A few moments is all it takes for a catastrophic accident to occur in Illinois. Truck accidents in particular can be especially devastating when smaller passenger vehicles are involved. Unfortunately, common causes of accidents with 18-wheelers can include fatigued or negligent drivers.
Truck drivers are required by law to adhere to certain protocols for both their safety and the safety of those with whom they share the road. However, it’s not uncommon for some truck drivers to stay behind the wheel for much longer and farther than they were permitted. Fatigued drivers, or the trucking company itself, may even alter driving logs in order to circumvent the restrictions placed on drivers.
In some instances, drivers may not have been given the training necessary to understand what the proper load is for their vehicle. Overloaded 18-wheelers can present a serious safety risk, as the heavier the truck, the longer it takes to stop. With a tired driver behind the wheel of a too-heavy truck, an accident may ultimately be unavoidable.
Truck accidents can have a far deeper impact on a victim’s life than just physical injuries. While pain and suffering is usually a serious concern for Illinois victims, they may also have to grapple with overwhelming medical bills, lost wages and emotional injuries related to the accident. Most victims simply want to recover and move on with their lives, but in many cases, legal recourse may be necessary. We know that the trucking and insurance companies will do what they can to deny your claim, and our years of experience gives us the knowledge necessary to fight back on behalf of our clients and their families.