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Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys
Large Truck Accidents in Illinois
Statistically, large truck accidents are far more likely to result in catastrophic injuries and deaths than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Largely due to their sheer size and weight, commercial trucks tend to cause massive amounts of damage when they collide with passenger cars, motorcycles, pickup trucks, and SUVs. For victims and their families, the road to recovery can be daunting. But with the right legal team by your side, you can put yourself in the best possible position for success.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Chicago truck accident attorneys provide highly personalized and aggressive legal representation to commercial vehicle accident victims and their families. To date, we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients, both in settlements and verdicts. While most personal injury claims settle outside of the courtroom, we are always prepared to represent you and your rights at trial.
There is no risk in talking to our team about your truck accident case. Call (888) 302-3669 or contact us online today to request a free initial consultation.
Proving Fault After a Large Truck Accident
Like any other car accident claim, you must prove that another person or party was at fault to have a truck accident case. However, unlike in most standard car accident cases, identifying the at-fault party in a truck accident claim can be extremely complicated.
Depending on the various specific factors of your case, any of the following parties could be partly or entirely liable for the truck accident that caused your injuries or the death of your loved one:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck driver’s employer (if different from the trucking company)
- The company that owns or leases the tractor and/or trailer
- The person or party responsible for truck inspections and/or repairs
- The parties responsible for loading the truck’s cargo or their employer(s)
- The manufacturer of a defective truck or truck part
- The municipal entity responsible for roadway maintenance
- The engineer or construction company that designed or built a defective roadway
- Another motorist on the road who negligently caused or contributed to the accident
To prove fault, our attorneys look at a variety of factors, including the immediate cause of the accident, indirect factors that may have contributed to the crash, and more. We work with a team of professional accident reconstructionists, economists, medical experts, and others who help us put together powerful, evidence-based claims for our clients.
Our meticulous case preparation and aggressive approach to litigation have earned us a reputation as one of the Chicago area’s leading accident and injury law firms. We are known for being a team that doesn’t back down in the face of tough challenges, and we are ready to do whatever it takes to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
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Types of Recoverable Damages in Truck Accident Claims
Large truck accidents often result in life-changing injuries, massive medical bills, and other significant physical, emotional, and financial hardships. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company or another liable party, you can seek fair financial compensation for these damages.
Although the specific facts of your case influence the types of damages you can recover, many truck accident victims recover compensation for the following economic and non-economic losses:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income/wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of future earnings
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
In some cases, victims may also be entitled to punitive damages. Also known as “exemplary” damages, punitive damages differ from compensatory damages, like those listed above, in that they are not meant to compensate the victim for specific losses. Rather, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for acts of gross negligence, wanton or willful misconduct, or malicious intent to cause injury. Though they are rarer than compensatory damages, punitive damages may be appropriate in some truck accident cases, such as those involving intoxicated or impaired truck drivers, blatant hours-of-service violations, and related misconduct.
Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney from Mike Slocumb Law Firm?
After a semi-truck, big rig, or 18-wheeler accident, you will almost certainly face significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges on the road to recovery. You shouldn’t have to also worry about fighting with a powerful trucking company or insurance carrier for the fair compensation you are owed.
Instead, allow our Chicago truck accident lawyers to handle the legal details of your case while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery. We can immediately step in and communicate with the insurance company so that you don’t have to. Our team can also conduct a separate investigation from the police and trucking company. During this investigation, we can review electronic data, hours-of-service logs, and other pertinent information relevant to your case.
As your legal team, we will be there for you every step of the way. Our attorneys are happy to answer your questions and provide everything you need to make informed, empowered decisions about your recovery and your future.
There are no fees for you unless we win. Call (888) 302-3669 or contact us online today to request a complimentary case evaluation and consultation.