Commercial vehicles are responsible for the transport of goods and people across the state and nation. As a centrally located major transportation hub in the upper midwest, Illinois roads and highways are flooded with commercial vehicles of all sizes and shapes. Our lawyers are familiar with the Interstates running through Illinois including I-55, I-57, I-74, I-80, I-90, I-290 and I-294.
Many companies utilize large trucks, trailers, and buses to move their goods efficiently. The sheer size and weight of these commercial vehicles exert a tremendous about force on any person or vehicle involved in a crash– inherently contributing to the seriousness of these crashes. As Chicago commercial vehicle accident attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have experience representing individuals and families in commercial vehicle accidents involving serious injury and death across Illinois.
Sometimes a Commercial Vehicle May Not Be Readily Apparent By Its Looks
The term ‘commercial vehicle’ can also be used to describe an ordinary passenger vehicle owned or operated by a company employee. Yes, even if the car is privately owned or if the driver is using the car for work-related purposes, the employer may be held responsible for the negligence of the employee under a theory of agency.
Since an employment status may not be apparent from the accident police report, a victim seriously injured should always inquire about the employment status of the driver. Knowing if the driver was indeed ‘on the clock’ can help verify that the company shares responsibility for paying any related damages for injuries or property damage.
Truck Accident Statistics in Illinois
Compared with other states, motorists in Illinois are more like to be involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle when accident rates are evaluated on a mileage basis. Crash Data compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation reveals just how much destruction commercials vehicle cause to other drivers sharing the road. Illinois crash data from 2011 showed the following related to tractor-trailer safety:
- 1,943 crashes involved injury,
- 93 people were killed in an accident (including occupants of other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians),
- Accidents in rural areas tended to be more severe than similar collisions in an urban location.
Factors Involved in Chicago Commercial Vehicle Accidents
A significant difference between motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles and those involving private vehicles is that the companies that are responsible for the operation and maintenance of these vehicles are commonly large corporations with an ever-present focus on deriving maximum profits. Maintenance may be delayed on commercial vehicles to propel the company’s business model. Operators are frequently encouraged to drive as many miles as possible resulting in speeding vehicles operated by fatigued drivers.
Despite their differences, commercial vehicle accidents may also be associated with causes regularly related to separate accidents such as distracted drivers (using cell phones, GPS or texting while driving, intoxication, and drivers not familiar with a particular area or road.Chicago Accident Attorneys For Insurance Claims Involving Trucks and Other Commercial Vehicles
From the moment a commercial vehicle is involved in a crash, commercial insurance companies begin work on determining how to minimize their exposure. As a person involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is important to acknowledge this factor from inception and begin planning on how to best prepare your situation for settlement or litigation.
The Chicago commercial vehicle accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC regularly represent motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and even co-workers involved in accidents across the State of Illinois. Our law office has a team of investigators who can be deployed to the scene of an accident on short notice and begin the investigation of your case immediately.
We offer free consultations and never charge a fee without a monetary recovery for you. Call us anytime to discuss your case and legal options.