Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys
Power Rogers & Smith Holds the Record for the Largest Trucking Accident
Award to a Single Family in Illinois!
In the past two years alone, the attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith,
recovered over $260 million in truck accident cases. Our firm also holds the record for largest personal
injury award to a single family in Illinois - a trucking accident/wrongful
death case. We understand the nuances of these cases and our team is prepared
to offer advanced, strategic advocacy in the field of trucking accidents,
injuries, and wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one has been involved
in an accident with a commercial truck in Northern Illinois, don't
hesitate to give our
Chicago personal injury attorneys a
call at your earliest convenience.
History of Excellence in Truck Accident Representation
Our firm has a long history of obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries
for those injured in collisions involving a truck or semi-tractor trailer.
Equally important, several of our cases have resulted in investigations
and regulatory changes that help improve safety in the trucking industry. In the
Willis v. Transamerica Leasing, Inc. case, founding partner Joseph A. Power, Jr. and partner Larry R. Rogers,
Jr. represented a husband and wife whose six children were killed when
a mud-flap/tail light assembly fell off a truck and crashed into their
minivan. During litigation, whistleblowers revealed a bribery scheme involving
the sale of commercial driver’s licenses through the Illinois Secretary
of State’s Office. Our team confirmed that the driver involved in
the fatal crash had purchased his commercial license with a bribe. The
case resulted in a $100 Million Dollar settlement and a federal investigation
of the bribery scheme, which lead to 30 criminal convictions and re-testing
of thousands of commercial divers in Illinois and neighboring states.
How to File a Lawsuit
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, take the following steps:
Find out if you have legal standing to sue. The best way to do this is by contacting an attorney experienced in dealing
with your type of case.
Find out whom to sue. Civil lawsuits are filed by one party, a plaintiff,
against one or more parties, the defendant(s). Plaintiffs sue those they
believe to be responsible for their injuries or losses.
Determine the jurisdiction in which your case should be filed (what state
and what court).
Determine the venue in which your action should be filed. Typically, the venue is the location the defendant(s) conduct business
or the location the dispute arose.
- The next step is to file the complaint in the appropriate court.
The important thing to remember is that you do not have to do this alone.
With one of our experienced attorneys as your legal counsel, you can rest
assured that we will take care of the technicalities for you.
Who is at fault in semi-truck accidents?
Fault in a semi-truck accident isn’t always difficult to determine.
The truck driver may be at fault, but so may be the truck driver’s
employer, the entity responsible for the truck’s maintenance, a
manufacturer of a truck part, or even a municipality/government for improper
road maintenance and road defects. An experienced truck accident attorney
can determine and help establish fault a number of ways, such as accident
reconstruction and expert witnesses.
Truck Accident Statistics
The following data are from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) from 2012 and the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2013.
- There were 317,000 police-reported crashes that involved a semi-truck
- One percent of semi-truck crashes result in fatality while 23% result in injury
- 63% of fatal semi-truck accidents involve at least two vehicles
- Most fatal semi-truck crashes occur on rural roads, as opposed to highways
- For every million people in the nation, there are 11 fatal semi-truck crashes
- In Illinois, there were 106 fatal truck crashes, which amounts to 8.26
per million people
- In Illinois, tractor-trailer crashes account for 3.6% of overall crashes,
10.5% of fatal crashes, and 2.9% of injury crashes.
- There were 10,397 total crashes involving tractor-trailers in 2013.
Power Rogers & Smith's Experience in Trucking Accident Litigation
There are many factors that account for our ability to provide sharp and
effective representation to truck and
vehicle accident victims, including our experience:
Attorneys Joseph A. Power, Jr. and Todd A. Smith recently achieved a
record-setting, multi-million dollar verdict in a truck accident casein Ogle County, Illinois
Mr. Smith is a
former president of the American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial
Lawyers of America, and a long-time member of its Trucking Litigation Group
Mr. Power and Larry Rogers, Jr. obtained a
$100 million recovery for a family involved in a horrific vehicle accident - a case responsible for
launching a statewide investigation into the "licenses for bribes" scandal in Illinois, which sparked
an investigation that led to more than 2000 truck drivers being re-tested
and numerous elected officials and public employees convicted for their
involvement in the scandal
Our Chicago truck accident lawyers are committed to securing justice for victims.
at (312) 313-0202 today to learn more and schedule a