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.
If you choose to hire us, rest easy knowing that we work based on a contingency fee. Put simply, if you don’t receive compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
We know that many victims are concerned about finances after an accident, and we don’t want those concerns to keep you from getting the legal representation you deserve.
Average Payout Amount*w/attorney $1,600 on your own $1,600 Difference of $1,000.00
*According to the 2017 Martindale-Nolo Research.
Our years of experience mean we can get you more money, in the quickest time. It all boils down to efficiency. And we’ve been honing that for years. With legal representation, the average payout is $77,600, while the average is $17,600 without.
If the first offer is not enough, your Staver lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to reach a fair and equitable solution. And if this is not reached, your lawyer won’t hesitate to fight for your case in court.
Every type of personal injury case is different. And although we have the legal side covered, it can be helpful to have a general understanding of some of the unique laws and guidelines, the obstacles and opportunities we may face along the way, and some of the additional details that may impact the outcome of your case.
The type of vehicle crash you suffer determines the injuries you suffer and their severity. Common types of crashes include:
Settlement amounts are often determined by the specific terms of an insurance policy.
The FMCSA typically requires trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds to have at least $750,000 of insurance coverage. This requirement 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.
It’s important to let your semi-truck accident lawyer handle insurance carrier communication. This is particularly crucial when multiple insurance carriers play a role in the accident, which is often the case with tractor trailer and semi-truck crashes. Anything you say to an insurance adjuster may be used to implicate you in a crash or lower your settlement amount.
Insurance claims often falter if an unauthorized person is driving the vehicle. Typically, if the owner of a car allows someone to drive it, insurance protection extends to that driver. However, this situation can complicate trucking accident claims.
After a settlement amount is agreed upon, the rest of the process tends to move fairly quickly. Insurance companies often process claims within a matter of weeks. Remember, though, that personal injury settlements are unpredictable, and almost anything can set off a delay.
Subrogation and claims across multiple types of insurance can delay your payout or take away from your compensation. Before you receive your settlement, claims from your health insurance or vehicle insurance providers may be paid out.
Arbitration is one option to consider if the offending insurance companies are unwilling to make a fair settlement offer. This tends to lead to a resolution more quickly than taking a case to court.
If an insurance company acts in bad faith or engages in common law negligence, you may have options under Illinois’ Unfair Claims Practices Act.
As soon as a truck accident is reported, their insurance company goes into action. They conduct an extensive investigation of the crash scene and the circumstances leading to the accident. Due to the extensive damage often caused in truck crashes, there will likely be multiple adjusters, company representatives, and others who report to the scene.
Do not be fooled; they are not there to uncover the truth of the accident. They are there to find out how they can minimize their own financial damages and spin the situation in their favor.
The trucking industry has an array of state and federal laws that are put into place for the safety of truckers and other people on the roads. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will review these laws and evaluate how they may play a role in your case.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation have a number of regulations in place to protect truck drivers and others on the road.
Visit our ‘State & Federal Trucking Regulations’ page for a full list.
The victim of a trucking accident has two years from the date of the accident to initiate a personal injury claim. If their claim only includes property damage, they have five years.
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).
Our process is people-focused. It’s designed not only to win but to reduce stress levels and make the whole process easier.Contact us Today
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.
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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
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
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
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.| Next Step: Consultation
It all starts with a free consultation.
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.Contact us Today
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.
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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.
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.