Illinois Truck Accident Attorneys
Contrary to popular belief, an accident involving a semi-truck, tractor trailer, or other type of truck is not your typical automobile accident. Illinois Trucking accidents have been and continue to be more common as the number of both trucks and cars on the road continues to significantly increase on an annual basis. A recent report notes that in 2014, there were approximately 253 million trucks and cars on the road, and that such traffic has typically increased from year to year by 1.53%. With the increased volume of truck traffic on the road, drivers need to be particularly cognizant of the various relevant information to obtain when involved in a truck accident.
Unlike a typical car accident, the type of information one needs to gather after being involved in a trucking accident is more elaborate, detailed, and complex. For instance, the driver of a truck is not the owner of the vehicle in most cases, but rather works for a trucking shipping or servicing company. The driver may be an employee of the company or an independent contractor. The trucking company generally leases the truck from a third-party lessor or company. The insurance coverage for the truck may be in the name of the trucking company or a third party company.
Additionally, the trucking company that owns the truck may be a corporate subsidiary or different corporate entity that insures the truck. As a result, it is important to obtain as much information as you can, including the truck driver’s name, the company he or she claims to work for, and his or her driver’s license information. Additionally, if possible, it is helpful to obtain the specific company name that the driver works for and any relevant insurance information for that company.
Another point to keep in mind is that every truck on the road is regulated and licensed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, so it also helps to obtain the USDOT Registration # of the truck. Often times, trucking accidents occur on highways and freeways, where the specific location of the accident may not be clear. In this situation, it is important to look for and properly notate the approximate mile markers documenting the location of where the accident occurred.
Understanding the relevant information required if and when you are involved in a truck accident can greatly impact your case, including your ability to seek legal claims for damage and harmed suffered as a result. Questions regarding insurance coverage, claims, and liability are generally resolved based upon the information you are able to obtain at the scene of the accident, and become significantly more complicated the less information you are able to obtain.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you need a seasoned Illinois truck accident attorney on your side to help you evaluate and seek recovery for such issues. Truck accidents are by their very nature not your typical automobile accidents and can be complex with often serious property and personal injury related damages. Call or email the Newland Law firm today for a complimentary consultation to see how we can help you.