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Peoria Truck Accident Attorney

When an 18-wheeler collides with a passenger vehicle, occupants of the passenger vehicle are likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by the negligence of another, call the experienced Peoria truck accident attorneys at Kanoski Bresney as soon as possible. Our team of experienced Peoria accident lawyers will fight for the full compensation you and your family deserve.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Kanoski Bresney is the largest personal injury law firm in Central Illinois, with 12 attorneys and more than two dozen staff to handle your truck accident claim.
  • We have more than four decades of experience successfully representing injured people.
  • We have recovered more than $400 million in settlements and awards for our clients.

Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer

Many truck accidents are caused by the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or other parties responsible for the truck or its cargo. Truck accidents are typically complex, high-stakes cases involving federal regulations and multiple potentially responsible parties. Our experienced Peoria truck accident attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the various aspects of commercial truck accidents, including regulations, liability, and how to obtain and preserve evidence. We are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for you and your family.

Truck Accident Statistics

As stated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2016:

  • The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by three percent from 4,074 in 2015 to 4,213 in 2016.
  • There were 3,864 fatal crashes involving large trucks.
  • 4,317 people were killed in truck accidents.
  • 110,000 large trucks were involved in injury accidents.
  • 145,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks.
  • For every 100 million vehicle miles traveled by large trucks, 50.3 people were injured in traffic crashes involving large trucks.

Causes of Truck Accidents

FMCSA reports that, of the 475,000 police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2016, collision with another vehicle was involved in 73% of fatal crashes and 83% of injury crashes. As stated in FMCSA’s Analysis Brief of The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, the top ten factors contributing to accidents associated with large trucks and their drivers were:

  • Brake problems
  • Interruption of traffic flow (congestion, accidents on the road)
  • Prescription drug use
  • Traveling too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with roadway
  • Roadway problems
  • Truck required to stop before a crash (crosswalk, red light)
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Driver fatigue

Who Is Liable?

There may be several potentially liable parties in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries from the:

  • Truck driver: Negligent truck drivers who cause accidents and injuries may be held accountable.
  • Trucking company: In too many cases, trucking companies place profit over safety, making dangerous demands of their drivers.
  • Cargo companies: An overloaded truck or improperly loaded cargo is a common cause of truck accidents. In such as case, the company that loaded the cargo on the truck may be responsible.
  • Truck or parts manufacturer: If the truck that collided with your vehicle was defective or poorly designed, or contained defective parts, you may have a claim for compensation against the manufacturer.

Contact Our Peoria, Illinois Office

At Kanoski Bresney, our experienced truck accident lawyers in Peoria are dedicated advocates for people injured in collisions with large commercial trucks. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact us today.