Driving on the freeway is an everyday occurrence for millions of Chicago commuters. While it is often the most convenient form of transportation, it can also be the most hazardous. Other drivers can make your commute risky. Added dangers can come when the other driver’s vehicle is an 80,000 pound tractor trailer. In Illinois, in 2012 alone, there were 9,739 accidents involving tractor trailers; 81 of these accidents were fatal. Trucking accidents can occur when a trailer is improperly loaded, a driver is inadequately trained, or the truck is driven carelessly.
Bringing a Trucking Personal Injury Lawsuit
Any personal injury lawsuit will present the issues of who is responsible, how, and for what damage. When a tractor trailer is involved in an accident, a lawsuit can be a bit more complicated. First, is essential to identify the parties who are responsible. Often the cab of the truck is owned or rented by one party and driven by another. A third party may also own the trailer. Next, the cause of the accident is important; this is how a plaintiff can show fault, or “causation.” The trucking company may have failed to train the driver or the driver him or herself may have been under the influence of alcohol. Accidents involving multiple vehicles present even more complicated issues of liability.
Succeeding in a Trucking Personal Injury Lawsuit
Getting compensation for your injuries requires skill and experience to handle to the legal hurdles of proving your case. At the law firm of Woodruff Johnson & Palermo, we have exactly that. Our team understands the ins and outs of the trucking industry and has the dedication to thoroughly investigate your case. Don’t let legal complexities stop you from getting the relief you are entitled to. If you have been injured in a trucking accident and need a local Downers Grove trucking accident lawyer, contact our team today for a consultation.