Skilled Chicago Truck Accident Lawyers Holding Drivers Responsible for Their Errors
Help for victims of truck driver error throughout the state
Truck accidents are often much more fatal or more catastrophic than car accidents. 18-wheelers, semi-rigs, and other trucks are much bigger and heavier than cars or other vehicles. Trucks are harder to control because they have different sight lines and different parts. When a truck collides with a car or a motorcycle, the occupants of the smaller vehicles often suffer spinal cord damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, other catastrophic injuries, or even death.
At Gainsberg Law, our Chicago truck accident lawyers bring personal injury claims or wrongful death lawsuits if someone was killed through the negligence of another. Our attorneys file claims demanding that our clients be compensated for lost income, physical pain, emotional suffering, and for the reasonable expense of hospital stays, doctor visits, prosthetic devices, and medications. We bring claims in both in Illinois state courts. Our legal team also files cases in federal court because often the truck driver or owner resides in another state.
Reasons truck accidents happen
Our Chicago truck accident attorneys have a strong record of success in accident cases. This is because we work aggressively to determine how the accident happened and to analyze who is responsible. Some of the many reasons truck accidents take place are:
- Driver Fatigue. Truck drivers are especially likely to suffer tiredness because they often drive long hours cross-country or across several states. Trucking companies push drivers to deliver goods as promptly as possible at the expense of getting enough rest.
- Distracted drivers. Truckers are often distracted because they are doing dangerous things to relieve the boredom of long-distance driving. Drivers who take a hand off the wheel to eat, to adjust the radio, to talk on a cellphone, or for any reason do not have good control of their truck. Drivers who are distracted because they are keeping logs while they’re driving or not looking at the road in front of them at all times are a jeopardy to everyone in their path.
- Drunk drivers. Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics are especially likely to cause a deadly accident. Drunk drivers cross traffic lines, fail to react quickly, speed, drive recklessly, and operate their trucks in ways that can kill or injure anyone in their path. There is no excuse for drunk driving.
- Reckless drivers. Truck drivers are required to obey all Illinois and federal driving laws, including rules on reckless driving and speeding. At Gainsberg Law, we hold truck drivers and owners accountable when they fail to put the safety of everyone around them first.
- Overloaded trucks. Many truck companies and truck drivers try to load their vehicles beyond the maximum cargo limit for that truck. Overloading is usually due to a desire to make an extra profit, but profit cannot come before protecting other drivers and passengers. Overloaded trucks are dangerous because they are harder to control due to their weight and their hindrance on a driver’s ability to see. Overloaded trucks can spill their cargo, which can cause multi-vehicle collisions and deadly crashes.
- Poor maintenance and inspection. Ohio and federal laws require that trucks be routinely inspected and that any defects or problems be repaired before the truck is placed back on the road. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers understand the relevant laws.
- Inadequate training. Driving a truck is much different than driving a car. Drivers of large trucks are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license before they can operate the vehicle. All truck drivers should be educated by the truck companies that employ them about all aspects of truck driving, including the rules of the road, how to safely operate the truck, and what to do in case of an emergency.
- Defective truck parts. Bad brakes, faulty steering equipment, windshield wipers that don’t work, or any defective part can cause a serious accident. We hold manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of defective truck parts responsible when the part is the cause of an accident.
How many commercial vehicles were in accidents in 2014 in Illinois?
In 2014 (latest figures available) there were 11,585 crashes involving tractor-trailers in Illinois, which accounted for 3.9% of the total number of motor vehicle crashes in the state. Fatalities in tractor-trailer crashes decreased by 10.4% from the previous year, but there were 8.5 percent more fatal crashes according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
At Gainsberg Law, we hold truck drivers, truck owners, shipping companies, and any person or entity accountable if their misconduct or failure to comply with the law caused a wrongful death or any type of injury.
Common types of truck accident injuries
There are many different types of injuries that can result from a truck accident. At Gainsberg Law, we take on complex cases involving:
- Spinal cord damage. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, leaving the victim a paraplegic or a quadriplegic. Spinal cord injuries can cause long-term disabilities, including loss of bladder function, loss of sexual function, and breathing difficulties. Most patients endure long-term pain. Many patients need surgeries and injections just to be able to get out of bed in the morning.
- Head trauma. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are caused by a severe blow to the head. A TBI can cause the brain to move about in the skull and can cause loss of vital oxygen to the brain. Head injuries can result in death, coma, loss of cognitive abilities, many different types of emotional problems such as depression, and other severe and permanent complications. Many victims of head trauma never lead lives comparable to the lives they led before the truck accident
- Soft tissue injury. Injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be hard to diagnose and even harder to cure.
- Internal injuries. Truck accidents can cause internal bleedings to the liver, kidney, pancreas, and spleen, which can be extremely hard to manage.
- Broken bones. Car drivers and passengers, motorcycle operators, and pedestrians often suffer broken arms, legs, ribs, and breaks to other parts of the anatomy after a truck crash. Broken bones can require an operation. The painful healing process can take months. After healing, many victims have a loss of function in the part of the body that was injured.
- Back and neck pain. This type of pain is often debilitating. Many patients are never the same as they were before the accident and must cope with the pain for the rest of their life.
Other types of truck accident health complications include cuts, injuries to the ribs and body, and injuries complicated by seat belts and air bags such as whiplash and severe bruises. We also handle cases of disfigurement and scarring.
In addition to injury cases, we also handle cases involving wrongful death. When someone is killed through the fault of another, we represent the spouse, children, and other family members who are entitled to benefits. We demand payment for funeral bills, medical bills, and any physical pain the family member endured before he/she died. We also demand compensation for the loss of services and society the deceased would have provided family members if the death had not happened.
Talk to a skilled and reliable Chicago truck accident attorney now
Delay can hurt your case. If you wait too long to speak with an experienced Chicago truck accident lawyer, you may have a harder time proving your case. The physical evidence of the accident can disappear. The memories of witnesses can fade. To move your case forward with competence and to present the best case possible, please call our office as soon as you can. Gainsberg Law is ready to help you fight for justice. Call us at 312-313-1621 or complete our contact form to speak to a lawyer.