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Rockford Personal Injury Lawyers Assist Victims of Truck Accidents

Seasoned Illinois attorneys seek maximum compensation for truck accident victims

While any motor vehicle accident can result in injury, accidents involving commercial trucks can be particularly devastating. The sheer weight and size of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers elevate the potential for fatal damage — and the tenacity and resources of trucking companies mean they’ll protect themselves at any cost. At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., our trucking accident attorneys have spent more than seven decades advocating for the rights of Rockford citizens injured in truck accidents. From analyzing the evidence to maximizing the impact of your case with field expert testimony, our lawyers leave no stone unturned when optimizing your claim. Aggressive and fearless in resolving your case, Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. is the Illinois name you can trust for the compensation you deserve.

Tireless litigators who know how trucking companies build their cases

In recent years, the trucking industry has become increasingly deregulated. As these regulations are lifted, trucking companies push their drivers to drive faster and shorten delivery times. The result is often overworked truck drivers suffering from sleep deprivation and driver fatigue — putting the lives of other drivers, especially those in passenger cars, in danger. No matter who or what caused a truck accident, the trucking companies start their own investigations within minutes. They send investigators and insurance adjusters to the scene and collect only the evidence that favors their defense. That’s why, following a truck accident, you need attorneys whose powerful resources and determined advocacy can match those of the trucking companies. Our Rockford personal injury attorneys have both the skill and experience to successfully resolve your truck accident claim.

Have you been in a trucking accident due to driver or trucking company negligence?

Whether you’re injured in a rear-end collision, rollover, or hit-and-run accident due to driver fatigue or improper truck loading, our experienced truck accident attorneys can help. We leverage knowledge gained from experts in the field and witness testimony to craft an aggressive strategy for your case.

As an experienced truck accident law firm, Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. works hard to prove the trucking company or driver was at fault due to one or more of the following factors:

  • Driver error. Of all the causes of trucking accidents, driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of a crash than any other factor, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Usually the result of fatigue, common truck-driver errors include distraction, intoxication, and general inattention.
  • Equipment failure. The second-most common cause of trucking accidents is equipment failure, which includes inadequate reflectors, insufficiently maintained brakes or tires, and otherwise ignored FMCSA equipment guidelines.
  • Overloaded trucks. Many truck accidents result from overloaded trucks or improperly loaded cargo. Items such as falling logs, pipes, and appliances present serious hazards to other drivers when a truck’s load is overweight or imbalanced.

Contact a Rockford Attorney who is Unafraid of the Trucking Companies

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a trucking accident due to driver or trucking company negligence, you deserve a settlement that fully compensates you for your pain and suffering. The attorneys at Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd. can help. Call us at 815.398.9700 or contact us online for your free consultation. We serve clients in our Rockford and Streator offices.

What is a commercial truck?

A commercial vehicle is any type of motor vehicle that is used for transporting goods or passengers. Commercial trucks are classified based on weight. Semi-trucks, 18 wheelers and tractor-trailers are all examples of commercial trucks.

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Are commercial truck drivers required to have a special license?

Because of the skill required to drive a commercial truck, drivers must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In order to obtain a CDL, applicants must demonstrate their knowledge and skill. Depending on the type of vehicle they are driving, a special endorsement may be required.

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What should I do after a trucking accident?

Immediately following a truck accident, you should get medical assistance and contact the police. Request a copy of the police report because it can help you later if you decided to pursue a claim. Do not admit to any sort of fault for the accident. If applicable, get the contact information of any witnesses. Then, contact an experienced attorney to learn about your options.

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What are the most common causes of trucking accidents?

The most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Faulty vehicles
  • Inadequately maintained vehicles
  • Improper loading

It is also important for people driving cars and other motor vehicles to be aware of trucks and not cut them off or drive too closely. This can help prevent accidents from occurring.

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What kind of damages can I recover after a truck accident?

After an accident, you may be able to receive damages for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished employment opportunities
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the maximum recovery to which you are entitled.

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Who can be held liable?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, there are many different people or entities that can be held liable, including:

  • Truck driver
  • Truck owner
  • Parts manufacturer
  • Shipper or loader of the truck’s cargo

Determining which parties to name in a lawsuit is an important step that could influence the ultimate result.

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Should I contact an attorney if I am injured by a truck?

Yes. An experienced attorney can help you through the legal process. We guide you through the steps to take after an accident, help you determine the cause and who is at fault, and fight on your behalf in your injury claim.

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