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Truck Accident Common Causes

Even with new regulations for truck braking standards, truck accidents in Illinois can be catastrophic. The odds are heavily stacked against passenger vehicle safety. The following are some common causes of truck accidents in Illinois:

TRUCK DRIVER NEGLIGENCE

With a nationwide shortage of drivers reported by the American Trucking Association, truck drivers spent extended periods on the road, leading to fatigue and inattention to the roads and other vehicles. A truck driver's drug or alcohol use may also factor into an Illinois truck accident.

TRUCKING COMPANY NEGLIGENCE

Insufficient training of new drivers and even lack of proper supervision and hiring practices create a situation of trucking company negligence that only makes a bad situation worse and threatens innocent people on the roads.

VIOLATIONS OF TRUCKING LAWS

The federal government found the rate of truck crashes unacceptable. In 1999, it created the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cut down on the violation of trucking laws, including driving without a valid state commercial license, exceeding the number of hours of service, and more. Yet, with these regulations in place, trucking companies ignore them for their own purposes.

TRUCK MAINTENANCE ISSUES AND TRUCK DEFECTS

Faulty brakes, improperly installed mirrors, and weight distribution of cargo loads can all contribute to truck accidents in Illinois. A truck must be regularly inspected, repaired, and maintained by federal regulation. Safety parts such as lamps, reflective devices, hazardous materials warnings, and breakaway and emergency braking systems must be installed. Again, trucking companies may ignore these regulations for their own gain, thereby placing passenger vehicles in peril.

Read about what to do if you are involved in an Illinois truck accident.

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AN EXPERIENCED TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT LAWYER IN CHICAGO PROTECTS YOUR RIGHTS

When an 18-wheeler accident in Illinois occurs, several parties get involved, including the driver's trucking company and its insurance company. The trucking company, insurance adjuster, and their legal counsel do everything in their power to protect their own interests, not yours. They are on the scene quickly to collect whatever evidence they can, including anything that might show your contribution to the accident.

However, an 18-wheeler accident attorney in Chicago well versed in Illinois personal injury and specifically trucking accident law, knows how to fight the forces against you. Power Rogers & Smith, Illinois truck accident attorneys, have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and get you the compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages that you rightly deserve.

When you engage a Power Rogers & Smith tractor trailer accident lawyer in Chicago, know that the firm strives to prove the truck driver's liability and, if necessary, that of the trucking company. We access the driver's log and records. We carefully review the driver's qualification. We examine communications between the driver and the trucking company. We study satellite GPS records and electronic control modules. We call upon our own team of experts—accident reconstructionists, technicians, and specialists—to build your case. Read more about our truck accident legal investigations.

CONTACT US

If you have been injured in a truck accident in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, contact a Power Rogers & Smith trucking accident attorney. We take trucking accidents seriously.

Call us at (312) 313-0202 or contact the firm online to tell us about your Chicago 18-wheeler accident or other trucking accident and schedule your free initial 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.