When you’re traveling in or near Chicago, you may share the road with 18-wheelers. These large trucks are used to transport goods across the country. Also called semi-trucks, 18-wheelers carry much more weight than the average car, which can cause serious injuries in the event of an accident. While the damages from a truck can be devastating, a Chicago 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.
As you’re dealing with the injuries and damages of an 18-wheeler accident, handling a legal claim can be intimidating. However, our attorneys are here to help you throughout the process. We have years of experience defending those who have been harmed by 18-wheelers and other types of truck accidents. You’ll have peace of mind that you’ll have people on your side who will look out for your best interests.
Illinois 18-Wheeler Accident Statistics
18-wheelers cause multiple accidents each year. According to the 2018 Illinois Crash Facts & Statistics, semi-trailer accidents caused:
- 122 fatal accidents
- 2,235 injury wrecks
- 13,071 total crashes
- 19 vehicle occupants were killed
- 120 vehicle occupants suffered A-injuries. A-injuries, or incapacitating injuries, cause damage that inhibits the person’s ability to walk, drive, or do other actions that they used to do before the injury.
These large trucks are also hazardous in work zone crashes. Tractor-trailers caused a total of 807 accidents. 9 accidents were fatal, 131 accidents caused injuries, 21 resulted in A-injuries, and 667 crashes caused property damage. Of the other trucks included in this data, which were bobtail and single unit straight crashes, tractor-trailers had the most crashes.
If you were harmed in an 18-wheeler accident, our lawyers will seek full and fair compensation on your behalf. Let’s go over the types of damages you can recover.
The Consequences of an 18-Wheeler Accident
Because of their increased size and weight, an 18-wheeler can cause debilitating injuries. Illinois truck weight limits are as follows:
- A single axle truck can be up to 20,000 lbs.
- A tandem axle can be up to 34,000 lbs.
- A tridem axle has a limit of 42,500 lbs.
- The gross weight of a truck is 80,000 lbs.
Even if the truck is within weight regulations, a semi-truck accident can still result in a terrible accident. As a result, you may be facing a long recovery full of treatment, time off work, and you’ll have the expenses of your medical care.
Your injury may result in a temporary or permanent disability. When it’s temporary, your injury will currently prohibit you from being able to work and perform other tasks that you were able to do before the crash. But after you heal, you’ll likely be able to resume work and those activities. A permanent disability may mean the injury will not fully recover and you’ll have to adjust to living with the injury.
A permanent disability could mean you’re going to need continued care and medical equipment to help you maintain a high quality of life. While this readjustment period can be difficult, our lawyers will be at your side.
When you need time to rest and recover, you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford care or pay back medical bills for an accident that wasn’t your fault. When a Chicago 18-wheeler accident lawyer is representing you, we’ll fight for your compensation to cover these costs so you can recover in peace.
While your compensation should cover the costs of the accident, we’ll also seek compensation for your emotional losses as well. Being prevented from living your life as you did before the accident can cause significant stress, pain, and lessen your enjoyment of life. These injuries shouldn’t have ever happened to you in the first place. If the other party had acted responsibly, your accident could have been prevented.
As we investigate your case, we’ll look into possible liable parties. If the truck driver acted negligently, they could have been disobeying traffic laws or they could lack the experience necessary to safely operate an 18-wheeler. However, the investigation could point toward other negligent parties.
When transporting cargo, trucking companies may not adhere to regulations, so the truck cannot safely handle the load. If a truck isn’t loaded properly and there’s too much weight on an axle, it can buckle. The truck driver will likely not be able to maintain control of the truck.
Thomas Law Offices Can Help You
If you’re wondering if you’re eligible for a truck accident claim, you should meet with our lawyers. As we go over your case, we’ll look at how you were injured, the vehicles involved in your accident, and the damages you’re left with.
When we’re seeking fair compensation for you, we’ll assess the injuries you sustained from medical records and use police reports, your account, and eyewitness accounts to determine how the accident occurred. We’ll consult with experts like an accident reconstructionist if necessary.
While going up against a trucking company or manufacturing company can be nerve-wracking, we’re prepared to fight for you to get justice no matter what. If the other side isn’t offering a fair settlement that will help you cover the costs of the accident, our Chicago 18-wheeler accident lawyer is prepared to represent you in a courtroom.
It’s important to get started on your case as quickly as possible. Contact our office today so we can help you get on the path to financial, physical, and emotional recovery.