Chicago Trucking Accident Attorneys
Representing the Victims of Truck Accidents throughout Illinois
The Chicago area is home to several interstates and major roadways that are often traversed by many large commercial trucks. Despite the fact that commercial trucking accidents comprise a relatively small percentage of the overall number of motor vehicle accidents each year, trucking accidents have a greater chance of causing injuries and fatalities. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were over 4,200 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks in 2008, with the vast majority of these fatalities (nearly 75%) as the occupants of the non-truck vehicle in the collision.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident with a large truck, it’s essential to hire an experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. The skilled Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Ankin Law understand the unique legal issues that arise in a personal injury lawsuit involving a trucking accident. We will explain your rights to you and vigorously advocate on your behalf.
Legal Obligations of Trucking Companies and Truck Drivers
Trucking companies and truck drivers have certain obligations to prevent accidents on the roadway, and if they fail to comply with those obligations, they could be liable for an injuries or damages in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, trucking companies are obligated to maintain their vehicles in safe working condition. Truck drivers are responsible for obeying the rules of the road and operating their vehicles in a safe manner.
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many possible causes for a trucking accident, including:
- Trucking Equipment Malfunction or Maintenance Problems
- Truck Driver Negligence
- Truck Brake Failure
- Blowouts & Defective Tires
- Over-Weighted Truck & Load Issues
- Intoxicated Truck Drivers
- Truck Driver Fatigue
The cause of the trucking accident is crucial to the personal injury lawsuit because the damages and compensation to which you may be entitled vary depending on the cause of the trucking accident. In addition, the cause of the trucking accident also impacts who you may be able to name as a defendant in the personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a trucking accident, the skilled Chicago area truck accident attorneys at Ankin Law will work with the appropriate truck accident investigators and medical personnel in order to document the evidence necessary to support your claim.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the skilled Chicago area trucking accident attorneys at Ankin Law at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and remedies following a trucking accident.