Holding Chicago area truck drivers and trucking companies accountable
Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that over 100,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012 alone. Large trucks such as semis or tanker trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds and are often several times the size of other vehicles on the road. As a result, they are capable of causing tremendous destruction and serious bodily injury when they are involved in accidents. Almost every aspect of the industry is regulated by state and federal law, and any non-compliance with these regulations may be enough to establish legal liability in the event of an accident. Tractor-trailer accidents can entitle victims to significant compensation for their injuries and other losses. Contacting Chicago truck accident attorney John Buchmiller is the first step to getting the settlement or award you deserve after an Illinois truck accident.
Truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons
While most often caused by driver error, there are a number of other things that could potentially cause a semi-truck accident. Determining the cause of a truck accident is essential in establishing legal liability after an accident occurs. Some of the more common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Inadequate training
- Brake failure
- Tire blowouts
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Coupling device failure
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Improper passing
- Following too closely
- Failure to observe traffic signals
The specific cause of a trucking accident determines which parties can be held liable. If, for instance, an accident occurred because of faulty tires that exploded, the manufacturer of the tire could potentially be held liable for any losses that resulted. On the other hand, if a trucking company hired an untrained or unlicensed driver, the driver and the trucking company may be deemed legally at fault for any accident that occurred as a result of the driver’s inexperience.
Contact a Chicago truck accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Truck accident victims and their families may be entitled to substantial financial compensation after a truck accident.
The types of damages that are often available after a semi-truck wreck include compensation for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, medical expenses, lost income, and property damage, among others. Attorney John Buchmiller is committed to helping people injured in Illinois semi-truck accidents recover for their injuries and other losses.
To schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of John Buchmiller today at 312-690-4194.