Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys
We have successfully prosecuted thousands of vehicular accidents over the decades as well as truck accidents. Truck related accidents are particularly hazardous and many different consumer friendly laws apply. Further, truck accidents normally carry sufficient insurance to cover most serious and all non-serious injuries, unlike regular automobile accidents.
What is a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
An accident with a commercial truck, large freight carrier, and or an eighteen wheeler is even more dangerous than a typical automobile accident. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2011 Crash Data report, there were over 10,000 truck-tractors with semi-trailer accidents with motor vehicles alone.
The maximum allowable legal gross weight without a permit in the United States is 80,000 pounds. This weight disparity coupled with a big rig’s size and hazardous cargo load lead to catastrophic accidents and severe injuries.
In Illinois, an injured person can receive compensation if it can be proven that the person who caused the accident was negligent or careless, and contributed to the cause of injury. In the case of truck accidents there are a number of parties who may be responsible for a victim’s injuries. The truck driver, truck owner, leasing party of the truck, manufacturers’ of the truck’s vehicle and/or parts, and the shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo may be held accountable for the accident that occurred.
What are Common Causes of a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
Driver error is the most common cause of trucking accidents. The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 87% of the critical reasons for truck accidents were due to the driver. The FMCSA reported that the top 10 associated factors coded for large trucks and their drivers in crashes were:
- Brake Problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
What Should I do if I have been the Victim of a Truck Accident in Illinois?
The longer a person waits to retain an attorney, the greater the risk of fading or degrading physical evidence. Over time, witnesses have difficulty recalling specific details that may be vital to your case.
Even if you believe your accident to be minor in nature, you should keep good records, including:
- Photographs of the scene, property damage and injuries
- Dates and context of all conversations with insurance companies and the names of the representatives you spoke with (never agree to a recorded conversation without first consulting an attorney)
- Emergency visits or follow up medical exams (dates, prognosis and treatments, and treating physicians)
A free consultation with our firm can help ease your fears and protect your rights. If appropriate, we’ll arrange for an immediate investigation while evidence is fresh, including statements from witnesses and the Defendant, and photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved.
We invite you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your accident and any questions you may have. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.