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Lawyers to Kick-Start Your Recovery after a Truck Accident in Chicago

Attempting to represent yourself is a mistake in a truck accident case. Immediately after an accident, insurance companies send out what they refer to as ‘The Truck Accident Autopsy Team’ to carry out an extensive investigation, so they already have a head-start in the case. And they’re not there to uncover the truth – they are there to minimize their own financial liability.

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1. We Remove the Risk for Chicago Truck Accident Victims

Rest easy knowing that we work based on a contingency fee in large commercial truck cases. Put simply, if you don’t receive compensation, you won’t owe us anything.

We know that many victims are concerned about finances after such a semi-truck accident, and we don’t want those concerns to keep you from getting legal help. At Staver, we offer:

Free case evaluation
$0.00 out of pocket expenses
No fee unless you win

Average Payout Amount*

w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600
Difference of $1,000.00

*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.

2. Our Commercial Vehicle Experience Means More; Faster

It all boils down to efficiency in a truck accident case. And we’ve been honing our skills for decades. With legal representation, the average payout is $77,600, while the average is $17,600 without.

Truck Industry Insight from Trial Lawyers

Insurance companies and large trucking companies notoriously offer less than enough after a large commercial truck accident. But our lawyers know how they operate and what makes them respond. We will negotiate to reach a fair result. But if the company won’t take accountability, we will take them to court.

Building Your Case

Truck Accident Laws & Info

At Staver, we have you legally covered after a truck accident and handle every aspect of your insurance claim or lawsuit. But it can be helpful to learn about some unique causes, guidelines, and obstacles you may face.

Building your case

Chicago Truck Accidents, Injuries & Damages

Whether it was a semi-truck, an 18-wheeler, or some other large commercial truck vehicle, crashes occur for many reasons and often result in severe injuries. Sometimes establishing responsibility is obvious. Other times, it takes an investigation to determine if a truck driver was distracted, poorly trained by their employer, or negligently love their required hours of service.

What Caused Your Truck Accident?

  • Driver error
  • Driver fatigue
  • Impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Limited driver training
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Mechanical failures
  • Poor weather conditions

We Handle a Wide Range of Truck Accidents

The type of vehicle crash you suffer determines the injuries you suffer and their severity. Common types of crashes include:

  • Truck vs. car accidents
  • Rollovers occur when a truck driver loses control of the vehicle and it rolls onto its side
  • Jackknife accidents happen when the cab and trailer make a 90-degree angle, causing the truck to slide
  • Tire blowouts often cause a truck to swerve uncontrollably, putting drivers in all lanes at risk
  • Blindspot accidents typically happen when a trucker changes lanes and a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot
  • Rear-end accidents are common since truckers need much more time to come to a safe stop; rear-end trucking accidents usually cause much more damage than a rear-end motor vehicle accident involving passenger vehicles
  • Underride crash happen when a truck stops and a smaller car behind it gets stuck under the truck’s tractor-trailer

Injuries Typical after Truck Accidents

The severity of your injuries after a major truck wreck significantly impacts the value of your insurance claim and possible truck accident lawsuit. It’s important to keep up with medical treatment and document your recovery. This includes medical bills, treatment documents, and insurance info.

Here are some of the most common injuries we see after auto collisions:

  • Head and Brain Injuries —concussions or other traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, skull fractures, or lacerations that require plastic surgery.
  • Neck and Back InjuriesWhiplash, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, sprains, or strains.
  • Burn Injuries — Burns can run the spectrum from minor to fatal. Serious burns may require skin grafts and result in scarring.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries — When muscles, tendons, or ligaments are stretched or torn in an accident, the pain can be significant and lingering.
  • Broken Bones — Broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to fix, and can take a very long time to heal.
  • Spinal Injuries – When the spinal cord is damaged, and the severity of the injury, a loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities may result.

Truck Accident Damages & Losses

When someone else is responsible for your truck injuries and subsequent financial harm, you have the right to be compensated. This could be from a reckless truck driver, their trucking company employer, or a third-party company that loaded the truck incorrectly.

Regardless of the party at fault, a full truck accident settlement should consider how your life has been affected. It should include both your economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages can easily be proven with documentation such as pay stubs, bank statements, and other financial records. Economic car accident damages include

  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Childcare expenses
  • Household maintenance fees
  • Medical expenses

Non-economic damages are harder to value in a truck accident claim but should be considered. These include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical pain andsuffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Reputational damage
  • Disfigurement and scarring

Punitive damages are also available in extreme accident cases but only if the trucker’s behavior or the actions of the trucking company were particularly egregious. Reckless and drunk driving are common examples.


Negligence, Fault, & Liability after a Truck Crash

Most large truck crashes in Chicago happen because of negligence. This means that another driver or some other party acted unreasonably or failed to act and caused you else harm.

Evidence & Documentation after a Truck Accident

While proving a truck driver or their employer’s negligence caused a collision sounds easy, especially if you believe they were speeding, distracted, or tired, the reality is much different.

Common examples of evidence in a truck accident claim are black box data from the truck itself, police and medical reports, truck deconstructionist data, and corporate documents.

The burden of proof is based on a preponderance of the evidence – you need enough evidence to demonstrate that the other party is more than likely responsible for your injuries. This includes photos, medical records, and other documentation.


Proving Truck Accident Liability & Fault

An injury alone isn’t enough. Someone needs to be held financially responsible. This is usually the driver or their employer. In legal terms, this is the ‘liabile party.’ To determine liability, you must identify who’s directly responsible and how they ignored their duty to act responsibly, thereby causing your injury and various losses.

Illinois follows the traditional at-fault approach to liability. In most cases, you will file a third-party claim with the responsible party’s insurance company or their employer if they were working at the time.

But because insurers and large trucking carriers are businesses, they are reluctant to pay when their policyholders cause accidents. Thus, it’s wise to retain a truck accident lawyer to represent you.


Trucking Industry Regulations

The trucking industry has an array of state and federal laws in place for the safety of truckers and other drivers. At Staver, we stay up to date on all of them and how they play a role in your case.

Illinois & Federal Truck Safety Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation have a number of regulations in place to protect truck drivers and others on the road.

More on State & Federal Trucking Regulations.


Time Limits, Insurance Info & Truck Accident Defenses

A Chicago truck accident claim can get complicated fast. Truck companies and big insurance companies will be on the scene fast to protect their drivers and themselves. They will also likely diminish your injuries, suggest that you’re to blame, and use stall tactics so you accept less.

Truck Claims Have a Statute of Limitations

The victim of a trucking accident has two years from the date of the accident to initiate a claim. If their claim only includes property damage, they have five years.

This sounds like plenty of time, but memories and evidence fade quickly. The longer you wait after a truck wreck, the harder it’ll be to recover compensation.


Truck Accident Insurance: Coverage & Policies

The FMCSA 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.

Statements to Insurance Carriers

It’s important to let your lawyer handle your communication with the insurance companies involved. This is particularly important when multiple carriers play a role in the accident, which is often the case with tractor-trailer and semi-truck crashes.

Remember, anything you say to an insurance adjuster may be used to diminish your pain, cast doubt on who was at fault, and lower your settlement amount.

Truck Insurance Issues

Insurance companies process most claims within a matter of weeks. But truck accidents can be unpredictable. Insurance delays and stall tactics are not unheard of.

  • Insurance Subrogation
    Subrogation is when an insurance company recovers money paid out when their policyholder was not at fault, and it could delay or take away from your compensation. Before you receive your settlement, claims from your health insurance or vehicle insurance providers may be paid out.
  • Insurance Arbitration
    Arbitration is an alternative to legal action to settle a dispute and an option to consider if the offending insurance companies are unwilling to make a fair offer. While the arbitration process generally favors the company, this often leads to quicker resolutions than taking a case to court.
  • Unfair Claim Practices
    While some delays are unavoidable and insurance companies won’t be in a hurry to resolve your case, if the insurer acts in bad faith or engages in negligence, you may have options under Illinois’ Unfair Claims Practices Act.

Denying Fault & Truck Accident Defenses

Aside from using the statute of limitations against you, the trucking company’s insurer and their legal team will want to protect themselves and their profits. They do this by refuting your claims, suggesting that you share blame for a truck accident, and using various defense strategies to reduce or deny your claim.

  • The other side may raise certain procedural defenses based on existing law or failure to comply with a statutory rule.
  • Factual defenses to truck accident liability usually revolve around you being wholly or partially to blame for the accident, or that you inflated the severity of your injuries.


Chicago Truck Accident FAQs

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, pickup trucks, milk trucks, produce trucks, work vehicles, and more.

If your relative died as a result of a truck wreck in or around Chicago, you should immediately contact a wrongful death lawyer. We can help you obtain money for medical expenses, estate administration, funeral and burial costs, and even the pain and suffering your loved one experienced.

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).


Is There a Truck Accident Lawyer Near Me?

We cover the whole of the Chicagoland area:

Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan

Our Process

Our Proven Process is all About YOU after Your Truck Accident

Our process is people-focused. It’s designed not only to win but to reduce stress levels and make the whole process easier.

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01

Consultation

02

Case Value

03

Evidence

04

Settlement

If Needed

Trial

Get a Free Consult about Your Truck Accidnet

The initial consultation is a chance to discuss your case with one of our trucking accident attorneys and figure out what your next step is. Use this time to figure out if an attorney is a good fit for your case and how you want to handle it.

When you meet with a personal injury lawyer, you should bring several things to help tell the story of your car accident. These will essentially be used as evidence to determine the value of your case.

What We’ll Need from You

  • Any evasive actions you took and any unusual driving behavior you noticed before the tractor-trailer accident
  • Any police reports that were filed after the truck accident
  • Medical records, if they exist
  • Pictures of any injuries you sustained
  • Copies of any written communication with the truck driver
  • A log of verbal communication with the driver and their insurance company
| Next Step: Determine the Value of Your Case

We’ll Determine the Value of Your Truck Accident

When you decide to work with us, we won’t waste time.

Staver will get straight to work. We’ll help with car repairs and replacement, medical bills, and insurance claims so you can rest easy and focus on healing.

Then we look to the long-term, assessing all types of damages to determine the value of your case. There are four types of damages that you may be entitled to, depending on the circumstances you’ve experienced after the truck accident: special damages, punitive damages, general damages, and lastly, survival damages.

Bear in mind that punitive damages in truck accident cases are paid out to the plaintiff to punish the responsible parties. But they also exist to set an example for the trucking industry as a whole. They are only awarded if the defendant’s actions are grossly negligent or malicious.

For a full run-down of damages, take a look here.

| Next Step: Evidence

We’ll Prove Your Truck Accident Damages

You can back up your damages with a variety of evidence, including bills, photographs, or expert testimony asserting expected future damages.

This stage is vital. It’s simple really, the better your proof, the more compensation you could get.

For example, to prove that you’ve experienced pain and suffering, a testimony from your doctor explaining that you appeared to be in pain during office visits will be helpful. Keeping a diary or a ‘day in the life’ video recording showing how much your pain has affected your life could come in handy too.

| Next Step: Settlement

We’ll Settle Your Truck Claim If the Price is Right

The majority of truck accident cases settle long before they get to court. Insurance companies are motivated to settle, as going to court could cost them far more. And that’s the last thing they want. However, negotiating to reach a settlement in a truck accident case can be complex to say the least.

It’s not uncommon for multiple insurance companies and defendants to be involved. For example, a large truck and its trailer are often times insured by different companies. And the trucking company may be responsible for requiring their driver to work longer than is legally permitted, while the truck manufacturer may be partially responsible for an unsafe component that contributed to the crash.

Whatever the case may be, your attorney will navigate this process for you, and work to get each party to accept their liability and pay their part of the settlement. They’ll go back and forth at the negotiating table until a fair settlement has been reached.

| Next Step: Trial

If Necessary, We’ll Take Your Truck Accident to Trial

We want to get the most out of your case. – and if a settlement can’t be reached, we won’t hesitate take your case to trial. And we’ll need all the evidence we can get our hands on.

Think documentary evidence, including medical records and photographs, that will show your financial damages and the extent of your injuries. Witnesses will also be vital as they provide an objective recounting of the accident and may solidify the other side’s liability.

Also, the big rig black box (also known as an electronic control module or event data recorder), stores data about the truck at the time of an accident. Your attorney will use the data to strengthen your case. With accident reconstruction, they can show exactly how the accident occurred and paint a clear picture to the jury.

Every piece of evidence we gather will have one goal: to support the damages suffered and get you fair compensation.

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Why Staver?

Staver Takes the Tough Truck Accident Cases

Our law firm understands that getting the compensation you deserve after a truck accident is an uphill battle. Truck driving companies and manufacturers are typically represented by large legal teams with massive budgets.

These attorneys are pros at limiting their clients’ liability and go above and beyond to make sure that victims get away with minimal settlements or nothing at all.

As a victim with no legal experience, your chances of getting a fair settlement on your own are slim to none. That’s where we come in.

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We’re Advocates for Truck Accident Victims

When you hire Staver, you’re not getting a lawyer who picks up your case with no care. In fact, you’re getting an advocate. A passionate truck accident law firm who will speak on your behalf, with insurance companies, and in court.

We’ve done it for thousands of clients who were in your shoes, and we’ll do it for you.

We’ve Earned the Support from Our Clients

We dedicate ourselves to client success and satisfaction. This shows in our 4.95 star Google rating 185+ reviews left by clients on Google.

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. They helped me all the way from the first doctor visit thru therapy and with transportation service. I would highly recommend Staver Law Group to family members and friends.

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We Get Results in Chicago Truck Accident Cases

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., we fight hard for our clients. And our case history shows this. Over the years, we’ve seen just about every type of truck accident there is.

Sure, it feels like unfamiliar territory to you, but it’s all too familiar to us.

The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.

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Award-Winning Trucking Attorneys Working for YOU

We’ve won awards for over 3,500 clients. And with every award we get, the more it proves our quality. Years of credibility, glowing ratings from the BBB and a place on the top 100 trial lawyers of America.

The recognition we’ve accumulated speaks for itself.

Awards Memberships
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
The Chicago Bar Association
The Illinois State Bar Association
The American Bar Association
Brain Injury Association of America ‘Preferred Attorney’

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