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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,761 people were killed in large truck crashes across the US in 2017. In 2015, 116,000 people were injured in large truck accidents.
Trucking accidents are incredibly common in Illinois and across the country, with crashes often resulting in serious injuries, and on far too frequent of a basis, loss of life. Accidents can be the result of driver distractions, poor weather, maintenance problems, incorrect breaking, and a large number of other problems with drivers, the road surface, and vehicles.
Being in an accident, and especially one that involves a light or heavy truck, can be a terrifying ordeal. If you or a loved one has been injured, or a family member has been killed in a trucking accident that was the fault of another party, then it’s important to get the compensation you may be owed.
If a trucking accident has left you in pain, out of work, with expensive medical bills, or with other bills that you’re struggling to afford, then the trucking accident attorneys at Wojcik Law are here to help you.
Wojcik Law: Trucking Accident Lawyers in Chicago
The speed and substantial size of trucks can make trucking accidents much worse than other types of auto accident. If your truck was also your source of income, then an accident can leave you in a precarious financial situation.
Injuries from trucking accidents can leave you out of pocket and with mounting debts, whether you’ve had to miss work, pay for medical care, or make adjustments to your home. The death of a loved one in a trucking accident can also cause financial strain, which you shouldn’t have to worry about.
The Chicago trucking accident lawyers at Wojcik Law are on hand to make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. We can provide professional legal advice on your accident, help you to determine whether you have a case, and then support you if you decide to file a lawsuit.
What to Do If You Have Been Involved in a Trucking Accident
Trucking accidents can range in severity, depending on the cause of the accident and the type and amount of trucks or other vehicles involved in the crash. If one or more of the drivers on the road aren’t following the rules or are acting negligently, or if vehicles are not properly maintained or there are problems with the road surface, then accidents can occur.
Here are the seven steps to follow if you’ve been involved in a trucking accident:
Stay at a safe distance but in close proximity of the crash site and call 911.
If it’s safe, check any other vehicles involved in the accident to see if anyone requires immediate assistance.
Document the accident scene with whatever devices you have to hand; you could take pictures or videos of the scene if you have a mobile device.
Get the information of other drivers and anyone else who witnessed the accident – try to get contact details, insurance details, and the plate and driver license numbers of anyone involved in the accident.
Seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
Report the details of the crash to the police and other necessary authorities.
Contact Wojcik Law as soon as possible to get more information about filing a claim for compensation.
If you believe that you have grounds to claim compensation after a trucking accident, then time is of the essence! You only have two years to start a lawsuit after being involved in a trucking accident, and you may need compensation to cover medical expenses or other outgoings before then.
To learn more about filing a lawsuit for trucking accident claims, please contact Wojcik Law for trucking accident advice in Chicago. If you have a case, we’ll help you to file a lawsuit before the two-year deadline passes.
Claiming Compensation with the Help of a Trucking Accident Attorney in Chicagoland
To make a successful claim for compensation in the event of a trucking accident in Chicago, you’ll need to prove that another party acted negligently and caused your injuries. In trucking cases, there can be more than one party at fault for the accident, as trucking companies and drivers are subject to many regulations. The responsible party/parties in a trucking accident, could be:
The driver of the truck
The driver’s employer
The truck/trailer owner
The truck manufacturer
The maintainer of the truck
A leasing company
By proving that either the driver was negligent in their actions or there was a violation of one or more of trucking industry laws, and a personal injury was the result of this, you may be eligible for compensation.
In wrongful death cases, the victim’s family can file a lawsuit for compensation. For a successful claim, they will need to prove that another party caused the victim’s death through intentional or negligent actions.
A trucking accident attorney from Wojcik Law will analyze your case and collect information to determine whether you have a strong enough case to make a claim for compensation. To learn more about claiming compensation after a wrongful death or personal injury due to a trucking accident, please contact Wojcik Law, and our attorneys will be happy to help you.
What Compensation Can You Receive in Trucking Accident Cases?
The amount of compensation you may be eligible to claim in a trucking accident case will depend on many factors, including the injuries sustained. Common trucking accident injuries, include:
Injuries to the back and neck
Head and brain injuries
Internal oral injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Injuries to the shoulder, hip, and knee
If you’re successful in your claim for compensation, then you may be awarded compensation to cover:
Past, current, and future pain and suffering
Lost future income
Loss of companionship
Repairs and vehicle replacements
Compensation is different on a case-by-case basis. If you’d like to know more about potential compensation for your trucking accident case in Chicago, the trucking accident experts at Wojcik Law will be happy to assist you.
Trucking Accident Settlement Cases from Wojcik Law
Wojcik Law have helped many people to gain much deserved compensation in personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases, and auto accident cases. We have represented a large number of people involved in trucking accidents, achieving substantial settlement amounts on their behalf.
Contact Wojcik Law for All Trucking Accident Inquiries
Trucking accident cases can be even more complicated than other auto accident cases because of the sheer number of regulations governing the trucking industry. Trying to understand complex areas of law and file a lawsuit alone can be overwhelming, but the team at Wojcik Law is here to help you.
Wojcik Law handles claims for trucking accidents on a contingency basis, so there’ll be absolutely no fees involved if your compensation claim is unsuccessful. You can book a free consultation with us if you want to discuss your case further with a professional and get a better understanding of whether you’re in a position to file a lawsuit.
For trucking accident claim advice in Chicago, please don’t delay making a call to Wojcik Law to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Wojcik Law TRUCKing ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS
$3.4 Million Dollar Auto & Trucking Accident Jury Verdict
$3.4 million-dollar jury verdict for female auto passenger who suffered a cardiac tamponade when struck by alleged drunk driver who crossed center line of traffic. Plaintiff returned to full-time work 3-1/2 months after accident. The jury's verdict included $3.25 million dollars in compensatory damages, $50,000 to plaintiff's husband (who did not appear at trial) for loss of consortium, and $100,000 in punitive damages.
$3.37 Million Dollar Trucking Accident Settlement
Deft tractor-trailer driver Gary Sucku made a left turn from northbound Archer into the Dolphin Cartage truckyard near Knox. Deft Jason Kondys, driving a Pontiac 70 mph in rainy conditions, struck the rear tandem wheels of Sucku's trailer, causing F-16 backseat passenger to sustain torn descending aorta requiring a Hernashield graft, epidural hematoma, closed head injury causing ongoing headaches, and traumatic Bell's Palsy which has resolved ($235,000 medl. expense). Pltf is currently seeking her GED and plans to attend college. Confidential insurers paid $3,350,000 for Sucku and $20,000 policy limit for Kondys.
$210,000 Trucking Accident Settlement
$210,000 settlement plaintiff, female, 20, was driving her 2001 Pontiac Surefire eastbound on 159th Street on her way to attend college classes when she was struck from behind by defendant's cement truck. Plaintiff suffered whiplash syndrome and chronic headaches.