Trucking Accidents and Negligence

In 2007, there were more than 7,000 large trucks, semis and tractor trailers involved in crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation . Some of these were fatal crashes, while others resulted in debilitating injuries. Most of the commercial trucking accident deaths and injuries in Illinois, including accidents on I-80, I-90, I-294, I-290 and other interstates, are individuals in a passenger car.

When a big rig truck loses control, it can cause a domino effect that results in a multi-vehicle pile-up. Truck accidents also can cause large fires that can spread out of control or toxic chemical spills.

There are many factors that contribute to semi accidents, including driver fatigue, unqualified drivers, under-ride problems, speeding and missed inspections.

What does the law say about truck accidents?

People injured in truck accidents can sue the truck driver and/or the commercial trucking company for damages including pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of income, disability and disfigurement.

Some people involved in semi truck accidents do not realize that there is a statute of limitations for filing a claim for the injuries they sustained as a result of the accident. This means that if you do not file a claim within a certain time period after the accident, you permanently waive your right to seek financial compensation.

How do you know if you qualify for a trucking accident lawsuit?

If you have been in any way involved in a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation, even if you did not directly collide with a truck. For example, Jeff Kroll’s list of verdicts and settlements includes a $2.58 million verdict for a woman who was hit head-on by another car that had been involved in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a front-end loader construction truck.

Family members of victims of truck accidents also may be able to file a wrongful death claim. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, we will take into account the circumstances of your case and help you decide whether to file a personal injury and/or wrongful death claim. Contact us at (312) 676-7222, or fill out our contact form to set up a personal consultation.

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