Open Accessibility Menu
Truck Accident

Truck Accident

Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers

Advocating for Victims of Trucking Negligence

Being seriously injured in an accident with a big rig or semi-truck can completely upend your life.

You deserve to be compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages, but greedy insurance companies may be preventing you from receiving the support you need.

Thankfully, the team at Power Rogers, LLP is on your side. In the past two years alone, our Chicago truck accident attorneys have recovered over $260 million in truck accident cases.

We understand the nuances of these cases, and our team is prepared to offer advanced, strategic advocacy for truck accident claims involving serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Illinois, don't wait to call Power Rogers at (312) 313-0202.

Record-Setting Results in Illinois Truck Accident Cases

There are many factors that account for our ability to provide sharp and effective representation to truck accident victims, but most important is our experience representing these types of cases and winning millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

In fact, our firm holds the record for the largest personal injury award to a single-family in Illinois.

Some of our most prominent truck accident cases include:

  • Joseph A. Power, Jr. achieved a record-setting, multi-million-dollar verdict in a truck accident case in Ogle County, Illinois.
  • Mr. Power and Larry Rogers, Jr. obtained a $100 million recovery for a family involved in a horrific accident - a case responsible for launching a statewide investigation into the "licenses for bribes" scandal in Illinois, which led to more than 2,000 truck drivers being retested and numerous elected officials and public employees convicted for their involvement in the scandal.

Watch our video to learn more about our firm's experience with truck accident cases:

Learn more about the following topics:

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?

When an 18-wheeler accident occurs, several parties get involved, including the driver's trucking company and its insurance company.

The trucking company, insurance adjuster, and their legal counsel tend to do everything in their power to protect their own interests, not yours. They are on the scene quickly to collect whatever evidence they can, including anything that might show your contribution to the accident.

However, an attorney who is well versed in this area of law will know how to fight back. Power Rogers has the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and fight for the level of financial compensation you deserve by using:

  • Police reports and photo evidence
  • Expert analysis/testimony
  • Witness statements
  • Any available video footage
  • Driver/trucking company documents

You can trust that our team will do everything in our power to secure the financial compensation you deserve after a truck accident.

How Do I File a Lawsuit for a Truck Accident?

In order to receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses after a truck accident, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Even if your case ends up settling outside of court (which is most likely), the pressure of legal action often helps increase the amount of compensation offered by the liable party.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, take the following steps:

  • Find out if you have legal standing to sue. The best way to do this is by contacting a truck accident lawyer in Chicago.
  • Find out whom to sue. Civil lawsuits are filed by one party, a plaintiff, against one or more parties, the defendant(s). Plaintiffs sue those they believe to be responsible for their injuries or losses.
  • Determine the jurisdiction in which your case should be filed (what state and what court).
  • Determine the venue in which your action should be filed. Typically, the venue is the location the defendant(s) conduct business or the location the dispute arose.
  • The next step is to file the complaint in the appropriate court.

The important thing to remember is that you do not have to do this alone. With one of our experienced truck accident attorneys as your legal counsel, you can rest assured that we will take care of the technicalities for you.

Who Is at Fault in Semi-Truck Accidents?

Fault in a semi-truck accident isn’t always easy to determine. The truck driver may be at fault, but so may the truck driver's employer, the entity responsible for the truck’s maintenance, a manufacturer of a truck part, or even the local government for improper road maintenance.

A Chicago truck accident lawyer can establish fault by using accident reconstruction, expert witnesses, and other forms of evidence.

Fault & Liability: The Basics

Civil injury claims require victims to establish a few essential elements. Aside from demonstrating the existence of a “legal duty” owed by the defendant to the plaintiff and proving that the injury resulted from negligent or wrongful acts that breach that duty, claimants also need to prove who’s “more likely than not” (the burden of proof in civil cases) at fault for the wreck and financially liable for damages.

That may seem simple enough in theory, but proving fault and liability is an undertaking that often requires extensive resources, insight, and meticulous investigation.

It’s also a process that may look different depending on the facts of a case, such as:

  • Who victims were in relation to the commercial truck (i.e. a driver of another vehicle, pedestrian, bicyclist, etc.);
  • Whether other vehicles were involved (pile-ups and multi-vehicle wrecks);
  • Severity of injuries/damages suffered by victims, or losses suffered by families.

Victims’ Fault: Comparative & Contributory Negligence

In addition to these types of factors, it’s also important to consider whether a victim’s negligence (if applicable) played any role in causing or contributing to the crash. In Illinois, fortunately, victims of personal injury are not subject to harsh rules of “pure contributory negligence,” which essentially bar a victim from recovering damages if they contributed to an accident in any way.

Instead, injury claims in Illinois operate on a modified doctrine of “comparative negligence,” which means:

  • Victims found less than 50% at fault for their accident can still recover from the majority at-fault party
  • Victims found more than 50% at fault are barred from recovering financial compensation

Potentially Liable Parties

Truck accident victims who aren’t barred from recovering compensation under rules of comparative negligence must still determine who they can hold at fault for the accident. This will depend on what occurred and who failed to uphold their legal obligations.

In many trucking cases, investigations focus on common accident causes associated with:

  • Truckers – Truck drivers can cause wrecks for all types of reasons, from drunk and distracted driving to fatigue, lane swerving, and other careless acts. Unless drivers are independent contractors covered by their own insurance, which isn’t the norm, trucking companies are typically responsible for wrecks caused by their truckers, and they’re ultimately responsible for the conduct of employees.
  • Trucking companies – In addition to vicarious liability for driver negligence, trucking operators can be held at fault for negligent acts of their own. Common factors may include negligent hiring or retention of drivers, failures to maintain vehicles, circumventing commercial license or driver medical exam requirements, non-compliance with Hours-of-Service rules, and other regulatory violations.

There can be many other potentially liable parties to look at, including:

  • Other negligent motorists
  • Third parties (contractors, distributors, vehicle maintenance crews, etc.)
  • Automakers/auto part manufacturers
  • Public entities (poor roads, city vehicles, etc.)
  • Taxis/rideshare services with insurance policies covering passengers

Evaluating where fault and liability exist, especially in cases involving multiple parties, can be immensely difficult and fact-specific. As such, it’s important that victims work with an experienced truck accident attorney in Chicago as they conduct the meticulous investigations these claims require.

    How Much Is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

    Because trucking wrecks often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, they can result in substantial settlements or verdicts for victims and their families. However, there’s simply no way to make an accurate prediction about the value of any particular claim, particularly early on and especially without any individualized assessment.

    That’s due to many unique factors at play in truck accident cases, including:

    Severity of Injuries

    Victims who suffer cuts and bruises may have real losses (ER assessments, stitches or physical therapy, missed work wages, etc.) but they pale in comparison to the damages brought about by severe and catastrophic injuries like lost limbs or permanent brain injuries.

    Broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and other serious injuries can result in long recoveries, expensive surgeries and treatment, and significant time away from work, and as such can increase the value of damages sought in truck accident claims.

    Future Losses

    Victims of preventable crashes can seek compensation for past losses such as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional injuries they incurred after the accident and up to the time their case is resolved. Some cases, especially those involving severe injuries or death, mean plaintiffs may continue to face losses caused by their accidents in the future, if not for the rest of their lives.

    When victims have damages related to future medical needs, permanent disabilities, lost earning potential or financial support, and other damages, they need to be accounted for in the final case value. These future losses, of course, are also case-specific.

    A young victim who suffers a permanent disability will need to account for years of lost income and medical care. An older individual who’s already retired, though still entitled to future damages when losses are expected to persist, will have settlement value calculations that look a little different.

    Our Chicago truck accident attorneys commonly work with medical experts to provide testimony and insight regarding the prognoses, recovery time, scope of injury or impairment, and expected needs of victims, and they can take steps to carefully calculate other future projected losses.

    Available Coverage

    In a perfect world, accident victims would be fully and fairly compensated. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Not only must victims prove fault and liability when bringing claims against a defendant, they must also ensure there’s sufficient insurance coverage available. This can be a problem when at-fault parties are underinsured or victims have extensive damages that exceed available policy limits.

    A judge or jury can award damages against at-fault parties, but if they have no money, victims won’t be able to recover compensation.

    Experienced truck accident attorneys should be able to help their clients explore any and all viable avenues for recovering the full amount of compensation they need – whether it’s through trucking operators with larger commercial policies, multiple/third-party defendants that contributed to a crash, their own UM/UIM insurance (if they have this additional coverage), or other available options.

    Denials & Disputes

    A case where victims are unable to prove fault and liability ultimately has little value in terms of any settlement or verdict. What’s more, denials and disputes from at-fault trucking companies and insurance carriers can put any final damages award or negotiated settlement at risk.

    For example, defendants may argue that victims contributed to their own accidents in some way or that another party is to blame. Trucking operators and insurers also want to minimize their losses and generally do what they can to pay as little as possible.

    Other Case-Specific Factors

    There are numerous other case-specific factors that can influence the overall value of a claim. These might include:

    • Age, income, remaining working years, and other financial matters unique to victims;
    • Arguments from defendants about the severity of injuries and their impact on victims/future expected associated costs;
    • The degree to which a victim is at fault (if at all) for their accident.;
    • Scope of victims’ physical pain and suffering;
    • Nature and extent of emotional suffering endured by victims and families;
    • Whether defendants’ conduct was “egregious” or so inexcusably wrongful that it warrants punitive damages.

    Notable Truck Accident Verdicts & Settlements

    Power Rogers has won millions for truck accident victims and their families. Some of our most notable case results include:

    Power Rogers Case Results: Truck Accidents

    Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

    While most truck drivers are law-abiding workers who responsibly own and operate their vehicles, there are some who feel they are above the law and choose to ignore the rules.

    The unfortunate result is thousands of serious, yet entirely preventable, accidents.

    Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

    Brake Failure

    18-wheelers and semi-trucks have a difficult time braking due to the sheer size of the vehicle, which makes them incredibly dangerous when the driver fails to notice an oncoming hazard. When those brakes fail completely, the runaway truck could easily cause a catastrophic accident.

    Far too often, this failure is the result of negligence on the part of the driver and/or the trucking company.

    Hours of Service Violations

    Strict regulations are put on trucking companies in order to prevent overworked and overtired drivers from remaining on the road.

    When companies pressure their drivers to break the rules and keep driving past their limits, or when a driver chooses to continue driving beyond what the law allows, it puts everyone on the road at risk.

    Drivers are required to keep a log of their travels, and when the numbers don’t add up, it could mean that they violated hours of service regulations.

    Improperly Loaded & Overloaded Trucks

    Trucks are incredibly valuable to our economy and society because of how much each vehicle can transport at once. As long as the cargo is properly secured and within the vehicle’s weight limit, the risk of a potential crash is far lower than when it’s not.

    Improperly secured goods can shift during transit and cause the unbalanced truck to flip, especially during a turn, and overloaded vehicles have considerably more trouble braking in time to avoid a crash.

    Truck Driver Substance Abuse

    Driving under the influence is an incredibly dangerous choice far too many drivers make every single day. While the legal blood alcohol content for drivers using passenger vehicles is 0.08 percent, commercial truck drivers’ limit is only 0.04 percent.

    In addition to alcohol use, drug use is also highly regulated, and in most cases expressly prohibited. Drivers who use or abuse drugs and/or alcohol dramatically increase the chances of causing a crash and seriously injuring those involved.

    Truck Tire Blowouts

    Tire blowouts can cause a driver to completely lose control of their vehicle, which can lead to a serious crash.

    Tire manufacturers keep most data on what causes their products to burst, but some causes these companies have identified as significant factors include over-inflation, under-inflation, overloading with cargo, general wear and tear, and poor or dangerous road conditions.

    Many of these issues can be prevented through consistent maintenance while failing to keep up to date with these safety checks can lead to serious failures and potential crashes.

    What Should I Do If I'm Involved in a Truck Accident?

    Immediately after a truck accident, you must call for help. If you are unable to dial 911, ask someone nearby to do it for you.

    Once you’ve received medical treatment from responding paramedics, take photos of the crash site. Document everything and pay special attention to damaged roads or lane dividers, vehicles, and any other nearby hazards or debris that may have contributed to your crash.

    Next, take down the other driver’s information and, if he/she is a commercial driver, the information of their employer. Also, collect contact information from any bystanders or other injured parties, along with brief accounts of what they saw—they could be used as witnesses.

    You should also write down the names and badge numbers of the responding officers and obtain a copy of the accident report.

    Once you’ve taken care of everything at the scene of the crash, schedule an appointment with your doctor for a more thorough medical examination, and reach out to a truck accident attorney at our firm to learn more about your legal options.

    Don't Wait to Contact Our Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers

    You should contact an attorney right away. Hiring legal representation as soon as possible will give them more time to conduct a thorough investigation into the events leading up to the crash and the crash itself.

    Our truck accident attorneys in Chicago have worked with countless people who were seriously injured in truck crashes, and we understand the best way to prepare for and execute an effective strategy that will put you in the best position possible.

    The sooner you bring us on to represent you, the more we can do to prepare for your case.

    At Power Rogers, we leave no stone unturned. We access the driver's log and records. We carefully review the driver's qualifications. We examine communications between the driver and the trucking company. We study satellite GPS records and electronic control modules. We call upon our own team of experts—accident reconstructionists, technicians, and specialists—to build your case.

    You have a limited amount of time during which to file your truck accident lawsuit. Your settlement depends on meeting all deadlines. Power Rogers can explain how the statute of limitations applies to your specific case and help you stay within the limits.

    If you've been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, big rig, or tractor-trailer in Illinois, you need experienced representation. Call Power Rogers today at (312) 313-0202 to arrange your free consultation.

    • Best Law Firms
      Best Law Firms

      Power Rogers has not only been honored with one Best Law Firms designation, but five!

    • American College of Trial Lawyers
      American College of Trial Lawyers

      Membership in this organization is invitation-only, and extended only to the very best trial lawyers who display the highest degrees of professionalism and ethics.

    • Inner Circle of Advocates
      Inner Circle of Advocates

      This is a rare and exclusive legal honor limited to the top 100 attorneys in the US, and we are proud to have two of our attorneys included.

    • Best Lawyers in America
      Best Lawyers in America

      Two of our firm’s partners have been included in the list of The Best Lawyers in America for exceptional representation of plaintiffs in cases.

    • Law Dragon
      Law Dragon

      Lawdragon recognizes the top attorneys in the nation based on a process of law firm nominations, votes and comments from legal professionals, and editorial research.

    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
      International Academy of Trial Lawyers

      Membership is invitation-only and only extended after a careful vetting process during which lawyers are evaluated on criteria such as experience and integrity.

    • Illinois Super Lawyers
      Illinois Super Lawyers

      Super Lawyers® is a prestigious rating services that recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in each state based on a process of peer review and independent research.

    • Top Verdict
      Top VerdictTM

      Our attorneys secured 3 of the Top 25 verdicts in Illinois for all of 2018

    • Top Verdict
      Top VerdictTM

      Our attorneys secured 3 of the Top 25 verdicts in the United States for all of 2018

    Common Truck Accident Questions

    • What are the Most Common Causes of a Truck Accident?

      A: Many factors can cause truck accidents. Poor maintenance, improper loading of the truck, driving under the influence, and other legal violations are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents.

    • Who Can Be Held Liable?

      A: In many truck accident cases, the trucking company may be held liable for injuries and other damages. Just like any personal injury case, though, truck accident lawsuits and claims involve many factors - so the best way to understand who is legally liable for your damages is by seeking legal guidance.

    • What Should I Look for When Hiring an Attorney?

      A: Experience is key. However, simply looking for an attorney with the most years of legal experience might not be enough. You should also look for counsel who has handled cases similar to yours in the past and will keep your best interests at the forefront of the case.

    • They helped save my relationship with my children and gave me my life back.

      - Client

    Prev Next
    • Experience

      Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

    • Success

      Power Rogers has won more than $5 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $1 billion more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

    • Contingency Fee

      Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

    Get The Representation You Need

    If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, don't waste time. Fill out the form below for your free consultation.

    • Please enter your name.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • This isn't a valid phone number.
      Please enter your phone number.
      You entered an invalid number.
    • Please tell us about your injury.
      Please make a selection.