In most car accident cases involving trucks, the worst injuries are sustained by passenger vehicle occupants. This is mainly because of the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles with a weaker frame. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles getting trapped underneath trucks in crashes.
Another common hazard often posed by commercial trucks is exhaustion and lack of sleep of truck drivers. Drivers of commercial grade trucks are allowed by federal regulations to drive up to eleven hours at a stretch, and up to seventy-seven hours in a single work week. Studies have shown that many commercial truckers exceed these limits on a regular basis, driving for excessive periods and putting the public at risk. Unfortunately, the consequences for motorists can be disastrous.
Because of the high force of impact involved in many of these cases, and the possibility of dangerous rollovers, injured drivers can suffer from serious and prolonged cases of neck, back and spinal problems, as well as closed head injuries and concussions. We know that after experiencing this kind of trauma, your top priority is making a strong physical recovery. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a truck accident, let us focus on providing you with a strong financial recovery, so you can focus on your health and your family. Our knowledgeable and experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers will make sure you receive complete financial compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Payment of medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Advance pay for future medical treatment
Trucking accidents tend to be complex cases. Various state and federal agencies, such as the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, have created regulations to increase safety in the area of commercial trucking and interstate transportation. Our knowledgeable team of Chicago personal injury attorneys has years of experience representing people who have been injured by commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, and construction vehicles.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, call us for a free consultation, and speak with our experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys about your case. We will explain all of your legal options. We will also work with insurance companies to make sure you get the coverage you need.