If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, tractor trailer, or other commercial vehicle, the Chicago attorneys at Malman Law will fight for maximum compensation.
Commercial truck drivers are required to undergo special training, and trucking and shipping companies are supposed to exercise care to avoid putting dangerous trucks on the roads. Unfortunately, neither of these prevents numerous unsuspecting drivers in the Chicagoland area from suffering life-changing injuries in truck accidents every year. Despite laws designed to protect the public, in recent years, the number of truck accident fatalities has actually been on the rise.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, it is important to stand up for your legal rights. The bills will begin to pile up quickly, and your injuries or loss will affect your life in ways you could not have previously imagined. In order to receive the compensation you deserve – and to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions – you need to take action now.
Common Causes of Serious Truck Accidents
There are numerous potential causes of truck accidents, all of which may entitle you to significant financial compensation. Some of the most common causes of serious truck accidents include:
With truck drivers spending thousands of hours each year driving on interstates and highways, many turn to non-driving activities to help pass the time. Talking on the phone, texting, and even watching movies on mobile devices are all common distractions that frequently lead to dangerous collisions. Reading routes, filling out paperwork, and other job-related tasks can also take truck drivers’ eyes and minds off of the road.
Drunk Driving and Drugged Driving
Whether due to boredom, dependency, or just plain poor decision-making, many truck drivers also use alcohol and drugs behind the wheel. Alcohol, over-the-counter cold medications, and illegal drugs can all significantly impair truck drivers’ cognition and reaction times, making them more likely to cause serious accidents.
Driver Fatigue and Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel
The more miles truck drivers log, the more they get paid. Additionally, trucking and shipping companies often operate on tight deadlines, and as a result pressure their drivers to spend more time than they should behind the wheel. Despite strict federal regulations that limit the number of hours truckers can drive, many drivers regularly exceed the maximum time allowed.
Lack of Driver Training
All commercial truck drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), and different trucks have different training requirements. Driving a truck that is 70 feet long and weighs 40 tons requires skill, and trucking companies should only hire drivers who have adequately demonstrated that they are equipped to do the job. Unfortunately, whether due to a limited applicant pool or a desire to pay a minimum wage, companies often hire drivers who simply are not ready to hit the road.
Even experienced drivers can make mistakes. Speeding, merging into an approaching vehicle, turning too sharply, and other errors are all common causes of major collisions.
Faulty Truck Design
Trucks that carry up to 80,000 pounds must be carefully engineered and built by expert manufacturers. Faulty truck designs and errors during the manufacturing process can result in trucks rolling off of the assembly line that are not safe for use on the road.
Improper Truck Maintenance
Along with design and manufacturing errors, improper maintenance can also lead to trucks being unfit for highway use. Owner-operators and trucking companies are required to make sure that their tires, brakes, safety equipment, and other parts and components are all maintained in good working order.
Cargo Loading Errors
Cargo loading errors include loading trucks with more weight than they are rated to handle and failing to adequately secure loose cargo. Shifting cargo can cause drivers to lose control, and loose cargo that falls off of a truck creates a life-threatening situation for other drivers and passengers.
Stand Up for Your Right to Just Compensation
At Malman Law, we have represented numerous truck accident victims since opening our doors in 1994. We have the experience necessary to handle complex truck accident cases, and we are committed to ensuring that our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries and losses. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident in the Chicagoland area, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident, and then we will aggressively pursue claims against all of the responsible parties.
Schedule a Free Consultation about Your Chicago Truck Accident Case
To learn more about seeking compensation for injuries sustained in a truck accident, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Zero Fee Guarantee means you only pay if we help you secure a settlement or verdict, and if you are unable to travel, one of our attorneys will gladly come to you. Call (888) 247-2160 or contact us online to get started today.