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:

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.




How the attorneys at Ambrose & Associates have helped our clients:

$5,200,000 Partial Verdict & Settlement – A truck driver lost control of his tractor trailer and crashed into a van causing devastating injuries to the passenger. The trial took place in Wyoming, where the truck accident occurred. This truck accident recovery was one of the largest verdicts in that jurisdiction’s history.

$3,000,000 Verdict – A man was crushed to death between a slow moving truck, driven by an unlicensed driver, and a milk trailer.

1,300,000 settlement for a bicyclist struck by a semi-trailer truck.

$1,200,000 – Settlement Just Before Picking a Jury – A Salvation Army truck driven by a two time convicted felon took a turn too sharp and hit a 35 year old City of Chicago Streets and Sanitation Worker in the back. As a result the man sustained two herniated discs in his mid back requiring back surgery.

$1,000,000 Settlement after opening statements – A Chicago wrongful death action brought on behalf of a woman who was killed by a truck when her car was T-boned at an intersection during a funeral procession. After opening statements the truck drivers’ entire insurance policy was offered to settle the case.

$638,000 for a man injured in a collision with a semi-trailer truck.

$175,000 for a woman struck by a City of Chicago tow truck.