Truck accidents or big-rig accidents usually result in devastating injuries, particularly to the occupants of the other, and smaller passenger vehicles. A collision involving a large truck can cause tremendous property damage and catastrophic injuries or even, death. Sadly, a number of truck and car accidents in Chicago occur as a result of negligence on the part of the truck drivers. Inattention, distraction, fatigue, and impairment are often cited as factors in various Illinois truck accidents. Due to the large size and weight of these vehicles, truck accidents cause major injuries, to occupants of other vehicles, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, internal bleeding, and burn injuries.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Tired or sleepy drivers
- Aggressive driving
- Improper maintenance of the truck or trailer
- Driving with an unsecured load
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (recreational and prescription)
- Distracted driving
- Lack of tire maintenance
- Dangerous driving habits
When you are injured in a truck accident, which is caused by the truck driver, who is held liable? In most cases, both the truck driver and his employer – the trucking company – will be held financially responsible for your injuries damages and losses. Victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost earnings, cost of hospitalization, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
If you were injured in a truck accident, it is extremely important to make sure that the physical evidence is preserved. Trucking companies will have their lawyers and insurance representatives working on the case soon after the crash occurs. It is important that truck accident victims get an experienced and skilled truck accident lawyer who will make sure that important evidence is preserved and eyewitnesses on scene are interviewed. A knowledgeable lawyer will also make sure that important documents such as truck driver logs are preserved as evidence, in a timely manner.