An accident involving a construction truck can lead to serious injuries for a driver and passengers in a car. A large construction vehicle can cause major damage, even if it is stationary at the time of the collision.
If a construction truck accident resulted in injuries, you may have head trauma, back and neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, lost limbs, or even paralysis. You may be unable to work or have trouble getting around at home and taking care of yourself and your children. You and your spouse may be struggling to cover your rent or mortgage and other essential expenses while worrying about your growing stack of medical bills.
A Berwyn construction truck accident lawyer may be able to help you seek financial compensation and put your mind at ease. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has been representing clients who have suffered personal injuries for over 30 years. We partner with litigation trial attorneys across the United States. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Construction Company Liability and Accidents
Figuring out who is responsible for a collision involving a construction truck does not always result in a clear cut answer. The design of the construction zone and the actions of construction workers and drivers can all play a role.
Berwyn construction companies have a responsibility to make work zones as safe as possible. Companies need to post clearly visible signs so drivers know where they should and should not go. If drivers need to change lanes or take a detour, they should have enough warning so that they will not have to change direction suddenly.
If barricades are set up to keep drivers out of construction zones, drivers should have enough space to pass through the area without the risk of colliding with a barricade or another vehicle. Drivers have a responsibility to slow down and exercise caution when traveling through a construction zone and to obey any posted signs.
A construction company may be negligent if it created unsafe conditions in a work zone or an area near it and those conditions led to an accident. For example, if a detour or lane change was not clearly posted or drivers were not given ample warning and a driver collided with a construction truck, the construction company may be found liable.
The business might also be responsible for a collision that occurred because construction materials or waste from road work blocked the roadway or damaged a car’s tire and caused the driver to lose control. If a worker caused an accident by operating a construction truck while talking or texting on a cell phone, the company could be liable for resulting damage and injuries.
When the Other Party Is at Fault for a Collision
A driver could be liable for an accident if he or she failed to obey signs in a construction zone or drove too fast. A driver who was talking or texting and did not slow down or change lanes at the right time may be liable for an accident.
If a collision occurred because one driver slowed down or changed lanes appropriately, but another did not, a distracted driver who collided with a construction truck or another vehicle could be responsible. If a person who was not expecting traffic delays because of construction slammed on the brakes and hit a construction truck, that person might be found liable.
Visibility could have been a factor in an accident. If a driver did not expect to encounter a construction zone at night and did not slow down in time to avoid a collision with a construction truck, that individual might be held liable.
The construction company might bear responsibility, however, if works did not post signs far away enough to warn drivers. If bright lights used for nighttime construction work made it difficult for a driver to see and that led to a collision, the construction company might be found responsible.
Another party might bear liability if a piece of equipment was defective. For example, if the brakes on a construction truck failed and the vehicle rolled and caused an accident, the vehicle’s manufacturer or the brake manufacturer might be liable, depending on the specific circumstances.
A Berwyn construction truck accident lawyer can figure out who was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries and help you seek financial compensation. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our staff.
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Our Firm May Be Able to Help You
The team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can review the accident report, interview you and any witnesses, and review surveillance video, if it exists, to figure out what happened. We may find that more than one factor contributed to the accident or that multiple parties were responsible.
In cases where complex circumstances led to an accident, insurance companies often try to limit the amount they must pay. Even if your actions partly contributed to the accident, you may still be able to recover compensation. Under Illinois’ contributory fault law, 735 ILCS 5/2-1116, you may be able to receive damages that would be reduced by a percentage to reflect your level of responsibility for the crash.
Our firm does not shy away from tough cases. We can try to negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company, but we will take a case to court if it becomes necessary.
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Hiring a Berwyn Construction Truck Accident Lawyer
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means that if you hire us to represent you, you will not have to pay us any money out of pocket. We will only receive a fee if we secure a financial award for your injuries.
You have a limited amount of time to act. According to 735 ILCS 5/13-202, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in Illinois is two years. The sooner you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner we will be able to review your case and see if you are eligible for compensation.