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Commercial Vehicle Accident

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    Power Rogers & Smith has not only been honored with one Best Law Firms designation, but five!

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    Inner Circle of Advocates

    This is a rare and exclusive legal honor limited to the top 100 attorneys in the US, and we are proud to have three of our attorneys included.

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    Best Lawyers in America

    All three of our firm’s partners have been included in the list of The Best Lawyers in America for exceptional representation of plaintiffs in cases.

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    Membership is invitation-only and only extended after a careful vetting process during which lawyers are evaluated on criteria such as experience and integrity.

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  • TopVerdict™

    Our firm secured an $85.9 million jury verdict recognized among the Top 10 Verdicts and the fourth-largest plaintiff / cross-claimant verdict in the state of Illinois in 2017.

Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Hundreds of Millions Won By Our Chicago Trucking Accident Lawyers

Commercial vehicles are among the most dangerous and deadly automobiles on our roads. From large trucks and tractor-trailers to highly specialized and hazardous-cargo carriers, vehicles used for commercial purposes are often larger, slower, and more difficult to maneuver than standard cars.

As a result, they pose considerable risks of accidents – risks commercial operators and companies have a duty to address by taking reasonable steps and safety measures. When their failures to do so result in preventable crashes, victims’ have the right to hold negligent companies accountable.

A Proven Chicago Trial Practice

Our trial lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. have earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and successful injury practices in Chicago. Our record speaks for itself:

  • Over $4 billion won for clients; $800M more than closest competitor since 2000;
  • Hundreds of millions recovered in trucking / commercial vehicle cases;
  • Named one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News;
  • A team comprised of nationally recognized trial attorneys.

Led by some of the nation’s most respected lawyers, our firm has secured numerous record-setting verdicts and settlements, as well as results which ensured justice not only for clients, but also the public. In Willis v. Transamerica Leasing, Inc., for example, our efforts led to a $100 million trucking settlement, and a federal investigation into the infamous “licenses for bribes” scandal that resulted in over 75 criminal convictions, including that of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan.

Speak with an attorney about your accident, rights, and options. Call (312) 313-0202.

Types of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Though commercial vehicles share elevated risks for accidents, they comes in many different forms. Our firm has the experience and resources to handle a range of claims involving commercially operated vehicles, including:

Legal Issues in Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases

  • Proving fault and liability – Personal injury lawsuits require victims to prove their claims. The burden of proof applicable in civil cases is by a “preponderance of the evidence,” which is distinct from “beyond a reasonable doubt,” as in criminal cases. Establishing the burden of proof can be a challenge which requires meticulous investigation and collaboration with experts, and exploration into any and all potential parties that may have caused a victims’ damages (i.e. commercial vehicle companies, other drivers, product manufacturers, maintenance companies, and more).
  • Regulatory violations – The type of commercial vehicle involved in your accident is important, as there may be various regulations at play. In trucking cases, for example, lawyers need to know what regulations exist and how to identify violations; a challenge when a patchwork of rules govern everything from Hours of Service to cargo securement. Other industry regulations include those which apply to passenger carriers, public utilities, construction, and more.
  • Insurance – Commercial vehicle operators typically carry larger commercial insurance policies. Though that’s a good thing for victims who often suffer extensive damages in these wrecks, it’s not to say there’s a guarantee for compensation. Some insurance coverage issues can complicate cases (i.e. multi-vehicle wrecks, various companies with potential liability, etc.), corporations and insurance companies overall are keen on doing all they can to dispute, deny, and underpay claims.
  • Government liability – Some commercial vehicles are owned and operated by public entities. These include public buses, utilities, and road work or construction vehicles, among many others. Injury cases involving public entities or government defendants are often subject to special rules and procedures, as well as limitations on liability. These cases demand the insight of experienced attorneys.

Trust Proven Chicago Injury Lawyers: (312) 313-0202

Power Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. has a proven record of litigating and negotiating accident cases involving commercial vehicles – from unscrupulous trucking companies that cut corners to negligent private carriers, public transit operators, and others. We know these accidents can upend the lives of families, and create innumerable challenges physically, emotionally, and legally – and we have the tools to help.

Let proven injury lawyers fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Call (312) 313-0202 or contact us online for a free consultation.

  • 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 $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. 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.

  • Contingency 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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Common Truck Accident Questions

  • What are the Most Common Causes of a Truck Accident?

    A: Many factors can cause truck accidents. Poor maintenance, improper loading of the truck, driving under the influence, and other legal violations are just a few of the most common causes of truck accidents.

  • Who Can Be Held Liable?

    A: In many truck accident cases, the trucking company may be held liable for injuries and other damages. Just like any personal injury case, though, truck accident lawsuits and claims involve many factors - so the best way to understand who is legally liable for your damages is by seeking legal guidance.

  • What Should I Look for When Hiring an Attorney?

    A: Experience is key. However, simply looking for an attorney with the most years of legal experience might not be enough. You should also look for counsel who has handled cases similar to yours in the past and will keep your best interests at the forefront of the case.