Semi trucks share the road with much smaller vehicles occupied by people like you and your family. Every day, these massive machines threaten the lives of unsuspecting motorists. All too often, driven by unqualified and careless drivers, these vehicles become dangerous weapons. Truck accidents cause substantial injuries and lead to the wrongful deaths of drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles every day.
Answers To Your Questions. Justice For You And Your Family.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need answers to questions such as "How can I pay my medical bills?," "How can I hold the person responsible for the accident accountable?" and "How can I get the compensation I need to get my life back on track?"
For more than 30 years, Klest Injury Law Firm has represented injured people and the families of those killed in accidents with tractor-trailers, semi trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucks and vehicles in the Chicagoland area. No matter the cause of your truck accident, we will find the responsible parties and work tirelessly to hold them accountable. We aim to seek justice on your behalf and serve as your most trusted advisers and advocates.
We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not collect attorney's fees unless we resolve your case successfully.
Our Truck Injury Practice
Since 1982, we have focused on representing people in truck accident cases and other personal injury and wrongful death claims. Particularly in the area of trucking accidents, it is important to hire an attorney with the experience to find out who's at fault. It is extremely important that we get involved as soon as possible to take steps to preserve important evidence, by court order if necessary.
Common Types Of Truck Accidents
A semi truck can travel tens of thousands of miles every year, and given the sheer volume of trucks on the road, semi accidents occur frequently and in many ways. Common types of trucking accidents include:
- Jackknife accidents
- Rollover crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Underride accidents, including rear underride and side underride
- Override accidents
Causes Of Trucking Accidents
Who causes truck accidents? More importantly, who is responsible and can be held legally liable for truck accidents? In most situations, the liable parties include:
- Truck drivers: Governed by state and federal law, truck drivers have many duties related to driving safety, rest time, inspection, maintenance and drug use. Drivers have a responsibility to follow traffic laws, routinely inspect trucks and follow all federal trucking regulations. Careless and unqualified drivers can cause accidents by changing lanes improperly, speeding, failing to secure a load or part on the truck, driving tired, overloading the truck or failing to have adequate rear or side underride protection.
- Trucking companies: Your safety and the safety of your family may also be jeopardized by trucking company negligence. With a desire to remain competitive in the trucking industry, companies frequently push their drivers to take on more routes while ignoring federal and state trucking laws. Trucking companies can be liable for the negligent conduct they encourage in their drivers.
- Truck manufacturers and designers: Under product liability law, any business engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution or sale of trucks may be liable for injuries suffered in a trucking accident.
- Truck repair companies: Some trucking companies hire third parties to repair and maintain their trucks. These companies may also be liable for your injuries. Given the fact that semi trucks travel tens of thousands of miles every year, failing to maintain them properly can lead to serious problems on the road.
Learn more about the causes of truck accidents and holding negligent parties accountable by viewing the Who's At Fault? section of our website.
Insurance Companies And Trucking Accidents: What You Need To Know
Truck accident cases are complicated by the fact that as soon as the trucking company learns that one of its trucks has been in an accident, it will notify its insurance carrier and that carrier will immediately send a team of investigators and attorneys into action. These professionals will gather evidence that will be used in an attempt to deny or minimize any claim that you file. Because of this, if you do not obtain counsel and get help as soon as possible, it can be difficult to hold the trucking company and truck driver accountable. It can also be tough to get the compensation you need to pay for your medical care, car repairs, lost wages, long-term care and other damages.
The bottom line: The sooner you contact an attorney, the better. The trucking company and its insurance carrier will have someone working for them, and so should you.