No one expects to be in an accident involving an 18-wheeler. Their sheer size alone can be an extremely frightening situation, especially on the busy highways of Chicago.
Semi-trucks weigh, on average, about 16 times more than your standard passenger vehicle. Their massive size causes them to take longer to slow down in the event of a sudden change in traffic or an obstacle on the road. It’s no surprise, then, that the injuries resulting from a semi-truck accident tend to be more severe than those from your everyday car wreck.
Whether you’re seeking compensation for your own injuries or representing a loved one who lost their life in a major truck accident, let me start by saying I’m sorry for everything you’ve been through. As a Chicago area personal injury attorney, my mission is not only to help you seek financial compensation for the injuries claimed, but also hold those responsible accountable for their actions. By doing so, we can better ensure they won’t repeat the mistake and cause harm to anyone else on the road again.
Should I Sue the Truck Driver or the Company Itself?
In Illinois, the goal of the accident claim process is to identify who is truly responsible for causing a wreck and then holding that person accountable. When it comes to trucking accidents, identifying the responsible party isn’t always straightforward. For instance, the wreck could have been caused by the truck driver being fatigued or rushing to meet a company deadline, reckless driving, distracted driving, a mechanical malfunction, or a number of other factors.
Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help you investigate the source of the wreck and determine whether you need to sue the truck driver, the trucking company, the vehicle manufacturer, or another party that contributed to the accident.