Because of their size, accidents involving large trucks and semitrucks (also called tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or semis), can be horrific. When involved in a crash, these large vehicles can cause considerable property damage, severe injuries, and even loss of life.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a large truck accident, you may face mounting medical bills, lost income, lost property, physical pain, and emotional suffering. After an accident, healing should be your focus, not fighting for compensation. A Chicago truck accident lawyer may be able to help.
When seeking compensation, it may be difficult to know where to start. Commercial vehicle drivers often work for larger companies, and insurance plans can be more complicated than in passenger vehicle accidents where each party typically carries their own individual insurance. Fortunately, you do not have to take this on alone. Ben Crump Law, PLLC has successfully helped many truck accident victims seek awards, and we may be able to help you, too. Call 800-630-9229 to speak with a member of our team.
About Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are occurring with greater frequency. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), injuries from crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 62 percent from 2009 to 2015. From 2009 to 2017, fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 40 percent, with an 8 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 alone.
Even more disturbing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that in fatal crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle, 96 percent of victims were the drivers and occupants of the passenger vehicles. This means that in a two-car accident with a large truck, those in the smaller passenger vehicle face a much greater physical threat than the truck driver.
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Liability in a Truck Accident
Sometimes, the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the party responsible for the transported items can cause trucking accidents. The failure of truck or trailer parts can also cause accidents. A Chicago truck accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you identify who or what may be responsible for your accident.
Examples of liability may include, but are not limited to:
- Unsafe driving. Was the truck driver traveling too fast, following too close, or did they make an illegal driving maneuver? Drivers may be found negligent if alcohol or the consumption of over-the-counter, prescription, or illegal drugs was involved in your accident. Internal distractions, such as the use of a cell phone, could also be a contributing factor.
- Driver fatigue. Truck drivers must follow the FMCSA’s Hours of Service Regulations, which mandate breaks for drivers and outlines how many consecutive hours a driver may travel without rest. Sometimes, a driver’s employer may be responsible for putting undue pressure on the driver to meet shipping deadlines.
- Unsafe cargo. Shifting cargo can be the cause of accidents. The United States Department of Transportation sets the size and weight standards to help ensure the safe transport of cargo. If the truck involved in your accident violated state and federal limits, the driver, trucking company, or company responsible for the cargo could be negligent.
- Inadequate driver surveillance. Proper surveillance equipment is necessary for drivers, as they should be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles on the road. If this equipment is lacking or defective, it could be responsible for your accident.
- Defects in the motor vehicle or its parts. This could include tire problems, brake issues, or any other faulty mechanics in the truck or tractor-trailer.
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How Ben Crump Law, PLLC Can Help
If your accident was due to negligence of another party, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, and we can help. Ben Crump Law, PLLC does not shy away from tough cases, and we are not afraid to take on large companies or major insurers.
Your focus should be on recovering from your injuries, or in the worse cases, grieving for a loved one’s loss of life. Mounting medical bills and time lost from work should not be a cause for additional stress. Our team will work to try to help you receive compensation for costs including:
- Medical bills. Hospital stays, medication, or even ongoing physical therapy may be necessary to aid you or a loved one in recovery. If someone else is responsible for your accident, you should not have to shoulder these costs alone.
- Lost wages. You should focus your healing, not worrying about time and income lost at work while you are recovering from your accident.
- Property damage. You may be entitled to compensation for any damage caused to your vehicle or other property.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering. We may be able to help you seek a settlement so that you can focus on easing your pain and emotional distress.
Finally, if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, we may be able to help you fight for awards for wrongful death. If someone else was negligent, resulting in the death of your spouse or next of kin, you might be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, as well as your grief, sorrow, and mental suffering. You may also be able to collect awards to compensate for the financial support lost upon the death of your loved one under Illinois’s statute, 740 ILCS 180.
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we believe those responsible for your accident should be held accountable. We know that your accident has caused enough pain, suffering, and stress, and we want to help you achieve the awards to which you may be entitled. A Chicago truck accident lawyer will work to ease the legal burden and try to negotiate the best possible settlement for you. You pay nothing up front or out of pocket for our services, and our fee comes out from any awards you may receive.
If you are ready to take action and see how Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to work for you, call our team at 800-630-9229.