Chicago’s location and its role in history as the epicenter for rail traffic have made it one of the largest transportation hubs in the world. Six of every ten vehicles on the roads in Illinois are trucks, creating the potential for severe and often fatal truck accidents by the sheer volume of traffic alone. An overworked or negligent truck driver may be held liable whenever his or her actions cause an accident that results in life changing or ending injuries. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury firm that is dedicated to fighting for the victims of negligence and holding truck companies and drivers accountable for their unsafe actions and policies.
The Complexity of Illinois Truck Accident Law
What makes a truck accident different than other types of accidents is that there are many parties involved in the circumstances that may have caused the driver to hit the other vehicle or person. There may be multiple parties at fault if the truck was improperly maintained, the company encouraged dangerous policies or the driver ignored the Illinois law that regulates the amount of hours truck drivers are permitted to drive each day or week. A qualified truck accident lawyer will be able to determine which party or parties are responsible and liable so that a legal claim can be filed against the right people and fair damages can be pursued.
Typical causes of truck accidents include the following.
- The driver is pressured into working more hours than permitted by law in order to meet deadlines. Drivers often create false logs to hide this and it may require a jury to determine whether it is the fault of the company for encouraging this practice or the driver for willfully breaking the law.
- Defective or poorly maintained trucks can cause injury to the driver and other motorists on the road. In some cases, a defective piece of equipment can cause a truck accident, such as a tire blowing out or brakes failing to slow or stop the truck in time.
- Improper distribution of the load on a truck can cause the truck to jackknife or to roll and this could be the fault of loading the truck or the driver for not ensuring that the truck was loaded properly.
- Failing to keep an adequate lookout while driving and changing lanes
- Driving too fast. Truck drivers must not only abide by applicable speed limits, but also reduce speeds as conditions dictate
Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers Dedicated to Holding the Right Parties Responsible
The Chicago Injury Center understands that each of our clients’ cases is different and that it may be difficult to determine who is liable in the event of an accident. Each of our lawyers is knowledgeable and experienced with Federal Trucking Standards and Illinois law applicable to semi-trucks and has access to experts in accident reconstruction and in the medical fields to help establish the extent of our client’s damages. This will allow us to identify the parties that are most liable for your accident, properly place a value on your case and present all of the facts in the most effective manner if your case makes it to trial.
It is important that you have a Chicago truck accident lawyer to represent your interests, as the truck companies will have no shortage of attorneys at their disposal to try to limit their financial responsibilities. Our lawyers will be able to counter any unfair settlement offers and fight for the highest possible damages that you are entitled to under law. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to contact us for a free consultation so that we can evaluate the details of your case and advise you on how to proceed.
It is our promise to each client we will never ask for payment unless we are able to settle or win your case.