Truck Accidents

 

Fighting for Compensation for Truck Accident Victims In Illinois

When there is an accident involving a commercial truck, insurance companies sometimes offer victims a small settlement right away to avoid having to pay any further damages. Once a check is accepted, nothing more can be done about that accident. Those who have been involved in a truck accident should immediately seek professional legal counsel. The team at Howerton, Dorris, Stone & Lambert has provided trusted legal counsel for nearly a century, and understands how to fight against insurance companies to obtain fair compensation for victims in Illinois.

Common Injuries & Damages in Truck Accident Cases

Due to the difference in size of personal vehicles and 18-wheelers, the consequences of truck accidents can be catastrophic. In many truck accidents, the injuries can be severe and life-altering. The following are some of the injuries that commonly occur in 18-wheeler accidents:

  • Neck and back sprains

  • Fractures

  • Injuries to shoulders and knees

  • Head injury

  • Scarring

  • Wrongful Death

Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident

After a truck accident the party most often held legally responsible is the trucking company. There are many reasons for this, but the main one is that these companies are often caught encouraging their drivers to break truck regulations in order to save their company time or money. Sometimes the truck driver is held liable, particularly if the accident was caused directly by their negligence. By enlisting the expertise of a skilled truck accident attorney, you will have a team to help you by investigating the accident, compiling important and helpful documents, and greatly reduces the chance that important deadlines may be missed that someone filing their own claim may not be aware of. Working with an attorney has many benefits and can, at its core, allow you to focus on recovery while we focus on getting you the compensation you deserve.

Questions about Commercial Collisions

A commercial vehicle is any automobile or truck insured for the purposes of a business. This means that even if a small business van collides with someone, a commercial insurance plan will be responsible to handle the costs of damages. By law, these drivers are required to report the accident within 10 days. Our firm has the experience and insights to know where to look for information about an accident. Illinois’ comparative fault rules specify that drivers will receive damages according to the percent they were responsible. This means an insurance company can get out of their liability by making a case against you.

Why Experience Makes A Difference

Knowing how companies will fight can significantly change the outcome of a case. An experienced legal team like the one at Howerton, Dorris, Stone & Lambert can help clients understand the strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Our team knows how to prove that a commercial driver’s negligence and misconduct led to a collision where injury was caused. If you need Personal Injury Lawyers, call our firm today to learn more about your available legal options.

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