Dangerous Commercial Trucking Lanes In Illinois
Northeast Illinois is a major hub for commercial trucking. Interstates 65, 70 and 90 are major arteries for carrying freight through the tri-state area. As a result, we see an alarming number of collisions between passenger vehicles and big trucks. Because semis and other commercial trucks dwarf passenger vehicles in size and weight, these collisions result in devastating injuries and account for a disproportionate number of accident deaths.
Factors Surrounding Truck Accident Claims
Accidents with commercial trucks are handled much differently than accidents between two passenger vehicles. State and federal trucking regulations play big roles in how these types of claims are filed. Other factors unique to filing a commercial truck accident claim include:
- Employment status of the truck driver
- Driving hours listed in the truck driver’s log book
- Maintenance records on the commercial truck
- Possibility of product defects with the truck
There is a time limit, or statute of limitations, on how long after the accident you can wait to file a claim. In Illinois, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident unless the accident victim dies from their injuries in the months that follow. In that case, the deceased’s spouse or immediate family have either two years from the date of the accident or one year form the date of the death, whichever is later.
Hire A Lawyer Experienced In Commercial Truck Accidents
With offices near the I-90/94 corridor, I take on a lot of trucking accident claims. I understand the nuances of dealing with government regulations, trucking companies and the insurance companies. When seeking compensation for my clients, I make sure they are compensated for loss of income and future medical expenses as well as seeking punitive damages for pain and suffering. I have a long, successful track record of holding commercial truckers accountable and getting fair compensation for accident victims.