If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a Cicero delivery van or truck accident, your first priority should be to call the police and document your first-hand account. Then, our team of lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will handle the fine details of the litigation process. Call us today for a free consultation: (800) 794-0444.
Legal Options in a Delivery Van Accident
In the event of an accident with a delivery van or truck, typically more than just the driver is involved. It is common for drivers, the business entity, the truck manufacturer, or more to each have something at stake in the result of an accident claim.
First, we advise that you do not assume responsibility for an accident with a delivery truck or van. Instead, call the police for an initial report of the accident, and then call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to discuss the case.
According to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Guide to Automobile and Insurance Accidents, all motor vehicles must be covered by a liability insurance policy. Car insurance policies in Illinois must have a “liability limit of no less than $25,000 for bodily injury to or death” for one person, and at least “$50,000 for bodily injury to or death” for two or more people. Illinois auto insurance law stipulates that policies must provide a minimum of “$20,000 for injury to or destruction of another person’s property.”
Getting another insurance party to validate your claim if the other driver will not assume liability, however, is a common hurdle for truck accident claims.
While no one wants to be involved in a delivery truck accident, the nature of the job makes it seem inevitable. Delivery drivers may be hired shortly after completing high school, with limited on-the-job training. Delivery drivers work long shifts, often driving alone and for long stretches of time. Sometimes, delivery trucks may need to block one lane on a highway by coming to a complete stop and getting out of the car, or pulling off on the side of the road.
Understanding Legal Claims in a Delivery Truck Accident
The statute of limitations for your delivery truck accident case will vary, depending on your claim. Here is a non-exhaustive list of claims you may be considering, and the statute of limitations for each:
- Personal Injury Claims (Two Years)
- Ambulance and transportation expenses
- Costs of hospitalization and immediate medical attention
- Costs of ongoing medical treatment concerning injuries related
to the accident
- Lost wages from missed time at work after the accident
- Potentially lost wages from an inability to find work due to injuries after
- Funeral costs (if the claim is being made on behalf of a loved one who died as a result of the accident)
When you work with the truck accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we can help you pursue the most effective claim for your personal injury case.
- Property Damage Claims (Five Years)
- Damage to your car
- Rental car costs (not covered by insurance)
- Car seat replacement (Car seats must be replaced after it has been through any accident, in order to retain effectiveness.)
- Replacement of any other valuables damaged in the accident
If you are facing a complicated delivery truck or van accident case, our team can explain the litigation process to you. We will explain your options and determine the best next steps for you. Begin your case when you call us today at (800) 794-0444.
Determining liability for an accident typically requires a lot more input than the parties originally involved. Illinois uses “at fault” rules to determine liability for car accident cases as explained in the list of Illinois Compiled Statutes. If you are seeking compensation in a car accident case, you must be able to prove that the other party was at fault.
If the claim does not settle before it reaches court, the fault is determined by a judge or jury. You may not be at fault for more than 50 percent of the damage in the case.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of reasons an accident may occur:
- Other drivers
- The business or employer of the other driver
- Impaired driving
- Truck or van manufacturers
- Auto mechanics who worked on any car involved in the accident
For a free legal consultation with a delivery van truck accidents lawyer serving Cicero, call (800) 794-0444
Call a Cicero Delivery Van and Truck Accident Lawyer to Handle Your Case
If you were involved in a delivery truck or van accident, our team of Cicero delivery van and truck accident lawyers will make sure you are not further damaged by an injury or loss you suffered through no fault of your own.
The lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are here to support you throughout the litigation process. You will pay nothing out of pocket until you receive a lawful settlement. Call us at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case with a member of our team.