Effective Personal Injury Attorneys for Illinois Truck Accidents
Trucking accidents are among the most serious and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents. As a major port city at the tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago serves as a juncture for several major highways and interstates, with a high volume of truck traffic constantly passing throughout the entire area. The personal injury attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. represent victims of trucking accidents throughout the greater Chicago area, helping them obtain the compensation they need to recover from and live with the many serious consequences that can arise from a collision with a semi.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Many aspects of the big rigs combine to increase the likelihood of a truck accident and resulting serious injuries or wrongful death. Because of the immense size and weight of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer (or double or triple trailer), even an impact at relatively low-speed can spell disaster for the occupants of a smaller, lighter vehicle. The size and weight of a semi also make it harder to maneuver, and truck drivers must allow for increased stopping distance and reaction time. A standard tractor-trailer creates blind spots for the driver both in front of the truck and for several car lengths behind, as well as extending one or two lanes out on either side. A truck that is not loaded properly can also create serious difficulties for the driver.
Mishandling the truck is only one example of error that can lead to an accident. Truckers are often under heavy pressure to deliver their cargo as quickly as possible. This can lead to speeding and other aggressive or reckless driving. Also, truck drivers may stay behind the wheel longer than they should, sometimes taking stimulants that only mask the driver fatigue and actually make them less alert and more easily distracted. Trucking regulations, influenced by the trucking industry, allow drivers to stay behind the wheel for 11 hours during 14-hour workdays and 8-day workweeks.
Talk to an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Truck accidents are almost always serious or deadly, and the issues presented are often more complex than in an auto accident. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys understand how to investigate an accident for violations of regulations by the driver or trucking company that may have contributed to the accident. We fight to hold every responsible party accountable for their actions, including standing up to the trucking companies when they are at fault. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Illinois truck accident in the greater Chicago area, contact Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. to speak with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys.