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Springfield personal injury attorney truck accident

Flatbed trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial trucks haul everything from building materials to hazardous chemicals to household products. Most of the goods we use on an everyday basis were transported by truck at some point. When truck cargo is not properly loaded and secured in the truck, the results can be horrific. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident caused by loose or fallen truck cargo, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. However, you may need to overcome certain obstacles in order for your claim to be successful.

Proving an Accident Was Caused by Loose or Fallen Cargo Truck

Truck accidents can lead to costly property damage and severe or even deadly injuries. A personal injury claim may help you hold a negligent party accountable for a truck accident and recover compensation for damages. However, to win your truck accident claim, you will need to prove that the defendant’s negligent actions caused your injuries and that you sustained damages. Proving that an accident was the result of loose or fallen truck cargo is rarely easy. For example, you may have been involved in a car accident while swerving to avoid fallen truck cargo. Other individuals involved in the accident may even try to pin fault for the accident on you. Issues like these often make fallen truck cargo claims even more complex than other types of truck accident claims.

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Springfield personal injury attorney truck accident

Severe truck accidents are not uncommon in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that 112,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing crashes in 2018 alone. When a car accident involves a large truck such as a semi-truck, the consequences can be catastrophic. Numerous state and federal laws regulating large trucks have been instituted in an effort to prevent truck collisions, but unfortunately, thousands of people are injured and killed in truck accidents each year in the United States. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in an auto accident involving a large truck that was speeding, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident Caused by Speeding

The majority of goods that are transported across the country are transported via truck. Truck drivers are often expected to meet tight deadlines and may deal with unexpected delays caused by inclement weather or heavy traffic. In an effort to meet these deadlines, truck drivers may drive above the speed limit or drive too fast for the conditions. Speeding greatly increases the chances of a truck being involved in an accident.

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If you are like many people, you may feel a bit uneasy when traveling behind a semi-truck that is carrying cargo. Although most truck freight is secured tightly and does not represent a risk to other motorists, sometimes truck cargo can fall off of the truck and cause devastating accidents. Unsecured truckloads can also shift within a trailer or flatbed truck and cause the truck to become off-balance and out of control. This, too, can cause horrific collisions. If you or a loved one were involved in a serious truck accident caused by loose or unsecured cargo, another party may be legally responsible for your losses.

Determining Liability in a Trucking Accident
Imagine the following scenario: A flatbed truck carrying large metal boxes of cargo is traveling down the highway when one of the boxes falls from the truck and onto the road below. You and several other motorists swerve wildly to avoid hitting the box. In the chaos that ensues, you are involved in a major auto accident. You subsequently suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, and organ damage that all require costly medical care. You are also unable to work for several months after the accident. In a situation such as this, who pays for these costs? Determining liability for a truck accident can be a very complex process. The fault for the accident may lie with the truck driver, trucking company, cargo loader, manufacturer of securement devices, or another party. The fault may also be shared among several different parties.

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Getting into a truck accident can be a scary experience. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you should be compensated for what happened. Unfortunately, the insurance claims process for an Illinois truck accident case can become incredibly complicated and drawn out. There are several steps to the truck accident claims process that you should be aware of. Please keep in mind that a skilled Illinois truck accident lawyer will be able to help guide you through each step of your case.

First stage for a truck accident claim

The first stage of a Springfield truck accident claim begins right after the accident. This is the time to focus on your well-being. You must seek medical attention while at the same time pursuing your claim. Every aspect of the case needs to be documented. Save every piece of evidence related to the case. This includes:

  • Any video or photo surveillance
  • All medical records
  • Accident reports
  • Letters, emails, and other documents related to the case

Your truck accident lawyer will need all of this information as soon as possible so your claim can be processed.

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why to semi trucks jackknife

Sharing the road with a commercial truck is usually uneventful. You might get frustrated because you need to move over or slow down around them or you may need to be especially mindful of the tractor trailer's blind spots and turning radius, but beyond that, you may not pay much attention to them.

However, if a semi truck jackknifes on the road next to or in front of you, it can be impossible to ignore. It may be helpful to understand why trucks jackknife in the first place so that you can spot potentially dangerous situations and react accordingly.

How does a Truck Jackknife?

Generally speaking, jackknifes happen when the wheels of a vehicle lose traction. A big rig has two separate parts: a cab where the driver sits and operates the vehicle and a trailer that holds cargo. Due to the separated nature of these large vehicles, sometimes the trailer will swing out to one side of the cab, forming an “L” or “V” shape as it continues with forward momentum. Too many people assume that this only happens in winter when roads are icy and slick. However, this can happen during any season so it is crucial to know what elements can lead to a loss of traction.

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