Truck Accidents

Considering the training and licensing requirements for commercial drivers, it can be surprising to learn that accidents with commercial vehicles are more common than accidents between two noncommercial drivers. Accidents involving large trucks result in greater damage to vehicles and more severe injuries to the victims in the crash. In many cases, the accidents are the result of driver fatigue or poor truck maintenance— issues that are easily preventable. Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys believe that holding the companies responsible for these accidents will force them to adhere to the laws in place that require drivers to rest, companies to maintain their vehicles and for proper safety procedures to be followed in order to prevent accidents.

Chicago lawyers for truck accident victimsIllinois: The Third Largest Interstate System in the Nation

Due to Chicago’s importance in the transportation industry, Illinois has the third largest interstate system in the United States. Millions of commercial vehicles traverse Illinois highways, presenting a risk to motorists living in and traveling through the state.

The state ranks eleventh in fatalities due to accidents with commercial vehicles that are considered single unit and eighth for commercial vehicles that are classified as double unit vehicles. Impatience and overworked employees pushing to meet strict deadlines exacerbates the situation and contributes to the alarming number of trailer-tractor accidents on Illinois highways each year.

Types of Commercial Vehicles

Most people think of large semi-tractor trailers when they imagine a truck accident and accidents involving semis are the least common of commercial truck accidents. Compared to other vehicles, these commonly utilized trucks are more likely to be involved in an accident:

  • Garbage trucks
  • Tow trucks
  • Trailer-tractors
  • Cement trucks
  • Delivery vehicles

When a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident, the condition of the vehicle, the state of the driver and the policies of the company that owns the truck must all be considered when the victim or victims seek damages.

Types of Injuries Commonly Sustained in Semi-Truck Crashes

Large commercial vehicles are capable of doing much more damage due to the large size and weight of the vehicle, which exerts more force in lower speed accidents than a regular vehicle would at higher speeds. Some commercial vehicles have awkward centers of gravity as well, presenting a roll over risk— which could cause the truck to crush the occupants of another vehicle. The types of injuries that usually occur in accidents involving commercial vehicles are as follows.

  • Complex fractures that require surgical repair
  • Paralysis
  • Severe lacerations
  • Internal bleeding and injuries to internal organs
  • Trauma to the head or neck

Dedicated and Committed Advocates with Proven Trucking Collision Experience

Big companies and their insurance carriers will have access to teams of lawyers who will go to work quickly to limit the companies’ liability in accidents, which is why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who has handled these types of cases in the past. Chicago Truck Injury Attorneys are able to negotiate effectively with insurance companies and are equipped to take your case to court if needed in order to collect the maximum amount in damages that you are entitled to under law. We have access to experts in the fields of medicine as well as in accident reconstruction and will fight to hold the driver and company accountable for your injuries. Call us today to set up a free consultation— we will even travel to meet you if you are unable to meet with us in one of our offices.

Sources:

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811628.pdf
http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/13897
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809-569.pdf

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