Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Chicago Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Commercial vehicles regulated by the federal government include large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, including tractor-trailers, semitrailers, commercial vans and for-hire passenger-carrying vans engaged in interstate commerce.
Other commercial vehicles that are sometimes involved in injury-causing accidents at a local level include delivery trucks such as UPS or FedEx trucks, buses or motor coaches, and service vehicles such as garbage trucks and snowplows.
In April of 2008, a specialist with the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), presented a webinar entitled “Why Trucks Collide With Cars.” In this presentation, the specialist identified prominent critical reasons for commercial vehicle crashes as follows:
Mistakes by the driver included fatigue or medical emergency, distracted driving, inattentiveness, traffic violations, performance errors, weather factors and roadway conditions. Truck-related factors included overweight loads and brake problems.
Specifically, he detailed the top 10 causative factors (focusing on the truck’s role in a crash) as follows:
- Overweight trucks
- Making illegal maneuver
- Inadequate surveillance
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Following too close
- Misjudgment of gap or other’s speed
- Stop required before crash
- External distraction
- Brake problems
If you were injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle as a pedestrian, a bicyclist or operator or passenger in or on a passenger car, pickup truck, private van, SUV or motorcycle, consult with an attorney as soon as possible for best results in an injury claim. Insurance issues, federal and state regulations, trucking company regulations and other complex technical and legal issues may play important parts in a successful lawsuit. Our Chicago commercial vehicle accident attorneys can help maximize your compensation after a crash involving a commercial vehicle.
Truck Accident Lawyers in Illinois Offer Free Consultations
We assist clients who have suffered all types of truck accident injuries in Chicago, including accidents on I-80, I-55, I-90, I-94, I-294, I-57, I-74 and the expressways. Our truck accident lawyers have successfully represented people who had suffered from head and brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries and burns.
Our firm has a great deal of experience investigating and litigating truck accident injury cases. Our experience is a valuable asset to our clients as we challenge large insurance companies, transportation authorities, trucking companies and other negligent parties, including manufacturers.