Because of their size and weight, tractor-trailers (or semi-trucks) cause serious damage when they are involved in accidents. In fact, recent Illinois Department of Transportation data shows that semi-truck accidents account for nearly a tenth of all fatal traffic accidents within the state.
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A collision with a massive, 80,000-pound tractor-trailer can change life for you and your loved ones in an instant. As you look for answers and a sense of direction after being involved in such a traumatic experience, allow the Chicago lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to help you.
Our legal team has more than 30 years of experience with handling these types of claims in Chicago and throughout Illinois. We know how truck accidents are different than other types of cases and know what it takes to seek a maximum recovery for our clients.
Due to the many challenging factual, legal and insurance issues that truck accidents present, it will be important for us to get to work on your case right away. Contact us today. We can provide a free consultation at our offices in Chicago or Waukegan or any other location that is convenient for you.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. has a record of success in truck crash cases. Our results include:
After a two-week trial, we obtained this verdict in Cook County Circuit Court for a 47-year-old Lombard woman. The woman suffered a severe spinal cord injury after she was struck by a semi-truck driver who failed to yield the right of way at an intersection. The woman’s contributory negligence would have reduced her recovery to $12.6 million. We negotiated a settlement for $14 million.
We secured this settlement on behalf of the family of a 22-year-old Chicago man who died after he was hit by a tractor-trailer on I-57 in Champaign County while en route to visit his girlfriend at the University of Illinois. The truck driver had failed to slow down and rear-ended the man’s vehicle, causing it to become trapped beneath the trailer.
We represented two clients in this personal injury case – the driver and the passenger of a motor vehicle that was involved in a collision with a large commercial truck in Illinois.
Every case is different. Our past results are in no way intended to guarantee that the same result will be obtained in your case. However, we believe our record shows the extent of our experience when it comes to serious injury cases. Reach us today to discuss the unique facts in your case.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can help you address the many unique issues that arise in personal injury and wrongful death claims involving 18-wheelers. Those issues include:
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can work with experts in engineering and accident reconstruction to investigate and analyze your case and to determine what caused your crash. We can also review your medical records and consult with health care and life care planning experts to determine the extent of your injuries and your future medical needs.
We will work hard to prepare your case for settlement with all of those who should be held legally responsible in your case. If necessary, we will be ready to go to trial on your behalf in state or federal court.
Once a settlement or verdict is reached in your case, our legal team will move as quickly as possible to collect the award, resolve any liens that may be attached to your recovery and disburse the funds that are owed to you in either a lump sum or a series of payments.
We represent truck accident clients on a contingency basis. So, you will pay no costs or attorney fees unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
Driver error is a leading cause of tractor-trailer accidents in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In your case, we certainly will investigate whether the truck driver’s careless or reckless conduct played a role in your crash.
Examples of truck driver negligence include:
Under Illinois law, a trucking company can be held responsible for the negligent acts of its employees. However, the trucking company may be liable because it has acted negligently on its own. For instance, the company may have:
In many trucking operations, third-party vendors are used. If one of these parties acted negligently, they could be responsible as well for your damages. Examples of third-party vendors are employment agencies, brokers, cargo shippers, loaders and mechanics.
If a defective truck or truck part contributed to your accident, the manufacturer and others in the distribution chain may be sued. For example, many crashes can be traced to:
Additionally, it is important to examine whether a state or federal government agency or its contractors should be held accountable. For example, the agency may have failed to properly design or maintain roads, leading to conditions that caused your crash.
A major concern you may have after an accident with a semi truck is securing compensation that will pay for your medical treatment. At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., we understand the serious nature of the harm that can be caused by these wrecks.
We will pursue compensation that includes:
In some cases, punitive damages may be sought as well. These damages are aimed at punishing and deterring willful and wanton misconduct. For example, your accident may have been caused by a mechanical defect that the trucking company should have caught through an inspection. Punitive damages may be warranted if the trucking company had a long history of neglecting to conduct inspections and allowing dangerous trucks to be on the road.
If a collision with an 18-wheeler caused you to lose a loved one, our attorneys can pursue a wrongful death claim on your behalf. The claim would seek a different set of damages, including compensation for funeral and burial expenses and the loss of money, goods and services that your loved one would have contributed if he or she had lived.
It will be important to identify all available insurance coverage for your damages. In many cases, multiple insurance policies may be involved.
The truck driver, trucking company and third-party vendors, for instance, may all carry separate coverage. One policy may cover the truck, while another policy may cover the trailer. A manufacturer may carry special commercial liability coverage.
Generally speaking, state and federal laws require commercial motor vehicles to carry a higher level of minimum liability insurance coverage than what is required for standard passenger motor vehicles, ranging from $750,000 (for vehicles over 10,000 pounds carrying non-hazardous freight) to $5 million (for vehicles transporting hazardous materials).
If the amount of insurance coverage of the parties at fault in your crash fails to fully cover your losses, we may be able to turn to your own underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.
Our goal will be to seek the maximum amount for you so that you can move on with your medical needs met and with the sense of security you deserve.
Time is of the essence when it comes to seeking compensation after a serious tractor-trailer accident. You need to get started right away on preserving and gathering evidence. Many other steps must be taken to pursue a full and fair recovery for you.
Put your trust in Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. With a record of more than $1 billion recovered on behalf of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including truck accident claims, we are ready to go to work for you.
Contact us today for your free consultation.