The city of Waukegan is of vital importance to the transportation industry in Northern Illinois, and I-94 brings regular trucking traffic through the city on route to Chicago or Milwaukee. Its harbor serves roughly 100 cargo ships every year, and its regional airport is equipped with a customs facility, which allows companies to import international freight.
The steady trucking traffic that flows through Waukegan increases the likelihood that drivers may be involved in accidents with semi-tractors and the increased rate of drivers operating rigs while fatigued only increases this risk. The Waukegan truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC feel that the only way to force trucking companies to prioritize safety is to ensure that they are held to account for acts of negligence.
Waukegan is Home to Numerous Warehouses and Shipping Centers
An industrial port off of Lake Michigan connects Waukegan to Chicago and Milwaukee in addition to allowing the shipment of materials to Canada. Gold Bond Building Products, LaFarge Corp, and St. Mary’s Cement Corp are the three most significant companies with facilities at the port. Gold Bond Building Products is a large importer of gypsum, which is commonly used in drywall, plaster and other construction materials and LaFarge and St. Mary’s Cement Corp are responsible for supplying contractors throughout the greater Chicago area. Commercial trucking companies are responsible for the shipment of these materials throughout the Midwest.
Waukegan is also home to Uline, which distributes shipping materials such as boxes and packing materials. Its facility in Waukegan is one of ten across the North American continent.
Trucking Accidents are More Common in Urban Areas
In 2013, there were nearly 11,000 trucking accidents reported in the State of Illinois, and crashes were most common in densely populated areas and urban streets. Waukegan’s location invites millions of vehicles through its city every year. In only a one year span between 2012 and 2013, the number of trucking fatalities in Illinois increased by nearly 13%, which has been cause both for alarm and to demand reform. In 2013, 1,744 people were injured, and 94 people were killed in trucking accidents.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers are much more deadly than any other type of accident. Of over 407,000 reported accidents including passenger vehicles, there were 822 fatalities. While there were only 10,971 truck crashes reported in the same period, those incidents resulted in 102 deaths. 0.2% of accidents involving passenger vehicles resulted in deaths compared to 1% of those involving trucks. You are five times more likely to suffer life-ending injuries in a truck accident than an accident with another car.
The Right to Compensation for Injuries Related to a Waukegan Truck Crash
It is well known that injuries suffered in semi-tractor accidents are more severe and require more extensive treatment. In many cases, the survivors’ lives are forever changed due to injuries of a permanent nature. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck driver and there is sufficient evidence to prove that the driver or the driver’s employer acted negligently, you are entitled to compensation. The damages that you can reasonably demand include the following.
- The cost of emergency medical treatment and any treatment that is required to facilitate your physical recovery. This expense includes surgical procedures and physical therapy.
- Out of pocket expenses that can be linked to your injuries.
- Wages lost, should you be unable to perform your duties at work and are forced to remain at home during your physical recovery.
- Long-term care and pain and suffering if your injuries impact the quality of your life.
For more information about your rights and how to maximize the value of your claim, contact one of the Waukegan truck accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our comprehensive team of experts includes physicians, social workers, economists and accident reconstruction specialists in addition to an award-winning legal team. We have helped thousands of clients across Illinois recover the compensation that they deserve for the treatment of their injuries and are so sure of our ability to help you that our services will be free if we fail.