Burr Ridge, Illinois Truck Accident Attorney

When an accident involves any kind of truck, the occupants of passenger vehicles are most at risk for serious injuries. Those injuries are often severe or even fatal, so if the truck driver is at fault, the injured victim and his or her family are often entitled to a significant amount of compensatory damages.

Recovering those damages can be a substantial legal challenge. The laws that apply to truck accidents are more complex and numerous than those for car accidents and include both federal and state laws and regulations. Truck accidents also involve more potentially liable parties than just the driver. At Modestas Law, we have the experience and knowledge to help you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve if you were injured in a truck accident where the driver is at fault.

Who Is Responsible in a Truck Accident?

When a truck driver causes an accident, that driver is not the only person potentially liable for the resulting injuries. Especially when a large truck is involved, other individuals or businesses may be legally responsible. Besides the driver, others who might be subject to legal action include:

  • Driver’s employer
  • Truck owner
  • Leasing company
  • Truck trailer owner
  • Truck manufacturer
  • Truck maintenance company

Sorting through the facts and evidence to ascertain the responsible parties requires legal knowledge and analytical skill. Multiple insurance liability companies are likely to be involved, which means several accident investigators may be gathering evidence and talking to witnesses.

Just as in an auto accident case, the question of liability rests on ascertaining whose negligence caused or contributed to the accident. We provide detailed information about Illinois Accident Liability Laws and how the legal principle of negligence works in our state on our auto accident page.

Complex federal laws and regulations apply to the truck driver and all the businesses involved in the trucking industry. When a truck is involved in an accident, determining whether one or more of the parties was negligent will, in many cases, rest on ascertaining whether there was a violation of any of the many laws and regulations that apply to the driver and trucking companies. Those laws regulate many aspects of driver and trucking company conduct, including:

  • Hours of service for drivers
  • Drug and alcohol testing of drivers
  • Weight restrictions
  • Loading and load-securing procedures
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle marking

In addition to all the federal regulations that may come into play in a truck accident, there can be many different causes of truck driver negligence. Some relate to the driver’s conduct. Others relate to the dangerous nature of driving a large truck, because of the significant weight and difficult maneuverability, or to compliance with other regulations. Common causes of truck driver negligence include:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Driver distraction
  • Unfamiliarity with the location
  • Improper braking or turning
  • Excessive speed
  • Reckless decision-making

All of these factors involving the driver and the companies responsible for the truck are just some of the reasons why truck accident cases are more difficult and complex than auto accident cases. If you were injured in a truck accident, having an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side from the beginning is imperative. Modestas Law has the right kind of experience to help you and your family.

Compensation in a Truck Accident Case

Just as in an auto accident case, when you are injured in a truck accident where the driver or one of the companies was negligent, you are entitled to economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical treatment costs
  • Lost income or wages
  • Repair or replacement of your damaged vehicle
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Payment for disability or disfigurement

Injuries in truck accident cases are often very severe and life-changing. It is imperative to have a skillful, experienced attorney represent you to ensure that you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve.

In addition to an injured victim being entitled to recover damages if a truck accident was someone else’s fault, family members who lost a loved one in a truck accident may be able to file a lawsuit under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act if another person caused the accident.

Contact an Illinois Truck Accident Attorney to Schedule a Consultation

At Modestas Law, we handle truck accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you do not pay any attorney fees unless damages are recovered. We understand all the complex federal and state laws that apply to truck accidents and will work tirelessly to secure the full compensation you are entitled to receive for your injuries.

We serve Illinois clients in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, and Will County. Our office is located in Burr Ridge. If necessary, we can meet with you in a medical facility or at your home.

Contact us to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to serving your Illinois truck accident legal needs.

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