Truck accidents and injuries can cause multiple damages. In some cases, they even result in death. In Illinois, Chicago truck accident attorneys have the experience and background to confidently fight for the rights of victims and the results they deserve. From initial depositions through final court proceedings, Chicago truck accident lawyers represent the clients’ best interests.
In Illinois, there are numerous interstate highways. With those major highways comes enormous truck traffic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports on trucking accidents every year. Despite authorities attempting to keep the highways safe, accidents involving trucks continue to occur in Illinois and throughout the country. The massive weight of these big rigs, particularly at highway speeds, can lead to collisions that result in death or catastrophic personal injury. In the midst of what is often an emotionally charged situation, Chicago truck accident attorneys can alleviate some of this frustration by taking charge of the time- and energy-consuming legal actions.
When it comes to statistics, Chicago truck accident lawyers know the importance of truck accident data. The NHTSA reports that in 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle accidents, which included 3,675 killed involving large trucks, an 8.7 percent increase over the previous year. It should be noted that these statistics deal with large trucks that are defined by the national government as those that carry a gross vehicle weight greater than 10,000 pounds. In Illinois alone, there were 927 vehicle fatalities in 2010, a 16 percent increase over 2009.
Truck Accident Injuries? Talk to Chicago Truck Accident Attorneys
Clifford Law Offices has been representing victims of serious truck and vehicular accidents for 30 years. The attorneys’ combined experience at the firm adds up to hundreds of years of personal injury and wrongful death work. At Clifford Law Offices, Chicago truck accident lawyers will examine the cause of the crash to determine if it was due to truck maintenance, driver fatigue, driver negligence, speed, alcohol use, failure to inspect, improper loading, tire blowouts, sudden braking, brake failure, unsafe safety systems or warning devices, failure to yield the right of way, tailgating, extensive work shifts, jackknifing or unsafe road conditions. The law firm also will examine truck accident victims’ losses that include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow and mental suffering, loss of quality of life, and other possible damage claims.
Federal law requires commercial vehicles traveling in interstate commerce to carry insurance for bodily injury and property damage. In addition, most states also impose minimum insurance requirements on trucks.
In 2005, Clifford’s own Chicago truck accident attorney, Kevin Durkin, tried a case before a jury in Cook County Circuit Court and reached a $38.3 million verdict on behalf of a Chicago suburban family involved in a tragic trucking crash on an Illinois interstate highway. It was the largest transportation verdict in the country in 2005, as reported by The National Law Journal. In another case, Robert Clifford reached a settlement for $3 million in 2005 on behalf of the family of a woman who was killed when a pick-up truck crossed the center line of traffic and struck her car. In 2006, Kevin Durkin and Tom Prindable reached a $2.25 million settlement with a trucking firm after its driver lost control of his vehicle and struck the car of a young mother of two in Indiana, killing her. Later, Richard Burke settled a case for $1.65 million on behalf of the family of a 26-year-old man who was killed on a Chicago expressway when he was stopped behind a jack-knifed truck and a second truck rear-ended him, forcing him into the first truck. Robert Clifford obtained a $14 million verdict on behalf of an Elgin woman who was severely injured in a head-on collision with a Commonwealth Edison truck.
All of these tragic crashes required experienced of Chicago truck accident lawyers. The drivers and the truck companies must be held accountable for their negligent actions. Clifford Law Offices represented these families and got the answers that they deserved. Please call Clifford Law Offices, experienced Chicago truck accident attorneys, at 312-899-9090.
Chicago truck accident lawyers with Clifford Law Offices have successfully handled many cases from truck wrecks and are available for consultations.