Fighting For Justice After A Chicago Truck Accident
With large commercial trucks navigating Illinois interstates every day, it is no surprise that devastating truck accidents are common throughout the state. Often leading to severe, life-long injuries or fatalities, you may have the right to obtain compensation for the harm you or your loved one suffered.
At Consumer Law Group, our personal injury attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after a truck accident. Our lawyers take a results-oriented approach to seeking justice for our clients. With years of experience fighting for our clients, we will develop a legal strategy that prioritizes your best interests and goals. Out of our offices in Chicago, Berwyn, Aurora and Wheeling, we can help truck accident victims throughout Illinois.
Common Causes Of Illinois Truck Accidents
Operating a truck is very different from a regular passenger vehicle and often has different concerns due to its large size. For example, the blind spot on a truck is massive compared to a passenger vehicle and can result in accidents when not properly accounted for.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Brake problems
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Maintenance issues
Trucks require regular maintenance to ensure the safety of the driver, other vehicles on the road and the cargo the truck carries. Improper or negligent maintenance can cause brake failures or other mechanical problems that can lead to destructive accidents.
Who Can Be Held Liable In A Truck Accident?
Aside from the severity of the accident and resulting injuries, truck accidents are different than regular car crashes due to the parties involved. When your vehicle is hit by another, you know that you will likely only file a suit against the other driver and their insurance company. In a truck accident, you have more parties to consider, including the driver, maintenance company, trucking company, manufacturer, cargo loaders and cargo owner.
What Makes A Truck Accident More Dangerous Than Regular Car Crashes?
The significant size difference between a truck and a passenger vehicle automatically makes truck accidents more deadly than regular car crashes. The actual operation of a truck also makes maneuvering and driving more difficult, especially when sharing the road with other vehicles. For example, trucks require more space to turn, move around curves or change lanes. Trucks also require longer stopping distances from when the driver hits the brakes to when the truck stops moving.
Damages Available To Chicago Truck Accident Victims
In Illinois, you can obtain compensation for economic monetary losses and nonmonetary damages, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. Monetary damages include anything with a set value, such as medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitative costs. Noneconomic damages include consequences of the accident that do not have a set monetary value, such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship in wrongful death cases.
What Happens If A Loved One Dies In A Truck Accident?
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you can file a wrongful death claim on their behalf and obtain compensation from the at-fault parties. You may be eligible for compensation for funeral costs, loss of companionship, medical bills and lost wages.
Helping You Move Forward After Your Truck Accident
Although no amount of money can erase your suffering and loss after a truck accident, it can help you heal and compensate you for some of your hardships. If you were in a truck accident in Illinois, contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 312-766-7777 or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation.