CHICAGO TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Chicago Truck Accident Law Firm With Extensive Experience
Trucking accidents differ from car accidents and require attorneys with specific experience handling these kinds of cases. At Curcio Law Offices, our attorneys have considerable experience with truck accidents and are devoted to helping our clients get optimal compensation for the physical, financial and emotional injuries caused by truck accidents in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Truck Accidents in Chicago
18-wheelers are the largest vehicles driven on Chicago’s roads and highways. When a semitruck collides with a passenger vehicle at freeway speeds, the resulting injuries are almost always serious, often catastrophic and often result in wrongful death claims.
What is Considered a Semi Truck Accident?
Any accident involving a truck is traumatic and possibly life changing. The size and weight of these vehicles are overwhelming. Pedestrians and small cars often don’t stand a chance against the incredible force of trucks. Truck accidents involving large commercial vehicles can cause serious injuries or death.
Who is Responsible in an Accident With an 18 Wheeler?
Commercial truck drivers must follow strict safety guidelines. This does not mean they are compliant at all times. Lack of attention to safety guidelines can cause catastrophic truck accidents.
How Long Does it Take to Settle a Semi Truck Accident?
In addition, truck accident lawsuits present challenges because there are multiple lines of insurance. The truck and the trailer are often owned by two separate corporations and are insured by different carriers. Companies are generally responsible for the actions of their employees. As a result, when a commercial or company vehicle is involved in an accident, the driver and the company may be liable for injuries.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries from a truck accident, you need a lawyer who knows how to investigate and litigate truck accident lawsuits.
At Curcio Law Offices, we have a proven track record of prosecuting and winning truck accident claims. Once our firm is hired, we immediately begin investigating the cause of the truck accident. We work with accident scene investigators and accident reconstruction engineers to determine liability. Driver’s logs, maintenance records, GPS information and event recorders (“black boxes”) are often subpoenaed to capture critical information about the truck just prior to the accident. In addition, we work with medical specialists, life care planners and vocational rehabilitation experts to help prove the long-term medical and financial costs to our clients.
We pursue both parties for the negligence that caused your injuries. This requires extensive investigation and testimony from expert witnesses. Curcio Law Offices knows how to handle this.
Damages from a Truck Accident
Victims of truck accidents might be able to seek recovery for damages. The attorneys at Curcio Law Offices have a track record of securing significant settlements and outcomes for our clients. Damages could include:
- Surgery and other medical treatment costs
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Nursing home care costs
- Rehabilitation fees and procedures
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Loss of income directly after the accident
- Decreased earning capacity in the future
- Loss of consortium
In extreme situations, it might be possible to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are available when a driver or company acted in bad faith, or in a way with the intent to cause harm. These damages punish a company financially to discourage them from acting in a similar way in the future. Keep in mind that punitive damages are rarely covered by insurance policies and judges often lower them.