Personal Injury Lawyers in Wheaton, Illinois
If you or a family member was hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck or 18-wheeler, you may be shocked by how quickly the defense attorneys descend to defend the trucking company, the truck driver, and any other potentially responsible party.
Commercial trucks are a major cause of serious accidents on our roads and highways, including I-70. To protect their own bottom lines and financial profitability, trucking companies aggressively defend themselves against compensation claims after accidents.
Just as the trucking companies protect themselves with assistance from able defense lawyers, so too should you make sure your interests are protected in the aftermath of a truck accident.
Whether you suffered the injuries or you are seeking legal advice on behalf of a seriously injured family member, we encourage you to consider the Wheaton personal injury and wrongful death law firm of Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered. Our law firm has a 30-year history of fighting for good results for our clients by using good judgment, a protective attitude, and thorough knowledge of the applicable laws.
Identifying All Liable Parties After a Truck Accident
In truck accident cases, we take quick action to identify all possible sources of financial compensation. These sources may include the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the tractor, the owner of the trailer, the shop that maintained the vehicle, and the company that trained the driver.
Because truck accidents often result in horrific — if not fatal — injuries, identifying all possible sources of compensation is a critically important step. We work to find enough sources of insurance coverage to ensure that every medical and vocational need of our client is completely met.
Potential Causes of Truck Accidents
We will conduct a thorough investigation, with the help of engineers and accident reconstructionists when necessary, to determine what caused the accident. Common causes of semi-trailer wrecks include:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver intoxication
- Distracted driving
- Changing lanes or merging improperly
- Unsafe passing
- Aggressive driving
- Improper loading
- Lack of maintenance
- Defective brakes
- Tire tread separation
- Insufficient training
We will obtain copies of the driver’s log books as well as the data from the truck’s black box recorder and satellite tracking system. We will find and interview witnesses, take photographs of the crash scene, and bring in an accident reconstructionist in some cases to pinpoint exactly what caused the accident.
Pursuing the Maximum Possible Recovery in Truck Accident Cases
Our attorneys are familiar with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations of the trucking industry and use this information to our clients’ advantage. If a truck or its driver is in violation of state or federal regulations, we may be able to seek punitive damages in addition to compensation for our clients’ pain and suffering, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and property damage.
Contact Our Law Firm in Wheaton, Illinois
If you have been injured, or if a member of your family sustained a fatal injury in a collision with a large truck of any kind, please contact our law firm for experienced legal representation. The initial consultation is free, and you will pay no attorney fees unless and until we recover money damages in your truck accident claim.
A History of Results
We won $1.9 million for a woman who was injured in a head-on collision with a construction company truck that had crossed the center line.