Chicago Truck Accident Attorney
Record-Setting Results in Truck Accident Cases
In the past two years alone, the Chicago truck accident attorneys at Power Rogers have recovered over $260 million in truck accident cases. Our firm also holds the record for the largest personal injury award to a single family in Illinois - a trucking accident/wrongful death case. We understand the nuances of these cases and our team is prepared to offer advanced, strategic advocacy in the field of trucking accidents, injuries, and wrongful deaths.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Illinois, don't hesitate to give our Chicago truck accident lawyers a call at your earliest convenience.
Our Experience in Trucking Accident Litigation
There are many factors that account for our ability to provide sharp and effective representation to truck and car accident victims, but most important is our experience representing truck accident case and winning millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
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
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 truck accident lawyer can determine and establish fault a number of ways, such as accident reconstruction and expert witnesses.
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 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 the forces against you. Power Rogers has the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and fight for the level of financial compensation you need and deserve.
Negligent Truck Maintenance, Inspection & Repair
Faulty brakes, improperly installed mirrors, and weight distribution of cargo loads can all contribute to truck accidents in Illinois. A truck must be regularly inspected, repaired, and maintained by federal regulation. Safety parts such as lamps, reflective devices, hazardous materials warnings, and breakaway and emergency braking systems must also be installed. Trucking companies may ignore these regulations for their own gain, thereby placing passenger vehicles at risk. Fortunately, accident victims can seek justice through the legal system.
How Do I File a Lawsuit for a Truck Accident?
It’s important to know what to do if you are ever the victim of a collision with a truck. The most important thing to do is to seek medical attention immediately, both to make sure that you are treated for any injuries you have suffered. In litigation, records of your medical treatment will help your attorney prove that the injuries you suffered were a direct result of the crash, which will help you to secure the compensation you deserve. 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 an attorney experienced in dealing with your type of case.
- 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 attorneys as your legal counsel, you can rest assured that we will take care of the technicalities for you. Call us at (312) 313-0202 today to schedule a free consultation.
What Are 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.
Truck accidents are commonly caused by:
- Brake Failure - 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, etc. 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.
- Commercial Driver’s License Fraud - Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, but even smaller trucks can be incredibly dangerous when an inexperienced or untrained operator is behind the wheel. In order to operate these vehicles, drivers need to go through extensive training and pass a test to receive their commercial driver’s license. However, this doesn’t stop people from faking their credentials.
- 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 can put everyone on the road’s health and safety 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—your health and safety should be your first priority. Once you’ve received medical treatment from responding paramedics, take photos of the crash site and vehicles. Document everything you can, 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.
When Should I Contact an Attorney?
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 lawyers 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 qualification. 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 truck accident 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, you need aggressive and experienced representation. Call Power Rogers today at (312) 313-0202 to arrange your free consultation.