When distracted driving, truck driver fatigue or other negligent actions contribute to a serious accident, it is important that you have an experienced attorney representing your interests. When you work with an experienced truck accident lawyer at our Chicago law firm, you have the benefit of knowing that a highly skilled team will be working on your case at all times. At Zayed Law Offices we are known for our ability to handle complicated trucking accident claims. We offer professional, straightforward advice for those who are faced with serious injuries after an accident. Have questions? Read our Protecting Your Rights page for more information.
The Importance Of Truck Accident Investigations
Gathering evidence immediately after a truck accident is one of the most important aspects of a claim. The sooner we can get to work, the greater the likelihood that we reach the best possible outcome. We will investigate all aspects of your case, including information about evidence of the following:
- Driver log violations or omissions
- Truck safety violations
- Evidence of substance abuse
- Driver fatigue
Aggressive Representation For Injured Victims
Trucking companies have large insurance policies and aggressive defense attorneys representing their interests. Likewise, you need an equally aggressive lawyer handling your case. Given our vast experience handling truck and vehicle accidents, we have the resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf. We work with medical experts, accident reconstructionists, engineers and other experts throughout the legal process. Attorney Adam Zayed knows how to strategically develop and leverage a case, while maintaining ethical standards and professionalism.
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