Truck accidents injuries can be more devastating than those resulting from other motor vehicle crashes. Your injuries and losses could warrant compensation. Let our Des Plaines truck accident lawyers know about your crash during your free consultation. Allow our skilled personal injury attorneys evaluate what damages you could receive and how to pursue fair compensation.
Potential Forms of Compensation
When you think of damages, you may only be thinking of ER bills and doctor visits, but compensation may cover a wide variety of accident-related losses, including:
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Prescription medication
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Financial recovery may also include compensation for pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
We can calculate your losses and pursue an amount that can help make you whole after your crash. Your case’s worth depends on the specific circumstances of your accident and injuries. For that reason, we provide personalized attention for all of our clients.
As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) points out, trucks weigh 20-30 times more than cars. In some cases, truck accidents result in disabling injuries that cause a lifetime of medical complications.
If you experienced this level of injury, we can pursue specific damages to provide for you now and in the future. You could receive compensation for:
- Reconstructive surgery
- Burn care
- Prosthetics and other equipment
- Physical and occupational therapy
- At-home care
Being left with lifelong scars or pain due to someone’s careless actions is an unbelievable burden. You deserve not only justice but also help and security for the future. Our attorneys can pursue a settlement that would prevent you from suffering any further losses as a result of your Des Plaines truck accident.
Of the truck crash fatalities in 2019, 67 percent involved occupants of other vehicles, and 15 percent accounted for bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians, according to the IIHS.
If you lost a loved one this way, you could be entitled to wrongful death compensation, which includes:
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Loss of inheritance for the income your loved one would have provided
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral costs
- Burial expenses
Wrongful death benefits may result from an insurance claim; however, if you find an insurance company is unwilling to settle, you can file a lawsuit.
Pursuing Damages is Easier with the Help of a Truck Collision Attorney
You do not have to wait for your claim to be denied to hire a lawyer; you can seek representation before deciding to file a lawsuit. We can handle your case from the very beginning, helping to investigate the accident and gather evidence.
Large trucks are typically owned by large trucking companies. Facing those companies—and their adjusters and lawyers—can be daunting for a victim, especially when they’re already struggling with injuries. You don’t have to take them on alone.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we can help by:
- Identifying all possible negligent parties
- Speaking with trucking companies, adjusters, and other attorneys
- Determining the value of your claim and rejecting lowball offers
- Reviewing and negotiating a settlement based on your losses
- Consulting experts to analyze your injuries and reconstruct the accident
- Updating you on the case and advising on pursuing a lawsuit
- Researching your case, gathering evidence, and investigating the other party
- Preparing paperwork and filing within the statute of limitations
These are only a few facets of what we do for clients. We can take over the everyday work of making calls, compiling evidence, reviewing paperwork, and keeping you in the loop. Meanwhile, you can focus on healing from your injuries and spending time with your loved ones.
Proving the Negligent Parties in Your Case
One of the most confusing aspects of a truck accident is knowing who is responsible. Although all injury cases are based on negligence, the negligent party may not be the liable one. Trucking companies may bear liability for their drivers. You must not only prove who was at fault for the accident but also who bears liability for the negligence.
In some cases, the negligent party may not have even been present at the scene of the accident, as is the case with faulty equipment or poor road maintenance. Exploring the possibility of a liable third party is part of our job, especially if the trucking company or driver claims they are not liable.
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Maintenance workers
- Truck manufacturers
- Truck designers
- Third parties
Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
Some truck drivers are contractors and can be held directly responsible for your injuries. Otherwise, we can pursue their parent company’s insurance. In both scenarios, the driver’s negligence could be anything from driving drunk to tailgating. We can research the negligent action and connect it to the responsible party.
A Truck Manufacturer
If the crash was caused by an equipment failure or design flaw, we can work to hold manufacturers and designers responsible. We can research your case to pinpoint where the negligence occurred in the production or maintenance process.
A Government Entity
Similarly, we can determine if poor road maintenance played a role. Then, we can pursue a municipality or state government for compensation, though this can be more challenging.
Deadlines for taking Legal Action in Illinois
If you do have to file a lawsuit, you will have to abide by state-imposed deadlines. Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Similarly, you have two years from the date of the death of a loved one to file a lawsuit in Des Plaines, per 740 ILCS 180/2.
Our lawyers can help you abide by this deadline as long as you call us as soon as possible after the tractor-trailer collision. If you miss the deadline, you risk losing your chance to take legal action against a liable party. Do not let your opportunity for fair compensation slip away.
Speak With a Des Plaines Truck Accident Attorney in Your Free Consultation
The team at The Kryder Law Group, LLC has recovered six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts for truck accidents. Contact us speak with a Des Plaines truck accident lawyer about your case.