Lawyers for Victims Injured By Speeding Truck Drivers in Cook County and Kane County
Driving faster than the posted speed limit is an extremely common and very dangerous driving habit. Speeding is a choice that places not only the driver in danger but the vehicle’s passengers and those in other cars and trucks as well. Higher speeds bring an increased chance of injury in the event of a crash, and federal agencies estimate that about one in three fatal accidentsnationwide involved at least one driver who was speeding.
Speeding is an even bigger problem when the vehicle in question is a large truck. A commercial tractor-trailer combination can exceed 70 feet long and weigh in excess of 40 tons. The momentum that a speeding truck generates is almost unimaginable, and crashes can have catastrophic results. If you have been injured in a speeding truck accident, the team at Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered can help you seek compensation.
Kane County Injury Attorneys You Can Trust
The personal injury lawyers at our firm have more than 100 years of combined legal experience. We have helped injured victims recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including many who were hurt in accidents with speeding trucks. Our team understands the importance of acting quickly so that important evidence can be preserved. We will review logs, driver histories, maintenance records, and event data recorder (EDR) information to find anything and everything that could be used in building your case for recovery.
Determining Liability for a Speeding Truck Accident
There are many reasons that a truck driver may choose to exceed the speed limit. In some situations, the driver may be distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In others, the driver may believe that speeding is the only way to meet unrealistic deadlines or bonus benchmarks set by a trucking company or contractor.
The reason behind the speeding could affect which party or parties may share in the liability for an accident. If a driver, for example, was merely speeding to keep up with the flow of traffic or because he or she was distracted by a cell phone, the driver would probably assume most of the responsibility for a crash. If, however, the driver’s employer offered cash bonuses for meeting otherwise impossible deadlines, the employer might also share responsibility for any injuries.
At Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, we understand that truck accidents are often more complex than “regular” car accidents. There are often several companies and their respective insurance carriers involved, even if there was only one truck in the accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation of the crash so that we can identify all potentially liable parties and work to hold them accountable.
Call 630-462-1980 Today
If you or someone you love has been injured by a speeding truck, contact our office. Call 630-462-1980 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. There are no upfront fees, and we only charge if you collect compensation. Our firm serves victims and their families in Wheaton, DuPage County, Kane County, Will County, Cook County, and the greater Chicago area.