Chicago Trucking Accident Attorneys
Large truck collisions can have terrifying and tragic outcomes. Trucks and tractor-trailers outweigh the standard passenger car by thousands of pounds, making crashes especially violent and deadly – and often, it is not the truck driver who suffers the worst of the injuries.
Even though the trucking industry is federally regulated, trucking companies all too frequently place profit ahead of the safety of their own drivers and other motorists on the roads. That may partly explain why truck accidents are on the rise in Illinois. There were 10,353 tractor-trailer crashes in the state in 2010, a 35.5% increase from the previous year. State transportation records report that 96 people were killed in those wrecks, a 50% jump. Of those deaths, the vast majority of victims (72) were drivers or passengers in other vehicles.
Truck accident claims can be legally complex. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Chicago, Cook County or Lake County tractor-trailer crash, contact the truck accident attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Our lawyers are committed to helping victims of Illinois truck wrecks recover compensation that will help them rebuild their lives.
Call (877) 918-1308 today or use our online contact form to reach our team of experienced accident and injury lawyers. We are happy to provide an initial consultation to you free of charge. If you choose our law firm to represent you, there will be no fee unless we win your case.
Truck Accident Settlement
The attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $4 million settlement against a carpet cleaning company for a death caused in an accident with one of its trucks in Cook County. The firm recently filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a 31-year-old woman who was injured by a delivery truck while walking from her car in a company parking lot.
Causes of Chicago Truck Accidents
Some truck, semi-truck, tractor-trailer and other big rig accidents are the result of negligence on the part of a truck driver, truck company, manufacturer or outside company. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error;
- Driver fatigue;
- Poor vehicle condition or overloaded cargo;
- Trucking company negligence;
- Defective parts or maintenance;
- Road conditions;
- Other drivers.
There are countless types of injuries that tractor-trailer accidents can cause, ranging from minor scrapes to life-altering injuries that cause paralysis, brain damage, limb loss, broken bones and permanent scarring and disfigurement. Many injuries require years of recuperation and physical therapy, and some require a complete lifestyle change to accommodate permanent disabilities. The strain on family life, both financially and emotionally, can be overwhelming.
How Our Illinois Truck Injury Lawyers Can Help
A truck accident attorney who understands the laws governing the trucking industry is very important to the success of your claim. Truckers are required to maintain detailed records of their trips, and violations can lead not only to serious accidents, but also serious civil penalties. However, truck companies and their insurance companies will put up a serious fight to avoid paying for your injuries and losses – and you will need an attorney who can fight for your rights.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we have more than three decades of experience standing up to truck companies – and beating them, both in settlement and at trial. We will conduct a thorough inquiry on your behalf and work with qualified investigators, accident reconstructionists, traffic safety experts and truck crash liability specialists to document the crash site, interview witnesses and analyze key evidence, including skid marks and debris.
Contact Our Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys Today
The tractor-trailer injury attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have 30 years of experience in dealing with insurance companies, and we know how to prepare a solid claim that will help you obtain compensation for your truck accident injuries. We represent clients across Illinois, including Chicago, Cook County and Lake County.
For a free case evaluation, call our attorneys at (877) 918-1308 or use our online contact form.