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Rockford 18-Wheeler Accident Attorney

Residents of Rockford must share the road with 18-wheelers, also known as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. Unfortunately, these huge vehicles are sometimes involved in accidents and when they are, they cause some of the most severe injuries. Accident victims can file a claim to recover compensation for the damages they incurred, but these claims are extremely complicated. A Rockford 18-wheeler accident attorney can help you overcome the challenges these claims present so you obtain the fair settlement you deserve.

Statistics on 18-Wheeler Accidents

It is easy to determine how common 18-wheeler accidents are, and the serious nature of these crashes, just by a quick glance at some alarming statistics. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2018, semi-trailer accidents resulted in:

  • 122 fatal crashes
  • 2,235 injuries
  • 13,071 total accidents
  • 19 vehicle occupants lost their lives
  • 120 vehicle occupants sustained A-injuries, which are injuries that prevent a person from walking, driving, and otherwise functioning in the manner they did before the crash

After an 18-wheeler accident, accident victims and their families are sometimes never the same. While compensation cannot undo the crash, it can help offset the financial burden these accidents place on families.

How are Truck Accidents Different?

Many people think that filing a claim after an 18-wheeler accident is similar to filing an accident claim involving two smaller vehicles. This is not the case. Truck accident cases vastly differ from car accident claims. A few of the differences are as follows:

  • The injuries are more serious: In Illinois, trucks are allowed to weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. This is much heavier than other types of vehicles and so, when an 18-wheeler crashes into a smaller vehicle, it will result in much more serious injuries.
  • The laws are different: Most motorists know the rules of the road and can identify when another driver has violated those laws. Trucks are regulated by both state and federal law though, and many people are not familiar with the laws that apply specifically to trucks.
  • Multiple liable parties: When two small vehicles are in a crash, typically one of the drivers is at fault. Liability in a truck accident claim can lie with the truck driver, the trucking company, the maintenance, inspection, or loading company, and even the manufacturer of the truck.
  • Insurance companies are more aggressive: Insurance companies are always zealous about retaining their profits by denying or reducing claims. The insurance companies that protect trucking companies are even more aggressive and more difficult.

It is for all of the above reasons that you should always speak to a Rockford 18-wheeler accident attorney after an accident.

Call Our Illinois Truck Accident Lawyers After a Crash

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our Rockford 18-wheeler accident attorneys are here to help. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., we know how to determine who was liable for your crash and how to help you secure the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.

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