Truck accidents often result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers in cars. Since trucks are much larger and heavier vehicles than passenger cars, the motorist driving the car may suffer worse injuries and losses than the truck driver. In a collision involving a car and a truck, both drivers and passengers in a car may experience severe and life-threatening injuries.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek financial compensation for the injuries you suffered in a Skokie truck accident. While that may not make it possible for you to get back to the life you had before the collision, it may give your family some consolation since you will not have to worry about how to cover the bills.
Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to talk about the injuries you suffered in a truck accident and how we may be able to assist you.
Injuries and Losses After an Accident with a Truck
If you were hurt in a truck accident, you may be dealing with injuries that have had a significant impact on your quality of life. You may have experienced head, neck, and back injuries that make it difficult or impossible to work. You may have trouble getting around at home and taking care of yourself and your children. You may be struggling to cope with chronic pain and having trouble getting a good night’s sleep.
Truck accidents can also cause serious financial pain for victims and their families. You may be facing a pile of medical bills for care you received in the emergency room, as well as surgeries, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatments. You may need to continue to receive medical care for months or years, and you may be wondering how you will be able to pay for it. The sudden loss of your income may also have your family struggling to pay for regular expenses, such as your mortgage or rent, car loans, and credit cards.
A truck accident can take an emotional toll on victims and their families, and the full effects are often not apparent right away. The emotional trauma of being involved in a collision with a large truck can trigger anxiety, depression, and nightmares in victims.
What We May Do to Determine Liability
Our Skokie truck accident lawyer team may investigate to figure out what caused the accident and who was responsible. If we take on your case, we can gather information from the police report and talk to you, any passengers who were in the car with you at the time of the collision, and eyewitnesses, if there were any.
We may also look for other forms of evidence that could shed light on the circumstances that led to the accident. For example, we may discover that a security camera at a nearby business captured the crash on video, or a person in the area may have been recording something with a cell phone and may have unintentionally recorded the accident, as well.
Our Skokie truck accident lawyer team may review the trucking company’s personnel, maintenance, and repair records to look for information that could help us figure out what went wrong. Those documents may help us find out if the driver was qualified and if the individual had ever been disciplined for driving over the speed limit, using a cell phone while driving, or operating a truck while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All classify as violations of Illinois law.
Laws and Regulations Surrounding Trucks
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require trucking companies to perform routine motor vehicle inspections and maintenance and to make repairs as needed. If internal records reveal that the company failed to meet those requirements, or that it ignored a problem and allowed a driver to operate a vehicle without making necessary repairs, the trucking company could be found liable for the accident.
Overloading a truck can cause the driver to lose control if a road is slippery or if the driver needs to change lanes or brake suddenly. FMCSA regulations, along with Illinois Statutes Chapter 625. Vehicles §-201, limit the amount of weight that a truck may carry to reduce the risk of an accident. A review of company documents may help us figure out whether the company adhered to those guidelines or whether the truck was overloaded.
Driver fatigue is a common cause of trucking accidents. FMCSA rules require trucking companies to give drivers minimum amounts of time to rest so they do not drive while tired and endanger themselves and others on the road. We may review the trucking company’s records to figure out whether it complied with those regulations.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Skokie, call (800) 794-0444
You Have a Right to Seek Help From a Skokie Truck Accident Lawyer
You may think that you could not afford to hire a Skokie truck accident lawyer, but Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works on a contingency-fee basis. That means that clients who come to us seeking assistance with a personal injury case do not need to pay us any money up front. Our firm only collects payment if we obtain a financial award on a client’s behalf.
Under 735 Illinois Compiled Statutes §5/13-202, you must file an action related to a personal injury case within two years. The sooner you contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner we may begin investigating the circumstances that led to the truck accident and working to obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
Call us at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case and potential options for an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.