The Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucking companies are notorious for pushing their drivers to the limits while only barely meeting the maintenance levels required for their trucks to be on the road. A combination of exhausted drivers, poor equipment and constant pressure to do anything required to deliver a load on time all contribute to truck accidents. Whenever a driver operates a truck, he or she is representing the company that he or she drives for and that company is liable for any negligent actions that the driver takes either with or without the company’s knowledge.
Trucking Companies Breaking Laws to Deliver Goods on Time & Under-Budget
Whether it is speeding, driving more hours in a day than is allowed by law or ignoring warnings in a construction zone, truck drivers often break the rules of the road willfully in order to save time. Many times, the companies that employ these drivers will turn their backs as they falsify their logs and cut corners to stay on the road longer— even if it requires risking the lives of other people on the road.
Inadequate Maintenance or Defective Trucking Equipment
It costs money to repair or replace equipment and trucking companies watch their bottom lines very closely— only meeting the minimum requirements to keep their drivers on the road. When a truck crash results due to faulty equipment, the same companies will try to dodge responsibility and blame the manufacturer of the part that failed on the road. If trucking companies were to perform inspections more often on their trucks, they would notice defective equipment before it became the cause of an accident that injured or claimed the life of another human being.
Cargo Management: Poorly Loaded Materials On Semi-Trucks
Every company that touches the cargo carried on a truck bares partial responsibility if the cargo is not secured properly or if it is loaded into the trailer improperly. Trailers that lack correct weight distribution can shift on the highway and cause the driver to lose control of his truck. Truck companies will want to shift the blame, but it is as much the driver’s fault for not checking his cargo as it is the fault of the warehouse or dock that loaded it when the improperly loaded trailer or flatbed causes an accident.
Rear End Trucking Accidents
Even rear-end accidents at low speeds can cause a lot of damage if a truck is involved and those in the other vehicle can sustain injuries even if the accident happened at 5 MPH. If a truck driver rear ends a car, SUV, van or even another truck, he or she is liable and so is the company that he or she represents. It is for this reason that more care must be taken even at low speeds inside of the city.
Bus and Passenger Van Collisions: Dangers To Occupants And Motorists
Vans and buses are considered to be trucks too, and bus drivers are responsible for an entirely different type of cargo— human lives. Not only must a bus driver look out for others on the road, but he or she must protect his or her passengers as well. Accidents on buses can involve collisions with other vehicles or a sudden stop that throws passengers from their seats.
We Work Hard To Protect Your Legal Rights For Injuries Sustained In Collision
If you have been involved in any kind of truck accident, you have the right to legal representation and to pursue damages comparable to the financial burden of your medical care, damage to your property, disability, pain and suffering and time that you need to take off of work. Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers are here to build your case and ensure that you are awarded every bit of compensation that you deserve. To set up a free consultation, contact us today at 312-818-4450.
Factors Influencing Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are nothing like car accidents because of the complexity of the freight and transportation industry. When two cars collide, one of the drivers is determined to be at fault for the accident and is required to compensate the other for damages, which include: the cost of car repair, medical bills and time that the person was required to remain off of work. Because several companies may be attached to a single truck driver’s cargo, determining who is responsible for a truck crash can be a confusing process, especially when multiple parties share the blame.
Interstate Business Converging In The Transportation Hub Of The Midwest: Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is a major transportation hub that connects many shipments that originate on the East or West coast with their destinations. Five different states feed into Illinois and trucks rule the interstate highways because of their massive numbers. As a result, Chicago must deal with more congestion than other cities, which are not such an integral location to collect, organize and distribute shipments of mail and other products that are traveling cross country.
The Role of Big Business In Trucking Collision Cases
Whenever an accident involving a truck driver occurs, attorneys must investigate all of the details of the accident, including how many companies are connected to the freight. The trailer, freight and cab may all belong to different parties and the driver may work independently or for a company that is not already attached to the cargo in some manner. In most cases, one single party is not responsible for an accident and how each company contributed to the incident needs to be considered when preparing a case. As attorneys for injured people in truck accidents it is crucial to name all of the responsible parties in truck accident litigation.
Defective Equipment On 18-Wheelers
The manufacturers of equipment and vehicles involved in accidents may be found liable if the equipment or device is the cause of an accident or fails to protect a passenger during the collision. Defective or poorly maintained equipment may bring in an additional party when pursuing a case and lawyers must determine whether the accident was the fault of the manufacturer, the driver or both. Trucking companies may fail to notice a defect before allowing a truck onto the road as well, making the company liable for any accident that results from their negligence when performing routine inspections.
Using Technology to Establish Fault In Semi-Truck Wreck Cases
The implementation of technology such as GPS navigation is allowing truck injury lawyers to call truck drivers out when the data in their logbooks doesn’t match the data stored in their navigation devices. Using these new technologies can establish fault by showing whether a driver was following the law regarding how many hours he or she may work straight without a break. The assumption that a driver was fatigued without solid evidence is circumstantial, but being able to illustrate how he or she falsified his or her logbook provides a clear case.
Lawyers Applying A Macro & Micro Approach to Chicago Trucking Accident Cases
Finding an advocate who understands how to connect all of the dots and consider every factor that is involved in a truck accident is important if you have been injured by a negligent truck driver or due to the reckless acts of a trucking company. Our lawyers investigate every case and rely on experts to reconstruct the incident using all of the information available about each company involved in order to determine the cause of the accident and which company or companies are liable. For more information on how we can win your truck injury case, contact us for a free consultation today by calling 312-818-4450.
Types of Trucks
Assigning all trucks to one generic category is somewhat misleading as the type of truck and its intended use commonly plays a role in how or why and incident may have occurred. Understanding the specific design elements, mechanical systems and federal and state regulations for each type of vehicle is an important element in the successful prosecution of personal injury cases involving trucks.
As attorneys who have experience prosecuting trucking companies, maintenance contractors and vehicle manufacturers, we commonly draw upon the specific regulations applicable to each type of vehicle in our truck and commercial vehicle accident practice. This intricate understanding of the specific issues involved in each type of truck injury case frequently means the difference between a case that gets resolved expeditiously — and for fair value vs. a case that drags through the litigation process.
Regardless if you or a family member was injured due to the fault of a traditional semi-truck driver or the negligence of an operator of a truly specialized vehicle, our Truck Injury Lawyers stand ready to move forward with your case.