Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous for both drivers and passengers on the road. Crashes that fall under this distinction involve large tractor-trailers weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs., and because of their massive size and tremendous weight, most other automobiles don’t stand a chance when involved in a collision. Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States, and of these some 5,000 result in fatalities.
Even so, trucking is a big time business, and the United States economy gains well over $600 billion in annual revenues from shipping and mass-transport of goods and commodities. These profit margins are estimated to nearly double in the coming years, and as a result, it is safe to say that we will be seeing a far greater number of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers on the roads in the future. Therefore, it is safe to say these trailers will be on the road for a long time. (NHTSA)
In the past two decades, our Chicago lawyers have represented clients who have suffered serious personal injuries, property damage, and various other losses due to a trucking accident. Such accidents commonly involve:
• Distracted truck drivers • Intoxicated truck drivers • Sleep-deprived truck drivers
• Overloaded or unsafe trucks
• Rear-rend collisions • Rollovers
• Tire blowouts • Disabling vehicle failures • Recklessness on the part of the driver • Lane drifting
90% of all commercial truck accidents are caused or worsened by some sort of human error, and there are many other cases where blame rests on the negligence of an owner. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident because of someone else’s negligence, you need a law firm that has experience handling such cases.
Our truck accident lawyers have served clients from all over Illinois to recover compensation for serious personal injuries and loss of life. In one such case, our attorneys settled a $6.5 million trucking accident for the family of a young woman who had been killed after being rear-ended by a semi-truck driver. Our clients (the woman’s husband and young son) also experienced extensive injuries in the collision. Our team was able to prove that the driver of the truck was under the influence of marijuana, and was operating an over-loaded, unsafe truck, in violation of multiple federal regulations.
Our accident law firm has the resources to litigate very complex personal injury cases, and we will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Please remember that in some cases there are time limitations for filing accident lawsuits in the state of Illinois, so you should take action as soon as possible to protect yourself. Call us now for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim.