Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyers in Chicago, IL
While trucks are a common sight on our Illinois roadways, they can pose a serious threat to our safety. Trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times as much as typical passenger cars. A fully loaded semi-trailer can tip the scales at as much as 80,000 lbs. or 40 tons. Trucks are also longer (approx.70 -80 ft.) and taller (approx. 13’ 6”) than standard passenger vehicles. Therefore, trucks take 20-40 percent more braking distance to reach a complete stop as compared to a standard car. When a truck is involved in an accident, its size and weight become a powerful and destructive force often causing serious injury or death to those in its path. Being involved in a collision with a truck is a tragic and life altering event that can result in profound physical, emotional, and financial losses. If you’ve suffered injuries from this collision and suspect that someone is at fault, you can seek monetary damages with the aid of a truck accident attorney. Our skilled commercial truck injury lawyers at TPMB are committed to maximizing the financial recoveries of their clients to compensate for these losses.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Accidents caused by truck drivers result in severe and often fatal injuries. What makes these disasters more upsetting is the fact that many of them are preventable. Road tragedies often occur due to truckers and companies cutting corners in the interest of meeting deadlines.
Among the commonly cited factors in major truck crashes are:
- Brake Issues – Trucking firms may overlook routine maintenance to save on time and costs. Unfortunately, failure to maintain truck brakes creates conditions that result in a serious or fatal crash or collision.
- Going beyond the Speed Limit – Drivers sometimes go past the speed limit to meet deadlines. This, however, puts other road users at risk of getting involved in an accident.
- Unsafe Driving Practices – Spending hours or days driving can become tiresome, which may cause some truckers to become less safe with how they use their vehicles. Apart from speeding, unsafe practices include road rage, failure to use turn signals, and frequent lane changes.
If the driver or the trucking company has been negligent, the injured party may file a claim with the aid of a truck accident lawyer. An attorney who specializes in trucking injuries has the legal expertise and skills necessary to investigate accidents completely and determine fair compensation for the victims.
Truck collisions are often needless and preventable. TPMB’s team of lawyers is committed to aggressively investigating and determining the causes of truck collisions on behalf of our clients and their families. Common causes of trucking collisions, include:
Determining Liability in a Truck Accident
Depending on the circumstance of the accident, you and your reliable truck accident legal counsel may pursue a claim or file a lawsuit against any or all of the following:
- The Truck Driver –This individual may be financially liable for any injuries or deaths if his/her recklessness or negligence contributes to or causes an accident
- The Trucking Company – You can hold this entity responsible for negligent corporate policies, poor truck maintenance, inadequate training, and negligent hiring practices.
- Truck Manufacturers –If the vehicle that hurt you contained defective parts, you and your trusted truck attorney can seek compensation from the manufacturer.
If you’re not sure of the actual party at fault, it’s a good idea to discuss your case with a knowledgeable semi-truck injury attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I approach a commercial truck accident attorney for my accident claim?
Trucking firms work hard to reduce liability so that accidents does not cost them too much money. Their insurance adjusters and lawyers do everything they can to try to reduce the amount of compensation that is paid to accident victims.
When you hire a reputable truck accident lawyer, your chance of getting an appropriate settlement will be much higher than taking on the claim on your own. Your attorney’s legal team can level the playing field, as they represent your interests.
What steps should I immediately take after a truck accident?
Getting medical attention is the first thing you should do, especially when you’ve sustained severe or serious injuries. Beyond that, you need to:
- Report the accident to local law enforcement authorities
- Refrain from speaking with insurance adjusters or the representatives of the trucking company
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident to record vital details, such as the damage to vehicles and other property
- Retain any documentation of accident-related costs, such as surgical expenses, and provide your legal counsel with a copy of the documents
When should I hire a truck injury attorney?
You should reach out to a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. Obtaining legal advice quickly enables you to gather as much information as you can to back your claim and secure fair compensation.
The legal team at TPMB is experienced and well versed in the complexities of trucking accident cases. Obtaining evidence plays a crucial role in investigating any trucking case. There are many different types of evidence that can assist our TPMB legal team in identifying the cause of a truck accident. The trucks themselves are equipped with electronic data recorders, also known as a “Black Box.” The data from the Black Box may be able to be downloaded and analyzed by an expert to determine information about the operation of the truck at the time of and immediately prior to the collision. Drivers are required to keep logbooks regarding their driving activities. This is because truck drivers are under constant pressure to meet time deadlines; a driver’s lack of adequate rest may lead to sleep deprivation. A drowsy trucker that doesn’t take mandated scheduled breaks can cause a collision. Each case is different. Depending on the facts, other crucial evidence may also exist with trucking companies, brokers, shippers, warehouse operators and others connected to the truck, its trailer, or load being transported.
There are also a multitude of state and federal regulations that address the trucking industry, including from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These regulations have safety requirements that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. The lawyers at TPMB are knowledgeable in these regulations and utilize them to assess and prosecute any violation.
Many different types of trucks use our highways. Examples of these trucks include: agricultural trucks, box trucks, bucket trucks, car carriers, cement trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks, tank trucks, tow trucks, semi-trailer trucks. They travel on our city streets, rural roads, and highways throughout the state, including on I-55, I-88, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-355, I-390.