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How to Secure Injury Compensation as a Truck Accident Victim

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Will County truck accident injury lawyerWith more than two million commercial trucks in the United States and the intense physical and mental demands of the truck driving profession, trucking accidents are a common occurrence on our roadways. Because semi-trucks weigh 20 times more than an average car, when the two collide, the results are often devastating for occupants of the latter.

Approximately 4,000 Americans are killed each year in commercial vehicle accidents, and 100,000 more are seriously injured. Many of these accidents are attributable to truck driver or trucking company negligence. If you were injured in a truck crash, an experienced personal injury attorney can help prove who was to blame and get you the compensation needed for your recovery.

Truck Driver Negligence

As with car accidents, most truck accidents occur due to driver error or inattention. Speeding is a common cause, with more than 1,000 lives lost each year in wrecks involving a trucker going too fast for conditions. Despite a federal limit of 11 consecutive hours behind the wheel, driver fatigue remains a factor, as some drivers skirt the rules at the encouragement of their employers to maximize profit. Prescription drug abuse is another frequent contributor, as many truck drivers have succumbed to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Also, distracted driving has played an increasing role in trucking accidents.

Trucking Company Negligence

Insufficient truck maintenance is to blame for many truck collisions. Faulty brakes are the leading maintenance problem, as an increase to a truck's already sizable stopping distance can prove catastrophic. Malfunctioning headlights, turn signals, and marker lights also cause accidents, as do improperly inflated tires. Another primary hazard is incorrectly secured cargo, which can shift during transport and cause a tractor-trailer to roll over.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

A skilled truck accident attorney can conduct a complete investigation to determine who was at fault. This includes a full analysis of reports from the scene, but also on-board data and truck driver logs to see if a malfunction or drowsy driving were to blame. Your lawyer can pursue financial compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact a Joliet, IL Truck Accident Lawyer

At Tedone & Morton, P.C., we fight for clients whose lives have been severely affected by the negligent actions of others. If you need a trusted Will County personal injury lawyer who will hold a trucking company and driver accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve, call us at 815-666-1285 for a free consultation.


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