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Our Truck Accident Attorneys Fight for You

Each truck accident is unique, but you can expect to face similar issues that other victims face: expenses and costs related to your accident. There will be car repairs, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. You need time to recover physically after a truck accident, and that might mean time away from work.

The right truck accident lawyer can provide you with comfort and direct answers after your Chicago crash. The right lawyer will work for you, not themselves.

What Staver Offers You

The Staver Team Focuses on Your Needs after a Chicago Truck Accident

Crashes with large commercial vehicles account for nearly 4% of all of Illinois crashes annually, 8% of fatal crashes and 3% of injury crashes. Although that might seem low, a truck crash can have devastating consequences. And when your insurance claim is going against a large trucking company, you can expect hurdles on your road to recovery. A strong case built with evidence and the help of experienced truck crash lawyers can give you the best chance at compensation.

Here’s what the Staver team will do:

Aftermath of a car accident in Chicago

Investigate Your Crash

Accident claims are built on evidence.  We’ll investigate your crash, collect evidence, and identify anyone who shared fault for your accident. Truck accidents can be complex because the number of possible liable parties varies from case to case.

Illinois is an at-fault state, which means you can file a third-party claim with the driver’s insurance company. You can even file one against their employer if there are grounds for a claim. Our team will establish negligence based on Illinois law. We’ll show the other parties owed you a duty of care, that duty was breached, and that your injuries were a result of their negligence.

Calculate Your Losses

Your claim’s value will be based on your injuries. Because of their size, trucks cause significant damage, and your injuries will likely be extreme. You could experience neck and back injuries, broken bones, or whiplash.

We will review any expenses caused by your accident. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers will consider your economic and non-economic losses. That means your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and emotional distress are eligible in your compensation claim. Wrongful death claims could be possible if your loved one is killed in the crash.

Negotiate a Fair Settlement

Insurance companies are not likely to give you the money you deserve without a fight. They may need convincing. We’ll aggressively negotiate on your behalf to hold anyone liable for your damages accountable.

We won’t accept lowball offers. We’re prepared to pursue a lawsuit in court if that’s what it takes to get you compensation.

Fight for Your Best Interests

After a truck accident, your recovery is critical to getting back to your regular way of life. You shouldn’t have to concern yourself with fighting with an insurance company or a large trucking company. We can handle all the communications and necessary court filings on your behalf.

We’ll keep you informed along the way, making sure to explain your options clearly. Although many cases don’t go to trial, we prepare each case if that possibility becomes necessary. We believe in getting you the compensation you deserve.

Don’t hesitate to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers today. Take advantage of our free consultation.

Determining the Cost of Your Car Accident Claim

Accident attorney Jared Staver explains how insurance companies try to avoid paying you compensation for your injuries, and the elements of a tort that your truck accident lawyer will have to prove in order to receive compensation.

Truck Accident Injury Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois

If you or a loved one are hurt in a Chicago truck accident, you deserve qualified representation to hold all liable parties responsible. The Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., are located in Downtown Chicago. Our main office is in the Republic Bank Building, next to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation.

120 W Madison St Ste 400
Chicago, IL 60602-4177

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Why Choose the Staver Team

Staver Knows how to Win a Chicago Truck Claim

Infographic Headline: Insurance Requirements for Truck Carriers, truck laws in Illinois. Insurance mandate: Trucks over 10,000 lbs must carry a minimum of $750,000 insurance coverage per FMCSA. If carrying hazardous materials, the coverage increases to 5 million. Higher Coverage, higher stakes: Truck insurance limits are typically higher than passenger vehicles. (arrow pointed to next line of text) This leads to larger payouts in accidents and gives carriers more reason to avoid settling.

Infographic Headline: Insurance Requirements for Truck Carriers, truck laws in Illinois. Insurance mandate: Trucks over 10,000 lbs must carry a minimum of $750,000 insurance coverage per FMCSA. If carrying hazardous materials, the coverage increases to 5 million. Higher Coverage, higher stakes: Truck insurance limits are typically higher than passenger vehicles. (arrow pointed to next line of text) This leads to larger payouts in accidents and gives carriers more reason to avoid settling.

We have Proven Results

We’ve recovered millions for accident victims in Chicago. We’re recognized among the top 100 trial lawyers of America — we’re tough opponents that fight for our clients.

We are Client-Focused

We put your needs first. We know that a truck accident can upheave your life. We’re here to give your concerns a voice so that insurance adjusters take notice and fewer people suffer in the future. Our 4.95-star Google rating proves that.

We Are Experienced & Respected

Our award-winning attorneys are leaders in truck crash law.

We are Aggressive Negotiators

We fight for your maximum compensation. We won’t stand for lowball offers. We won’t back down or let you be bullied into taking a smaller settlement than what you need to recover from your injuries.

We Don’t Charge Upfront Fees

We only get paid if you win.



  • In 2009, Marty was hit by a car in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Chicago. He had difficulty walking and moving his legs immediately after the accident and was rushed to the hospital.
  • When he was released, he was suffering from tremendous lower back pain that would also impact his ability to work.
  • Jared Staver was able to reassure him and help Marty by simplifying the process and handling all of the follow-up with other attorneys, insurance companies, and others.

I had a very great experience working with Staver Law Group in my car accident case. On October 7th I was hit by a semi-truck and didn’t know what to do. Well, I search on google to find a lawyer and found Staver Law Group and I read the reviews and I felt good about them helping me, and when I made the first phone call I was sure I took the best choice. They helped me all the way from the first doctor visit thru therapy and with transportation service. Since I didn’t have a car to go anywhere. I would always call or email them regarding my case and they will always have answers and/or they will call me to give me an update on my case. I would highly recommend Staver Law Group to family members and friends.

Staver Client


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We Get Results in Chicago Truck Accident Cases

Our Chicago truck accident attorneys fight every day for our clients hurt in crashes. We’ve handled all kinds of truck accidents. We’ve helped good people deal with their catastrophic injuries and helped them recover millions in compensation.

We’ve made thousands heard, and we’ll do it for you, too.

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Award-Winning Accident Attorneys Working for You

Our awards are a testament to our ability to help you like we’ve helped our clients. With each new award, we cement our position as leaders helping Chicago’s truck accident victims. Our business rating speaks to our commitment to our clients. Our position in the top 100 trial lawyers of America shows we’re tough opponents fighting for our clients.

Our Recognition & Reputation Speaks Volumes

Jared Staver: Named 2024 SuperLawyer
Tyler Kobylski: Named 2024 SuperLawyer
Paul Ciesielski: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Patrick Gill: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Melanie Buckmaster: Super Lawyers Rising Star
Better Business Bureau A+ Rating
American Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
The AV Peer Rating
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of America
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Attorney & Practice Magazine's Top 10 Personal Injury Law Firm

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Truck Accident Laws in Illinois

Understanding Truck Accident Laws in Chicago, IL

Truck accidents are unexpected, and they can happen to even the most cautious drivers. By remembering these key points, you can protect your claim to compensation.

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Don’t Forget the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

If you’ve been hurt by a large commercial vehicle, you have two years to file a claim. If your claim only relates to property damage, you’ll have five years to file. Your deadline starts from the date of the accident.

Although this sounds like plenty of time, memories and evidence can fade quickly. The longer you wait after a truck accident, the harder it’ll be for you to recover compensation.

Carriers Must Have Insurance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to have at least $750,000 of insurance coverage. This increases to $5 million if the truck carries hazardous materials.

Because trucks typically have much higher insurance limits than passenger vehicles, payouts tend to be higher. That also means carriers have more incentive to avoid a settlement.

Infographic Headline: Insurance Requirements for Truck Carriers, truck laws in Illinois. Insurance mandate: Trucks over 10,000 lbs must carry a minimum of $750,000 insurance coverage per FMCSA. If carrying hazardous materials, the coverage increases to 5 million. Higher Coverage, higher stakes: Truck insurance limits are typically higher than passenger vehicles. (arrow pointed to next line of text) This leads to larger payouts in accidents and gives carriers more reason to avoid settling.

Available Compensation for Damages & Losses in Truck Accident Cases

Under Illinois personal injury laws, you can seek compensation when someone’s negligent behavior hurts you. You can seek monetary and non-monetary damages after a truck accident. Calculating your claim’s value takes careful consideration.

Your monetary damages can be found relatively easily. You can prove these losses with the right documentation. They can include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Diminished earning capacity

Non-monetary damages are more challenging to calculate. These conceptual losses can include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring

When someone has been especially negligent, punitive damages may apply. These are typically ordered in extreme situations, like if the driver was reckless or driving drunk.

What are the Elements of Negligence?

In personal injury, someone is negligent when they fail to behave in a way that a reasonable person would have in the same situation. Either they behaved recklessly, or they failed to act, and someone was hurt because of that.

To win your insurance claim, you’ll need to prove the defendant was negligent by showing:

  • Duty of care: the defendant had a responsibility to act safely.
  • Breach of care: the defendant failed their responsibility and acted recklessly.
  • Harm to the plaintiff: this breach caused your accident.
  • The Defendant knew they could cause harm: you must prove that the defendant should have known they could injure you.
  • The Defendant directly caused you harm: you must show the jury that your accident wouldn’t have happened if not for the defendant’s actions.

People agree to drive safely whenever they get behind the wheel. If the defendant chooses to drive unsafely, they are breaching that duty. You’ll need to prove they should have known that their breach of duty could have catastrophic effects, and that their actions led to your accident.

What Kind of Evidence Helps My Truck Accident Claim?

You should be keeping an accurate record of everything dealing with your accident. Useful evidence includes receipts, your insurance police, police reports, photos or videos of the scene, and the contact information for the at-fault driver or eyewitnesses.

An accident with a truck could be recorded by a black box. These devices resemble those found in airplanes. The FMCSA requires many drivers to have electronic log devices installed in their vehicles to record service hours and other information. We can help you secure the information gathered by an ELD, which can support your claim.

The burden of proof for a civil lawsuit is based on a preponderance of the evidence, which means that enough evidence exists to prove that the other party is more likely than not to have caused your injuries. Photos, eyewitness testimonies, and other forms of evidence could be used to prove fault.

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FAQs about Truck Accidents in Chicago

FAQs about Chicago Truck Accidents

What Kind of Car Accidents Are There?

Truck accidents vary, but some of the most common ones include:

What’s the First Thing I Should Do After a Truck Accident?

You should get medical care right away. Call 911 to ensure that the police arrive to complete a report.

Where Do Truck Accidents Occur in Chicago?

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), most truck crashes occur on urban roadways and highways. Interstate routes are the most dangerous for truckers, including the Kennedy Expressway (I-190) and Eisenhower Expressway (I-290).

What Types of Trucks Are Often in Accidents?

We have helped clients win money after truck vs. car accidents that involved many different types of trucks, including postal trucks, UPS and FedEx trucks, big rigs/18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, milk trucks, produce trucks, work vehicles, garbage trucks, and more.

What Issues Do Truck Claims Face?

Your claim might face issues if you can’t secure evidence to support your case. You might also find yourself facing an entire legal team with a large carrier backing them up. They may try to accuse you of sharing blame, claim you inflated your injuries, or failed to follow statutory law.


Is There a Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me?

We cover the whole of the Chicagoland area: Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan.

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Work with Staver for More Money, Faster

We understand you’re under financial pressure. After a Chicago truck accident, you’ll need a substantial settlement to cover your expenses, including non-monetary damages like pain and suffering. That’s where Staver steps in. Let us strengthen your accident claim and pursue EVERYTHING you’re owed.

Jared Staver
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