Truck accidents can involve semis, tractor-trailers, “18 wheelers”, garbage trucks, delivery trucks, dump trucks, moving trucks, car carriers, and other large commercial vehicles. Due to their size and weight, as seen in various lawsuits and media accounts truck accidents can be particularly harmful to other road users.
Truck accident injuries range from minor injuries to serious injuries, and possible fatalities. Truck accidents can cause those injured to incur a variety of bills and expenses that can be very high, especially if long-term medical care is required.
Illinois Truck Accident Statistics
As seen in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) “2012 Illinois Crash Facts And Statistics” as seen on page 48 in the year 2012 there were 9739 total tractor-trailer crashes, of which 1633 involved injuries and 81 involved fatalities.
Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Equipment malfunction
- Improper truck loading
- Improper truck maintenance
- Poor road conditions
- Poor weather conditions
- Truck driver error
- Truck driver fatigue
The last reason, truck driver fatigue, is particularly notable as a number of recent fatal Illinois truck accidents allegedly have been caused by truck drivers who were fatigued from driving trucks for prolonged periods of time.
Should You Be Injured In An Illinois Truck Accident
Should you be injured in a Chicago area truck accident or a truck accident elsewhere in Illinois, there are a variety of steps you should take to both protect your health and your legal rights, including your potential for monetary recovery. It is very important that you get a thorough medical check after a truck accident, even if you think you are not injured. The reason for this is that many injuries – some very serious – may not be immediately apparent soon after the accident. The post titled “Getting A Medical Check-Up Following A Vehicle Accident” further discusses this topic.
From a legal perspective, it is highly beneficial to talk with an Illinois personal injury lawyer soon after a truck accident, as those injured will want to protect their rights and follow various recommended steps for legal reasons.
Should you be injured in a truck accident, call Tony Elman at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the accident and injuries, and to see what legal actions may be taken. This legal consultation is provided free and is confidential in nature.
Elman Joseph Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…you will not be charged legal fees unless and until there is a monetary recovery.
Elman Joseph Law Group has been handling Illinois personal injury cases for over 20 years. During this time we have established a reputation for our court trial performance. This capability is valuable, because if an attractive settlement is not offered, we have the proven capability to pursue and attain favorable court verdicts.