TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT LAWYER CHICAGO
Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney in Chicago, IL
The American economy depends on tractor trailers. Nearly 70% of all transported goods in the United States arrive in trucks. The trucking industry employs around 3.5 million people. Tractor trailers saturate our roadways and pose a threat to pedestrians, bikers, and those in smaller vehicles. Every year, there are nearly half a million tractor trailer accidents.
Tractor trailer accidents cause serious injuries. All too often, these injuries end up being fatal. Sadly, many of these accidents would have been preventable had the truck driver taken better care and attention.
Companies that insure tractor trailers and truckers work hard to save money. Therefore, they often rush investigators to the scene of tractor trailer accidents to gather evidence in order to limit their liability. The sooner you hire an experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer, the sooner we can begin to fight against these ruthless insurance companies. The attorneys at Curcio Law Group have a proven track record of securing extraordinary outcomes for our clients.
If I’m hit by a tractor trailer, who is legally responsible?
The first person we usually look at in tractor trailer accidents is the truck driver. However, in most cases, other parties are involved. There is a wide range of parties that may be called as defendants in the lawsuit. Some of these include:
- Truck driver
- Insurance company
- Trucking company
- Truck part manufacturer
- Commercial truck owner
- Maintenance and service companies
- Other drivers involved in the crash
The experienced truck accident lawyers at Curcio Law Group investigate the specific details of each case for our clients. Most importantly, we decide who to name as defendants in order to recover the full amount that a tractor trailer accident victim deserves.
How Do You Investigate a Tractor Trailer Accident?
Every motor vehicle accident is unique. Still, there are several factors that commonly cause tractor trailer accidents. Unfortunately, truck drivers sometimes do things that endanger public safety in order to save time and money. In some cases, they might not take the required rest breaks. In other cases, they might have taken illegal drugs or stimulants in order to stay awake.
When we build your case, we need to investigate how the accident happened. Often, the devastating consequences of a tractor trailer accident could have been prevented.
Some of the common contributing factors include:
- The hours many truck drivers must work are difficult.
- Many of them develop sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents restful sleep. It can cause excess fatigue while they are working.
- There are regulations that dictate how long drivers may work before needing to take a sleep break.
- Sometimes drivers exceed the limits in order to get paid.
We all face distractions when driving. However, those behind the wheel of a tractor trailer can inflict a lot more damage and need to be more wary of distractions like:
- Social Media
- Sports Games
- Phone and Video Calls
This is a leading cause for motor vehicle accidents, in general.
- Negligent training practices could include:
- Failure to properly train employees on safe practices and company policies
- Negligent hiring practices could include:
- Failing to do background checks
- Hiring drivers with false or expired licenses
- Speed, tailgating, and failure to use turn signals
- Some drivers may resort to taking stimulants or other illegal drugs to stay awake that may impair their ability to drive safely
Build Your Case in a Tractor Trailer Accident
After an accident with a tractor trailer, the trucking company will usually send its own team of investigators immediately. They will be looking for evidence to show that they should not be held liable. You need investigators on your side that will help document the accident. The sooner you enlist the help of our tractor trailer accident lawyers, the sooner we can act to collect important evidence for your case and investigate the accident properly. We seek the opinions of experts and witnesses. We know where to search for evidence and who to hold responsible.
Truck drivers are supposed to follow a long list of federal and state laws and regulations. These rules govern substance and alcohol abuse, maintenance and inspection procedures, training and licensing procedures, working hours and more. Because of our years of work with truck accident lawsuits, we know the many regulations that truck drivers must follow. We know how to determine if a violation caused your accident. Proper investigation ensures you will recover compensation from every possible source of liability in your accident.
If you need a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Illinois, enlist the help of our experienced, passionate team. Your road to recovery begins with a free, confidential consultation. Contact us online or by calling 312-321-1111. Don’t wait to get the representation you need.