When an 18 wheeler passes by on the highway, many people hold their breath for a few seconds. Semi trucks often weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while most cars weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds. Because of their sheer size and weight, large trucks can crush regular cars upon impact. These horrible accidents often cause traumatic injuries and permanent disabilities. Sometimes these accidents are fatal.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is extremely important to have an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney on your side. Our attorneys know what to look for when analyzing accidents with semi trucks. You can’t rely on the authorities to do an accurate and thorough investigation. They often miss critical evidence or do not locate and interview all the witnesses.
A fatigued, speeding or inattentive driver may be to blame for the crash. Other potential causes could be intoxication of the driver, failure of the truck’s brakes, tire blowouts, or even negligent construction or maintenance of the road where the accident occurred. In addition, the manufacturer of the truck equipment or the truck itself may share some or all of the blame.
There are potentially multiple layers of liability. For example, the tractor could be owned by one party and the trailer by another. The driver may own the truck, or may lease it from a trucking company. The driver could be an employee of a trucking company or an independent contractor. The manufacturer of the truck or some of its parts could also be liable if a defective part or design flaw caused the accident.
A Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You Get Compensation
We know the unique issues that arise in truck accident cases, including the federal regulations and commercial insurance issues that are involved, and the accident reconstruction problems that are unique to truck accidents. We will fight hard to expose the negligence and mistakes that caused the accident, and to obtain full compensation for your injury and losses. Lawyers for large trucking companies are experienced in these kinds of claims, you should have the very best attorneys on your side as well.
Call Jackowiak Law Offices at 312-795-9595 to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. Our support staff is available around the clock, so don’t wait. Take the first steps toward getting the compensation you deserve.