In the News: Two High School Students Killed in Carol Stream Truck Accident
Tragically, on Friday June 12, two 17 year-old Wheaton North High School students were killed in an accident involving a large truck. The friends were driving a vehicle when it was involved in an accident with a box truck on North Avenue in Carol Stream. Unfortunately, accidents involving large trucks occur every day often resulting in catastrophic injuries or loss of life. Accidents like this may be more likely as the summertime driving season picks up and more people drive to work as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted for businesses in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
Tragic news stories like this one bring up questions about what to do if you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle. Here are some answers to questions you may have.
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Truck Accident FAQ
Who regulates truck drivers?
Truck drivers are regulated by the Department of Transportation and are required to obtain a commercial driver’s license. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides safety oversight for commercial carriers through regulation, education, enforcement, research, and technology. Oftentimes, when working on a case involving a truck accident, it is critical for an attorney to investigate a truck driver’s training, experience, and driving history. Driving logs, safety and operation manuals should be reviewed. Maintenance, inspection, and upkeep records for both a tractor and trailer may also be pertinent. All actions of the driver and owner of the truck must be examined to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations provided by the Department of Transportation.
What should you do if you are injured in an accident involving a truck?
If you are injured in an accident caused by a crash with a large truck, the police should be called immediately. The responding police officer will complete a crash report that will provide necessary information including the identity of the drivers involved as well as each driver’s auto insurance. All injuries should be reported to the responding officer and an ambulance should be requested if necessary. It is important to take photographs or videos of any injuries, property damage, the scene of the accident, and the position of the vehicles involved. Record and retain witness information immediately. All evidence obtained at the scene of the occurrence is crucial in determining liability.
Remember to take the following steps if you are injured in a crash with a commercial vehicle:
- call the police immediately
- report all injuries to the responding officer for the crash report
- request an ambulance if necessary
- take photos and videos of injuries, property damage, the scene of the accident, and the position of the vehicles
- record and retain witnesses contact info
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I was hit by a truck, how can an attorney help?
If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck or large commercial vehicle, an attorney should be retained immediately to help you with your case. An injured party can pursue a civil action against an at fault driver for damages including your medical bills, wage loss, disfigurement, disability, loss of normal life as well as pain and suffering. An attorney can guide an injured client through the numerous steps and considerations to ensure a successful outcome of your case.
An attorney can help recoup damages for:
- medical bills
- wage loss
- loss of normal life
- pain and suffering
Following a catastrophic accident involving a large truck, it is critical to immediately begin a detailed investigation into all causes of the accident. Remember, the trucking company will deploy its attorneys and investigations immediately, so you need to have professional help on your side. In many instances, The Kryder Law Group, will deploy experts to investigate the circumstances surrounding a collision. An accident reconstructionist may inspect the vehicles to secure vital information from the vehicle’s data recorder. This information can be used to calculate speed and the force of impact, both critical points in a significant accident. In other instances, mechanical engineers may be used to inspect the vehicle. The Kryder Law Group will also investigate all potential sources of video that may have captured the accident.
Investigations may include:
- expert investigation of the collision
- vehicle data recorder reviewed by an accident reconstructionist
- vehicle inspection by mechanical engineers
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Call the personal injury attorneys at The Kryder Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your case, legal rights, and options. The Kryder Law Group has experienced lawyers with the resources to handle your case. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to successfully litigate your case and maximize your recovery. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a truck, please contact the lawyers at The Kryder Law Group to discuss your legal rights at (312) 223-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.