TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Connecting you to legal assistance for commercial truck accidents

At Illinois Accident Helpline, we know how overwhelming the aftermath of a truck accident can be. When a commercial truck is involved in a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian, it can be far more devastating and complicated than a regular car crash. Injuries can be life-threatening, and medical costs can amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

As for the claims process, these cases are entirely different from one involving a passenger vehicle like a pickup truck. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, you need to know your case is in the best possible hands. The attorneys within the Illinois Accident Helpline network have experience dealing with the nuances involved in truck accidents. They have access to the resources required to pursue your claim and recover maximum compensation properly.

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At Illinois Accident Helpline, we know how overwhelming the aftermath of a truck accident can be. When a commercial truck is involved in a collision with another vehicle or pedestrian, it can be far more devastating and complicated than a regular car crash. Injuries can be life-threatening, and medical costs can amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

As for the claims process, these cases are entirely different from one involving a passenger vehicle like a pickup truck. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, you need to know your case is in the best possible hands. The attorneys within the Illinois Accident Helpline network have experience dealing with the nuances involved in truck accidents. They have access to the resources required to pursue your claim and recover maximum compensation properly.

Find a Truck Accident Lawyer Near You

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A TRUCK ACCIDENT:

  1. Report the accident to the police and obtain a copy of the report.
  2. Decline to sign any paperwork from the trucking company or their insurance adjuster. Do not make a recorded statement. Do not sign a medical records release form.
  3. Collect the contact information of witnesses. Obtain their addresses and phone numbers. Get the name of the truck driver.
  4. Photograph the opposing party’s insurance card or obtain insurance information and take photos of their license plate.
  5. Document the truck lettering, decals, and graphics. Is the truck affiliated with a freight company, a retailer, or a wholesale vendor?
  6. Take photos of the scene of the accident from a variety of angles. Document your vehicle’s damage, the truck involved, and the surrounding environment: photograph skid marks, broken car parts, damaged guardrails, and other damaged objects.
  7. Photograph your injuries. Continue photographing your injuries during the healing process.
  8. Never refuse medical treatment at the scene. Injuries like brain trauma and internal bleeding may not be easily identifiable. These are life-threatening injuries that require immediate attention.
  9. Tell emergency responders about every symptom, even if you think it’s mild. Describe your injuries in detail. A headache or blurry vision can be underlying symptoms of severe head trauma. If paramedics want to transport you to the hospital, go with them.
  10. Keep records of all medical providers and appointments. Keep a folder of your providers’ professional cards and discharge summaries.

It is not always easy to figure out who is financially responsible for a truck accident. One of the factors that make truck accidents more complicated is the possible involvement of multiple parties such as the driver, trucking company, or cargo loading company. It is essential to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to determine who was responsible for the accident.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents cause serious and catastrophic injuries to Illinois drivers every year. Due to the size and weight of the trucks, these accidents can cause devastating injuries to motorists. There are very few collisions between a car or motorcycle and a truck that does not cause serious injuries.

  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Disfigurement
  • Burns caused by hazardous cargo
  • Wrongful death
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A truck driver must possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Violating the regulations that govern their CDL can result in a loss of their license and career. Typically, any large vehicle that requires a CDL is regarded as a commercial vehicle.

Big rigs, 18-wheelers, delivery vans, cement trucks, gasoline tanker trucks, and tractor-trailers are considered commercial transport vehicles.

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

  • Driver fatigue
  • False logbooks
  • Violating loading rules
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Traffic violations such as improper lane usage
  • Speeding or failure to reduce speed
  • Wide turns
  • Failure to yield
  • Improper vehicle maintenance
  • Unqualified drivers

It is also possible that a third party caused the accident, not the trucker. If the accident resulted from a vehicle defect or inadequate cargo loading, the trucker or the trucking company might not be at fault.

When a personal injury lawsuit is filed against multiple defendants, they may all be equally responsible for paying the damages, or they may only be liable for the damages they caused.

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Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

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FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOUR CLAIM IS WORTH

Navigating the law to claim compensation can be confusing. Our professionals will guide you through the claims process and connect you with an attorney who can professionally analyze your case. It doesn’t cost you anything to know where you stand.

Inquire Now