Truck Accident Settlements
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many people involved in various kinds of commercial truck accidents across Illinois involving motor vehicles such as car accidents, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other truckers.
Our truck accident attorneys understand that while the law is a complex series of institutions, rules, and procedures, the endgame for you is simple-- to recover full and fair compensation for your severe injuries. So, call a truck accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation.
Tractor-trailer trucks are frequently at the center of some of the most severe and costly motor vehicle accidents. However, the insurance companies who ensure these vehicles typically defend truck accident cases much more vigorously than your typical automobile accident case, as the economic implications can substantially impact a company's bottom line.
You need recovery. You need the person or company who caused the truck crash to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, disability, disfigurement, and other damages. You can count on the personal injury lawyers at our law firm to stand up for you in the critical hours, days, and weeks after your trucking accident to ensure that your recovery does not vanish.
We are proud of our track record of success concerning substantial financial recoveries for injured motorists. For example, our accident lawyers have secured multi-million-dollar recoveries from the insurance companies responsible for insuring commercial vehicles in many cases.
For information on specific tractor-trailer truck accident settlements, please refer to these frequently asked questions below:
- How Much are Truck Accident Broken Bone Cases Worth?
- How Much are Truck Accident Brain Injury Cases Worth?
- How Much are Truck Accident Herniated Disk Cases Worth?
- How Much are Truck Accident Facial Injury Cases Worth
- How Much are Truck Accident Wrongful Death Cases Worth?
Determining Who Is Liable for Commercial Truck Accidents
To ensure truck accident victims receive a fair settlement during the negotiation process, they must first determine who is liable for the crash. Before anyone can file a truck accident claim, they will need to determine if the trucking accident was due to the negligence of either driver or to a manufacturer defect.
However, it often takes an investigation to gather evidence based on the unique circumstance of the commercial vehicle accident, especially when the crash involves passenger vehicles.
Statistically, commercial vehicle accidents are often the fault of truck drivers under immense pressure to deliver their loads on schedule. In addition, these truck drivers may be working long hours in a fatigued state when they are involved in truck accidents.
They may also be driving commercial trucks that have defective parts or were poorly maintained by their owners. Thus, even though federal and state governments have increased regulations on the trucking industry, there are still significant dangers to sharing the road with heavily loaded semi-trucks.
A truck crash injury attorney working on behalf of the injured party might base their personal injury claim on the trucker's negligence by arguing that the truck was operating in an unsafe condition at the time of the crash.
Trucking companies must keep their vehicles well-maintained and road-ready, but unfortunately, this does not always happen. As a result, the truck company might be guilty of not following rules and regulations that include:
Failing to Maintain a Log Book
If there is no record of how many hours a commercial trucker has been behind the wheel, it could indicate that their employer has manipulated the truck driver's schedule. Failing to maintain a logbook often occurs when the commercial trucking company tries to get more drivers to meet tight deadlines.
Cramming multiple hours of work into one day can lead to mistakes and fatigue on the roadways, increasing the chances of a collision.
Types of Vehicles Involved in Truck Accidents
The most catastrophic injuries and fatalities usually result in the highest truck accident settlements paid by trucking companies and truck drivers through their insurance policies. Many victims file a truck accident case after being involved in a collision with one of the many types of trucks involved in truck accidents, including:
- Box truck
- Big rigs
- Delivery trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Straight trucks (dry vans, refrigerated trailers)
- Cement trucks
- Dump Trucks
- Military Vehicles
- Tanker Trucks
- Trucks pulling flatbed trailers
What To Do When the Truck Driver Is Responsible for Your Truck Accident
The steps you take in the first moments after a semi-truck accident could ensure your health, your financial future, and the maximum compensation you receive when resolving a personal injury case.
After the collision, contact 911 and ask for law enforcement assistance and emergency transportation to the local hospital. Seek immediate medical attention even if you believe your injuries are minor.
Ask the emergency medical technicians to transport you to the nearest local hospital for a health examination. Only a competent doctor with the best diagnostic tools can accurately determine your current medical condition and provide immediate treatment when necessary.
Next, contact a truck accident attorney who has experience handling commercial truck accident/car accident cases.
Lawyers will ask you to:
- Give a detailed account of the crash, including how and when the accident happened
- Explain your injuries and share your medical records, which is best done with help from a doctor or nurse describing a serious injury or one that did not appear to be serious at the time of the accident
- Explain who was responsible for causing your injuries, including other drivers and witnesses that may have seen a safety violation occur on the road or some unsafe condition with the semi-truckbefore it struck you
A truck driver's negligence can be proven when they violate traffic laws. For example, the trucker might exceed safe speeds, disregard traffic signals & signs, drive while impaired or tired, or carelessly operate their semi-tractor-trailer with no regard for other drivers.
The trucker's employer (trucking company) might also be responsible for causing the crash.
Violating Safety Truck Regulations
Many truckers may have violated traffic laws by using their cell phones to text message or talk on the phone while operating their commercial trucks. In some cases, trucking companies may be considered responsible if they require drivers to use their cell phones while driving a truck as part of the company's business practice.
For more information on the specifics of your particular case and contacting the trucking companies and insurance companies involved, call an experienced and professionally qualified accident attorney to help determine who is responsible for causing your serious injuries.
How Much Are Truck Accident Broken Bone Cases Worth?
Generally, broken bone claims for truck accident cases are worth the sum of your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. For more information and analysis on a personal injury claim involving a semi-truck accident, see the case summaries below:
$7,400,000 Broken Bone Truck Accident Settlement
In this case, a young woman walking around the Gold Coast section of downtown Chicago was struck by a sanitation truck that unexpectedly ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk.
A group of people jumped out of the way of the vehicle to safety. However, while the girls saved a child by shoving him out of the way, she could not save herself.
The garbage truck rammed into her, smashing and breaking bones in her legs, hips, and pelvis. If the driver thought he had any case before, he certainly did not after investigators learned that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident.
He and his trucking company quickly sought to settle and move on from the controversy. The woman received $7,400,000 based on her settlement value. The plaintiff received economic damages and her case over an accident involving severe injuries.
$250,000 Broken Bone Jury Award
This story involved a couple of young people horsing around but escalated quickly into a serious accident. A young man tried jumping onto the back of a pickup truck, but the driver pulled away before he was completely on board.
The force of the fall fractured his tibia bone, and he sued the personal vehicle driver for negligence.
The couple's experienced attorney complained that he should have waited until all people were securely on the truck and that the driver was drinking and driving. The defendant countered that the plaintiff was also drunk and was contributorily negligent by jumping on the back of the pickup when it was unsafe to do so.
The jury awarded the victim $250,000 in damages for his injuries.
$120,965 Broken Bone Jury Award
A middle-aged man, in this case, was involved in a rear-end accident with a tractor-trailer. The speed and weight of the truck sent the victim's car flying across the highway, where he sustained multiple injuries, including several broken bones, herniated discs, and a kidney laceration.
The man sued the defendant truck driver for negligence and the driver's trucking company because he was driving the truck during his employment when the semi-truck accident occurred. The suit contended that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, should have kept a more considerable distance from the plaintiff's car, and should have taken action to avoid the crash.
The defendants quickly and forcefully replied that the plaintiff was at fault for abruptly halting his vehicle. The defendant also generally denied any responsibility for injuries, damages, pain, and suffering to the extent of the plaintiff's claimed injuries.
The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $120,965 across the following categories of damages:
- Medical costs: $14,965
- Lost wages: $70,000
- Pain and suffering: $36,000
- Total: $120,965
How Much Are Truck Accident Brain Injury Cases Worth?
Truck accident traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims can return large sums of compensation through jury award or settlement because of the outstanding medical bills and rehab, changed life circumstances, pain & suffering, and other effects of the serious injuries.
In many cases, the victim does not have health insurance or car insurance to pay the enormous bills associated with the accident. Read the following case summaries with actual settlement amounts to see how victims seek recovery after these incidents.
$80,771 Head Injury (TBI) Jury Award
In this case, a young woman had stopped at a right-turn light, waiting for the red light to turn green when a large truck came screeching behind her and could not stop in time to avoid a rear-end accident. The commercial truck's impact pushed her vehicle into the middle of the intersection, wounding her in the process.
She suffered a traumatic brain injury and concussion in the truck/car accident and a neck injury and back injury. The victim sued the truck driver and the driver's employer, arguing that the latter was vicariously responsible under the theory of respondeat superior.
However, her claim against the company was not supported in court. The trucker was not working that day but was driving around for personal reasons during the truck collision.
The female victim was successful in resolving the truckers liability case, though. The truck driver did not contest liability. He only denied the number of damages that she asked for in her complaint.
As a result, a jury found that an appropriate award for the crash, medical bills, and her injuries equaled $80,771. While the award involved economic and non-economic damages, no punitive damages were awarded.
$203,806 Brain Injury Jury Award
This accident started when a truck driver rear-ended a car that kicked off a chain-reaction motor vehicle collision involving five other vehicles. The woman in the first car hit sued the truck driver for negligence.
She said that she suffered a traumatic brain injury and neck injury caused by the crash that affected her memory, emotions, and cognitive abilities.
Due to these injuries, she alleged she could no longer continue her employment as a store manager.
The defending truck driver could not deny that he was responsible for the seven-car pileup but denied that the incident affected the plaintiff as much as she claimed. In particular, he refuted the contention that she could not work as a retail store manager anymore.
Accordingly, the jury found for the plaintiff for $203,806 in the following fashion:
- Lost wages: $3,806
- Pain and suffering: $20,000
- Punitive: $180,000
- Total: $203,806
How Much Are Truck Accident Herniated Disk Cases Worth?
Herniated disk cases after truck accidents often average tens of thousands of dollars for three reasons: first, medical care to treat them is complicated and costly; second, rehabilitation for these injuries takes patients away from work and family; third, they leave victims with pain and suffering long after the incident.
Learn more about the value of herniated disk cases from these summaries with actual average settlement amounts paid by the defendant's insurance company.
$1,450,000 Herniated Disc Truck Accident Settlement
In this truck accident dispute, the defendant rear-ended the plaintiff's vehicle with his truck. Then, things got complicated. Lumber in the rear of the plaintiff's vehicle went flying through the window and hit the plaintiff.
Driver error during the rear-end collision left the victim with tremendous damage, including a herniated disc, broken ribs, shoulder injury, neck injuries, punctured lung, and cervical stenosis.
The ongoing medical care for the victim's damages totaled almost $1 million. Plus, since he could not work right after the crash and then in the future because of rehab, he projected nearly another $1 million in damages due to lost income.
To make up for this and the suffering and disability that came with it, he sued the commercial truck driver. Soon after that, he was directed to the relevant insurance company because the fault was not contested.
The plaintiff's law firm proved that the accident happened because of the defendant's irresponsibility. At the end of the negotiations, he obtained $1.45 million in fair settlement compensation for his damages and losses.
$975,000 Herniated Disc Truck Accident Settlement
The woman who filed this case was forty-nine at the time of the events. She brought the claim against Commonwealth Edison for an incident that happened at a busy Chicago intersection.
Eyewitness testimony supported her statement that the ComEd truck did not yield to her at a stoplight and slammed into her car. The stoplight was not functioning properly due to a recent thunderstorm, but the woman had the right of way.
Unfortunately, due to the crash, she suffered a back injury with several herniated discs. Many of those had to be fused to correct the problem. The woman argued that the events cost her $300,000 in hospital bills and $180,000 in lost wages.
ComEd did not want to litigate the legal issue. Quite to the contrary, they quickly moved to settle and end the matter. In the end, the woman obtained $975,000 in damages for her economic and non-economic injuries.
How Much Are Truck Accident Facial Injury Cases Worth?
Claims for wrongful death average more than any other claim type because of the family's tragedy, loss and impact. As you can see in the case summaries on truck accident settlement amounts that follow, there is hope for relief in Illinois if your loved one is involved in a similar event.
$1,125,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
The events of this truck crash arose in Indiana, but the case was filed in Cook County, Illinois. A family (husband, wife, and child) was driving down the tollway when a large truck clipped them from behind. Each one of the family members was injured traumatically.
While the father had multiple broken bones, his child suffered scars, concussions, and neck damage. However, the mother suffered the most injury.
The mother sustained a brain injury that eventually took her life. Combined, the family incurred over $1 million in medical bills and experienced the pain of the mother's passing along with their long-term pain, suffering, and other damages.
They sued the trucker's employer but were soon rerouted to the company's various insurance carriers. As a result, this lawsuit was not destined to be decided by a jury. Rather, the parties settled for a reported $1.125 million, significantly higher than the average settlement amount.
That sum was to compensate the family for their loved one's wrongful death and all the harm that the trucker and the trucker's employer caused them.
$1,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
The victim of this tragic wrongful death truck accident case was just twenty-seven years old. She was driving to her job late at night in the south suburbs of Chicago. She worked as a manager at Walgreens.
A semi-truck driver made an illegal U-turn in front of her and caused a crash between the two vehicles. As a result, the young woman suffered grave injuries.
Eventually, these wounds were too much for her, and she lost her life because of the truck accident. Along the way, her estate had racked up almost $150,000 in medical bills from the events.
This action was brought on her behalf. It sought compensation and relief from the trucker's employer for her untimely death and all the damage it wrought. The insurance company for the logistics company offered the plaintiffs $1 million to settle, and they accepted that offer as it represented the insurance policy limits for the tractor-trailer.
$15,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
This incident reminds us of a constant danger on the road: sleepiness. A trucker fell asleep while driving down Interstate 80. When he woke up, he realized he was in the wrong lane and going in the wrong direction. He tried to reverse course and mitigate his errors, but it was too late. Another car slammed right into him in a head-on collision.
The driver of that automobile died from the injuries he sustained in the truck collision. Injury lawyers for the man's estate filed this action and sought compensation against the company that employed the trucker.
They sought special damages for this blatant act of negligence which no doubt caused the early death of the 54-year-old man. In the end, the parties were able to arrange a settlement to resolve the controversy, and it was one of the highest sums listed for Illinois truck accidents: $15 million. This amount represents the insurance policy limits for commercial vehicles.
Do You Have a Loved One Seriously Injured in a Trucking Accident?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC appreciates the significance of a severe injury from a truck/auto accident involving the accident victim and their family.
Therefore, our attorneys regularly retain the services of experts in the fields of physical medicine, rehabilitation, and economics to ensure the full extent of your injury is conveyed to a jury or trucking insurance companies evaluating your case.
Contact our office for a free consultation at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form. A truck accident lawyer will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your legal options. All personal or confidential information you share with your personal injury lawyer remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
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