We’ve all seen trucks barreling down the highway with a series of rectangular boxes dangling in tow. Sometimes different shapes sizes and colors, to the uninitiated, these vehicles are known as trailers and they are the devices used to haul cargo.
While the large tractor-trailers may make for interesting sightseeing on the highway, these large– and frequently very heavy vehicles—may be responsible for causing serious accidents involving other motorists on the roadways.
Pervasive use of tractor-trailers in commerce poses a threat to other drivers on the road
Today, the economic incentives for trucking companies to drive maximum profitability for each mile driven commonly results in a lengthy set of two, three or four trailers going behind the cab. While the series of trailers may make for an interesting spectacle as you drive along the highway, a negligently maintained, connected or loaded trailer may ultimately be responsible for causing or contributing to a serious tractor-trailer accident.
When semi-trucks are involved in crashes, the weight and attachment mechanisms can exacerbate accidents if the trailers cause rollovers or jackknifes which can impact drivers not just in the immediate lane– but the entire roadway and can result in pile-up accidents.
Unique Considerations Applicable to Illinois Trucking Accident Cases Involving Trailers
While one company may be responsible for the cab transporting the trailers, an entirely different series of companies may be responsible for the ownership, maintenance and cargo within each trailer. Many of these parties may not be readily apparent from the initial accident report made by investigating agencies.
Consequently, a thorough investigation may need to be conducted in order to determine where fault lies for causing an accident. The use of accident scene investigators may play an important role in this area as facts gathered from the scene of the accident may impute responsibility on a party.
Illinois Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
As one of the premier commercial vehicle accident law firms, our team of accident investigators and attorneys who are well versed in truck crash investigation. Our team knows that time is truly of the essence in these cases and works expeditiously to secure the necessary evidence in order to protect the rights of our clients.
If you were involved in a tractor-trailer accident in Chicago—or any location in Illinois, we invite you to speak with our attorneys for a free case review, where we will answer any questions that you may have – without any obligation on your part. Should you elect to retain our office to represent you, we will handle the matter on a contingency fee where there are no out of pocket expenses incurred by you.
Federal Size Regulations for Commercial Motor Vehicles U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration