Common Questions

Illinois Truck Accident Frequently Asked Questions

After victims have been traumatized in a truck accident, they turn to us for where to go next.  Obviously, a lawsuit is always a tool to use when seeking recovery for the tremendous damage that these incidents cause you like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.  Beyond just recommending a lawsuit in certain instances, we try and outline more about the injuries, claims, and cases that truck accidents typically involve.  Here are some questions and answers that touch on these topics.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Recent studies suggest that truck accidents have been steadily on the rise since the early 1990s. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for them in case you are on the road. But what causes them? Leading the way is truck driver error. Poor driving is the reason why most truck accidents occur. The weather also plays an important role in these accidents. Due to the size and complexity of these vehicles, rough conditions can easily cause an accident and that’s exactly what happens. Additionally, truck malfunctions normally lead to significant accidents too. Tires can go out. Brakes can fail. When they do, injuries will arise. Also, since trucks are such large vehicles, the force of these accident has a serious and even deadly impact on victims.

How Common are Truck Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are several thousand crashes every year involving large trucks. This might not be that surprising since there are over 500,000 trucking companies in the United States with over one million trucks on the road. What may be surprising, however, is the damage that arises because of truck crashes. The total cost of truck accidents on the American population is tens of billions of dollars each year. Furthermore, almost five people die in an accident for every 100 million miles that truckers drive.

What Parts of the Body Are the Most Vulnerable in Truck Accidents?

The fast speed and incredible size of trucks leaves every part of your body at risk in an accident. Typically, the most common injuries we see are scars and broken bones. However, more delicate areas of the body, like the brain and spine, are also extraordinarily vulnerable in crashes as well because it is not uncommon for people to be completely thrown off from their feet. Other injuries include eye injuries or even back and neck injuries, but this does not make them any less serious. Finally, any discussion on truck accident injuries would be incomplete without mentioning the high fatality rate of these incidents. More than any other kind of vehicle accidents, these are at significant risk of causing deaths to those involved. It is important to understand how significantly truck crashes can alter your life and to seek help if you are a party to one.

How Do You Bring a Claim for Truck Accident Injuries?

In order to secure recovery for your injuries from a truck accident, you need to file a lawsuit in an Illinois courthouse. Generally, claims for these accidents will be for negligence. When you bring a negligence claim, you must show how the defendant’s conduct was unreasonable and how it caused your harms. You need to compile this information into a complaint and file it with the proper court. Then, you must present your case to a jury and respond to any defenses the defendant raises. If you can do that successfully, then you can receive damages for all of the costs and suffering that the incident created.

How Can A Lawyer Help Me If I have Been in a Truck Accident?

Any accident can disrupt your life. However, truck accidents can indefinitely and entirely alter it. They have one of the highest rates of fatalities across all categories of incidents and even if victims don't die they are still left in significant peril. In the moments following a truck accident, it can be quite burdensome figuring out what you have to do and completing everything required to bring the driver to justice. This is where we come in. Our team of attorneys is fully skilled and experienced in personal injury litigation. On your word, we can launch a complete investigation, determine all of the relevant state and federal truck driving safety guidelines that should have been followed and were not, draft a sufficient complaint, and ultimately go to trial to secure every dollar of compensation that is rightfully yours. Yet, more than that, the biggest thing that our lawyers can offer you is assurance of the fact that your interests will be preserved and protected in the future.

How Long Can I Wait to bring a Truck Accident Claim?

Generally, in Illinois, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents. That is, an injured party has only two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Therefore, in order to preserve your right to recovery, it is important to contact Our Office as soon as possible so we can take the necessary steps to investigate your case, preserve important evidence, and file a lawsuit in a timely manner.

For a free consultation about your truck accident, contact Joel Gould Law Offices today or call 773-281-8744. The attorneys at Joel Gould Law Offices handle cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. They also work closely with some of the best personal injury attorneys across the country on cases in other states and jurisdictions.

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