Bloomington Truck Accident Attorney
A fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., while the average passenger car weighs approximately 4,000 lbs. It is no wonder that in a collision between a car, SUV, or light truck and a semi tractor-trailer, passenger vehicle occupants often suffer serious or fatal injuries.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a commercial truck accident, call Kanoski Bresney as soon as possible. Our Bloomington personal injury lawyers are dedicated legal advocates for truck accident victims.
Why Choose Kanoski Bresney?
- Our Illinois injury lawyers are not intimidated by large corporations or courtrooms. We will not hesitate to take your case to court if it means getting the compensation you deserve.
- We have a successful track record, recovering more than $400 million for our clients.
- We are a client-oriented firm, dedicated to serving the best interests of the people we represent.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis – you will not pay us any fees until we win your case.
Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accident claims are often high-stakes, complicated cases involving federal regulations and multiple potentially liable parties. If you have been injured in a large truck collision, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced Bloomington truck accident attorney right away. Large trucking companies have teams of lawyers and may have a representative at the scene of the accident attempting to minimize your claim. Our experienced truck accident lawyers can:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident;
- Collect and preserve evidence;
- Determine all potentially liable parties;
- Negotiate with insurance companies; and
- Take your case to trial if necessary to recover the maximum available compensation.
Truck Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that:
- 4,317 people were killed in traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2016.
- Occupants of other vehicles accounted for 72% of those deaths.
- Nonoccupants (pedestrians and bicyclists) accounted for 11% of the fatalities.
- Only 17% of people killed in large truck wrecks were large truck drivers or occupants.
- 116,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available.
Causes of Large Truck Accidents
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study was conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and NHTSA to determine the causes of truck accidents. In its Analysis Brief of the study, FMCSA states that half of the crashes studied involved collisions between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. Contributing factors to crashes assigned to large trucks and their drivers, along with their relative risk importance, include:
- Vehicle: Brake problems – 29%
- Driver: Traveling too fast for conditions – 23%
- Driver: Unfamiliar with roadway – 22%
- Driver: Over-the-counter drug use – 17%
- Driver: Inadequate surveillance – 14%
- Driver: Fatigue – 13%
- Driver: Felt under work pressure – 10%
- Driver: Illegal maneuver – 9%
- Driver: Inattention – 9%
- Vehicle: Tire problems – 6%
Who Is Liable?
The most obviously responsible party would be the truck driver who caused the accident. However, there may be several other potentially responsible parties, including:
- Trucking company
- Manufacturer or seller of vehicle or parts
- Company that loaded the cargo
- Company responsible for vehicle maintenance and repair
Contact Our Bloomington, IL Office Today
Our experienced Bloomington truck accident attorneys can identify all potentially liable parties to increase your chances of recovering the maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact Kanoski Bresney today to schedule a consultation if you have been a victim in a large truck accident.