While the drivers of trucks must pass an exam and background check and obtain a special commercial license, they are not immune from careless or negligent driving behavior that causes accidents. When big trucks get into collisions, they tend to cause a lot of damage to people and property alike.
If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, a Lansing truck accident lawyer from the Kryder Law Group, LLC may be able to help you take on the responsible party or parties and their insurers to get paid the compensation to which you may be entitled. We offer a free consultation to:
- Evaluate your case
- Let you know your options
- Prepare you for the legal process
We will get started on your case right away, and we never collect a fee until you get paid. To learn more about our team and to receive your free case evaluation, call an experienced personal injury attorney at our firm today.
Our Team Goes After the Responsible Parties
If you were in an accident involving a big truck, there might be multiple parties liable for your injuries. At the Kryder Law Group, LLC, our Lansing commercial truck wreck lawyers represent injured clients and take on those who hurt them — along with their insurers. We will investigate your accident and identify all the responsible parties, even those you might not have considered. Once we know who was liable, we can collect evidence to show what they did and how their actions (or inactions) caused or contributed to your injury.
You may be eligible to recover compensation from the following parties and more:
The Truck Driver
As the driver of one of the most powerful, destructive vehicles on the road, a trucker has a steep responsibility to drive with caution and watch out for other vehicles. Carelessness or recklessness on the part of a truck driver can be deadly. We will look into the circumstances surrounding your accident and determine if the truck driver was negligent. Even if they were not cited for a traffic violation, we can likely show that they failed to uphold their duty of care to you.
We will also investigate whether the truck driver violated trucking commercial motor vehicle safety regulations. One way we do this is by looking at their logbook, a journal all truck drivers must keep up to date. It can let us know if the driver was driving drowsy, or if they had gone a long period without having their truck serviced.
The Trucking Company
Most truck drivers do not operate solo. They either work for a company as an employee or drive for various companies as an owner-operator. Either way, when they are hauling a load, they are usually driving at someone else’s behest.
A proactive legal professional at our firm may be able to hold the trucking company liable for the negligent or careless behavior of its driver.
The Truck Manufacturer
We may be able to go after the truck manufacturer for damages if the accident was caused by a faulty vehicle component, such as bad brakes or a stuck accelerator. We will examine the truck and its service record to determine if this is a viable option.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your collision, there may be additional responsible parties other than those listed above. We will identify them and hold them accountable.
Recoverable Damages in Semi-Truck Crash Claims
Our tenacious attorneys will fight for the full and fair monetary award you deserve for your injuries. In Illinois, truck accident victims are eligible to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. What this means is you can receive compensation not only for things that cost you money — such as your medical expenses and lost time at work — but also for things called noneconomic damages. These can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and so forth.
In many cases, an accident victim’s noneconomic damages may exceed their economic damages. It all depends on how strong of a case their lawyer puts forward. Our knowledgable 18-wheeler accident attorneys in Lansing have a long and successful track record of getting our clients large settlements that compensated them for much more than just their medical expenses. We want to do the same for you.
You may be able to recover a settlement that includes money for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
You may be eligible to collect other forms of damages.
Truck Collision Statute of Limitations
Because 735 ILCS 5/13-202 imposes a two-year statute of limitations on motor vehicle accident claims involving bodily injury, you should speak with a truck crash lawyer in Lansing soon after your accident so they can get to work investigating your case and building a claim. If the statute of limitations expired, you could get time-barred from recovering damages, even if you have a strong case. Our committed team of legal professionals can take quick legal action to make sure you meet all deadlines for filing your case.
Enlist the Help of a Lansing Truck Accident Attorney
The Kryder Law Group, LLC, is ready to get to work for you today. Call now to receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation from a skilled Lansing truck accident lawyer at our firm.