Chicago Truck Accident Attorney
Personal Injury Lawsuits
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, semi truck, 18 wheeler or tractor trailer, you probably have many questions. Truck accident crashes can be complex and frequently involve multiple parties including: trucking companies, drivers, logistic companies and corporate product manufacturers and distributors. We would be happy to meet with you and explain who is liable and who pays to compensate you for your injuries. These are some common questions and answers regarding truck accidents in Chicago.
What are a driver’s responsibilities when operating a vehicle?
All drivers operating a motor vehicle in Illinois have the duty to exercise reasonable care when driving. Reasonable care includes obeying all federal and Illinois laws, keeping the vehicle maintained, not driving while impaired, and using the care an average person would use while driving.
How will it be determined if my lawsuit will be successful?
In order to sue someone for an accident, it must be proven that the person who injured you was negligent. Either purposefully or not, the person acted in such a way that you were harmed. Ignoring laws, driving inattentively, and not maintaining a vehicle, are among the many ways that a driver can be negligent.
Once negligent behavior is established, it must be determined that the negligence caused your accident. Then, you must have suffered damages in order to be successful in a trucking accident lawsuit in Illinois.
What are damages?
Damages are any harm that comes to you because of another person’s negligence. There can be three types of damages. Economic damages include loss of income, medical expenses, and property loss. Non-economic damages include disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Finally, punitive damages become an issue when the negligence is so great and purposeful that the court will award damages to punish the wrong doer.
If you are involved in a truck accident in Chicago, how is liability determined?
Liability is determined when a judge or jury hears your case and determines if there is negligence, if the negligence caused the accident, and if you were damaged. Illinois uses a standard of comparative negligence. That is, if it is determined that you were responsible for the accident or your injury, your award will be reduced by the amount it is determined you are at fault.
Who can I sue for my truck accident injury?
The driver of the truck may be liable for your injury. You may also be able to sue the company that employs the driver or owns the truck. There are limits on the time in which you have to sue, so time is essential.
Learn more about truck accidents:
- Common Injuries from Accidents for Which You’ll Need Legal Help
- Seek Professional Advice Before Accepting a Settlement
- The Process of a Truck Accident Lawsuit
- Seeking Professional Legal Advice for Truck Accident Settlements
Illinois truck accident law is very involved. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, the Chicago trucking accident law firm of Ambrose & Associates would like to help you receive just compensation.
If you have been injured in an Illinois truck accident, a Chicago truck accident lawyer from Ambrose Butzen Law Group would like to help you receive just compensation. Call us at (312) 726-1470, toll free at (866) 696-1381, or complete our web form. We will provide a case evaluation at no cost to you and put out legal team to work on your behalf.