Tractor trailers and semi-trucks are commonplace on the roads in Illinois, but accidents involving these large commercial trucks can be devastating for the victims in the other vehicle.
Given the large size and massive force of impact, the victims of trucking accidents in Illinois often suffer injuries that are far more severe, permanent, or fatal than in the typical car accident on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, you need an experienced personal injury attorney handling your case. The lawyers at VanDerGinst Law are ready to take your case and give it the personalized attention it deserves.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many reasons why truck accidents happen on the Illinois roadways, and when an accident does occur the results can be catastrophic. Some of the most common causes of accidents involving large commercial trucks include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driver fatigue and falling asleep behind the wheel
- Lack of driver training
- Driver error
- Equipment failure
- Improper truck maintenance
- Cargo loading errors
- Commercial driver’s license fraud
- Tire blowouts, and more.
The experienced attorneys at VanDerGinst Law have experience handling all types of truck accident cases and are prepared to zealously advocate for full and fair compensation for your claims.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims
Under Illinois law, victims of truck accidents are entitled to economic and noneconomic damages for the injuries suffered after an accident. Economic damages refer to out of pocket expenses such as current and future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the loss of future income and benefits.
Noneconomic damages compensate the victim for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
In the worst commercial truck accidents, where the victim is killed as a result of the accident, the family of the victim can seek additional compensation for wrongful death. This includes the cost of final medical expenses, reasonable burial and funeral costs, and compensation for the loss of love, support, security, and companionship of their loved one.
It is important to note that Illinois operates under a modified comparative fault standard for trucking accidents. This means that the court determines the degree of fault for every driver involved in the accident and reduces the overall award by that percentage.
Under the modified standard, a driver found more at fault is also barred from recovering damages from any driver found less at fault.
For example, if the victim of a truck accident has $100,000 in damages and is found ten percent at fault, the overall award is reduced to $90,000. In addition, the truck driver is barred from recovering damages because he was found ninety percent at fault for the accident.
It is critical that you have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side to protect you from claims of fault in a truck accident.
Do Not Hesitate to Call
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident in Illinois, do not hesitate to call or contact our office today. Schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys at VanDerGinst Law to learn more about your legal options after an accident with a commercial vehicle.