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Chicago Accidents Caused by Improper Truck Maintenance

Malman Law. Premier Personal Injury Attorneys

Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Improper Truck Maintainence Causing Accidents in Chicago

truck accident maintenance neglect - truck picA large truck can behave like a highway missile when the driver loses control, and the devastation can make the scene of the accident look like the scene of a war zone. Many truck accidents, unfortunately, result from completely avoidable causes such as improper maintenance. If you were injured in such a crash, it’s time to fight back and contact a truck accident attorney at Malman Law.

Employees, Independent Contractors, and Liability

Since most truck drivers are independent contractors rather than employees of the trucking companies they work for, it is generally impossible to win a claim against a trucking company for the negligence of the driver. An accident caused by improper truck maintenance is different, however, because it may be possible to win a claim directly against the trucking company.

Trucking companies are required by federal regulations to maintain their vehicles. Failure to do so can trigger liability for an accident, regardless of whether the driver was an employee or an independent contractor. Maintenance is the responsibility of the trucking company if it owned or leased the truck involved in the accident. The truck driver might also be jointly liable.

Going to Court Is the Last Resort

Achieving an out-of-court settlement is almost always better than slugging it out in court. And settlement will be our aim from the beginning. In fact, over 90 percent of our clients end up bringing home a negotiated settlement. Once in awhile, though, the opposing party is stubborn and we have to go to court. Fortunately, our track record proves we know how to win there.

Client Testimonial

“Two years ago, I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet.” – Malman Law Client

Some of Our Related Practice Areas

The following are a few examples of truck accident claims we frequently handle:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are my legal options if my spouse died in a trucking accident caused by faulty maintenance?

Illinois allows the personal representative of the deceased victim’s probate estate (typically a close relative named in the will or appointed by the probate court) to file a lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of the victim’s surviving spouse and next of kin. Amounts can be very substantial.

What is “negligence per se” and how can it help me win?

“Negligence per se” is a finding of negligence based on the defendant’s violation of a safety law. Once you prove the defendant violated a safety regulation (by failing to perform maintenance, for example), the court will consider your proof prima facie evidence of negligence. This requires the defendant to prove he was not negligent, typically an impossible task.

Can I also claim against the manufacturer of my automobile if my airbags failed to deploy?

Yes, if the airbags were in “defective condition and unreasonably dangerous” and if their failure to deploy worsened your injuries. Your airbags might have suffered:

  • A manufacturing defect;

  • A design defect; or

  • Inadequate product warnings.

What is a commercial truck’s “black box”?

A commercial truck’s “black box” or Event Data Recorder records information about the trucker’s journey. This information might include:

  • Speed

  • Braking status

  • Cruise control status

  • Lane departure warning events

You can generally compel the defendant to turn over the black box once a lawsuit has been filed, and it can be used as evidence.

We Charge No Upfront Fees – and Our Services Are Free Unless You Win

At Malman Law, there is no such thing as billable hours. Here, we charge by results. You will owe us nothing up front (and not a dime ever) unless you receive compensation for your claim. Our fee structure is set up so that, in effect, it is the opposing party who pays your legal bills – not you. So if even you’re suffering financially, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Let Us Make It Happen for You

If you were injured in a Chicagoland accident that you believe may have been caused by faulty truck maintenance, there is no time like the present to get started pursuing your claim. Call us today at 1-888-836-5975 or simply fill in our online contact form, and we will schedule you a free initial case consultation to discuss your Chicago Accident was Caused by Improper Truck Maintenance. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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