Being in a collision with a tractor-trailer is nothing short of petrifying. A completely normal drive immediately turns into a nightmare when you see a massive truck headed your way. Following the accident, you are forced to deal with significant injuries that lead to medical bills. In addition to these medical expenses, your finances are further strained by being off work and losing out on your paycheck.
The physical, emotional, and financial consequences of a tractor-trailer accident are why you should work with an experienced Chicago truck accident attorney from Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We understand the negative impact an accident has on your and your family. Our main priority will be to fight for your rights to gain compensation for your injuries.
Call us today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Identifying Tractor-Trailer Vehicles
Not all tractor-trailer vehicles are semi-trucks, though these may be the most obvious example. A tractor-trailer is a combination of a tractor, more commonly referred to as a truck, which tows a type of trailer. All of these vehicles are two separate components physically and electronically connected. A truck can be comprised of just the driver and passenger cab or it can contain a sleeping berth. This is common in long-haul semi-trucks, so that truckers always have a place to rest.
There are myriad types of trailers that move a variety of goods and materials. There are enclosed box trailers meant to deliver dry goods and materials, refrigerated trailers for transporting food and pharmaceuticals, tanks to move hazardous chemicals, flatbeds and dump trucks to haul soil and other dry materials, and open-air trailers for livestock, just to name a few.
If you are in an accident with a truck connected to a trailer, you should contact an attorney experienced with these specific types of accidents. You will likely encounter questions and issues that you would not normally experience in an accident with another personal vehicle.
Factors in Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Tractor-trailer accidents can arise from common driving issues or from unique factors associated with the size, weight, and physical connection of these vehicles. Frequent causes of tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Driver distraction or inattention
- Drowsy driving
- Intoxication due to illegal substances, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or alcohol
- Driving too closely to other vehicles
- Ignoring weather and road conditions
- Equipment malfunctions or defects
- Improper braking
- Backing up
- Disconnected or runaway trailers
Understanding the root causes of many tractor-trailer accidents can point you in the right direction when investigating what caused the collision that led to your injuries. Determining the underlying cause of the crash is necessary to figuring out who is responsible. Once you know who is responsible for the accident can you file a claim with the correct insurer or include the proper parties in a lawsuit.
Work With a Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer
After being hurt in a trailer-truck accident, you should work with a trucking accident attorney who has experience in investigating and litigating these types of claims. These accidents are often far from simple. Sometimes it is the truck driver’s fault, yet in some cases, your accident is caused by the carrier, loader, manufacturer, assembler, or maintenance provider. For every tractor-trailer on the road, a number of companies were involved in building the vehicle, maintaining it in good working condition, loading it, and operating it.
The truck accident lawyers of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. understand the nuances of trailer-truck accidents and know how to investigate the crash to determine what happened and who is responsible for compensating you for your injuries.
Recovering Compensation After a Tractor-Trailer Accident
After any sort of traffic accident that causes you injury, you need to know where to turn to ask for compensation. In most cases, you will file a third-party claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. An experienced attorney can help you properly file this claim with the necessary documentation to prove your argument and right to damages. Additionally, if your claim is denied, a lawyer can help you appeal. Once your claim is approved, your attorney will negotiate to obtain you the maximum amount of compensation possible.
In many situations, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit. This could be in order to use the discovery process to obtain documentation and evidence from other parties and to gain leverage in obtaining an insurance settlement. It may also be necessary if your claim has been denied on appeal or the insurance policy limit is too low for what you need to recover.
How Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help
You have enough on your plate after an accident. On top of dealing with your injuries, treatments, and rehabilitation, you are likely worried about your family’s financial situation. If your injuries were significant, you may be wondering when you can get back to work and what you are capable of doing now. Let the trucking accident lawyers of Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. take a little off your plate. We can investigate your situation, handle the insurance claims, and guide you through the process of seeking recovery.
Call us today at (312) 236-2900 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.