Large commercial vehicles like semi-trucks are the most efficient way to ship goods and merchandise across Indiana and the country. Trucking companies and truck drivers have a responsibility to ensure that their trucks are properly maintained and cargo secured. When these massive trucks aren’t inspected or adequately maintained, it could lead to a serious or fatal accident.
Recently, a 15-year-old pedestrian was badly injured after he was struck by a tire from a semi-truck. The accident happened in Lake County in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80. Apparently, the teen along with several other passengers were working to change a tire on their vehicle on the right shoulder of the interstate.
The report said an eastbound semi approached the pedestrians, and due to a mechanical issue, a tire flew off the trailer and struck the teen pedestrian as he was attempting to change his vehicle’s tire. According to police reports, the teen was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, four other people who were outside the vehicle suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Options for recourse
It’s not only the size of semi-trucks that makes them so dangerous. These trucks are required to be regularly inspected and maintained. When regular inspection or maintenance is neglected, it could lead to innocent victims being injured or killed. Those in Indiana injured in truck accidents caused by negligence have options to help them endure the aftermath of this event. By meeting with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, victims and families could begin the process of obtaining rightful damages through a lawsuit.