Chicago Truck Accidents Due to DUI
A commercial truck with an intoxicated driver behind the wheel is like a highway missile with a defective guidance system. Since an 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, the potential damage is immense. When an accident happens, the victim’s life is turned upside down – if he even lives to tell about it.
Nobody can turn back time and undo your accident. The Chicago legal system can, however, compensate you as far as money is able to accomplish this purpose. The trick is to successfully navigate the system either in court or (preferably) at the negotiating table. That’s OK, because navigating the system and preparing difficult-to-refute cases are what we do every day.
Ordinary compensation for a serious personal injury can be substantial. Punitive damages can be awarded in addition to ordinary compensation if you qualify. Illinois allows punitive damages in DUI accidents, excluding wrongful death claims, if the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at least 0.15 (0.08 is the legal limit).
No matter how clear-cut your claim is, you’re still going to have to deal with the details of Illinois personal injury law and procedure – either by winning a lawsuit or by bargaining “in the shadow of the law” for a private settlement. That inevitability should not intimidate you as long has you retain a lawyer with proven results.
- Nearly a quarter of a century practicing only personal injury law
- Over 15,000 winning clients have won over $200,000,000
- A 95 percent success rate
- A 95 percent settlement rate (only five percent of our clients go to trial, and they usually win there)
At Malman Law, the numbers speak for themselves.
Testimonial from a Satisfied Client
“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 of the types of truck accident claims we frequently handle:
- Truck Accidents Due to Distracted Driving
- Truck Accidents Due to Driver Fatigue
- Truck Accidents Due to Driver Error
- Truck Accidents Due to Faulty Truck Design
- Back and Neck Injuries From Truck Accidents
- Broken Bones From Truck Accidents
- Head Injuries From Truck Accidents
- Lacerations From Truck Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis From Truck Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The truck driver who hit me had no liability insurance. Can I sue the bar that served him alcohol?
Maybe, if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident and the bar’s act of serving him alcohol contributed to that intoxication. As of January 20, 2018, the liability limit was $84,061.21. Please note that social hosts (private party hosts, for example) are generally not liable unless the driver was under 21.
How much liability insurance do commercial truckers carry?
Commercial truckers must carry liability insurance with the following minimum policy limits if the truck’s gross weight is at least 10,000 pounds:
- $750,000 in most cases;
- $1,000,000 if the truck is carrying hazardous materials (gasoline, for example); and
- $5,000,000 if the truck is carrying explosives.
What does a truck’s “black box” do?
A commercial truck’s “black box” (Electronic Control Module) works like a simplified version of a commercial aircraft’s black box. Its data can be used to reconstruct an accident and determine who was at fault.
Can I still win a civil claim if the defendant was acquitted of DUI in criminal court?
Victory is still possible for two reasons:
(i) The driver might still have been negligent even if he was not legally drunk
(ii) The burden of proof for a civil claim is much lower than it is for a criminal conviction.
Our Fees Are Zero Unless You Win
At Malman Law, we don’t play “billable hours” games with you. Our fees are calculated as a percentage of the amount you win – and any percentage of zero is zero. You will owe us nothing until your money arrives. We only win if you win too, and that’s just the way we like it.
Take Decisive Action Immediately
The sooner you get started pursuing your claim, the greater your chances of victory will be. Call Malman Law 24/7 at 1-888-836-5975 or complete our online contact form, and we will schedule a free consultation to discuss your options. We can even meet you in the hospital or at your home if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office.