Large commercial truck accidents almost always result in serious injuries to the innocent victims who happen to be in the path of destruction and the victims are entitled to compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering and additional economic consideration. Who is really at fault for your injuries though— the driver or the owner of the truck? The difficulty in trying Penske truck accident cases lies in determining who to seek compensation from and the Chicago trucking accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers investigate each case with a fine tooth comb to identify the contributing parties and seek compensation from the proper individuals and companies.Penske Involved in Alarming Number of Accidents
The Penske Truck Leasing Company shields itself from liability by leasing its vehicles out to other businesses or to individuals, but it is important to recognize that Penske is responsible for providing vehicles which are in safe operating condition. According to data released in 2013, Penske vehicles were involved in nearly 700 accidents over a two year period. When reviewing this type of data, we have to come to the recognition that there is a common denominator and the blame for these accidents cannot rest solely on the shoulders of drivers and those who lease the vehicles.Properly Determining Cause is Vital to Winning Your Case Against Penske
If you pursue damages from those who were not actually at fault, your chances of success are very low and it is for this reason Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will evaluate all of the possible causes of your trucking accident to determine who was at fault prior to seeking damages. Some of the causes of truck accidents include the following.
- Driver negligence or reckless behavior. We cannot discount the actions or behavior of the driver when reviewing the circumstances that preceded an accident. Distracted or fatigued driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances and reckless driving are all contributing factors to many accidents.
- Improperly maintained vehicle. It is the responsibility of truck leasing companies to provide vehicles that are in safe operating condition and this is an area in which Penske and other leasing companies routinely fail. They provide trucks to customers that have defective or worn brakes, worn tires and other mechanical defects that cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle or limit the ability to slow down or stop within a safe distance.
- Manufactural defects and design flaws. Occasionally, the manufacturer of the trucks involved in accident will be held accountable if it is determined the equipment they manufactured failed to work as intended and its failure contributed to the cause of the accident. Even when manufactural defects are present, it is possible to argue that Penske should have identified the defects during a routine safety inspection. In that case, both the manufacturer and owner can be held liable.
- Violation of safety laws and recommended procedures. Companies such as Penske, which lease trucks to businesses and individuals will skirt their responsibilities and then blame their customers when things go wrong. They will not perform maintenance on their vehicles or even submit them to safety inspections and when this behavior is revealed during an investigation, it is possible to hold Penske accountable for their willfully negligent actions.
Injuries sustained in accidents involving large trucks can be devastating. You may not only be faced with months of time off of work and exorbitant medical bills, but you could also be the victim of a condition which will forever impact your quality of life. It is reasonable to seek compensation that allow you to recover and move on with your life without the burden of falling behind on your bills due to your expenses.
The Chicago trucking accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are the most trusted and experienced lawyers available to take on your case and we have successfully recovered compensation for thousands of victims of trucking accidents. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation and our team of experts will get to work immediately to determine the cause of your accident and what legal options are available for you. We will explain your legal rights and go over the entire legal process so that you know what to expect from your case from beginning to end and we’ll answer any questions that you have.
Our lawyers only receive payment the moment you receive compensation and if we are unable to secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.