Large commercial trucks create an inherent safety risk on our highways. Simply due to their immense size, trucks tend to be involved in very serious accidents. Additionally, the occupants of a normal sized car typically bear the brunt of the damage. According to the most recent data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDoT), there were more than 2,000 serious injuries in truck crashes in the year 2014 alone. Tragically, there were also nearly 100 fatalities. Many of these accidents took place in the city of Chicago and within the surrounding communities. This area has several major thoroughfares, including Interstate-90 and Interstate-94, which are filled with tractor trailers. In the unfortunate event that you were injured in a truck accident, you deserve full and fair compensation for your damages. However, sadly, actually getting that compensation can prove to be extremely difficult. Semi-truck accident victims need to hire the right Chicago truck accident lawyer who can protect their legal rights and financial interests.
Far too many accident victims damage their own injury claims by making avoidable mistakes in the hours and days immediately after their crash. To help you avoid this, our team has put together a quick four-step post-accident checklist:
Under Illinois’s legal code, victims, including truck accident victims, have two years to take action. To be clear, a claim does not need to be settled within two years; instead, it simply must be started. This is a very strict rule. In other words, if you fail to bring your claim within the mandated time frame, you will very likely lose out on your legal right to do so. The good news is that this problem can be easily avoided. You can protect your legal rights by speaking to a lawyer as soon as possible after your crash.
While Illinois state law does often play a major role in establishing liability for a truck accident, it is also important to recognize the role that federal law plays. Trucking is regulated by the federal government. All trucks operating within Illinois must follow safety standards that are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). While there are many different safety regulations, a few of the most important ones include:
If it is found that a company has violated any of these safety rules, and your accident occurred as a result, that issue must be addressed in your personal injury claim. You need to work with an attorney who understand the complex intersection between Illinois state law and federal law.
One of the reasons that commercial truck accident cases are so complex is because many different parties might potentially be to blame for your accident. For example, any of the following parties might be at-fault for you Chicago truck accident:
Chicago truck accident victims are entitled to seek compensation that accounts for the full extent of their damages. This includes monetary relief for any direct financial losses, as well as financial relief for any intangible losses. Depending on the details of your claim, we may be able to help you obtain compensation for:
Illinois truck accident lawsuits come with many unique legal challenges. The sad fact is, the big trucking companies and their insurers will do whatever they can to avoid paying victims fair compensation. To recover the settlement offer that you rightfully deserve, you need to work with a qualified lawyer. You cannot go through this process alone or with amatuer representation. We can help. Our team will handle your case from the days immediately following your accident all of the way through until your claim is resolved. Specifically, we will:
If you were you recently injured in a serious commercial truck accident, act now. There is no more time to waste. To request a free review of your case, please contact our team today at (313) 438-4357. We take all truck accident injury claims on a contingency basis, which means that we do not collect a legal fee unless we help you recover compensation for your damages.
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Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED