Truck accidents result in devastating injuries or fatalities. Those involved in these types of accidents have a number of responsibilities after the crash in addition to dealing with physical injuries. The trucking company will take an aggressive approach to defending the truck driver in the accident. You should have someone on your side who will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on your recovery. At Zayed Law Offices, we will help you through this difficult process. Have questions? Read our Protecting Your Rights page for more information.
Truck Jackknife Accident
In addition to handling accidents involving truck jackknifing, our attorney has represented injured victims in accidents caused by:
- Truck rollovers
- Distracted driving
- Overloaded/improperly loaded trucks
- Safety violations
In truck accidents, time is of extreme importance. Trucking companies have large insurance policies and their insurance carriers can begin building a case immediately after the accident. They will try and diminish their own responsibility for your damages. It is extremely important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At Zayed Law Offices, we are here to help and will fully protect your rights.
Experienced Joliet Accident Lawyer
Adam Zayed is highly respected in the Chicago area and known for his ability to effectively represent his clients in trucking accident claims. He begins to work on your case immediately, conducting a thorough investigation of the cause of the accident to determine liability. He will build on your case throughout the investigation process so it can be presented in a way that will likely achieve the best outcome.
In the event of a truck accident, it can be difficult to discover all of the responsible parties unless you have experience in personal injury law. An Illinois personal injury attorney with experience in trucking negligence will be able to help you identify those responsible. Generally, a lawsuit stemming from a trucking accident may include:
- the driver
- the owner of the truck/tractor
- the owner of the freight/cargo
- the owner of the trailer
- the employer of the driver
- the trucking company employing the driver
- the truck manufacturer and
- even the company identified on the trailer of the truck.
Truck accidents can inflict untold catastrophe upon the life of an individual and his or her family. In the event of a truck accident, a personal injury attorney will be able to help victims recover for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
In the event that a truck accident takes the life of an individual, their family may pursue recovery for things like:
- Loss of care
- Loss of support
An experienced Illinois truck accident attorney will know how to navigate the often confusing laws governing the aftermath of a serious truck accident.
Although truck accident cases can be considered a category of personal injury law, they are far more complex and more aggressively defended by insurance defense lawyers. This is because of the severity of injuries in truck accidents and because commercial truck drivers and commercial trucking companies carry large insurance policies. It is of the utmost importance to hire an Illinois truck accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident in order to protect your rights and to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Another important reason to hire an Illinois trucking negligence attorney is to ensure that all potential liability is assessed to the appropriate defendants. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to research and discover issues like whether the truck driver kept an adequate log of his driving hours and whether he drove more hours than he was allowed under trucking regulations.
The trucking industry is regulated by state laws and federal laws. If one of these laws is violated it can increase your chances of a significant recovery.
There are numerous causes of trucking accidents, some of which are:
- Aggressive driving
- Time sensitive schedules that push truck drivers beyond reasonable work expectations
- Malfunctioning tires, brakes and lights
- Failing to inspect tires, brakes and lights
- Driver fatigue
- Cell phone usage
- Failure to use or install blind spot mirrors
- Drunk driving
- Call the police
- Contact your insurance company to report the accident
- Don’t speak to insurance companies for the defendant
- Don’t talk to the defendant’s insurance claims adjuster
- Do not sign anything
- See a doctor
- Take photographs of any and all damage before repairs, before selling your car, or before destroying your car as applicable
- Take photographs of injuries
- File your police report
- Contact a truck accident lawyer