While we may not live downtown, our roads are nonetheless dangerous. Realistically, all roads are dangerous, and highways are even more dangerous. This is because with increased speed, the severity and chances for a car or truck accident increase. This was, apparently, the case this past week when two accidents largely shut down local interstate.
The duo of accidents
Both accidents occurred before 7:00 a.m., and they shut down the right lane of Interstate 65, near Kennedy Avenue. The primary truck accident was near mile marker 3, where a vehicle and semitruck collided, backing up traffic past the state line. At mile marker 10.9, west of the Interstate 65 interstate there was another car accident, a rolled over vehicle. First responders have not released the details of either accident or whether they were related, though, neither accident caused fatal or serious injuries.
Truck accidents, generally
For Portage, Indiana, and Valparaiso, Indiana, residents that have been involved in a truck accident, life may seem scary, even though they survived a horrific accident. But, know that our state’s laws are designed to allow for accident victims to recover and get back on their feet. Accident victims can seek civil justice through a personal injury lawsuit and hold those negligent parties responsible for all of their pain and suffering, along with all of their costs associated with the truck accident.
Who to sue
Truck accidents are different from traditional car accidents though. First, the negligent driver is not usually the only responsible party. The company or individual that owns the truck is also responsible. In addition, since there are federal laws that dictate how semitrucks operate on the roads, the avenues for finding liability are also expanded, including the possibility of punitive damages.