Springfield, IL Truck Accident Attorney
When semi trucks collide with passenger vehicles, people are often seriously injured. If you have been injured in a truck collision, or someone you love has been killed in a fatal truck crash, come to the law offices of Kanoski Bresney today. Our Springfield truck accident lawyers have been protecting the rights and interests of injured people throughout Central Illinois for more than 40 years.
With offices in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville and Springfield, we provide convenient representation for the victims of trucking accidents throughout Central Illinois.
Why choose Kanoski Bresney for your case?
In the aftermath of sustaining an injury in a truck accident, you need to secure an attorney who has vast experience handling these types of cases. The team at Kanoski Bresney Is ready to help.
- Our personal injury attorneys have served the residents of Illinois for decades and are dedicated to helping victims secure full compensation for their claims.
- With more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements involving personal injury cases, we have earned the respect of the legal establishment throughout Illinois.
- We take all Springfield truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means our clients pay no legal fees until we secure the compensation they deserve through a verdict or settlement.
Why do you need an attorney for these cases?
These cases can become incredibly complex, and a truck accident injury victim usually does not have the resources or legal experience necessary to pursue full compensation. Your Springfield truck accident lawyer will be responsible for:
- Obtaining all evidence related to the case, including photographs and videos, police reports, eyewitness statements, and more.
- Ensuring you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who will fully assess your injuries and total losses.
- Negotiate with all parties involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, to secure full compensation for your injuries and property damage.
How often do truck accidents occur?
Truck accidents are not on everybody’s mind when there hit the roadway each day. However, hundreds of thousands of trucks cross US highways each day, particularly here in Illinois. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately 148,000 people injured, and more than 4,700 people killed in accidents with large trucks during the latest reporting year in the US.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, we can see that there were 11,732 total crashes involving semi-trucks during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of these incidents, there were 1,949 injury crashes and 107 fatal crashes.
What are some common causes of truck accidents?
There are various ways in which truck accidents can occur, and liability often falls onto truck drivers as well as truck owners or operators. Some of the most common causes of severe truck accidents include:
- Mechanical failure. It is vital that truck owners and operators regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle to ensure it is in proper working order. Failure to do so could result in part of the truck malfunctioning while on the roadway, leading to serious accidents.
- Driver fatigue. The FMCSA places restrictions on how many hours a truck driver is able to operate each day and week. Truck drivers are required to take breaks in between their shifts and must rest a certain number of hours each day. Failing to follow proper regulations for hours of service could result in a driver falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving. Truck drivers are notorious for multitasking behind the wheel. This could include talking or texting on the phone, using the CB radio, adjusting the radio or GPS, eating and drinking, or more. All of these distracted driving behaviors could lead to a serious accident.
- Unqualified/undertrained drivers. All commercial truck drivers should have their commercial driver’s license. Truck owners and operators should properly train drivers to operate each vehicle. Failing to ensure that a driver is trained and properly licensed could result in the owner or operator being held liable for any accident.
- Impaired driving. Truck drivers should never operate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes any prescription medications that could impair the driver’s ability the function.
- Blind spots. Large commercial trucks have blind spots on every side of the vehicle. If a driver in a traditional passenger vehicle gets into a truck’s blind spot, then the truck driver will not be able to see them when changing lanes or making a turn. This could lead to serious underride accidents, which occur when a vehicle gets jammed underneath the truck.
What are the most common truck accident injuries?
According to the FMCSA, a fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Due to their large size and weight, these vehicles can inflict immense damage on traditional passenger vehicles. Drivers and passengers often sustain severe injuries in a crash with a large commercial truck. It is not uncommon for our Springfield truck accident attorneys to regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Loss of or damage to bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Significant disfigurement
Each of these injuries can lead to extensive recovery periods for victims as well as tremendous medical bills. In many cases, a Springfield truck accident victim will be unable to work while they recover and could lose the income they need to support themselves and their family.
What is the time limit for filing a truck accident lawsuit in Illinois?
Each state is responsible for putting a time limit on how long a person has to file a personal injury lawsuit after an incident occurs. These time limits are called the statute of limitations. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims related to a truck accident is two years from the date the injury occurred. All personal injury claims made after this two-year time limit will almost certainly be dismissed by the court, and a victim will be unable to obtain compensation for their injuries.
Because of this strict two-year statute of limitations for Springfield truck accident cases, it is vital that you work with a skilled truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an incident occurs.
How Much is my Truck Accident Claim Worth in Springfield, IL?
Our team of Springfield truck accident lawyers have handled countless commercial truck crashes. We understand the common causes of truck accidents in Central Illinois, and we will work diligently to investigate the circumstances of the semi truck accident that led to your injuries. That way, we can provide the respect, response, and results you deserve from your truck accident case.
Many personal injury claims can be resolved through settlements and negotiations, and compensation can be awarded for
- current and future medical expenses
- lost of income, current and future
- pain and suffering
- wrongful death
- Truck accidents are likely to have severe, long-term consequences. We will work to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available.
Contact Our Springfield Truck Collision Attorney Team
When you come to our offices after a truck accident, your legal claims will be handled by our litigation team. Our litigation team is a group of Springfield personal injury lawyers who are devoted to resolving legal disputes in the courtroom — not just at the negotiation table.
If you have been injured as the result of a collision with a truck, come to the law firm of Kanoski Bresney today to discuss your potential legal remedies. Call us at (217) 523-7742 or complete our intake form below.