Truck Accident FAQ

Knowledgeable Attorneys Answer FAQs on Illinois Truck Accidents

Reliable advice from experienced injury lawyers

Because of the weight and size of commercial trucks, the damage that they can cause in an accident is often catastrophic. That is why it is important to know what to do if you get into a trucking accident. At Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd., we have more than 75 years of experience handling accident cases. We passionately advocate on behalf of Illinois injury victims, getting you the compensation you deserve after an accident. We believe that it is important to be prepared for your claim, which is why we answered some of your frequently asked questions about trucking accidents:

Common questions after a truck accident

The aftermath of a car or truck accident can be chaotic, and it can be difficult to think clearly. After taking a few deep breaths and making sure everyone is safe, it’s important to assess the situation and act quickly.

To learn more about truck accidents in Illinois, consult with our experienced attorneys today.

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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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