disability application can be as long as two years, so if you are in need of immediate assistance, you would be out of luck, even with retroactive benefits. However, under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program, certain conditions can be approved almost immediately to ensure you get the benefits you need when you need them.

    What Conditions Qualify for CAL?

    Through the Compassionate Allowances program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets their statutory standard for disability. To qualify as disabled by the SSA, you must demonstrate all of the following:

    • You cannot do the work you did before your illness or injury.
    • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition, according to the SSA’s assessment.
    • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

    The SSA understands that certain conditions, just based on the diagnosis, will inevitably meet these standards and expedites the decision-making process so the applicant can begin receiving their monthly benefits right away. There are over 250 conditions currently on the CAL list, including the following:

    • Many forms of metastasized cancer, including bladder, breast, esophageal, gallbladder, kidney, liver, lung, ovarian, and more
    • Childhood cancers, such as neuroblastoma, lymphoma, and leukemia
    • Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
    • The ALS-Parkinsonism Dementia Complex
    • Various heart conditions, including awaiting a heart transplant

    A complete list of conditions currently approved for CAL can be found on the SSA website.

    How an Indiana Disability Attorney Can Help

    While the SSA says that their cutting-edge technology quickly identifies claims that qualify for CAL, mistakes can be made. You may also have a serious diagnosis that is not listed as an approved condition, but which should qualify you for expedited benefits. When you don’t have any time to spare, make sure your SSDI application is not overlooked. Call our Indianapolis law office to get an SSDI attorney working on your claim from your initial diagnosis. We are here to help!

     

  • Do I need a lawyer for my Indiana disability claim?

    The Social Security disability application process is confusing and difficult. In fact, nearly two-thirds of initial SSDI applications are denied every year, often simply because information is incomplete or missing. While you don’t technically need a lawyer to apply for benefits, your chances of approval are significantly better if you work with one. Find out how an Indiana disability attorney can help with your initial application or your appeal and whether it is worth it for you to hire one.

    What Our Indianapolis Attorneys Can Do for You

    If you have paid into the Social Security system and will be unable to work for at least a year due to illness or injury, you may think your disability application will be easily approved. Unfortunately, it’s often not that simple. In a free consultation with our disability attorneys, we will discuss helping you with the following:

    • Determining eligibility. Many people are denied because they were not eligible to apply for benefits in the first place. Our attorney will review your claim for free and let you know if you should apply for benefits or not. This can save you significant time and trouble. If you have already been denied, we will let you know if you have grounds for an appeal.
    • Preparing the application. If you decide to hire us, we will help you fill out and submit the application, ensuring that it is complete and that you meet all of the criteria.
    • Arguing for eligibility. In order to qualify for SSDI, you must show that your condition is included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments or that it is as serious as one of the conditions listed. This can be difficult to prove without an experienced disability attorney.
    • Filing an appeal. Wherever you are in the application process, our attorneys can step in and help with the next step. If you are appearing before an Administrative Law Judge, we will prepare a detailed brief to argue your case.

    The earlier in the process you hire an attorney, the more we will be able to help. Our initial consultation is always free, and we don’t charge a fee until and unless you are awarded benefits. Attorney fees for SSDI claims are regulated by federal law, so you can be sure our fees are fair.

    Call Keller & Keller Today

    So, should you hire an attorney to help with your SSDI application? Schedule your free consultation with us and find out. You have nothing to lose by meeting with our attorney, and you could have everything to gain. Fill out our free case review form and we will be in touch with you soon. 

     

  • What if the person who hit me doesn't have insurance?

    Uninsured Drivers Can Cause Problems After a WreckBy law, all registered vehicles in New Mexico must be covered by car insurance. Yet New Mexico continues to have one of the highest rates of uninsured motorists in the country, according to the Insurance Research Council. Their 2017 report revealed that 20.8 percent of New Mexico drivers were uninsured in 2015. That means that if you are in a collision with another driver in Albuquerque, there is a nearly 1 in 4 chance that he or she will not have insurance. While there are penalties for uninsured motorists, including fines and license suspension, getting in a collision with an uninsured motorist puts an unintended penalty on you.

    Insurance Requirements in New Mexico

    New Mexico minimum coverage law requires drivers to carry liability coverage of $25,000 per person for injury or death, $50,000 total injury or death if there are multiple people in the vehicle, and $10,000 for property damage. If you are injured in a crash with an insured driver and he is found to be at fault, you would be able to file a claim to recover up to the limits of his insurance policy. However, if he does not have insurance, you will not be able to recover anything from him. He may be fined and even lose his license for not having insurance, but that won’t help you with medical bills, property damage, and other losses.

    Protect Yourself by Carrying the Right Insurance

    Therefore, it is important to protect yourself in advance for the possibility that you will be involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist in New Mexico. Because of this potential risk, many drivers carry a form of coverage known as uninsured (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. UM/UIM coverage protects drivers when they suffer a property damage loss or injury from an accident with an uninsured motorist. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, and it is confirmed that the at-fault driver does not have insurance, then your own insurance company should compensate you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well as damage to your vehicle.

    Some people are hesitant to file an uninsured claim for their accident since they are pursuing their own insurance policy. Though pursuing your own insurance company may not make sense initially, it is important to understand that you pay monthly premiums for this coverage and it is there to protect you.

    Hire an Experienced New Mexico Car Accident Attorney

    If you discover that the driver who caused your accident is uninsured, your first move should be to call the car accident attorneys at Keller and Keller in Albuquerque. We will help you file a claim with your own UM/UIM policy if you have the coverage, or investigate the possibility of a civil suit against the at-fault driver. It is important that you do not give up hope. Our attorneys will help you get the best possible recovery. Fill out the form on this page to connect with us today.

     

  • How does witness testimony help a claim for compensation after an Indiana car accident?

    Witness Testimony Can Help Your CaseYou may be confident that your Indianapolis car accident was caused by the other driver, but he may be just as confident that he did nothing wrong. Car crashes often come down to one driver’s word against the other’s. One way to back up your claim that you did not contribute to the cause of the accident is to gather the testimony of eyewitnesses.

    Witnesses at the Scene Can Provide Powerful Testimony

    Finding people who actually saw the crash as it happened could be vital to proving your claim. The best time to do this is at the scene of the crash. Asking witnesses for their contact information as the crash is cleaned up is an important step to take. However, if you are unable to talk to people at the scene because of your injuries or state of mind, you can follow up later with the police, who should have taken names and phone numbers as they investigated the crash. The more credible your witnesses are, the stronger your claim will be. People witness crashes from various vantage points, including the following:

    • Passenger in your car. An uninjured passenger in your car would know what you were doing and may have seen what the other driver was doing right before the crash, but will be considered a biased witness since he or she was in your car.
    • Driver of another car. Another driver may have seen the accident unfold and may be able to describe what happened. While this could be a credible witness, he will likely be questioned about how much he could have seen while he was driving his own car.
    • Passenger of another car. Like the driver of another car, a passenger in a nearby car may have seen the whole accident. This could be an excellent witness as he would not have been distracted by his own driving and may be able to provide important details.
    • Bystander. More common in accidents that happen in populated areas, a pedestrian waiting to cross the street, walking down the sidewalk, or even sitting inside a restaurant could be a highly credible witness if he or she saw the accident from start to finish.
    • Surveillance video. Clearly, the most objective “witness” would be footage from a nearby security camera or another driver’s dash cam. Your attorney will investigate this possibility and secure any video that will help your case.

    Just like in a criminal case, witnesses will be questioned by the insurance adjuster or attorney for the at-fault party to find something that makes them less credible, such as a criminal record, intoxication at the time of the accident, or distraction by something else going on.

    Your Car Crash Attorney From Keller & Keller Will Do the Legwork

    You have enough on your plate recovering from your injuries to worry about finding and interviewing witnesses. That’s why it is so important to call an attorney as soon as possible after your crash. When you call Keller & Keller in Indianapolis, we will get to work right away finding and talking to witnesses. It is our job to present the strongest possible claim on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

     

  • How can an experienced Indiana truck accident attorney prove truck driver negligence?

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    A thorough investigation by an experienced law firm is extremely important when you have been seriously injured in a crash with a commercial truck. Truck accident cases are complicated by the fact that legal claims involve not only the driver, but his employer, their attorneys, and their insurer. They also involve federal laws and large insurance policies that most non-commercial crashes do not. The victim of a crash with a commercial truck needs to make sure the circumstances are investigated by someone who is on his side.

    How Is a Truck Accident Investigation Conducted?

    There are dozens of ways a truck driver, his employer, and other parties involved with the truck may be found liable when a crash occurs. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Keller & Keller will take the following steps to determine liability:

    • Investigate the scene of the crash. If the crash was caused by the trucker’s careless or reckless driving, an investigation of the crash scene, including talking to witnesses, reading the police report, and viewing any available video of the accident will provide the evidence needed to hold him accountable.
    • Send a spoliation letter. This legal document prevents the trucking company from destroying, altering, or concealing evidence related to the crash. Without this document, the trucker or his employer could erase a digital logbook or conceal other records that could be used as evidence of liability.
    • Look for hours of service violation. Federal law limits the number of hours a trucker can drive without a rest break. Our truck crash attorneys will examine the driver’s log book or electronic logging device to determine whether he violated hours of service laws, which could make him liable for the crash.
    • Examine driver records. Drivers must also adhere to strict eligibility rules under federal law. Your attorneys will find out whether the trucker in your crash was properly licensed, had a valid health exam on record, and had a clean driving record. If any of these requirements were violated, the driver may be liable for the crash.
    • Examine employer records. If the trucker’s employer failed to conduct adequate background checks, failed to administer drug testing, or allowed an unqualified driver behind the wheel of one of their trucks, they may also be held liable for your injuries.
    • Any other necessary steps. Our Indiana truck accident attorneys have many years of experience investigating these kinds of crashes and will go to whatever lengths are necessary to hold the negligent parties accountable.

    Our Attorneys Are Experienced Investigators

    Seeking immediate counsel with the law firm of Keller and Keller will help to ensure that valuable evidence does not disappear. We will investigate your crash and make sure that the liable parties are identified and held accountable. Call any one of our Indiana offices today to find out more about how we can help.

  • What are the dangers of Indiana hazmat trucks?

    Are You Aware of the Dangers of Hazmat Semi-Trucks?We see large tankers carrying hazardous materials on Indiana roads every day. We may not know what’s in the containers, but we know we don’t want to come in contact with whatever it is. When one of these trucks crashes and hazardous material is released, motorists are in danger of more than just broken bones. Exposure to chemicals could cause a variety of ailments, including chemical burns, respiratory damage, eye damage, and organ failure, and the trucker may not be the only liable party.

    What Are Hazmat Trucks Carrying?

    In Indiana, hazardous materials are grouped by several classifications, depending on risks associated with them. Trucks are required by law to communicate the risks through signage on the tank indicating what is being transported. The driver is also required to carry shipping papers and emergency response information. Trucks in Indiana may be transporting the following materials:

    • Class 1: Explosives, including dynamite, flares, fireworks, and ammunition
    • Class 2: Flammable or toxic gases, including propane, helium, and compressed fluorine
    • Class 3: Flammable liquids, such as gasoline
    • Class 4: Flammable solids, such as ammonium picrate, white phosphorus, and sodium hydroxide
    • Class 5: Oxidizers and organic peroxides, such as ammonium nitrate and methyl ethyl ketone
    • Class 6: Poison and infectious substances, such as potassium cyanide and anthrax virus
    • Class 7: Radioactive substances, such as uranium
    • Class 8: Corrosives, such as battery fluid
    • Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous materials, such as PCBs

    If a hazmat truck crashes and releases any of these materials, even those not directly involved in the crash could suffer injuries.

    Who Is Liable for a Hazmat Truck Spill?

    In the case of a hazmat truck crash, liability for damages will have to be determined. An investigation into the trucker’s actions, maintenance and repair records on the truck, and actions on the part of the shipper of the hazardous materials must be conducted. If the trucker’s actions caused the crash, but the hazardous materials he was hauling caused most of the harm, there may be a shared responsibility.

    Our Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys Will Represent Your Interests

    If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a hazmat truck crash, you need a law firm that will pursue every possible liable party on your behalf to get you the compensation you need to recover from your losses. Call Keller & Keller when you want tenacious, experienced representation.

     

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