VanDerGinst Law can Give You the Help You Ned for Your Illinois Trucking Accident Case
Tractor trailers, semi-trucks, big rigs, 18 wheelers and other commercial vehicles are commonplace on the roads in Illinois, and they are vital to our economy. But accidents involving these large trucks can have catastrophic consequences due to their size and weight. The victims of commercial truck accidents often suffer injuries that are far more severe, permanent, or fatal than in the typical motor vehicle accident.
In addition to the possibility of devastating injuries, truck accident cases are also complicated due to the numerous interstate and state laws and regulations that apply. These cases are unlike most passenger vehicle accident claims. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers are well funded and well prepared to do all they can to minimize the exposure of the drivers, trucking companies and other potential defendants. That’s why you need to be represented by attorneys who are experienced in handling these types of cases and who are prepared to zealously fight for full and fair compensation.
The Illinois Truck Accident Attorneys of VanDerGinst Law Have the Experience to Get you the Compensation to Which You Are Entitled
VanDerGinst Law ranks among the Top Ten Trucking Lawyers in Illinois, according to The National Trial Lawyers. We have served on the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and serve on the National Advisory Board for the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of numerous trucking accident victims, and we can help you as well.
If we don’t recover compensation for you there is absolutely no attorney fee.
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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.
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, 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 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.
Contact an Experienced Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer
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 expert attorneys at VanDerGinst Law to learn more about your legal options after an accident with a commercial vehicle.
We have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help guide you through the complexities of your case and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win.
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