Chicago Truck Accident Lawyer

A Chicago truck accident lawyer from Malman Law will fight for maximum compensation.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, tractor trailer, or other commercial vehicle, a Chicago truck accident attorney at Malman Law will fight for maximum compensation:
  • We have recovered over 400 million for many of our clients and their loved ones.
  • We have more than 25 years of legal service in Chicago.
  • No fee unless you win—We come honest from day one. Our goal is to ensure fair compensation for you.
  • Malman Law wins 95% of its cases, including truck accident cases.
  • We have won 15 million from vehicle accident cases, including truck accidents in the Chicago area.
  • Steve Malman has handled over 25,000 cases successfully and collected hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. He has been instrumental in obtaining multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements from personal injury cases, including truck accidents.

What Kind Of Injuries Can You Sustain From A Truck Accident?

Truck accidents are often severe, and you may suffer terrible injuries. Some of the most common ones are:

Back And Neck Injuries

Many truck crash victims suffer whiplash, disc injuries, sprained muscles, and worse. Even a minor neck and back injury can make it difficult to work, enjoy life, and do daily activities you enjoy.


Trucks carry at least 100 gallons of fuel, and a crash can ignite it. Plus, many trucks carry huge quantities of fuel or hazardous chemicals. As a result, you could suffer severe burns that devastate you for life.

Internal Injuries

Blunt trauma from a truck crash can cause damage to the intestines, stomach, liver, pancreas, and kidneys.

Broken Bones

A truck crash is powerful; many victims have broken arms, legs, hips, fingers, collarbones, and more.

Head Injuries

Some accident victims suffer from concussions. Signs of a concussion include vision issues, confusion, and memory loss. Even if a concussion is minor, it can take months to recover.

Rib Injuries

While many rib injuries are not life-threatening, they are severely painful. For example, you may have months of pain from broken or fractured ribs. All suffered injuries in a truck accident case have to be studied by a Chicago truck accident lawyer.

How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help?

If you were involved in a trucking accident in Chicago, it is essential that you contact a truck accident attorney immediately. Your attorney can ensure that no crucial evidence “disappears” following your accident and that you are not bullied by a large trucking corporation and its army of lawyers. Highly skilled truck accident attorneys can additionally do the following for the victims:

  1. Interview witnesses and get statements from those witnesses soon after the accident
  2. Secure all evidence related to the truck accident, and ensure that the black box evidence is properly preserved
  3. Subpoena the trucking company’s safety and personnel records of the driver
  4. Bring in experts to recreate the accident or the scene of the accident
  5. Obtain all maintenance records related to the truck involved in your accident
  6. Determine whether there were violations of federal or Illinois state laws concerning driving regulations
  7. Discover any past history of trucking company violations
  8. Secure and review the police reports pertaining to your trucking accident
  9. Thoroughly review your medical records, interview medical personnel when necessary in order to build a solid case on your behalf
  10. Secure the driver’s log books in order to determine whether the driver had driven more than the allowable hours.

Truck Accident Statistics

According to a recent study, there were 22,000 tractor-trailer accidents in Illinois in a recent year. Below are more startling truck accident statistics for the state and country-wide:

  • There were 1,337 accidents with trucks in Illinois work zones. Of those accidents, 837 had a semi-trailer attached.
  • Large trucks are involved in 9% of fatal crashes in the US.
  • Most fatal truck wrecks happen in rural regions during the day.
  • 4,014 people died across the US in truck accidents in 2020. 16 percent of those who didn’t survive were truckers, whereas 67 percent were drivers and passengers of regular cars and SUVs, and 15 percent were bikers and pedestrians.
  • The number of fatal truck accidents dropped 8% in 2020 across the US.
  • Tire defects are responsible for about one-third of truck accidents.

Also, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that:

  • Of two-vehicle collisions that year, 97 percent of those who did not survive the crash were occupying the smaller vehicle (not the truck drivers).
  • Commercial truck drivers can legally be behind the wheel for 11 hours straight without stopping, according to federal regulations.
  • Over the past ten years, the number of people killed in semi-truck crashes rose by 1/3.
  • Tractor-trailers (a.k.a. semi-trucks) cause 3/4 of big truck accidents. Single-unit trucks, like delivery vehicles without trailers, cause about 1/4 of those crashes by comparison.
  • A fully-loaded semi-truck can take up to 40 percent longer to reach a full stop than a passenger vehicle. If the roadway is wet or icy, that figure is even greater. Poorly maintained brakes on commercial vehicles can also be a factor contributing to longer stop times.
  • The most dangerous roads when it comes to truck accidents are highways and main thoroughfares. These types of roads account for more than half of truck crashes. 34 percent of truck crashes in a year were on freeways, and 15 percent were on side streets.

What Compensation Are You Entitled To In A Truck Crash Lawsuit in Chicago?

Some compensation you could receive includes

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Loss of the ability to earn a living
  • Property damage, including vehicle repair or replacement
  • Additional costs your auto and health insurance will not cover

The amount of compensation you can receive in a truck crash case depends on the severity of the injuries. Therefore, selecting a skilled and experienced litigator to represent you is important. In addition, the threat of an expensive lawsuit can motivate many insurance companies to offer a fair settlement.

How Truck Accident Damages Are Calculated

There are two types of damages in personal injury cases: economic and non-economic. Economic damages refer to your countable losses for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Out-of-pocket expenses, such as prescription and doctor visit copays

Non-economic damages are for pain and suffering and mental anguish. Again, your attorney will know what a case is worth. Also, licensed attorneys can access settlement and verdict databases in your area to see what is being awarded in similar cases.

Some insurance companies may use a multiplier between 1-5 to pay pain and suffering damages. That number is multiplied by your economic damages. However, many insurance companies do not use this system anymore.

What Proof Is Needed For A Truck Crash Lawsuit in Chicago

Winning a truck accident lawsuit means proving that the driver, his company, or another entity was negligent. This requires proving duty of care, the duty was violated, and you suffered injuries and damages.

Commercial trucking companies are required by state and federal law to keep extensive records that can be used to establish liability in court. For example, a truck company must keep updated maintenance records for every vehicle. They also must have records of alcohol or drug abuse by their truckers.

You will almost certainly hire an attorney to represent you after a truck crash. However, there are important actions you can take before your attorney gets involved:

  1. Document as much crash scene evidence as possible. Take photos of all vehicle positions, up close and distant shots of every vehicle, and photos of the overall collision scene. Law enforcement will move the damaged cars, so getting these images is essential.
  2. Take photos of your injuries if you are able.
  3. Get eyewitness contact information and statements, if possible.
  4. Go to the doctor immediately. Delaying to get medical attention even one day can compromise your claim.
  5. Do not talk to any truck company insurance company directly. Only communicate with them through your attorney.

The tractor-trailer driver may be blamed for the crash. But a unique aspect of commercial vehicle accidents is there may be other liable parties. For example, the truck company could be responsible if their training and maintenance were not good enough.

Your truck accident attorney may explore the driver’s history and logs. If he was driving too long against federal law, this could be the basis for a lawsuit. The attorney will need to show that the trucker was driving for the company at the time of the accident. The Chicago truck accident lawyer working on your case must look into the trucker’s contract and duties if the driver is independent.

Causes of Truck Accidents in Illinois

Not long ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the rule that allows truck drivers to drive eleven hours at a stretch, as opposed to the ten hours that safety groups – as well as many drivers – advocated for. If you have ever taken a long trip, you know how difficult it is to remain alert after driving for eleven hours straight. Truck drivers do this on a daily basis. As a result, nearly half of all truck drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once within the previous twelve months, and 65 percent admit to being chronically over-fatigued while driving. In light of the fact that approximately 4,000 people are killed annually in trucking accidents, with another 100,000 being seriously injured, many are questioning the Court’s decision to allow truckers to continue to drive such long, uninterrupted hours. Even with the allowable eleven-hour limits, tight deadlines and slim paychecks lead many drivers to exceed those rules. Since a large number of fatal truck accidents can be tied to an overly fatigued truck driver, it appears that the economic profits of the trucking industry are being given more importance than the safety of the American public. There are a number of causes of trucking accidents, however, some of the more common causes include:

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Frequently Asked Questions Our Truck Accident Lawyers Get

Answers to some of the most common personal injury questions we’re asked.

How Much Does A Truck Accident Lawyer Cost in Chicago?

It is understandable if you are reluctant to hire an attorney when you’re hurt in a truck accident. Our truck crash attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay unless you receive a settlement or award at trial. You will not have to pay money upfront to engage our services.

Should I Settle My Truck Accident Case?

Many vehicle accident cases end in a settlement. Your attorney will not recommend you settle unless a fair offer is on the table. Truck accidents usually involve severe injuries. You could have months of recovery in front of you. Therefore, it’s important that you receive enough money in a settlement to get back on your feet.

Can I Sue The Trucking Company?

Drivers of 18-wheelers and most other large trucks are required to take special training courses in order to operate their trucks. Whether or not the trucking company could be named as a defendant in a Chicago truck accident will largely depend on:

  • Whether the driver was an actual employee of the trucking company. Some trucking companies hire employees. Other trucking companies contract with owner-operators. An owner-operator is someone who owns the own truck. They provide delivery for the trucking company and the trucking company pays them for it. However, they are not an employee of the trucking company.
  • Legal liability. This is tied to the last point. It must be proven that there was a relationship, such as an employer and employee, that asserts that the trucking company had some sort of legal authority over their driver. In the instance of an owner-operator involved in a truck accident in Chicago, the legal liability toward the trucking company may not exist. However, in some instances, it still may be possible. It’s important to speak with a Chicago accident attorney at Malman Law if you’re involved in an accident of this nature. Call us for your free consultation.

I Was Hurt in a Truck Accident in Chicago. What Kind of Compensation Can I get?

Compensation for a truck accident in Chicago can vary from case to case. This is because each case has its own specific facts. What happened, how it happened, and how you were affected all play important factors in determining compensation. Truck accidents in Chicago fall under personal injury law, which is based on negligence. You may be eligible to receive compensatory damages, money for your medical expenses, money for future medical expenses, and lost wages. There are other types of monetary damages that you may be able to receive, but as noted, every case is different. To have your case evaluated, call Malman Law now for your free consultation.

How Much Is My Truck Accident Worth?

You may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages from your tractor-trailer accident. Economic damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Physical therapy
  • Other out-of-pocket costs, such as medications and co-pays

Non-economic damages usually refer to the pain and suffering from the accident. How much should you get for pain and suffering? Unfortunately, there is no precise formula to decide how much you should receive.