Commercial vehicles deliver crucial goods and services across state lines every day. While most trips for truckers go as planned, this isn’t the case 100 percent of the time. In the event a smaller passenger vehicle is involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer, the consequences could be catastrophic. If you’ve been involved in a wreck, you’ll benefit from seeking legal guidance from a Chicago semi truck accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices.
At our firm, our attorneys have experience representing truck accident victims. We know what it takes to prove liability and get out clients the compensation they need to recover as fully as possible. If you are considering filing a claim, you’ll benefit from having a general understanding of the claims process. To start, let’s get an idea of just how many people are harmed in semi crashes in Chicago every year.
Semi Truck Crashes in Illinois
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were nearly 312,000 traffic accidents in 2017 throughout the state. Approximately 12,000 of those crashes involve semi trucks. Speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence are three of the top contributing factors to tractor trailer accidents.
In populated areas like Chicago, crashes are more likely to happen on high-speed freeways and at intersections. When a semi truck causes a crash on a highway, it’s possible more than two vehicles could be involved. In the event of a multi-car pileup, the injuries are likely to be significantly more severe than when just two vehicles are involved. When semi trucks make deliveries in the city, the drivers need to be prepared to navigate tight roadways. Accidents at intersections do no only involve other vehicles. Bicyclists and pedestrians are also at risk of sustaining injuries—some being potentially fatal.
If you’ve been involved in a crash in the Chicago area, you’ll need a strong claim that proves you’re owed compensation for your losses. Part of that claim will come from the investigation conducted by your lawyer. One of the aspects of the accident they’ll focus on includes the type of crash you were in.
Types of Semi Accidents
The type of accident you’re in says a lot about how and why the wreck happened. While every accident is different, there are certain types of semi crashes that we see more often than others. For example, you may have been in one of the following accident types:
The type of crash you’re in can affect the severity of your injuries as well as the financial burdens you have to face after. For example, override accidents, which involve a semi driving up over the back of a smaller passenger vehicle often result in catastrophic, debilitating injuries or fatalities. No matter what type of crash you’re dealing with, you’ll want an experienced legal representative by your side.
Every accident presents unique challenges when it comes to determining liability. Fortunately, the Chicago semi truck accident attorneys from Thomas Law Offices have extensive knowledge in this area of litigation. In addition to that, we also have access to accident reconstruction experts who can help support your claim.
Determining Liability After a Semi Wreck
In order to file a successful semi truck accident claim, you need to be able to prove negligence. Depending on the situation, there are three potentially negligent parties. In most situations, the truck driver is responsible for a crash. In other situations, however, the trucking company or auto parts manufacturer could be liable.
Truck drivers are supposed to abide by the rules of the road and the guidelines in place for commercial truck drivers. This means following the speed limit, ensuring they are focused on the road, refraining from driving while tired or under the influence, and ensuring their cargo is properly secured. In the event they fail to properly conduct themselves on the road and someone else is injured as a result, your lawyer’s investigation will prove they failed to provide the necessary care.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers are qualified and capable when it comes to operating a semi truck. They also need to make sure all the vehicles in their fleet are in working order and properly maintained. In the event something goes wrong with the vehicle and an accident results, the trucking company could be held accountable. The same goes for the truck’s manufacturer. Vehicle parts companies that cut corners and fail to properly build trucks that are safe should be found guilty of negligence.
Contact Thomas Law Offices
If you’ve been injured in a tractor-trailer crash, a Chicago semi truck accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you understand your legal rights and options. In the event an investigation proves the truck driver, trucking company, or vehicle manufacturer was responsible for what happened, you’ll be able to seek compensation for your losses.
We understand the challenges involved with pursuing an injury claim while trying to focus on recovering physically and emotionally from an accident. That’s why we’ll be by your side throughout the entirety of the claims process.
The sooner you get in touch with our law office, the better your chances are of recovering the compensation you need to get your life back in order. To learn more or to get started on your case, schedule a consultation and evaluation today.