A teenager from LaPorte was killed in an accident with a semi-truck on October 8. Skyler Kleine, 17, was heading north on 900 East in St. Joseph County when a semi-truck heading east passed through the intersection, causing Kleine’s car to wedge under the semi’s trailer.
Kleine was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 19-year-old Aaron Oaks, was taken to a local hospital for leg and arm injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured in the accident.
Local police are still investigating the crash and no charges have been filed.
According to information compiled by the state of Indiana, pedestrians, drivers and passengers of other vehicles sustained 73 percent of all truck accident injuries in 2012. Large commercial trucks are incredibly dangerous vehicles that can cause serious injuries to other motorists when truck drivers are distracted or negligent. Catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are common in collisions with large trucks.
The attorneys at Doehrman Chamberlain have secured millions of dollars for victims of Indiana truck accidents. We recently settled for $1,400,000 for a client who was rear-ended by a commercial truck and suffered long-term disabilities from his injuries. The client suffered a brain injury, whiplash and amnesia. Subsequent medical exams revealed his injuries also affected his attention span, short-term memory, emotional health and ability to learn new information.
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be able to file a claim. Contact our Indianapolis truck accident attorneys for a free consultation today at (317) 844-9999.
Doehrman’s Did You Know: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 28 percent of Indiana truck accidents in 2012 were due to driver distraction.
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