Truck Accident

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, L.L.P. have 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.

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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:

  1. Find out if you have legal standing to sue[1]. The best way to do this is by contacting an attorney experienced in dealing with your type of case.
  2. 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[2].
  3. Determine the jurisdiction in which your case should be filed (what state and what court)[3].
  4. Determine the venue in which your action should be filed[4]. Typically, the venue is the location the defendant(s) conduct business or the location the dispute arose.
  5. 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[5] and the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2013[6].

  • 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. Call us at (312) 313-0202 today to learn more and schedule a free consultation.

The Benefits of Hiring PRS

  • Experience

    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

  • Success

    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $500 million more than our closest competitor. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

  • Contingent Fee

    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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