An Elgin truck accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you hold the trucking company who employed the truck driver who caused your Illinois truck accident accountable for your losses. You may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company or another liable party. Let a member of our Elgin team review your accident today for free. We know how to collect evidence to support this type of case.
Call (800) 794-0444 today to speak with a member of the truck accident team from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm serving Elgin, Illinois. We offer free case reviews for truck accident victims. We may also accept your case with no cost to you until after we secure your payout.
Liability in Illinois Truck Accident Cases
When a driver causes an accident in Elgin, they are legally responsible for the injuries and losses the victims incur. Illinois has a traditional, fault-based auto accident system in place that relies on negligence and liability. The at-fault driver in an accident may be responsible as long as the victims can prove they acted negligently and caused the accident, and that they suffered harm as a result of the accident.
Truck accident cases in Illinois work in much the same way, with one major difference. Victims generally do not pursue damages from the driver directly. Instead, the driver’s employer is vicariously liable under case law: 323 Ill. App. 3d 514 (Ill. App. Ct. 2001).
Vicarious liability means that they are legally responsible for the actions of their employees while they are working, including truck drivers behind the wheels of their fleet or hauling their cargo. Because of this case law, you will pursue your case against the trucking company or other employer of the driver, not the driver himself.
Let Pintas & Mullins Law Firm review your case and help you understand how vicarious liability may apply. An Elgin truck accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can identify the liable party or parties using the facts of your case.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm May Be Able to Seek a Financial Award on Your Behalf
If you suffered injuries by no fault of your own, you should not have to pay for the medical care, repair of your car, and other expenses out of your pocket. In addition, you deserve to receive compensation for the injuries, psychological stress and frustration, and physical pain you suffered.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we may be able to help you seek a financial award based on your accident-related expenses and losses. We firmly believe the defendant in your case should pay for your losses, not you. In a truck accident case, the defendant is generally the trucking company who hired and employs the driver who caused your accident.
The Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team serving Elgin, IL, can gather evidence to prove your case and file an insurance claim based on your accident. It may be possible to recover a fair payout through an out-of-court insurance settlement in some cases.
For a free legal consultation with a Truck Accidents Lawyer serving Elgin, call (800) 794-0444
A Court Award Could Cover a Variety of Accident Losses
If we reach an out-of-court settlement with the insurer, we will ensure it compensates you fairly based on the proof we gathered of the recoverable losses you suffered. If they will not compensate you fairly, we will reject their offers and file a personal injury lawsuit against them. If we can successfully show the judge and jury evidence to prove negligence and liability, the jury will determine an award based on Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions 30.00.
The types of expenses, losses, and intangible harm included in a court award vary widely, but may include:
- Medical care costs
- Future medical treatment expenses
- Lost wages, future lost wages, and reduced ability to earn a living
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other noneconomic damages
- Wrongful death damages
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You Only Have a Limited Time to Hold the Trucking Company Accountable
Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202 Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, most accident victims only have two years from the day their accident injuries occur to file the paperwork to begin a personal injury lawsuit in a court in Cook or Kane County, or another applicable jurisdiction in Illinois. There is a lot of work that must be done before we reach the point of filing a lawsuit, so it is imperative that we get to work on your case as soon as possible.
Reach out to Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to discuss your case and learn more about what you need to do next as quickly as you can after your accident and realizing the extent of your injuries.
If we miss the deadline on your case, you could lose the right to file a personal injury case based on your Elgin, IL, truck accident. This would make it almost impossible to hold the trucking company liable for your injuries, unless there is an exception to the statute of limitations that applies in your case.
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Speak with a Member of Our Team Today About Your Options
An Elgin truck accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to go to work gathering evidence and building an Elgin truck accident case on your behalf today. We do not shy away from even the toughest of cases and will not hesitate to take on any large corporation or trucking company.
At the same time, we will handle your case while you focus on your treatment and healing–and do so with no out-of-pocket expenses for your family. You pay nothing up front for our attorneys’ representation. We receive attorneys’ fees only when we secure a settlement or award in your case.
Call (800) 794-0444 now to discuss your injuries and Elgin truck accident case with a member of our team. We help truck accident victims hold trucking companies accountable.