The Chicago truck accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent people injured on highways and roads across Illinois who have been injured in crashes with commercial vehicles. Unlike other types of motor vehicle accidents, the parties responsible for a semi-crash may not be readily apparent following a collision. From the time our office is retained in a truck accident case, our team begins to gather the evidence necessary to establish liability on the parties who have played a role in the crash.
Our goal always remains to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries related to a truck accident. While our attorneys are successful resolving truck injury claims directly with insurance carriers, we are not afraid to litigate significant cases in State or Federal Court. There is never a charge to speak to our attorneys about an Illinois truck accident case. If you or a loved one was involved in a crash, we are committed to securing all of the compensation Illinois law affords an injured or deceased party. Please complete the case intake form and an experienced truck accident attorney will review your case with you for free.
Injuries Resulting From Crashes With Semis & Other Types of Large Trucks
Therefore, the resulting forces for people involved in Chicago semi-truck cases can be significant and cause significant injuries, such as:
- Herniated cervical and lumbar discs
- Complex bone fractures
- Internal injuries
- De-gloving injuries to legs and arms
- Closed head injuries
Although semi-trailer trucks may be the first ones to come to mind when you think of large trucks, they are far from the only dangerous large vehicles on the road. Other large trucks such as dump trucks, logging trucks, delivery trucks, garbage trucks and cement or tow trucks actually cause more fatalities per mile driven than semi-trailers.
In a study done at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, fatal crashes involving large trucks were looked at for a five-year period, with over 25,000 accidents. Although semi-trailers did account for over 60% of the total fatalities, this was attributed to the high miles accumulated. Dump trucks actually had the highest fatality rate per mile driven followed by sweeper, garbage and logging trucks. Semi-trailers came eighth overall when fatalities were listed per mile.Illinois Interstates: Prime Target For Serious Accidents With Significant Injuries
Illinois, even though by far not the largest state from a geographical perspective, has one the largest interstate highway systems in the U.S. With over 2,100 miles of interstates intersecting the state, Illinois ranks third in the nation for interstate highway miles. This large expanse of highways also means there are many large commercial vehicles traveling the roads alongside smaller passenger vehicles at high rates of speed.
In a study done by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, fatalities involving large trucks were looked at over a five-year period. Illinois ranked 8th in fatalities for combination trailer trucks and 11th in the nation for single unit truck fatalities. With so many miles of highway and Chicago being a transportation hub for the nation, Illinois residents are at a high risk for being involved in a large truck accident.Differences Between Truck Accident Cases and Other Motor Vehicle Injury Cases
The significance of the resulting injuries, compounded with the significant exposure put upon corporate defendants, typically results in insurance companies vigorously defending truck accident cases through the course of litigation and trial.
In addition to evaluating a claim against the driver of the truck involved in the accident, the Chicago truck accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers also examine the liability on the part of the employer of the driver and companies involved in the transportation of the goods on board the truck to determine all culpable parties with the goal of maximizing the recovery on every trucking accident case.The Importance Of Hiring A Law Firm With A Successful Track Record Of Record Setting Recoveries In Truck Accident Cases
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, our Chicago truck accident attorneys prepare each trucking injury case as though it is going to trial. During our initial case evaluation, lawyers will assess the complexity of each case and determine what investigation is needed and if consultation with experts would benefit the case, with the ultimate goal of securing the most favorable outcome for our client via settlement, mediation or trial. These ‘extra steps’ commonly result in our clients’ cases getting resolved more expeditiously than similar cases in Cook County and typically for a more substantial amount.
Learn more about our truck and commercial vehicle injury practice by visiting the following pages:
- Trucking collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists
- Highway accidents involving semi-trucks
- Rear-end truck collisions
- Delivery truck crashes
If you were involved in an accident with a truck or other type of commercial vehicle on an Interstate, throughway or even a country road, give our Chicago truck accident attorneys a call and begin the process of getting advocates working on your behalf today.
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