Truck drivers are often in a hurry to get to their final destinations. In some instances, they make more money when they are able to drive fast and deliver their cargo to its final destination sooner rather than later. However, when the drivers of large trucks speed or operate their vehicles too fast for road or weather conditions, they have the potential to put other drivers on the road at risk.
When a large truck, tractor-trailer, or big rig collides with a smaller vehicle, a serious accident accompanied by equally serious injuries can result. If you have suffered injuries in an accident that was caused by a speeding large truck, you might be entitled to recover monetary compensation for your injuries. The experienced car accident lawyers at Malman Law can help you pursue and recover the compensation that you deserve. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online for assistance handling your truck accident claim or lawsuit.
Truck Speed Limits
Special truck speed limits are in place on certain roads for a reason. Because of their large size and weight, large trucks must usually operate at slower speeds on highways than smaller vehicles. However, that does not always happen, as truck drivers often have a financial incentive to drive quickly to their final destinations.
Unfortunately, truck drivers who speed can pose a serious risk to other drivers on the roadway. When a large truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle at a high rate of speed, the smaller vehicle could spin around, turn over, or collide with other vehicles, resulting in serious injuries for everyone involved. Injuries suffered in a serious truck accident could include broken bones, fractures, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even death, in the worst-case scenario.
Suing the Truck Driver and/or the Trucking Company
In order to file a claim or lawsuit against a negligent truck driver who was speeding, you must be able to show that the driver exceeded the speed limit, causing the accident that brought about your injuries and damages. In addition to filing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against the truck driver, you might also be able to file suit against the trucking company, if that company employs the truck driver who caused your accident. If the truck driver has a bad driving record, you might also be able to sue the trucking company for negligent hiring or retention of the problematic truck driver.
Depending upon the injuries that you suffered in your accident, you might be able to recover compensation for your medical treatment bills, lost earnings, mental distress, loss of use of a body part, loss of earning capacity, and/or loss of spousal companionship.
Speak to an Experienced Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a negligent truck driver who was speeding, call the knowledgeable attorneys at Malman Law today. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago car accident lawyer, please call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to find out more about how we could help.