Illinois Trucking Accident Lawyers
Were you hurt in an accident with an 18-wheeler or another large commercial vehicle? If so, you could be owed significant compensation. Spiros Law, P.C. fights to protect those who are injured due to the negligent actions of truck drivers and the companies that employ them. You are not alone, nor should you have to bear the physical or financial burdens of an accident that was not your fault.
Turn to a team with more than a decade of experience helping injured people across Illinois. Turn to Spiros Law, P.C. for help. Our dedicated and compassionate Illinois truck accident lawyers will help you hold the trucker, their employer, and any other party responsible for the accident accountable for what they’ve done.
Commercial trucks are usually the largest vehicles on the road, and their size often means that people are much more likely to be seriously injured when they are involved in accidents with these vehicles. The involvement of a commercial truck often means that injuries people suffer can be much more severe, possibly even fatal.
Accidents involving commercial trucks are also far different from the common car crash because multiple parties (not just the driver of the vehicle) could be liable for a victim’s injuries. Insurance companies in these cases will act quickly to minimize their losses and find reasons to deny people compensation.
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in Illinois? Make sure you contact Spiros Law, P.C. as soon as possible to discuss your rights.
Our firm has been helping clients throughout Central Illinois since 2005. Our attorneys can help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (815) 929-9292 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Do I Need A Trucking Accident Lawyer?
Trucking companies and their insurers will often move very fast after an accident. In some cases, they may dispatch agents directly to the crash scene to try and get victims to sign agreements that ultimately prevent them from taking legal action when they need it.
Do not sign anything you are presented with until you have had the opportunity to have it reviewed by a lawyer. You should also avoid speaking to any insurance company about your accident until you have legal representation.
Insurers or claims adjusters may contact you and ask you to provide a simple recorded statement in which you supposedly just recall what happened during your accident, but victims are usually asked a series of questions designed to elicit damaging responses. People may unknowingly admit to negligence that harms their injury claims.
In other cases, an insurance company may offer you a lump sum settlement to resolve your case. You should know that whatever you are being offered is more than likely well short of what you are actually entitled to, and you will want to have an attorney provide a full evaluation of your case in which they determine its true value and work to recover that amount.
Why Choose Spiros Law, P.C. To Handle My Case?
Spiros Law, P.C. helps clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries. Our record of success includes $1.4 million recovered for the family of a 19-year-old man killed in a farm semi-truck collision.
In another wrongful death case, we obtained $750,000 for the family of a 52-year-old man killed when a semi-truck failed to stop at a stop sign. We also recovered $850,000 for a 38-year-old man who suffered multiple leg injuries and required a mid-knee amputation after a truck accident.
James D. Spiros has been recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer and is a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization limited to attorneys who have achieved million-dollar verdicts or settlements. He has served on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 2008 and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and American Association for Justice.
Spiros Law, P.C. will negotiate for a full and fair settlement to your case. Our firm will not be afraid to file a lawsuit when an insurance company does not make a satisfactory offer.
Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle
Every truck accident is different, but some kinds of crashes are more common than others. In general, common kinds of truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Intersection Accidents
- Override Accidents
- Overloaded Vehicles
- Underride Accidents
- Blocking Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Jackknife Accidents
- Wide-Turning Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
Truck drivers are frequently assumed to be at fault for many truck accidents, but other parties can also be liable in some cases. Commercial trucks require regular maintenance, and different companies or entities can be responsible for crashes caused by mechanical issues with trucks.
Some of the different liable parties could include, but are not limited to:
- Truck owners
- Governmental entities
- Truck part manufacturers
- Cargo loading companies
- Shipping agencies
- Maintenance companies
- Other drivers
The actual cause of a truck crash can also be very difficult to determine. Exhaustive investigations may be necessary to pinpoint what led to an accident.
Common causes of truck accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Inadequate driver training
- Failure to maintain vehicle
- Driver fatigue
- Unsecured loads
- Mechanical defects
- Overloaded trailers
- Brake failure
- Inclement weather
Quick action is required in truck accident cases because trucking companies are allowed to destroy certain types of evidence after certain amounts of time has passed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Trucking Accidents
If you or someone close to you was hurt in a crash involving a large commercial vehicle, it is natural to have many questions about your rights and legal options. Because every case is different, we strongly urge you to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team today at (815) 929-9292 to discuss the specifics of your crash. For general information about truck accidents, read some of these frequently asked questions below:
What should I do if I was involved in a truck accident in Illinois?
When you have been involved in any kind of accident involving a commercial vehicle, your first step should always be to receive medical care. Even if you do not think you were hurt, you should still go to a hospital. Some injuries have delayed symptoms, and insurance companies will become much more disinclined to provide compensation for injuries that they do not feel were treated properly.
You will also want to take as many photos as you can of the scene of the crash, including pictures of the position of all vehicles and the damage to them, skid marks on the road, nearby road signs, road conditions, damaged or destroyed property, and the injuries you and any other occupants in your vehicle suffered.
If any other drivers or pedestrians witnessed your accident, ask them for their contact information, as they may be able to provide crucial details later. If you are unable to take these steps yourself, ask somebody else you know to do this for you. Finally, make sure not to speak to any insurance company until you have first contacted Spiros Law, P.C..
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
Three different statutes of limitations could apply to a truck accident case. Under 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 5/13-202, an action for damages for injury to the person must be commenced within two years of the date of an accident.
When a person is killed in a truck accident, 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 5/13-209 provides that a wrongful death action can be commenced by a personal representative before the expiration of the cause of action the deceased would have been entitled to bring (often the two years involved in a personal injury claim) or within one year of the person’s death, whichever is later.
Will I still be able to file a lawsuit if I was partially at fault for my truck accident?
Yes. Under 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes § 5/2-1116, a person cannot be barred from recovering damages if their contributory fault is not more than 50 percent of the proximate cause of their injury or damage.
While a person can still be entitled to bring a lawsuit when they were slightly at fault for their accident, any damages they are awarded will be reduced by their percentage of fault. In other words, a person awarded $100,000 in a truck accident case who is found to have been 10 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $10,000 and ultimately receive $90,000.
Truck Accidents in Illinois: How Often Do Serious Crashes Happen?
According to the 2016 Crash Facts from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 1,167 large trucks involved in work zone crashes, including 821 tractor-trailers, 48 bobtails, and 298 single unit straight trucks. These trucks were involved in 22 fatal crashes, 170 injury crashes, 32 incapacitating injury crashes, and 975 property damage collisions.
The 2016 Crash Facts reported that truck-tractors with semi-trailers were involved in:
- 106 fatal crashes
- 1,859 injury crashes
- 11,301 total crashes
Farm tractors or farm equipment were involved in:
- 3 fatal crashes
- 94 injury crashes
- 424 total crashes
Other single unit trucks were involved in 39 fatal crashes, 1,257 injury crashes, and 8,777 total crashes.
IDOT reported that only 19,945 (or 6.7 percent) of the 296,060 crashes in Illinois in 2014 involved large trucks, but the same crashes accounted for 120 (or 13.0 percent) of the 924 total traffic fatalities. According to IDOT, 86 of the 120 fatalities (or 71.7 percent) and 3,305 of the 4,450 injuries (or 74.3 percent) were among the occupants of other vehicles instead of the occupants of the large trucks themselves.
Contact an Illinois Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a commercial truck accident in Illinois, do not wait to seek legal representation. You will want to quickly contact an experienced lawyer for assistance navigating the claims process and recovering all of the compensation you are entitled to.
Spiros Law, P.C. has recovered more than $100 million for our clients over the past decade. Call (815) 929-9292 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.