On average, semi trucks and tractor-trailers are 10 times heavier than standard passenger cars – and that’s without cargo! In Chicago, big trucks have to navigate a spider web of interstates, highways and surface roads in order to deliver goods to this area of nearly 10 million residents. While trucking operations and truck drivers must adhere to strict codes of driving conduct, licensing and hauling procedure, trucking accidents cannot always be avoided. And sadly, when a car gets into an accident with a semi truck, it’s typically the car that loses.
What Causes Trucking Accidents?
Often, negligence or driver error is at the center of a trucking accident in the Chicagoland area. Negligence can include improper repair or maintenance of semi trucks or tractor-trailers, or it can also mean failure to yield to a driver who has the right of way. Driver error can include over or under-braking on inclines, over-steering on wet roads or general driving mistakes that lead to accidents.
The Effects of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents that involve 18-wheelers and small passenger cars can have devastating results. Disfigurement, serious burns, scarring, broken bones, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury are all possible, in addition to death. The State of Illinois and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulate the trucking industry as much as possible to keep people safe, but accidents still happen. And when they do, you need a trusted lawyer on your side.
Experience You Can Trust.
At Newland & Newland, LLP, we have more than 50 years of combined experience helping the victims of trucking accidents and their loved ones recover damages for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. We represent clients throughout Kane County, Will County, Cook County, McHenry County and Lake County, and have offices in Arlington Heights, Chicago, Crystal Lake and Libertyville to serve you. Contact us today by phone or e-mail to set up a free initial consultation. We understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one in a horrible accident and we’ll handle your case with the utmost respect and dignity.