Chicago Truck Accident Attorney

Chicago Truck Accident Attorney

Semi-trucks are an essential part of the American supply chain. Without them, our world would be quite different. The problem with semi-trucks is that they can cause accidents, and when they do, they are quite severe. Since they are much larger than other vehicles on the road, they can have more impact in an accident, and they take more time and a longer distance to stop. If you were recently involved in a truck accident, a knowledgeable Chicago truck accident lawyer can help you as you seek justice. 

Who is to Blame for Your Truck Accident?

Liability in a semi-truck accident can be quite complicated. Your Chicago truck accident attorney can examine all the details and evidence in your case to determine who might be liable. Potential parties who could be liable in your truck accident include:

  • The trucking company: Even if a trucking company leases its trucks from another company and hires independent contractors, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) holds trucking companies liable for accidents involving their drivers. It doesn’t matter if the trucking company failed to provide proper training, or the truck driver was texting when the accident occurred, the trucking company can be held liable. 
  • Passenger vehicle drivers: In some cases, the driver of a passenger vehicle could be to blame for the accident. If you were the driver, this could reduce the amount of your potential compensation.
  • Product manufacturers: If a part in a truck or another vehicle malfunctioned and caused the crash, the manufacturer could be held liable.
  • Municipalities: Municipalities are liable for keeping roads safe and maintaining them. If they fail to do this, they could also be held liable

In some big rig accidents, multiple parties are liable. If a jury determines that more than one party is liable, they will assign a percentage of liability to each party.  Joint and several liabilities will apply under Illinois Compiled Statutes 735 §5/2-1117

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Just as different parties can be liable for your accident, many different factors can cause a truck accident. Some can be traced back to the driver or the trucking company, and some can be attributed to other parties. Common causes of semi-truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving like texting, eating, or attending to a pet
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Impaired driving
  • Speed
  • Lack of experience
  • Failure to obey traffic rules
  • Poor judgment
  • Improper loading of cargo
  • Failure to perform safety checks
  • Failure to properly maintain the truck

Your Chicago truck accident attorney will look at many different things to determine how your accident occurred, and thus, who is responsible. Police reports, cell phone records, trucking company records, witness statements, and other documentation may provide the information they need.

Call On an Experienced Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can cause severe injuries that require months or even years to recover from. After your accident, you need to focus on healing, not fighting with insurance companies to get your claims paid. We are here to do the latter for you. Our attorneys can provide you with the representation required to get you the compensation you desperately need during this difficult time. 

At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., our attorneys strive to provide you with the best legal services possible. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney.

If you have been injured in a personal injury or work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 332-5400

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